Tomic eyes rise in form as grass season begins
FACED with a slide out of the world's top 50, Bernard Tomic resumes an unlikely quest for a Wimbledon seeding in Stuttgart this week.
The 24-year-old has dropped from No 17 to No 48 following a fruitless start to the season but is banking on a resurgence on grass over the next month before Wimbledon on July 3.
Tomic faces Frenchman Stephane Robert in the Mercedes Cup before a second-round clash with Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych.
With Nick Kyrgios resting ahead of Queen's Club next week, Tomic has also entered Halle and Eastbourne after deciding to bypass Queen's, where was a semi-finalist last season.
Thanasi Kokkinakis is playing in the Netherlands this week.
Tomic, who was hammered in the first round of the French Open by Dominic Thiem, will play doubles in Stuttgart with Mischa Zverev.
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson will contest the Ricoh Open in Rosmalen.
Kokkinakis has drawn Russian Mikhail Youzhny and will partner Alexander Zverev in doubles against Thompson and John Peers.
Thompson meets Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in singles.
Ashleigh Barty is Australia's sole singles contender in the Aegon Open in Nottingham.
The Queenslander starts against German Tatjana Maria.