Tomic targeting top 10 in 2017
Having enjoyed some excellent results in 2016, Bernard Tomic is hoping a strong start to the new season on home soil will help push him toward his goal of a top 10 ranking.
He is still on the lookout for a full-time coach.
But Bernard Tomic believes he is primed to launch a bold quest to crack the ATP Tour top 10.
Tomic said he hoped to eventually find a full-time mentor next year despite enjoying a career-high world ranking of No.17 in January, while flying solo.
He said finding a new coach would be a key step toward his 2017 goal of finally joining the top 10.
“Hopefully in 2017 I can have someone there, a mentor – that is going to be important,” said world No.26 Tomic.
“I would like to reach the top 10 mark.”
And Tomic believes the home-court advantage this summer will provide an ideal launching pad for his plan.
Tomic will start his preparation for the Australian Open at the Brisbane International, which begins on 1 January.
“I think Australia will push me forward so I have to be ready and step up here,” Tomic said.
“Brisbane is a huge start for me. And I feel it could be a huge year for me.”
While 2016 featured plenty of bright spots on court – a final in Acapulco, semis at Brisbane and Queen’s, a career-high ranking, more than $1 million in prize money and trips to the second week at Melbourne Park and Wimbledon – haunted him was blowing a big chance at the All England Club.
His five-set, fourth round loss to Frenchman Louis Pouille, from two-sets-to-one up a major pain point.
“I could have pushed for a quarter, maybe a semi,” Tomic lamented.
Another was his see-sawing Acapulco final loss to rising star Dominic Thiem in February.
A win would have catapulted him to world No.13 and closer to the the top 10.
“I missed a few chances but I know what I need to do to progress in 2017,” Tomic said. “No one can help myself more than I can – that’s up to me. Mentality is the key. It’s why the top five, top 10 are so good – it’s something I lack.”
Tomic remains confident that despite pressure to do well at home, Australia is the best place for him to launch his season with a big Australian Open performance.
“It’s not easy. You have to try and put that aside and not get distracted,” he said.
“It always gets to you that pressure. You just have to control it.
“But Australia is my favourite place to play.”