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Tomic recieves French Wildcard

Matchu
05-05-2009, 05:38 AM
Wildcards into the main draw of the year’s second Grand Slam, the French Open, were today awarded to rising Australian tennis players Bernard Tomic (Qld) and Olivia Rogowska (Vic).

Sixteen-year-old Tomic, the 2008 Australian Open Junior Champion, started 2009 in style with a first-round Australian Open win over Italy’s Potito Starace. He went on to push rising French star Gilles Muller to four sets in an enthralling night match at Rod Laver Arena.

Tomic came into the Australian Open with impressive performances in Futures events during the second half of 2008, reaching a quarterfinal and final in Indonesia in August, and the quarters at Happy Valley in South Australia in October.

In February 2009 he again replaced Grand Slam glamour with the slog of the Tennis Pro Circuit, winning the Maccabi Challenger with convincing performances over older and more experienced players including Joe Sirianni, Marinko Matosevic, Brydan Klein and Japan’s Junn Mitsuhashi.

Tomic is currently ranked 378, having slashed his ranking more than 400 places since January.

For the past six weeks he has been in a training block on the Gold Coast, with a focus on strength and conditioning with fitness coach Rudolf Sopko. This week he is heading to Florida, with his coach, father John Tomic, and Sopko, and will make his base at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy due to it’s proximity to major international tournaments.

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Rogowska, formerly coached by Andrew McLean and now working with Chris Johnston as a member of the AIS Pro Tour program, has also enjoyed good form over the past year. She carved more than 600 places from her world ranking in 2008 and recorded a career high this week of 329.

Last week Rogowska reached the final of the Bundaberg Pro Circuit, a claycourt event, before bowing out to Anastasia Rodionova. She won her first ITF women’s singles event in Sorrento in December and reached the quarterfinals at Mildura in February.

Rogowska, a member of the champion 2007 Optus Australian Junior Fed Cup team, also performed well during the Australian Open Play-off in December, progressing to the quarterfinals. On the basis of these promising results Rogowska was awarded a wildcard into the Moorilla Hobart International in January.

This week Rogowska is in Ipswich for the Pro Circuit event, and then she will head to Europe where she will compete in a number of events on clay in Italy and France. The strength of her WTA ranking has also given her direct entry into the French Open Junior Championships.

A recipricol agreement between the French Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia allows the latter to select two Australian players for the French Open, which starts at Roland Garros on May 24. In the past players have competed in a play-off to ‘win’ the French Open wildcards. Due to late confirmation of this agreement for 2009 from the French Federation, the wildcards were awarded to Tomic and Rogowska based on recent form and results.

“Tennis Australia is delighted to award French Open wildcards to Bernard and Olivia based on their most promising results over the past 12 months,” Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis, Craig Tiley said today.

“Although we have traditionally held a play-off, with our players competing to ‘win’ these wildcards, we decided to focus on long-standing youth policy and award these wildcards to the best performing younger players.

“After his impressive performances during the Australian Open, his recent Futures win and rapid rise in rankings, Bernard was an obvious choice, as was Olivia, who has achieved some excellent results and is showing strong progress.

“The opportunity to compete at the French Open will be another step in the development of both these promising players and we wish them well,” Tiley said.

I guess it won't be long before he is a regular on the ATP tour at this rate.

finishingmove
05-05-2009, 05:40 AM
will he do better than roddick?

FairWeatherFan
05-05-2009, 05:41 AM
Good to see Australia awarding the wildcards to promising youth players, and not wasting them on the likes of Sirianni, Smeets etc.

Action Jackson
05-05-2009, 05:44 AM
There should have been a playoff for it, but Tomic will be making main draws of Slams soon enough.

