Cape Town - Bernard Tomic is set to return to tennis at the
US Open, ending an extended absence from the game that has seen the Australian's
world ranking plummet to 146, local media reported.
The 24-year-old, once touted a future top 10 player, has not
played since Wimbledon where he caused an uproar by declaring himself
"bored" with the game after a listless first round defeat to Mischa
He sparked further condemnation last month when he told
Australian television that he was only in tennis for the money and had won
plenty of it even without trying hard.
Tomic's manager told Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper that
he would play in the grand slam at Flushing Meadows and had also entered
tournaments in each of the last six weeks of the ATP season.
"He is playing the US Open," Tomic's manager
Matthew Fawcett said.
"Following that he is planning to play Chengdu, Tokyo,
Shanghai, Antwerp or Stockholm or Moscow, Vienna and Paris."
The US Open opens begins on August 28 in New York.
Tomic has withdrawn from his last four tournaments, pushing
his ranking to depths that will require him to battle on lower-tier tours or
beg for wildcards from tournament organisers next year.
His top 30 world ranking at the end of last year guarantees
him slots at the ATP 500 tournaments in Tokyo and Vienna but he will need to
boost his ranking to qualify for the ATP 1000 Masters series events in Shanghai
and Paris in October.
Pundits see little chance of Tomic having the required
fitness to win best-of-five set matches at the US Open and his childhood coach
Neil Guiney told local media last week that he feared Tomic's career was
Tennis Australia's high performance chief Wally Masur said
last month he was worried the long-time Davis Cup player was "burnt
Tomic was ranked 17th in the world heading into the
Australian Open last year but has not surpassed a quarterfinal on the tour this
season and mostly crashed out in the first or second rounds of tournaments.
Reports of his party lifestyle in his Miami base abound in
"Bernard is getting to that point where reality is
really going to hit him," Australia's doubles great Todd Woodbridge told
The Australian newspaper last week.
"He will find out pretty quickly whether he enjoys
playing, whether he wants to play and whether tennis can give him a lifestyle
"Otherwise, it won’t be long before he discovers that
what he has been doing is a wonderful opportunity that has gone begging."