How Serena Williams helped Bernard Tomic qualify for the French Open

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 | 0

Australia’s Bernard Tomic sealed his place in the main draw of the French Open after clinching a 7-6 7-5 win over Portugal’s Goncalo Oliveira in the final round of qualifying.

And it turns out, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams had a role to play in Tomic preparations for the premier clay-court event.

Williams practiced with Tomic at the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Paris, reveals the man himself.

“He practiced with Serena actually. He came the last week after he played a Challenger in France,” Mouratoglou, who also happens to be Williams coach, was quoted as saying by AAP.

He added: “They really liked it and they asked me if they could stay all year and use the academy as a base and see if they can develop some work together with the people at the academy.”

Tomic, once ranked as high as No. 17 in the world and highly considered as the one to look for in the future, has fallen to 208th.

But, Mouratoglou believes this could just be the start of his career revival. “I think he’s using, like, 20 per cent of his potential so that’s a good thing and I feel like he wants to be back.

“I feel like he’s motivated.”

Tomic will square off against compatriot Nick Kyrgios in the first round in Paris.

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