21ST Jun 2010

Wimbledon debut a dream come true

He’s spent the past decade breaking records and achieving firsts, but Australian teenage tennis prodigy Bernard Tomic says qualifying for Wimbledon is something else.

At 17 years and eight months, Tomic makes his main-draw debut on Monday as the youngest player in the men’s championship.

“I can’t describe it, can’t describe it,” he said on Sunday.

“It’s my first Wimbledon. I can’t say much, just happy to play that good to qualify. The day after I qualified, I started realising that I’m in Wimbledon here and it’s such a great experience that I’ve had the last few days.”

A two-times grand slam junior champion and youngest player ever to win a men’s singles match at the Australian Open, Tomic has previously contested three senior majors as a wildcard.

But he says winning his own way into a slam for the first time makes his long-awaited Wimbledon debut extra special.

Tomic faces a tough initiation against experienced American Mardy Fish, who made the final at Queen’s last week and also boasts a career win over Roger Federer.

“He’s a good player,” Tomic said.

“He can beat anyone and he’s beaten a lot of great players and there’s nothing I can do when he’s playing good.

“(But) you never know, I’m obviously a lot lot younger than him, so I’ve got nothing to lose.

“Knowing that you’ve earnt yourself into one of these majors, and I’m playing really good, I think if I play well, I’ve got a chance.”

Latest Result

Italian Open, R64
Benoit Paire DEFEATED Bernard Tomic 2-1 (RET) see previous results