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Sean Berman - American or Australian?

This guy is into the semifinals of the Australian Open juniors as a wildcard entrant given to him by Tennis Australia and is written down as Australian on the drawsheet but then when you click on his profile it says he is from the US. On the Tennis Australia website they claim he is Australian but on the itf website they claim he is American.

What is the deal? He played in the Optus Australian u18s event in December last year which is a closed tournament for Australians. Tennis Australia is giving this guy wildcards but is he actually going to play for Australia?

Surely someone on this forum has a bit more knowledge on this situation than I do.
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 12:28 PM
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He will definitely be playing for Australia.

Chris Mahoney was at the Sydney tournament a couple of weeks ago and I had a chance to talk to him. He also happens to be Bearman's coach.

His family has settled in Melbourne which is where Berman's mother is from. My understanding is that they have already lodged the paperwork but still waiting for approval before he can be a naturalised Aussie and from that point on officially represent Australia
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Hey, this is what i found about him: http://http://www.jwire.com.au/2010/...ar-new-aussie/

It confirms what bad gambler said and that his paperwork has been approved
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http://www.theadvocate.com.au/news/l...t/1736951.aspx


I wonder if some of our young guys with ATP rankings would get a Wild Card into a challenger event if they went and changed nationalities. There are a few who have parents from other countries, maybe an option if TA keep rubbing their noses in it.
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Someone saw this kid hitting with Woodbridge and Molik a mth before open, while aussie players yeah with ATP rankings left out on other court...

TA are not known at all for their Loyality, just shows how desperate they are,,, so yeah WRONG DIRECTION good point....

They should at least inform ITF , who posted article about Berman just yesterday says he's from USA .

Well NZ and USA did a good job developing this kid thats for sure.
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heres another article from the australian open website to clear up his nationality.


http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...9.html?fpos=r4

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On Thursday, Aussie Sean Berman continued his good run in the junior boys’ singles, beating 10th seed Guilherme Clezar from Brazil 6-4 6-2 to move into the semi-finals. In the previous round, Berman beat third seed and fellow Australian junior Jason Kubler in straight sets, and before that, he held off Slovak Jozef Kovalik, the 16th seed, in three sets.

At the beginning of the week, there was confusion about which country Sean was representing – was it the United States or Australia? Watching Berman at courtside in his first round match, Sean’s mum confirmed that it was Australia. She said the family have done a lot of travelling for the sake of Sean’s tennis, but they are all right behind him - and excited by their most recent move back to her home town of Melbourne.

Sean was born in South Africa just before the Berman’s moved to New Zealand. When Sean was 12, the family then relocated to Los Angeles to further Sean’s tennis education. That remained their home until a few months ago, when they settled in Melbourne.

“I spent some time in America, playing and travelling and training. But now I’m here in Australia and playing for Australia,” Sean said in a post-match interview.

Asked how he thinks the move to Australia will improve his game, he replied, “Tennis Australia has some unbelievably good tennis coaches with extremely good knowledge. I think what they’ve got to offer me will be very beneficial to my game, and I think it can really work out.”

Sean has been representing Australia at the Australian Open 2010 in both the main draw qualifying rounds and the junior boys’ singles competition.

A loss in the first round of the qualifying to Daniel Evans from the United Kingdom was a valuable experience. “I had a tough first-round match. I lost but I learnt a lot from it.” He says he has been able to bring that out to his boys’ singles matches.

While Berman says that his serve is not his strength, it was certainly working for him against Clezar on Thursday. He won 87 per cent of points on his first serve, and did not give up a break point opportunity. Sean believes that his ground game is his strength. Determination and a never-give-up attitude also appear to be paying off.

Other media outlets have reported Berman as saying he has set his mind on playing in the juniors at Wimbledon in July, but all Berman has been saying of late is that he has a challenger tournament planned. “I haven’t looked too far ahead. I’ve just been concentrating on my next match,” he says.

Earlier in the week, the new Aussie had a chance to have a hit-up with Rafael Nadal. When asked whether it had been his dream to have a hit with Nadal, Berman politely replied that it was his dream to beat Nadal.

Let’s hope so.

Berman plays sixth-seeded Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the semi-final of the junior boys’ singles on Friday at 3pm on Show Court 2.
there a video of berman hitting with nadal on australian open website.

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Someone saw this kid hitting with Woodbridge and Molik a mth before open, while aussie players yeah with ATP rankings left out on other court...

TA are not known at all for their Loyality, just shows how desperate they are,,, so yeah WRONG DIRECTION good point....

They should at least inform ITF , who posted article about Berman just yesterday says he's from USA .

Well NZ and USA did a good job developing this kid thats for sure.
well he just won against fucsovics and now in the junior final. so its look like good decision by them but obviously they can't take credit for his development...

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well he just won against fucsovics and now in the junior final. so its look like good decision by them but obviously they can't take credit for his development...

OH BUT THEY WILL....

This will save TA ass ..... perfect for their Media Hype.
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Hate to say it but this kid and his family seem like mercenaries content to jump nationalities whenever better funding opportunities pop up.
Sean Berman:
Was born in South Africa
Grew up in New Zealand
Spent years 13-17 living in California and playing for US
Now playing for Australia

Makes the Kazakh team look like the most patriotic guys ever by comparison.

Anyway, I watched him play in Kalamazoo last year and he didn't stand out at all. If you'd have told me he would be in the final of the AO Juniors the next year I'd tell you that you were crazy. AO juniors field is a bit weaker than the other junior slams but all the same I am surprised to see him having such success.
With all this said I think his efforts at the pro level so far have been pretty solid and I wish him the best of luck.
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OH BUT THEY WILL....

