Bernard Tomic 'risked life' to qualify for Australian Open, Alex de Minaur wins Antalya Open

  • Tomic beats compatriot Smith in Doha for spot in Melbourne
  • De Minaur downs Bublik in Turkey to win first ATP trophy

A combative Bernard Tomic insists he has demonstrated his whole-hearted commitment to tennis after “risking his life” to play in the Middle East and successfully qualify for another Australian Open.

The mercurial former top-20 player, so often derided for a supposed lukewarm attitude to the sport, showed huge spirit to win an epic all-Aussie final qualifying showdown with his friend John-Patrick Smith in Doha on Wednesday.

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