Chip_s_m
05-05-2009, 05:55 AM
Incidentally, this will only be his fourth pro match on clay (he was 1-2 in futures events in 2008) assuming he doesn't play over the next two weeks. I haven't checked entries into futures or challenger events, but he may (and should) try to qualify somewhere. Since he's going to Bollettieri's, perhaps he will play in one of the American challenger/futures events on clay in the next week or so. Other accomplishments on clay are a QF in last year's junior French Open. Unless he happens to be training on clay a lot or just happens to be naturally good on it, I won't be expecting much from him this year.

That said, considering the hype surrounding him and his obvious potential, I don't blame them for giving it to him. Also, TA really doesn't have any other highly ranked young players who have shown any promise on clay. In my opinion, only Klein and possibly Matosevic were the only other options since Guccione is slumping, and they're off playing hardcourt events. Yeah, I guess I would have given it to Tomic, as well.

JimmyV
05-05-2009, 06:05 AM
Gilles Muller is now a rising French star?

Strong reporting in this article. Seriously, how do these people get hired.

Thanos
05-05-2009, 06:28 AM
will he do better than roddick?

my magicball says yes.

HattonWBA
05-05-2009, 06:40 AM
Expected, but i think they should do what america have done and offer a wild card tourney (which isner won) between some of the australian guys

grimilan
05-05-2009, 06:47 AM
Expected, but i think they should do what america have done and offer a wild card tourney (which isner won) between some of the australian guys

Yeah according to the article they usually do that, but due to the wildcard agreement being formalised late, they decided to just give it Tomic.

jmf07
05-05-2009, 07:08 AM
Good to see Australia awarding the wildcards to promising youth players, and not wasting them on the likes of Sirianni, Smeets etc.

Unfortunately they had no one else to give it to. Australia has never wasted wildcards on Sirianni. He got one when he deserved it for the AO.

azza
05-05-2009, 07:12 AM
Peter Luczak? =(

jmf07
05-05-2009, 07:16 AM
Peter Luczak? =(

Loss to Devvarman in Munich didn't help his cause. I think this may be half the reason why Tennis Australia announced it so late as they were just waiting to see if Looch was going to string some results together on the clay.

petar_pan
05-05-2009, 08:31 AM
great!!!

KaiserT
05-05-2009, 09:11 AM
Tomic on dirt :lol::lol::lol:

Have you seen his movement? :help:

Jimnik
05-05-2009, 09:26 AM
Good decision. Might as well give it to someone who has hope and a future.

From what I've heard Tomic sounds very ambitious. He doesn't just want to be a fast court player. Even if he gets triple bageled it'll be a useful experience.

W!MBLEDON
05-05-2009, 10:00 AM
tomic to beat nadal 0-6 0-6 7-6 7-6 63-61 at rg

lol

FlameOn
05-05-2009, 11:19 AM
I'm sure he'll give his best. It'll be something interesting to watch out for. It would be cool if he made it past the first round again.

cocrcici
05-05-2009, 11:26 AM
Dimitrov?

fast_clay
05-05-2009, 12:05 PM
Gilles Muller is now a rising French star?

Strong reporting in this article. Seriously, how do these people get hired.

yep... close enough is good enough... its a f***ing disgrace...

scarecrows
05-05-2009, 12:29 PM
Dimitrov?

he's from Bulgaria

its.like.that
05-05-2009, 12:33 PM
Good to see Australia awarding the wildcards to promising youth players, and not wasting them on the likes of Sirianni, Smeets etc.

Tomic will end up like those clowns.

There should have been a playoff for it, but Tomic will be making main draws of Slams soon enough.

Big call.

Langers
05-05-2009, 03:39 PM
This is great news for Tomic, TA and it's fans.

Seriously remember last year Smeets v Berdych? One word, ouch.

At least with Tomic it is money in the bank, something to work on and draw something from. I like this move. :yeah:

Certinfy
05-05-2009, 03:48 PM
Is Dimitrov playing at RG?

tennisfan444
05-05-2009, 05:44 PM
Well deserved.

Serenidad
05-05-2009, 05:45 PM
He can push all he wants here. Such a poor game.

