After Bernard Tomic was forced to retire due to a torn groin muscle in his opening round match against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open he has now set his sights on a return to action as soon as possible, although his involvement in Australia’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie against France remains in jeopardy.
“Had the scans in the morning, which confirmed that obviously I was right…it's unlucky,” explained the Australian No. 1. “If I had played on it, it would have been 10 times worse, they say, so I could have been out potentially for three, four months.”
“I think it was a lot of tennis involved over the past two weeks. Playing very good in Hopman Cup; Sydney playing very good; maybe it was too much.”
As it stands Tomic could be out of action for between one and three weeks with the tie in La Roche sur Yon due to start in a fortnight.
“I have to treat it as much as I can because I have Davis Cup coming along, and it's important for me.”
“Right now it’s probably not looking good, which is a shame. It's a very important tie for us. You know, we've got to take on Gasquet and Tsonga on clay.
“If I'm not on the team, obviously Marinko is going to probably have to step up and play. His Davis Cup record isn't that great, but he's going to have to change and work hard the next few weeks.”
The Australian team is making its return to World Group action having last appeared in the top tier of the competition back in 2007. Tomic had been instrumental in their promotion last year winning all four of his singles rubbers against Uzbekistan and Poland to extend his overall record in the competition to 12 wins and just two losses.
The 21-year old was, however, philosophical about his situation: “Everything happens for a reason. You have to take whatever comes at you, and you've got to look at it as a positive. Everything sort of happens for a reason in life. You have to take it as a positive and learn how to improve.”