21ST Oct 2008

Garnier signs rising star

Source: Tennis Australia

Source: Tennis Australia

By Tennis Australia

Health and beauty brand Garnier, associate sponsor of the Australian Open, this week broadened their support of tennis to a rising star of the game, signing Bernard Tomic as a brand ambassador.

The two-year deal will see Tomic appear in both print and TV advertising for Garnier and make personal appearances at the hugely popular Garnier World during the Australian Open.

Gold Coast based Tomic, celebrating his sixteenth birthday today, already boasts a trophy cabinet full of prestigious international titles.
 
In 2008 Tomic became the youngest player in the Open era to win the Australian Open Junior Championships, and reached the finals of the Wimbledon boys’ doubles.

In 2007 Tomic led the Optus Australian Junior Davis Cup team to victory at the world final and hoisted his third Orange Bowl trophy. 

In 2006, at just fourteen, he announced his presence on the international scene by winning four International Junior Tennis Federation (ITF) 18/u titles in just two months, and was recognised with the Garnier Rising Star Award, a $10,000 tennis scholarship in January 2007.

Announcing the signing, General Manager of Garnier, Mark O’Keefe said, “Garnier is excited to announce a partnership with Bernard Tomic. We believe Bernard reflects perfectly the youthful energy and passion that lies at the heart of the Garnier brand.
 
“We were able to recognise Bernard’s achievements in 2006 by giving him the Garnier Rising Star Award and we are proud to now support him as he embarks on this exciting new phase of his career”.  

“I’m very excited to be chosen by Garnier as brand Ambassador,” Bernard Tomic said. “I already really like and use their products and am looking forward to working with them over the next couple of years.”

Tomic continues to make the transition from juniors to the professional tour and is currently competing in Tennis Pro Circuit events. His objective is to garner points for his pro ranking, which is currently 818.

In December he aims to make history with a tilt for a fourth Orange Bowl title. He has won in the 12s, 14s and 16s, and this year will compete in the 18/u event. This is one of the world’s most prestigious junior titles, with former winners including Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and John McEnroe.

As 2008 winner of the Australian Open Junior Championships, Tomic automatically receives a wildcard into Australian Open qualifying, an event in which he performed well this year, winning over Chinese Taipei’s Yeu-Tzuoo Wang in the first round.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bernard signs with Garnier

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