Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Tomic triumphant in return

31 July 2013, 11:35

Washington - Putting aside off-court distractions in his first match since a fourth-round Wimbledon run, Australia's Bernard Tomic advanced to the round of 16 on Tuesday at the ATP Washington Open.

Tomic, who had an opening bye as the 14th seed, beat David Goffin 6-1, 6-3, avenging a first-round loss to the Belgian last year at Wimbledon and booking a third-round matchup with either American Ryan Harrison or Argentine top seed Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner.

"I played not so bad," Tomic said. "Very tough conditions. Very difficult to play 100 percent on these courts because it's so hot and so humid."

The distraction was mild by comparison to the 12-month ATP ban that kept Tomic's father John from watching him play at Wimbledon. The elder Tomic faces charges in Madrid after a head-butting incident that left former Tomic hitting partner Thomas Drouet with a broken nose, although John Tomic said he acted in self defense.

Tomic has elected to cope with such distractions internally.

"I sort of like to put things inside of me to distance myself from what's around me," he said. "That's how I deal with it."

Tomic said that he has received support since the Madrid incident from Tennis Australia, a group with whom he once had strained relations.

"There has been some help," Tomic said. "Probably not the help I would have expected, but there has been some help. They have been very good. They have been supportive. I get along with Tennis Australia very well."

Tomic, the youngest player in the draw at 20, fired seven aces and saved all six break points that he faced to beat Goffin in 65 minutes at the US Open hardcourt tuenup in his first match since losing to Czech Tomas Berdych in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing because I didn't put a lot of preparing into this tournament," Tomic said, noting his three-week break since Wimbledon.

Tomic said he has not been bothered by a right hamstring injury that forced him to withdraw in the first round at the French Open.

Ranked 40th after reaching a career high of 27th a year ago, Tomic is 20-13 this year. He won his first ATP title last January at Sydney, the first Aussie to win that event since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005.

Tomic has noted an 18-month doping ban imposed upon Serbian Viktor Troicki for allegedly not allowing a blood sample to be taken for testing and a reported positive test for 15th-ranked Croatian Marin Cilic .

"Very interesting. Very weird as well," Tomic said. "It's strange. But it's their issue. It's strange how it can happen. As a player myself it's really weird to see what can happen."



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...