Rising Australian Star Bernard Tomic Receives Brisbane International Wildcard

The young Australian star Bernard Tomic will get a chance to show where his game is to the home country fans at the Brisbane International after receiving a wildcard into the draw. The former US Open junior champion and Orange Bowl champion has had controversy swirling around him at home due to a disputed row with hometown hero Lleyton Hewitt, where Hewitt’s camp claims Tomic’s people turned down an invitation for a practice session claiming the former #1 Hewitt “was not good enough” and instead sought a practice session, which was in turn turned down, with Juan Carlos Ferraro. Tomic has subsequently said he turned down the Hewitt session due to illness and that he never approached Ferraro for a practice session instead. Ferraro claims that Tomic did ask for a practice session.

So playing well at Brisbane and interacting with the hometown fans, and showing respect, would be a great first step for Tomic if he is interested in rebuilding his image. It’s ok to be brash and confident, but even star players will hit with older players past their primes. Novak Djokovic has hit with John McEnroe, who only plays senior-type events.

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