Henry Chinaski
05-05-2009, 10:41 PM
haha, I stopped reading at the "rising French star" bit.

Forehander
05-06-2009, 02:26 AM
Hm.... should be out first round.

GlennMirnyi
05-06-2009, 02:37 AM
"Rising French star Gilles Muller?"

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Who the hell wrote that article?

Clay Death
05-06-2009, 02:37 AM
Hm.... should be out first round.

should be interesting anyway. we will see if he can play on clay.

iSzavay.
05-06-2009, 02:56 AM
Good choice guess...

navy75
05-06-2009, 04:34 AM
It's really sad to me that Australia doesn't have any home grown talent, as they used to be such a wonderful contributor to the game. Their two wildcards this year are to a guy whose home country and heart is in Croatia, and a girl from Polish descent.

Audacity
05-06-2009, 06:14 AM
Will probably get knocked out first round on clay, but this is no surprise. Klein and the GOOCH fail on clay - sorry GOOCH. And Smeets pretty much fails at everything so there was no one else to give the WC to. Good luck, kid.

azza
05-06-2009, 06:16 AM
its not our fauly most countries family want to move to Australia and become as Australian citizen for a better life must say something.

Audacity
05-06-2009, 06:23 AM
Exactly. Half of our population come from overseas. Besides; Tomic has lived here most of his life and started playing Tennis here.

FairWeatherFan
05-06-2009, 06:42 AM
It's really sad to me that Australia doesn't have any home grown talent, as they used to be such a wonderful contributor to the game. Their two wildcards this year are to a guy whose home country and heart is in Croatia, and a girl from Polish descent.

Not this again. Rogowska was born in Australia ffs, and Tomic has lived in Australia since he was three years old. If you want to criticise Tennis Australia for poaching other countries' players, go after Carsten Ball (born in the U.S. and has lived there his entire life), not these two.

superslam77
05-06-2009, 06:59 AM
kick him out and give it to Gaudio. no i'm not kidding.

Chip_s_m
05-06-2009, 07:27 AM
It's really sad to me that Australia doesn't have any home grown talent, as they used to be such a wonderful contributor to the game. Their two wildcards this year are to a guy whose home country and heart is in Croatia, and a girl from Polish descent.

:haha:

This argument cracks me up. Any country in North or South America, Australia, New Zealand, and a handful of other countries would only be able to be represented by their small native populations in order to produce "home grown talent." Way to think that one through.

Both these players seem Australian to me. I mean, after all, they're choosing to live in the country, have Australian citizenship, fit in well with its culture, and most importantly, are choosing to represent Australia. Not to mention that both learned their games there. It doesn't seem to me like Tomic's home or heart is in Croatia at all. If it were, what's stopping him from returning. It's not like there's a war there anymore driving people out. He's already rolling in money from endorsements. He could easily represent Croatia if he wanted to, but he's chosen to stick with Australia. What's the big deal?

grimilan
05-06-2009, 07:32 AM
Tomic wasn't even born in Croatia, he was actually born in Germany.:eek:

The Germans may have more of a claim to him then the Croatians.

Tennislover3001
05-06-2009, 08:17 AM
Good choice but since when was Gilles muller a rising french star.:haha::haha::haha:

Josh.
05-06-2009, 09:49 AM
Gilles Muller is now a rising French star?

Strong reporting in this article. Seriously, how do these people get hired.

:lol: Beats the hell outta me. Typical Australian sports report however. Almost seems to be making that Tomic is the next Lleyton or something. I'd just be happy if he won a round.

Burrow
05-06-2009, 10:24 AM
Tomic will be useless on clay, he's only like 16 and he is 6'3'', he will end up being about 6'5'' - 6'6'' and will have bad movement.

Burrow
05-06-2009, 10:25 AM
And is Gaudio getting a wildcard or what?

