BERNARD Tomic’s struggle to return to form following hip surgery has continued, with the Gold Coaster knocked out of the French Open in the first round.
It took 12th seed home town favourite Richard Gasquet just 97 minutes to do away with the young Aussie 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 at Roland Garros overnight.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports, Tomic was playing his first match at a major since retiring hurt against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in January.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
It was only his sixth tournament appearance since returning from surgery, having failed to move past the first round of any event since then.
Countryman and practice partner Lleyton Hewitt defended Tomic’s form: “I know what it’s like to come back from two hip operations. I had mine at different times. He obviously had them … basically at the same time. It’s not an easy thing to come back from.”
Hewitt followed Tomic onto the scrap heap. Despite saving two match points, the veteran lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to Argentine Carlos Berlocq.
Matt Ebden is also out, while the news was better for Marinko Matosevic who beat German Dustin Brown in four sets.
Casey Dellacqua joined Sam Stosur in the second round of the women’s draw with a straight sets (7-5, 6-3) win over Lourdes Dominguez Lino.