New balls please: Bernard Tomic hits out at 'cheap' Australian Open balls

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

But Tomic had no such lofty aspirations for the first major of the year and said he'd only starting training a few weeks ago.

"I think being top 20s the top years, I just had enough", he said, referencing his short-lived foray into 'I'm A Celebrity... "It's tough to do, so hopefully he takes it seriously".

"Obviously I was pretty excited when I got drawn against him - we're good mates so to get out there, I know what he's going to bring, it's going to be fun".

"I chose to play here just a couple of matches which is good to get used to these conditions, important to me".

The Aussie bad boy opened his account at Kooyong with a fighting three-set win over American Jack Sock on Tuesday.

Australia's two tennis rebels will square off for the first time on Wednesday, nearly three years after Tomic accused Kyrgios of faking illness to skip a crucial Davis Cup tie against the United States at the very same venue.

Revelling in the relaxed nature of Kooyong's round-robin, Tomic edged Sock 5-7 6-4 10-6 and believes the sabbatical he took last year will extend his career for "six or seven years".

"Probably another third or fourth round like I've done a hundred times", said Tomic when asked of his expectations. "Sometimes it's good to not be seeded and sometimes it's bad so we'll see in two days".

"Maybe one year we'll play seriously".

Thanasi Kokkinakis says he has a point to prove after being surprisingly denied a wildcard entry to the Australian Open.

Sock, who was ranked eighth in the world last January prior to a collapse in form, lost to Tomic on a drop shot gone wrong.

Kokkinakis declined to outline the explanation he had been given by Tennis Australia but said he was determined to prove himself. I mentally needed to come back to tennis.

"I beat him when I was 19 so I know that I'm capable of beating the "big four".

In the women's draw, American teenager Amanda Anisimova fell victim to a leg injury, retiring to hand Britain's Katie Boulter a 6-4 win.

"They didn't fly all the way here for nothing".

Kubler pulled out of the Brisbane International with soreness in his left knee, which he has had five surgeries on, but said he felt he was moving well on the court. Photo Nick Kyrgios was accused of a "borderline" effort in a match at the Shanghai Masters past year.

Tipsarevic has also had major injury troubles which have sidelined him since the US Open in 2017.

Kokkinakis said he had been seeking advice from Darren Cahill, the former coach of Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Simona Halep.

"He's not coaching me per se but he's giving me tips and pointers and mentoring me a little bit".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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