HeretiC
05-06-2009, 10:52 AM
haha, I stopped reading at the "rising French star" bit.

Seconded.

sanshisan
05-06-2009, 12:14 PM
:haha:

This argument cracks me up. Any country in North or South America, Australia, New Zealand, and a handful of other countries would only be able to be represented by their small native populations in order to produce "home grown talent." Way to think that one through.

Both these players seem Australian to me. I mean, after all, they're choosing to live in the country, have Australian citizenship, fit in well with its culture, and most importantly, are choosing to represent Australia. Not to mention that both learned their games there. It doesn't seem to me like Tomic's home or heart is in Croatia at all. If it were, what's stopping him from returning. It's not like there's a war there anymore driving people out. He's already rolling in money from endorsements. He could easily represent Croatia if he wanted to, but he's chosen to stick with Australia. What's the big deal?

The Aussies have every right to give Tomic a wild card. Just like Jelena Dokic plays for Australia and is a Serbian immigrant from Croatia. Dokic denounced the Aussie Nat Tennis Assn and went back to Europe for several years and played there. She just recently came back to Australia and after denouncing her father multitudes of times for the media, Dokic was allowed to play for Australia again. So it's not like Dokic is some kind of devoted Aussie citizen or something. But then again Dokic made it to the QF of 2009 Aussie GS so what the hey give the public a thrill, they haven't got much to cheer about in the way of Aussie tennis.

But your point that the `home grown talent' of OZ is not drawing from a large enough population base to supply tennis athletes for the world stage is ludicrous. Consider tiny countries of just 10 million like Serbia, who have native ICH's in the Top 5 in mens, womens and doubles and most of them coming from the same CITY - Belgrade. This after enduring a prolonged civil war, extreme UN/EU economic sanctions and bombing by NATO, during which many of the top talent fled the country of former Yugoslavia (including the Dokics).

asmazif
05-06-2009, 12:46 PM
Gilles Muller is now a rising French star?

Strong reporting in this article. Seriously, how do these people get hired.

hahahahaha classic... how utterly retarded.

Chip_s_m
05-07-2009, 04:36 AM
The Aussies have every right to give Tomic a wild card. Just like Jelena Dokic plays for Australia and is a Serbian immigrant from Croatia. Dokic denounced the Aussie Nat Tennis Assn and went back to Europe for several years and played there. She just recently came back to Australia and after denouncing her father multitudes of times for the media, Dokic was allowed to play for Australia again. So it's not like Dokic is some kind of devoted Aussie citizen or something. But then again Dokic made it to the QF of 2009 Aussie GS so what the hey give the public a thrill, they haven't got much to cheer about in the way of Aussie tennis.

But your point that the `home grown talent' of OZ is not drawing from a large enough population base to supply tennis athletes for the world stage is ludicrous. Consider tiny countries of just 10 million like Serbia, who have native ICH's in the Top 5 in mens, womens and doubles and most of them coming from the same CITY - Belgrade. This after enduring a prolonged civil war, extreme UN/EU economic sanctions and bombing by NATO, during which many of the top talent fled the country of former Yugoslavia (including the Dokics).

You either meant to quote the poster I quoted or didn't read my post. Of course the Aussies have every right to give Tomic a WC, I never said that they don't. In fact, I agree with their decision. I'm confused why you're arguing with me.

I never said anything about Australia not having a large enough population base. All I said was that based on the logic of the poster I quoted, one could deduce that any player who is an immigrant or not of native (i.e. Native American/Aboriginee) descent wouldn't be considered "homegrown." I don't agree with his logic. Re-read his post and then mine and you will understand why. I'm not sure why you're attacking me.

Forehander
05-07-2009, 04:44 AM
It's really sad to me that Australia doesn't have any home grown talent, as they used to be such a wonderful contributor to the game. Their two wildcards this year are to a guy whose home country and heart is in Croatia, and a girl from Polish descent.

What do you classify as an Australian?