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‘Fighter’ Millman will bounce again: Tommo

Jordan Thompson has predicted that his injured mate John Millman will be back soon to show why he’s one of the great “fighters” on tour.

The no-nonsense ‘Tommo’ was still brushing off the disappointment of his own French Open first round exit at the hands of Jaume Munar as he reflected on Millman’s misfortune.

Australian men’s No.2 Millman had been forced to withdraw with a back injury minutes before he was due to face Gianluca Mager on Monday.

His withdrawal left the Queenslander crestfallen and unsure of whether the “acute” injury will be overcome in time for him to compete in the grass court swing in the UK.

“Hopefully, it’s one of those things that, come the grass swing, I can be ready to go and play, but I’ll have to just play the waiting game and see,” Millman said.

Thompson was in no doubt that Millman would return to action sooner rather than later.

“The great thing about John is he’s a fighter,” Thompson, who had been on a training spell with Millman at Alex de Minaur’s European base in Alicante, told AAP.

“I’m sure he’ll be fine and he’ll be back, he’ll get his body right.

“There’s no question about whether he’ll compete his arse off when he comes back.”

Thompson will himself be looking to rebound on the grass after going down 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to Munar, in a dogfight over four hours and 23 minutes that the Sydneysider felt had swung on the tight third-set tiebreaker.

“I’ll be over it in 10 minutes,” the 27-year-old, whose racquets hit the clay a few times in fits of pique as he got frustrated at some of his missed chances, said.

“I usually move on pretty fast. It’s not the end of the world – it’s a tennis match.

“I’ve got doubles here and I’ll look to have a little bit more luck on the grass.

“Hopefully, a better run than I did on the red stuff…”

Millman was left wondering what happens to him next as he seeks treatment on his injury.

“I have no idea what I’ll do now,” he said.

“We don’t really have any bases over here, our federation – or none that are financially viable – so I don’t know what I’ll do.”

It’s just another of the problems of being an Australian professional tennis player on the road during the pandemic.

“To be honest it’s pretty s***, it’s a first world problem, but it’s tough for us Aussies that we can’t get home,” Thompson said.

“We live so far away from the tour, we know there’s no end in sight at the moment, so we don’t know how long we’ll be away for.

“I’m sure it weighs a lot on people’s minds.”

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