All England grass a tonic for Tomic

Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:02am EDT
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(Reuters) - Australia's Bernard Tomic thinks he is playing some of the best grasscourt tennis of his career and is in a good place off the court as he heads into the Wimbledon championships main draw for the seventh time.

The 23-year-old's campaign at the All England Club ended in the third round last year and was followed by a very public and bitter row with Tennis Australia over what he said was their lack of backing for him.

Since then, there have been rows over his suitability to be part of Australia's Olympic team, which he defused by withdrawing his name from consideration, and the now traditional woes of his claycourt season.

After a second-round departure at the French Open that surprised few given his dislike of the Roland Garros surface, however, Tomic has rediscovered his form on grass at 's-Hertogenbosch and Queen's Club.

"I'd say probably it's the best it's been leading into Wimbledon," the 19th seed told Australia's Fox Sports TV.

"I managed to play two grasscourt tournaments, played really well, making the quarters in the Netherlands and the semis at Queen's.

"I feel like I'm playing some of my best tennis on grass and now we're here at the famous Wimbledon tournament and I'm ready to go."

Tomic made his grand slam breakthrough when he reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals as a qualifier in 2011 and it remains his favorite of the sport's four majors.

"It was a huge moment for my career that turned everything around and I always look back on that leading into any grasscourt tournament," he said.   Continued...

Australia's Bernard Tomic hits a shot during his third round match against compatriot John Millman at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brandon Malone