Tomic’s Wimbledon Prep Far From Perfect

Another so-so loss hampers Tomic's Wimbledon lead up.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Bernard Tomic is still struggling just days before his Wimbledon campaign is set to begin.

The Aussie bombed out of the AEGON International at Eastbourne in the second round against Italian Fabio Fognini.

Tomic was awarded a bye in the opening round at Eastbourne and advanced directly into the second stage but was dropped 4-6 6-3 7-5 by the world No.61.

Tomic appears to be close to full health though.

“I was bad for three or four days prior to Halle,” he said.

“I was resting in Monaco where I somehow got it, so I'm lucky it went away the last few days and I'm actually feeling right to go.

“I'm back to normal, which is good, but I wouldn't say that physically I'm 100 per cent. That's why I need these few days to get ready for Monday, Tuesday.”

The loss comes a week after the 19-year-old withdrew from his first round matchup against Tommy Haas in Germany in the first set with stomach cramps, meaning Tomic has played just two grass court matches in the lead up to his big Wimbledon appearance.

Tomic was brilliant at last year’s Wimbledon when he became the youngest quarter-finalist since Boris Becker in 1986.

Whether Tomic can regain full health before the tournament’s start remains to be seen, but he at least received some good news. Wimbledon has pushed his seeding rankings higher; the world No.27 will be the 20th seed.