Bernard Tomic has been rewarded for his form in Sydney with a wild card into the Australian Open but has been warned by Tennis Australia that he must put more effort into his career. Todd Woodbridge announced today on channel 7two (normal channel viewing was taken by extensive flood coverage) that the teenager would be given a chance but that both he and his father have been told that Bernard’s competition schedule last year was insufficient and he needs to play more if he wants more chances.
Carsten Ball has also received a wild card.
“These are always difficult decisions. He needed to produce something in Sydney and he has done that with three good wins. His tennis has now earned this wild card. We wanted to see players achieve some results, and Carsten has certainly done that throughout the year.
Bernard is a talent but cannot be rewarded with a wild card on that alone, nor should he ever expect that. He has not had much tennis and he missed the AO playoff, so the pressure was on him to perform, particularly after he did not play well in Brisbane.
He had not done enough. He needed to produce something in Sydney and he has done that with three good wins. His tennis has now earned this wild card.” -Todd Woodbridge
“In making these decisions, we are also looking at creating a culture that will help us build a strong Davis Cup team. I want to see a real work ethic, attitude and sense of camaraderie that reflects our proud tennis history. That’s always stood out as being a point of difference with the Aussie players.” – Pat Rafter
>- Unsurprisingly Australia has taken a 1-0 lead over Japan with Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt beat Tatsuma Ito (ATP world ranking 272) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. Carsten Ball, who has recently been in hospital with a staph infection, is currently up 2 sets to love in his rubber.
- Juan Monaco has revealed on Facebook that he has been receiving treatment for a mysterious injury with FC Madrid’s doctors using kinesiology techniques. Kinesiology aims to treat body imbalances and frequently in tennis includes kinesio tape. K-tape is a fantastic tape that can aid muscle length and strength significantly while improving function and reducing pain. Once you’ve learnt the technique (and if you know your anatomy) it’s quite easy to use.
“Since last saturday I´m in Madrid, hasving kinesiology sessions with FC Real Madrid doctors, thanks to my friend GAGO, who plays there. Also I´m training a lot to make de best in Madrid´s MASTERS 100 and in ROLAND GARROS” – Juan Monaco
- Noval Djokovic has won his match against Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-4, securing a place in the quarterfinals of his tournament, The Serbia Open, in the process.
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Carsten Ball has been chosen along with Lleyton Hewitt to play a singles rubber for Australia in the Davis Cup tomorrow against Japan. Peter Luczak, ranked 40 places higher than Ball, played singles earlier this year in the tie with Chinese Taipei.
Luczak is a more experienced clay court player than Ball but he apparently has a wrist injury that would be better served by some time off. Captain John Fitzgerald has long promoted the abilities of Ball but has frequently ‘preserved’ him for doubles or chosen others such as Hewitt or Tomic instead of Ball, to some irritation for the American born Australian. However this time Ball has not been over looked and Tomic has been told to learn how to play on a clay court. “We like the match-ups we have and it is time for Carsten to step up and go to the next level. This is his first live singles rubber and we think he is ready.”
“There is no doubt it is a nightmare schedule for all of us,” Hewitt said in Brisbane today. It’s ridiculous to be playing this week firstly. The ITF really have got to have a good look at it. Because if you are expecting to play two Masters series for the ATP, and then come back and play a Davis Cup tie in between that – it takes a lot of effort.” – Lleyton Hewitt
It was announced today that Bernard Tomic has been dropped from the Australian Davis Cup team despite his successful first meet earlier this year against Chinese Taipei. The meet with Japan will be played on clay courts, which Tomic has been struggling on this year. Not that Hewitt, who is also returning after hip surgery, has had much more success on the red dirt in singles.
It has been denied that Tomic is being bumped to avoid ruffling Hewitt’s feathers.
Hewitt, Peter Luczak, Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley have been named in the team. The tie will be held May 7-9 in Brisbane.
Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga created an almost insurmountable problem for Germany in Friday’s Davis Cup rubbers. Monfils defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first rubber with Tsonga taking the second rubber in 4 sets over Benjamin Becker. It is highly unlikely that the Germans will recover from this scoreline. It has been 50 years since they have last recovered from such a deficit in Davis Cup and 72 years since they beat the French in a tie.
Monfils was understandably delighted saying “We had a great dayyy.come on one more pointttt….” on his Twitter site. It was Monfils’ first victory in Davis Cup. Monfils was utterly dominant on serve, feeding off the crowd and blasting Kohlschreiber off the court, eventually winning 6-1, 6-4, 7-6.
Tsonga was impressive given his recent poor health. The Frenchman has been off the tour recently with bad gastro that caused him to lose 3kg (7 pounds). Despite his understandable lack of energy Tsonga came out on top 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 spending just 3 more minutes that Monfils did on court.
Not far away in Belgrade, Serbia, John Isner bombarded Viktor Troicki with 21 aces in the first Davis Cup match of his career. The American still went down to the Serbian 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in 3 hrs 36 minutes. Novak Djokovic then stepped up to the plate and took Sam Querrey out 6-2, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3. Nova still didn’t look quite on form, losing his concentration and dropping the third set, but he was in form enough to get the job done.
Novak Djokovic played only 2 Davis Cup matches last year, losing both, against Ferrer and Nadal. This marked Djokovic’s first win in Davis Cup since 2008
Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley secured the tie against Chinese Taipei in Melbourne, giving Australia a 3-0 lead after Saturday’s doubles match, winning 7-6, 7-6, 6-2. Bernard Tomic and Peter Luczak will play the reverse singles tomorrow to try and give Australia a 5-0 victory.
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After all the fuss surrounding Bernard Tomic’s appointment to Australia’s Davis Cup team, the young Australian helped Australia get off to a great start, destroying Tsung-Hua Yang 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in their third career meeting and first time against each other outside a juniors event. Tomic has won all of their previous meetings.
A rain delay meant a later start for the Davis Cup newcomer but he seemed unworried by the situation. The rain forecast was the reason he got to play the singles rubber with John Fitzgerald saying he didn’t want Carsten Ball to have to play 2 games in one day if the game was rained out. Tomic had said he was confident heading into the match, having previously being untroubled by Tsung-Hua, and quickly broke him to get to a 4-1 lead int he first set.
Peter Luczak had a slow start, losing the first set 4-6 to Chu-Huan Yi before rallying to win dominantly 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Luczak has had some good form to start the 2010 season getting to the quarterfinals in Santiago and Sydney and pushing Rafa Nadal in his first round match at the Australian Open.
The doubles rubber will be played tomorrow, weather allowing, by Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley against Tsung-Hua Yang and Chu-Huan Yi. Australia is expected to win this rubber too, with the Australian’s being far more experienced in doubles play.
>Australian Bernard Tomic has been named as a member of the Davis Cup squad in the absence of Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione, both of whom are injured. However, Tennis Australia have only invited Tomic after first speaking to Tomic’s father John and telling him to keep his mouth shut.
If Tomic does indeed end up playing he will be the youngest ever play to play David Cup for Australia at 17 and 135 days, 42 days younger than John Alexander was in the 1968 final.
Davis Cup Coach Todd Woodbridge today said “Like any other father, or parent, or personal coach, he will not have any input into the team. Like any other parent, he will be welcome to attend the tie and support the team.” He also stated that all other meetings had nothing to do with Bernard himself, i.e. his dad is a royal pain in Tennis Australia’s backside.
Bernard will join team mates Peter Luczak, Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley. With this line up against Chinese Taipei, the Australian team consists of only one player born in Australia.
With Bernard’s history with Lleyton Hewitt, it is doubtful that Tomic would’ve had a chance to play if Hewitt was healthy.