This will save TA ass ..... perfect for their Media Hype.
Isn't it funny how whenever TA makes a "bad" decision something else seems to pop up, its uncanny. Bernard gets MD wildcard 2009 - Bernard makes history and wins a GS round, Kubler gets number one seeding at 18s - Kubler wins u18s, Kubler gets MD wildcard - Sean Berman makes junior final.

Regardless of what happens as long as something happens (and it always does) then TA aren't doing that bad of a job. Yes Jason Kublers WC was probably undeserved but now we have Sean Berman who has beaten Kubler on his way to the final and looking like another good prospect. Plus Berman actually has a senior ranking as opposed to Kubler.

Will be interesting if Berman wins the Aussie Open juniors how he will go in Burnie. Top 1000 if he wins a round so big motivation for Sean to get a win in Burnie. I still am not going to get fully behind Sean until he gets his citizenship and AUS is behind his name everywhere.
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Yeah he cant be a citizen yet or he would have be AUS on itf website.

He has certainly come in at a good time , since TA didn't manage to develop a whole heap of really talented players they had , they managed over the years to send a whole out of Melbourne squads,
like pat nichols, steve donald, dayne kelly, andrew gregory, mark verryth , steve hoh , marvin barker, chris young thats just a few of the players who were here when Tiley got in, yet spat out along the way. and now gone on youth policy. All going it alone, gone to college or given up, Not a good track record at all these squads.
Then you have AIS, the amount that have been in and kicked out after a year, " the statistics of waste."

It certainly shows there is no room for long term development here.

So yeah may be they will have to imports to get results from their development programs. It is certainly junior tennis they are funding and backing all the way.
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Isn't it funny how whenever TA makes a "bad" decision something else seems to pop up, its uncanny. Bernard gets MD wildcard 2009 - Bernard makes history and wins a GS round, Kubler gets number one seeding at 18s - Kubler wins u18s, Kubler gets MD wildcard - Sean Berman makes junior final.

Regardless of what happens as long as something happens (and it always does) then TA aren't doing that bad of a job. Yes Jason Kublers WC was probably undeserved but now we have Sean Berman who has beaten Kubler on his way to the final and looking like another good prospect. Plus Berman actually has a senior ranking as opposed to Kubler.

Will be interesting if Berman wins the Aussie Open juniors how he will go in Burnie. Top 1000 if he wins a round so big motivation for Sean to get a win in Burnie. I still am not going to get fully behind Sean until he gets his citizenship and AUS is behind his name everywhere.
Even if Tomic had been thrashed in the first round last year, I still believe TA was justified in giving him a wildcard in 2009 for several reasons. 1 - he won the juniors a year earlier, 2 - he had an Australian Open qualifying win a year earlier, 3 - he had a senior ranking (top 800), 4 - he had a respectable showing against world number 15 Verdasco in the Brisbane International (6-4 6-2).

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Well he lost the final 7-5, 6-3. So does that result mean that we no longer consider him Australian - well atleast not until he starts winning again.
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Will be interesting to see what he does in the future.

Tomic's 2009 Wildcard was never in doubt due to his talent but it was more to do with his behaviour. He had the defaulting episode which had come just after the DC incident and a lot of people felt that Tennis Australia had to take a stand against this as it was evidently a major problem. Instead though they opted for a weaker punishment and awarded Tomic his wildcard. You look at what is happening now and it is because of stuff like this why Tomic believes he should get his own way and probably thinks that Tennis Australia will eventually cave into his demands.

Baker (USA) - Bedene (SLO) - Bellucci (BRA) - Berta (SWE) - Cuevas (URU) - Domijan (USA) - Ebden (AUS) - Estrella (DOM) - Grigelis (LTU) - Guccione (AUS) - Heliovaara (FIN) - Kavcic (SLO) - King (BAH) - Kontinen (FIN) - Kubler (AUS) - Lajovic (SRB) - Matosevic (AUS) - McGee (IRE) - Millman (AUS) - Mitchell (AUS) - Nielsen (DEN) - Nieminen (FIN) - Paire (FRA) - Udomchoke (THA)

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They know TA will give into their demands, they always have, people have complained about this stuff for years and TA have chosen to ignore it.
They just kept sinking more and more into him, even up till now when they have gone and got him the IMG fitness coach, for goodness sakes...

What annoys me is TA have overlooked so many players who some only a couple of years ago were going 76 76 with Tomic, or some like Marsland who even beat him yet they got nothing.

Yet so much was done for Tomic, was at the expense of so so many good juniors we had. Had they made him toe the line back then they could have bought a strong group through,,, but no Tiley defended them till the end. He was on the national news at last open saying John Tomic was a good man.
It is astounding how far TA will go for short term results insead of long term development.

Woodbridge is out there trying to mend his rifts with Leyton, like hey leyton is old enough to do what he wants why should he come down to any one, Leyton is not stupid, nor desperate he has some pride.

Tomic will never play to an empty crowd , this has all created too much interest , TA got what they wanted there they run his website, they have done everything possible for him to be in the spotlight. So that draws them into all of it.

Tomic may well be better getting out of here for a fresh start , it has all become such a mess here, and doesn't seem to stop, and why wouldn't Croatia also give him w/cs .

Besides Tennis Australia seem pretty sure about their next lot of top ten players,,, they have already started naming them, the next future stars..... best group in 20 years they have said....

So really the next five years in Australian tennis will be so interesting.
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