Aussie tennis outcast Bernard Tomic has reignited hopes of reviving his career, moving within two wins of an Australian Open berth.
The 28-year-old remains on track to feature in the 2021 Australian Open, cruising through the qualifying tournament with just two more matches standing between him and a yet another chance of home soil glory.
Having defeated Jozef Kovalik 6-4 3-6 6-4, the Aussie will next face 19-year-old West Australian hopeful Tristan Schoolkate, who defeated Gudio Andredozzi 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.
Tomic has tumbled down the world rankings to No. 228, but perhaps another shot at a decent run at Melbourne Park could be the shot in the arm his career has been begging for.
In 2016, Tomic peaked at world number 17, but has suffered a spate of on and off the field dramas since.
Recently he made an ‘Only Fans’ debut — a subscription based social media platform, mainly used for X-rated content— with his ex-reality TV girlfriend, Vanessa Sierra.
Last year he fell in the first round of Australian open qualifying, and in the final round in 2018.
He is a part of a 20-strong contingent of Aussies in a bid to qualify for the delayed Australian Open.
Tomic’s recent success in this year’s qualifiers come as the tournament was hit with its first positive COVID-19 case.
Denis Kudla defeated Elliot Benchetrit but is out of the tournament after testing positive for the virus.