SYDNEY (AP) A period of personal reflection in a South African jungle has convinced Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic that he’s ready to return to the court.
Tomic quit the reality television show “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” after only three days, saying that was long enough to reflect and realize “how I played last year and where I should be.”
He said his short time in the jungle was his first break from his “fast-paced” lifestyle and gave was “a wake-up call.”
“After being there for a couple days, it made me depressed and it made me a bit sad and I didn’t want to continue doing that to myself,” Tomic told News Corp Australia. “I need to get back on the court.
“I just started recently to get back and feeling good. I won a couple of matches at the Australian Open in the (qualifiers). I just regret leaving that last month-and-a-half behind. It wasn’t the right thing for me to do.”
But Tomic’s comeback may depend on his ability to repair his relationship with Tennis Australia and national Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.
Hewitt has indicated Tomic’s Davis Cup career may be at an end after he rebuffed several attempts to draw him back into the fold and said in an interview that Australia couldn’t win the Davis Cup without him. Asked if Tomic would play for Austalia again, Hewitt said “it’s highly doubtful.”
“He’s made some mistakes. It will be a long way back,” Hewitt said. “He’s digging a big hole for himself that he may never get out of.”
PARIS — A thrilling five-set victory took a toll on Gael Monfils, whose withdrawal from the French Open handed No. 6 Holger Rune a walkover to the third round.
The 36-year-old Frenchman said he has a strained left wrist and can’t continue.
He battled Sebastian Baez for nearly four hours on Court Philippe Chatrier before beating the Argentine 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 in a first-round match that ended at 12:18 a.m. local time.
The victory was Monfils’ first at tour level this year, as the veteran was coming back from heel surgery.
“Actually, physically, I’m quite fine. But I had the problem with my wrist that I cannot solve,” he said. “The doctor say was not good to play with that type of injury. Yesterday was actually very risky, and then today definitely say I should stop.”
Monfils reached the semifinals at the French Open in 2008 and made it to the quarterfinals on three other occasions.
PARIS — Swedish tennis player Mikael Ymer was docked about $40,000 after being disqualified for smashing his racket against the umpire’s chair at a tournament the week before he competed at the French Open.
An ATP Tour spokesman said Ymer forfeited about $10,500 in prize money and 20 rankings he earned for reaching the second round of the Lyon Open. Ymer also was handed an on-site fine of about $29,000.
The spokesman said the ATP Fines Committee will conduct a review of what happened to determine whether any additional penalties are warranted.
The 56th-ranked Ymer, who is 24 and owns a victory over current No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, was defaulted in Lyon for an outburst late in the first set against French teenager Arthur Fils last week.
Ymer was upset that the chair umpire would not check a ball mark after a shot by Fils landed near a line. As the players went to the sideline for the ensuing changeover, Ymer smacked the base of the umpire’s stand with his racket twice – destroying his equipment and damaging the chair.
That led to Ymer’s disqualification, making Fils the winner of the match.
After his 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 loss to 17th-seeded Lorenzo Musetti in the first round at Roland Garros, Ymer was asked whether he wanted to explain why he reacted the way he did in Lyon.
“With all due respect, I think it’s pretty clear from the video what caused it and why I reacted the way I reacted. Not justifying it at all, of course,” Ymer replied. “But for me to sit here and to explain? I think it’s pretty clear what led me to that place. I think that’s pretty clear in the video.”