Trudging off in the lashing rain, the scale of his accomplishment hit him.
“When they said ‘Game, Set, Match’ I didn’t even have a reaction, I was stunned. I hugged my coach, my former fitness coach, another friend and when we walked back to the locker room I start crying like a little baby,” revealed Gomez, who was sent a text message of congratulations by his dad immediately afterwards.
“I’m really emotional; first time into a Slam main draw, especially here. I called my mum right away, she knows what I suffered to get here, I’ll talk to my dad when I’m more calm.
“Thinking about how I nearly quit, where I’ve come from, it made me appreciate I’ve achieved my dream to play in a Grand Slam.”
Rewind to August 2018 and Gomez had almost quit, rolling the dice in two ‘final’ Futures events in his homeland, Ecuador.
“I was ready with the hammer and nail, ready to hang my racquet on the wall,” he added. “I said to myself, ‘This is my last chance,’ and I won both tournaments, both singles and doubles. I called my parents to thank them for believing in me and I’ve never looked back.
“It gave me momentum, that my career was still alive.”