Tomic tastes success in Burnie
Teenage tennis star Bernard Tomic boosted his chances of representing Australia in next month’s Davis Cup tie after winning the Burnie International Challenger tournament in Tasmania.
Spots in the Australia team to play Chinese Taipei from March 5 to 7 in Melbourne are up for grabs with the country’s No.1 male player Lleyton Hewitt sidelined for three months after undergoing hip surgery.
And 17-year-old Tomic gave himself every chance of being called up for the Asia-Oceania zone group one match by beating fellow Australian Greg Jones 6-4 6-2 in Sunday’s final.
It was Tomic’s second Challenger title, following success in Melbourne early last year, and he was clearly delighted.
“I played really well here, and really enjoy playing here – Challengers in Australia have been good for me,” said Tomic after winning the USD$75,000 (AUD$86,735) tournament.
“I’m looking forward to a few days off on the Gold Coast and working out my schedule for the next few months.”
Tennis Australia Tournament Director Mark Handley was full of praise for the event.
“The McDonalds Burnie International this year went from being a tennis tournament to a tennis event. The community and commercial support, combined with outstanding voluntary support from the club makes it a figurehead for Australian Pro Tour events.
“We are now looking ahead to next week – the Mildura Grand Tennis International starts on Saturday. It will be great to have Casey Dellacqua in competition as she continues her comeback, and fellow West Australian and defending champion Brydan Klein,” Handley continued.