Encouraging return to courts for Bernard
Despite falling in his final round qualifying match at the Mutua Madrid Open, it’s been an encouraging return to the courts for Bernard Tomic.
The 21-year-old fell 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4 to experienced German Benjamin Becker at the weekend, just his third match in three months following double-hip surgery.
Earlier in Madrid qualifying, the Queenslander scored a 6-4 6-4 victory over Frenchman Michael Llodra, his first match win since the Apia International Sydney in January.
It prompted this Facebook post from trainer Alastair McCaw: “A victory in more ways than one today in Madrid for Bernie Tomic! After double hip surgery and months of rehab, he won his first match on clay today. I’m one happy trainer!”
Tomic was forced to retire from his first-round match at the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal, and played only one match – a straight-sets loss in Miami – between that event and the Madrid Masters.