Tomic reaches Orange Bowl semis
By Tennis Australia
Queensland’s Bernard Tomic remains on track for a third consecutive Orange Bowl title, reaching the semifinals of the 16/u event in Florida with a convincing 6-1 6-3 win over American Matthew Kandath.
In the semis tonight Tomic, the top seed, meets unseeded Georgian Nikolos Basilashvili who has already dispatched two seeded players – No.3 seed Denis Kudla (USA), and No.15 seed Yasutaka Uchiyama (Japan).
Bernard Tomic, the world’s highest ranked 15-year-old tennis player (ITF ranked 20), won the 12/u Orange Bowl title in 2004, and claimed the 14/u crown in 2006.
A third Orange Bowl title would cap a stellar year for Tomic, which started in January when he was awarded the Garnier Rising Star $10,000 tennis scholarship.
He was a member of the gold-medal winning Optus Australian Junior Davis Cup team (with Mark Verryth and Alex Sanders) in Italy in September, and won the ITF Grade 1 event in Kentucky, USA, and the ITF Grade B2 in Fiji.
After the Orange Bowl, Tomic will return to Australia to prepare for the Australian Open Junior Championships, where he will be one of the youngest players in the competition.
Tomic is working full-time with coach Sean Fyfe at Tennis Australia’s National Academy in Brisbane. On his return from the United States final decisions will be made on his schedule for the summer.