Bernard Tomic has been battling mental demons.
Bernard Tomic has been battling mental demons. Daniel Maurer

Tomic talks about 'burnout' after mental slump

BERNARD Tomic blames indifferent form on burnout less than a week out from Wimbledon.

The Queenslander said he is slowly regaining form and confidence after a mental slump since reaching a career-high ranking of No 17.

Currently ranked 60th, the former prodigy said the rigours of being on the circuit since he was 16 have taken a heavy toll.

"It feels like I'm 30 years old. I'm only 24 but I've been on the tour since I was 16,” Tomic said after beating Norbert Gombos 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 at the AEGON International in Eastbourne.

"I just feel a little bit burnt out the last four or five months.

"I'm just beginning to pick it up and I've got to find that one tournament to get my energy back and maybe it could be here.

"It's not easy, a lot of travel involved.

"I'm still 24. I've got another 10 years left to play this sport.

"I've already played a lot of grand slams and done pretty well and it's taken it out of me the last sort of eight months.

"I think after Beijing, Shanghai (in October) I took a break for a month and didn't play a lot of tennis and wasn't quite ready to play in Australia.

"Then it led onto February, March. I didn't play a lot of tournaments because I was sick and injured.

"But there are worse things.

"I'm not playing my best tennis, but I'm competing and playing kinda OK, I guess.”

Tomic said he erred by contesting events in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Paris on clay - his worst event.

"I feel I shouldn't have played clay, maybe quit at Miami and then just played the French,” he said.

"But, funnily enough, this my best season on clay with three wins.

"I'm playing solidly, not my best.”

Tomic will tomorrow face either American Ryan Harrison or German Mischa Zverev for a quarter-final berth.

The Queenslander's advance came as Daria Gavrilova was ousted 2-6 6-2 6-3 by Spain's Lara Arruabarrena.

Four Australian men survived the first round of Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton.

John Patrick Smith downed Serbian Laslo Djere 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 as Blake Mott beat German Jeremy Jahn 6-4 6-4.

Andrew Whittington downed French 24th seed Stephane Robert 3-6 7-5 6-4, while Alex de Minaur upset Austrian 18th seed Jurgen Melzer 2-6 6-3 6-3.

But Marc Polmans was beaten by US teenager Stefan Kozlov 6-4 7-5 as Newcombe medallist Sam Groth suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 11-9 loss to Italian Simone Bolelli.

Three women start qualifying tonight - Lizette Cabrera, Arina Rodionova and Destanee Aiava.

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