As all eyes are on New York for the US Open Australia’s Bernard Tomic has quietly gone about winning a Challenger event at Rafa Nadal’s Tennis Academy.
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Photo: Australia’s Bernard Tomic (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
The world no. 152 won the inaugural Rafa Nadal Open and earns a valuable 80 rankings points as he fights his way back into the top 100. Tomic had gone out to a ranking of no. 243 in May 2018 after tumbling out of the top-100 in August 2017.
Tomic won the final against world no. 178 Matthias Bachinger from Germany 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3). The German has a career-high ranking of 85 which he achieved in 2011. Tomic was as high as 17 back in January 2016.
After losing in the first round of the US Open qualifying to fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, Tomic headed over to Mallorca for the tournament.
Tomic will rise around 26 places to No.126 in the world next time the rankings are updated after the US Open.
Tomic needs to move inside the top 105 by the time the Australian Open entries cutoff to gain direct entry.