“Risked My Life Flying Here”: Bernard Tomic After Qualifying for Australian Open 2021

Published 01/16/2021, 5:00 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 19: A ballboy on court during a match between Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during day four of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)


Australia’s Bernard Tomic qualified for the main draw at the Australian Open 2021. He was considered an exciting prospect upon his arrival. The 28-year-old was performing well on Tour until 2017 after which, there was a rapid decline in his results. There came a point in 2018, Bernard entered a reality television show, “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.”

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However, the Australian player quit the show in three days to return back to tennis. The poor results continued to haunt him. Later that year, Bernard competed at the inaugural Rafa Nadal Open, held in Manacor. He went on to win the competition and handed himself a boost after a poor run, which continued for a long time. 

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Bernard Tomic Qualifies for Australian Open 2021

As we inch closer to the beginning of the new season, players are excited to compete at the Australian Open. The qualifying rounds were held in different venues, citing concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. Bernard was part of the group and qualified into the main draw. The former World No. 17 won all his three matches in three sets each. 

After his win, Bernard spoke with the media and said, “I am in Doha, I risked my life flying here, my health, Covid’s around, many sick, with many things that can go wrong. I’m risking my life, and I’m playing and competing. Of course, I want to get there.”

A general view inside Rod Laver Arena at sunset during the Men’s Singles Final match betwen Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 14 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Bernard missed his chance last season after he failed to qualify for his home major. He will be looking forward to making the most of his missed opportunity in the previous year. 

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The men’s qualifying rounds were held in Doha and the women’s were held in Dubai respectively. Following this, players have arrived in Melbourne. They will be in quarantine for a minimum 14-day period. During this period, players have been seen training inside their individual rooms. 

The main rounds of the Australian Open begin from the 8th of February and will continue till the 21st of the month. The entire tennis fraternity is eagerly awaiting the commencement of it. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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