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Junior banned from US Open
Margie McDonald | August 18, 2007
FOR the second time in two months, Tennis Australia has enforced its tough-love policy, suspending promising junior Brydan Klein from the US Open for bad behaviour.
The world No.9 junior, Klein was sent home from a tournament in Britain last week after an on-court outburst.
He will not be allowed to play until he completes an education course on anger management.
The Perth 18-year-old, who was junior boys champion at the Australian Open last January, reached the round of 16 at the French Open and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, was sent home from the qualifying tournament after losing his third-round match to Britain's Tim Hewitt 6-2 2-6 6-3.
It follows TA's decision to send home 14-year-old Bernard Tomic of Queensland after he lost in the second round of the junior boys singles at Roland Garros, therefore denying him the chance of playing at Wimbledon.
Tomic's punishment was for his apathetic display in matches and for not putting in the effort.
A full scholarship-holder with the Australian Institute of Sport's tennis program, Klein has been travelling with two AIS coaches and other Australian juniors on a European tour. A player with a strong attacking game, especially on hardcourt and grass, Klein is also known to have a volatile temper. It was the AIS coaches who handed out the punishment.
TA's director of player development, and tournament director at the Australian Open, Craig Tiley, made no apologies yesterday for having Klein suspended from competition.
"We hold a very high standard with on-court behaviour with our players and he did not meet that standard, when he was competing in England," Tiley said yesterday. "There is a standard of behaviour for all athletes to adhere to no matter who they are."
It is anticipated that it will be a four- to six-week suspension for Klein so he can work with a sports psychologist on how to achieve his goals in becoming a champion player. "The type of behaviour exhibited on the court that is contrary to becoming a great player needs to be stamped out as early as possible," Tiley said.
He did not detail the nature of Klein's bad behaviour.
But he agreed there was a big difference between natural exuberance and aggression, as opposed to bad sportsmanship. "Absolutely. There are codes of conduct administered by the tours (ATP and WTA) and the ITF and at the very minimum we expect our players to meet those, but we've raised the bar higher," Tiley said. "Very simply because it's part of becoming a great player." Regarding Tomic, Tiley said the youngster was back playing and with renewed enthusiasm.
"He's back and doing well. He's been hard at training," he said. "It was a different situation, but we were equally as hard on him and very swift, very immediate with our actions." Tomic was also required to undergo counselling and work with a sports psychologist before resuming tournament play. "I'm charged with developing these players and part of that development is setting such a high standard in playing performance and player behaviour," Tiley said.