17TH Sep 2008

On track in Chile

Source: Tennis Australia

Source: Tennis Australia

By Rob O’Gorman

Bernard Tomic remains well in contention for selection in Australia’s Davis Cup team to tackle Chile in Antofagasta this weekend.

If selected, Bernard will become the youngest player ever to represent Australia in Davis Cup competition.

The 15 year old is one of seven players vying to be chosen to take on the Chileans on the beachside clay court specially built for this World Group Play-off Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

Tomic has shown strong form in practice leading up to the tie and is keen to pull on the green and gold if given the call-up by Optus Australian Davis Cup Captain John Fitzgerald.

“I’ll try my best and leave it up to Fitzy and Darren to decide who goes in because in the end it’s [about] what’s best for the team,” he said.  

“It’s a nice place and we’re on the beachside, the team’s been going well the last few days and we’ve prepared well before the tie so I’ve really enjoyed it and hopefully it will keep getting better when we start.”

Tomic trained with Optus Australian Davis Cup Coach Darren Cahill and fellow squad members Carsten Ball and Chris Guccione in Las Vegas before arriving in Chile on Monday.

After practicing on the main court yesterday, Tomic said he was impressed by the new surface.

“It is very smooth, not many bad bounces,” he said.

“Normally on clay courts you have a lot of bad bounces but this one here is really nice to play on.”

This is Tomic’s second sojourn with the Australian Davis Cup team after earlier in the year acting as a hitting partner for the team’s tie against Thailand in Townsville.

But this time around, he is a fully fledged member of the squad and loving every minute of international team competition.

“It’s definitely a good experience, I enjoyed it a lot in Townsville and here for the second time I’m enjoying every part of it and hopefully I can do what’s best for the team this week.”

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