Tomic picked for Davis Cup
Experienced campaigner Peter Luczak has been named alongside 17-year-old Bernard Tomic, Davis Cup regular Carsten Ball and doubles specialist Paul Hanley.
In making his debut Tomic becomes the youngest Australian to be named in the four-man Australian team.
Matt Ebden has been named as a reserve, with talented young players Luke Saville (SA) and Ben Mitchell (Qld) joining the squad as hitting partners.
“This is a crucial tie for us. Chinese Taipei has some talented young players and as we have seen before, anything can happen in Davis Cup,” Davis Cup Captain John Fitzgerald said.
“I’m very pleased with the make-up of our team and believe we have a good balance of experience and youth.”
Woodbridge is looking forward to working with all the players in the lead up to the tie.
“Everybody is coming into the tie with a good Australian summer under their belt, and many of the boys have achieved their best ever individual results.
“With that in mind it is my goal to work them hard on the practice court and have them as well prepared as possible so we can select the most in-form players,” Woodbridge continued.
Peter Luczak, ranked world No.75, is continuing the form that saw him achieve a rapid ranking rise after coming back from injury in 2009.
At the Medibank International Sydney he defeated world No.21 Tomas Berdych and played well against No.2 seed Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.
Recently he reached the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open in Chile and this week is playing at the Abierto Mexicano telcel in Acapulco, Mexico.
Carsten Ball is knocking on the door of the world’s top 100, currently ranked 122. Earlier this month he reached the final of an ATP Challenger event in Dallas before losing to American Ryan Sweeting.
Along the way Ball defeated Giovanni Lapentti (ECU), Andrea Stoppini (ITA), Mario Crugnola (ITA) and Michael Yani (USA).
Bernard Tomic impressed in his match against No.14 seed and eventual semifinalist Marin Cilic in the second round of the Australian Open. Currently ranked 210 the 17-year-old went on to win the McDonalds Burnie International in February.
This tie marks the eighth Davis Cup appearance for former world No.5 doubles specialist Paul Hanley. Hanley, currently ranked 26, won the ATP Rotterdam Indoor with Simon Aspelin (SWE) earlier this month.
Australia will host Chinese Taipei in the first-round tie on Margaret Court Arena from March 5 to 7. This is the first time a Davis Cup tie has been staged on Margaret Court Arena, a show court with a seating capacity of 5,500.