Bernard nominated for award
Bernard Tomic has been nominated in The Age 2009 Sports Performer of the Year awards.
Tomic was nominated in the Young Performer of the Year category alongside fellow tennis junior Olivia Rogowska, footballer Ben Kantarovski, gymnast Lauren Mitchell and athletics star Amy Pejkovic.
The awards are voted on by the public with the winnners announced on 25 November. Cast your vote here: www.performerawards.com.au
Bernard Tomic’s progress through the junior ranks of elite tennis has stamped him as the hottest prospect in Australia since Lleyton Hewitt.
He tasted varying degrees of success in the boys’ events at the grand slam tournaments: the quarterfinals at the French Open, semifinals at Wimbledon and finally a victory at the US Open, where he dropped only four games in his defeat of American Chase Buchanan in the final.
Tomic made one giant stride on the men’s tour, winning his first top-flight ATP match, against Potito Starace, at the Australian Open in January.
His sterling triumph made him the youngest male tennis player to win a match at the first slam of the year.
That was Tomic’s only appearance in the main draw of a grand slam to date. He bowed out in the second round but his credentials had been proved.