Woodbridge issues US Open challenge to Bernard
Todd Woodbridge believes it is time for Bernard Tomic to “step it up” at the US Open as the 21-year-old prepares to embark on his fourth campaign at Flushing Meadows.
Tomic arrives in New York having returned to near his best form following a first half of the season decimated by a hip injury.
The Queenslander missed nearly four months of competition after undergoing double-hip surgery in January, but since hitting the grass courts of England has gone 13-6 in his past 19 matches.
The highlight of that stretch was a run to the title at the ATP Claro Open Colombia in Bogota, vaulting him back inside the top 70 after he had dipped to world No.124.
On the hard courts of North America, Tomic has compiled a win-loss record of 5-3 and qualified for ATP Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati.
“I think Bernard’s tracking pretty well. At Wimbledon he played some pretty good tennis considering the amount of tennis he’d had (following his surgery),” Woodbridge said.
“I think the last couple of weeks you would have liked to see him win more matches to go into the Open to (be able to) say, yes, he’s got a great chance.”
In Tomic’s three appearances at Flushing Meadows, he has yet to go beyond the second round.
Although grass is widely known as his most productive surface, the Australian is also an effective player on hard court, with his two career ATP titles – Bogota, and at the Apia International Sydney in 2013 – both coming on the surface.
Woodbridge sees no reason why Tomic can’t transfer this form to the quick cement of the US Open.
“I think he’s got to go in looking at the Open with (the attitude of) ‘I have something to prove at Grand Slam level’. He has not played, I think, his best tennis at the US Open,” Woodbridge observed.
“I think the US Open is a good surface for him. He won the juniors there (in 2009), he likes hard court, he can anticipate well on that court.
“I think it’s time for him to step it up at the US Open.”