13TH Jan 2009

Tomic awarded Australian Open wildcard

Bernard plays Verdasco at the Brisbane International. GETTY IMAGES

Bernard plays Verdasco at the Brisbane International. GETTY IMAGES

Bernard will make his Grand Slam debut at next week’s Australian Open after Tennis Australia awarded him a wildcard into the main draw.

Tennis Australia continues to promote its youth policy for Australian Open wildcard recipients, announcing  main draw berths for two 16-year-olds, Tomic (QLD) and Monika Wejnert (QLD), 17-year-old Olivia Rogowska (VIC), and, 21-year-old Sam Groth (VIC).

Tomic, the world’s top-ranked 16-year-old, and 2008 Australian Open Junior Champion, showed his ability to step up to the pro-tour with a gutsy three-set win over Yeu-Tzoo Wang from Chinese Taipei in Australian Open 2008 qualifying.

The Queenslander’s pro event results in the past year include reaching the final of the Indonesian Futures in August, and in juniors he was runner-up in Wimbledon boy’s doubles.

“Wow, playing in a grand slam, particularly the Australian Open, has always been a dream and I hope to do well,” Tomic said.

“I really appreciate the support Tennis Australia has given me and look forward to doing my very best. This is the level I have to learn to play at all the time, so it will be a fantastic experience.”

The Australian Open official draw will take place on Friday.

For full coverage, visit www.australianopen.com.

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