Tomic cracks world top 20
By Tennis Australia
Australia’s Bernard Tomic has moved into the top 20 of the world junior rankings after winning the ITF Grade 1 Kentucky International Junior Tennis Derby.
Tomic, the world’s highest ranked 14 year old, was previously ranked 39. The new weekly ITF rankings posted overnight saw him move to No.19.
This excellent result for Tomic comes just days after being named in the Optus Australian Junior Davis Cup Team, and follows encouraging performances at the US Open Junior Championships, where he defeated the No.4 seed and reached the third round.
In the final in Kentucky, Tomic defeated 16-year-old American Jarmere Jenkins, 6-2 6-3.
Australia currently has five boys in the top 20: Greg Jones (NSW) is No.6, Brydan Klein (WA) No.10, John Patrick Smith (Qld) No.12, Stephen Donald (Vic) No.15, and Tomic at No.19.
In other singles results from Kentucky, Jared Easton (Qld) reached the quarterfinals and Isabella Holland (Qld), Tyra Calderwood (NSW) and Johanna Konta (NSW) progressed to the third round.
In doubles Mark Verryth (with Borut Puc, SLO), Tyra Calderwood and Isabella Holland all reached the semifinals.
While the Optus Australian Davis Cup Team is preparing for a tough tie in Belgrade this weekend, in Pancevo (also in Serbia) some of the country’s top juniors have taken out titles.
Victoria’s Marija Mirkovic won the Pancevo International in Serbia on Sunday, defeating Kristina Mladenovic from France 7-5 6-2.
The Aussies also took out the boys’ doubles, with No.5 seeds Kris Balakrishnan and Stephen Hoh (Vic) overcoming fourth seeds Miguel Almeida and Martin Trueva 4-6 6-3 6-4.
The Optus Australian Junior Davis Cup Team of Bernard Tomic, Mark Verryth (Vic) and Alex Sanders (Qld); and Optus Australian Junior Fed Cup Team of Isabella Holland, Sally Peers (Vic) and Olivia Rogowska (Vic), will compete at the World Final of these prestigious 16/u events in Italy later this month.