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Complicated
12-14-2008, 01:12 AM
New Article from the age:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/teen-ace-back-home-and-courting-glory/2008/12/13/1228585185136.html

IT WASN'T so long ago that Australia's most promising tennis product wasn't playing for Australia.

When Andrew Thomas burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced 12-year-old, Ian Barclay — the man who guided Pat Cash to Wimbledon glory — described him as the best junior he had ever seen. It seemed only a matter of time before the right-handed slugger was following in the footsteps of Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt.

Enter Marcos Baghdatis. The Cypriot stole our hearts in his incredible run to the Australian Open final in 2006. And he nearly stole our best junior when he returned to our shores the following year. On the lookout for a hot prospect to partner him at Davis Cup level, Baghdatis stumbled across a brash baseliner with all the tools. Turns out that Thomas was eligible to play for Cyprus, because his mother was born there. Money was offered, promises made. Thomas ditched Australia and called Cyprus home.

Tennis Australia was not amused. Money and time had been spent developing Thomas into a gun player and just as TA was about to reap the rewards he packed his bags for Cyprus.

So why did Thomas, now 18, decide to come back?

"Obviously, I was a proud Aussie and I'd do anything to play for Australia," Thomas said. "At that time I felt like it was the right choice. Obviously now, I'm happy where I am.

"The worst-case scenario was I'd go to Cyprus but, obviously, I was happy representing and playing for Australia. I didn't really want to move so I decided I'd come back here straight away." It's a good thing too. Australian Open organisers are about to send out invitations for the wildcard play-offs, which begin tomorrow, and Thomas is expected to get a start.

A star in the junior ranks, having won the Orange Bowl in the US and the Japan Open juniors, he is ready to make a mark on the professional circuit. "My main goal is obviously to win an Australian Open," he said. "Every practice session, that's my eventual goal. I'm thinking about that, working hard and hopefully taking the right steps to get there."

There are some more immediate goals. "Top 300 by the end of next year would be a good goal," he said. "Everyone says I have the game and the talent, so that's a positive for me. It all really comes down to hard work."

Unfortunately it looks like he's only been listed as an alternative for the AO Wildcard playoffs. Maybe theres still some bad blood between him and Tennis Australia?

OZTENNIS
12-23-2008, 09:50 PM
Thanks for posting :)

Top 300 by the end of next year :scared:

Baghdatis#1
12-23-2008, 11:41 PM
:worship:Andrew Thomas:worship:

Baghdatis#1
12-23-2008, 11:42 PM
^I don't care who he plays for. As long as he's happy, I'm happy for him. For me, I just can picture him as a Kypreo minus the Davis Cup :shrug:.

Baghdatis#1
01-03-2009, 01:35 AM
Can he still play DC for Cyprus even though he plays for Australia? Dimitris Kleftakos of Germany signed a 5 year contract with the Greek Davis Cup team, but I think he might be transferring to Greece. I think Megan Moulton-Levy of the US played Fed Cup for Jamaica in 2003:shrug:.

smile
01-03-2009, 09:05 AM
have heard that thomas is in ais this year

Baghdatis#1
01-05-2009, 11:05 PM
Hi. What is AIS?

Bingerz
01-06-2009, 03:50 AM
Hellas...AIS is the Australian Institute of Sport

Baghdatis#1
01-15-2009, 12:09 AM
Thanks. That's good for him so I guess it gives him better training. Right?

jmf07
05-19-2009, 12:17 AM
Might be able to achieve something this week in Italy futures. Qualified for main draw and drew another qualifier. Drawn to meet either a lucky loser or a qualifier in the second round as well.

jmf07
05-20-2009, 12:15 AM
Straight sets win in the first round. Hopefully he can overcome another qualifier in the second round. This is good for him. He has very good potential and at times has shown glimpses of it but has been in a bit of a slump of late. If he could do well in this tournament it might give him the confidence and motivation to start a rise up the rankings. He certainly is talented enough.

jmf07
05-21-2009, 03:15 AM
Won his second round match in three sets. Now plays Jeanpierre which will be tough.

scotthongkong
05-23-2009, 08:59 AM
Go Andrew. Great win!

jmf07
05-25-2009, 11:59 PM
Playing again in an Italian futures tournament where he qualified and then defeated another qualifier in the first round 6-1 6-0. Good result.

Baghdatis#1
05-26-2009, 12:59 AM
Andreas:yeah:

Tenys4ever
08-12-2009, 01:02 PM
Where is Andrew? What is he doing? Haven't heard anything about him for a while.

jmf07
05-24-2010, 01:11 AM
Nice to see Andrew win a AMT in Gosford. He beat Feeney in the final and took out Chaplin in the semis.