Tennis Australia defends Dunlop balls against Bernard Tomic accusations

Rex Christensen
January 11, 2019

Bernard Tomic's clash with Nick Kyrgios was a drawcard at Kooyong, not least because of the polarising pair's unpredictability.

While the encounter was largely played in good spirits, Tomic won the encounter 6-3, 6-4 in controversial fashion.

And as Kyrgios prepared himself for a full-blooded serve, Tomic tricked his compatriot with an wonderful sleight of hand.

Tomic won the first battle of the tennis brats 6-3 6-4, although with little at stake it was hard to get a read on their true form heading into the first major of the year.

"I don't think there has ever been a player like Bernard", Kyrgios said afterwards.

Chastened somewhat, Tomic began to rebuild his game last season, winning his first title since 2015 at Chengdu last September and he appears to be carrying that momentum forward.

Tomic will return to the main draw in Melbourne after falling the qualifying rounds a year ago.

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"He can make a run at the Australian Open, for sure".

With his silky hands in superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed through the first set.

"I want to be as healthy and fresh as possible heading into next week".

"It was a lot of fun just to get back out there", the often edgy Kyrgios, who has slipped to 51 in the world, said. "My attitude to tennis is the same whether I won or lose", he said.

"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times".

Kyrgios, who lost in the second round in Brisbane last week, had a break-point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

The 27-year-old Halep will be at the Australian Open next week in Melbourne without a coach after parting ways with Australian mentor Darren Cahill, who can longer commit to Halep due to family reasons. "I have to raise my game and play better at the end of the day".

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