Bernard Tomic wins first pro tournament since 2018 at ITF Cancun event

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has won his first professional tournament since 2018, emerging victorious at an ITF event in Cancun, Mexico. 

The 29-year-old defeated American Tristan McCormick in the final on Monday (AEST), prevailing 7-6(4) 6-3

After winning an opening set tiebreak, the match was postponed until the following day.

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Tomic, however, picked up where he left off to secure a straight sets victory.

He was clinical throughout the match, converting all three of his break point opportunities, whilst also limiting himself to just one double fault.

Entering the tournament as the No. 5 seed, Tomic didn’t drop a set in all five matches he played, even dispatching No. 1 seed Blu Baker 6-0 6-2.

It is the Australian’s first title since his 2018 ATP tournament success in Chengdu, China, where he defeated Fabio Fognini. 

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The former world No. 17 has competed at the ATP Challenger level for the majority of this season, only dropping down to ITF level in the past fortnight.

Tomic’s latest success will see him jump significantly in the ATP rankings, predicted to rocket to No. 658 from his current spot at No. 801.

His victory in Cancun marks the beginning of a hopeful return to the elite tennis scene for the Australian.

His last Grand Slam tournament appearance came in 2021 at the Australian Open, where he exited in the second round.

Earlier this year, he lifted the lid on regrets he holds over his tennis career, also claiming that he’s capable of winning Wimbledon before he retires.

“We all know this, I know this — I’m probably a top 10 player in the world on grass,” he said.

“I will [win Wimbledon] before I retire. I will do it, that’s for sure.”

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