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I want to be No.1, says 10-year-old
By Danny Weidler
May 11 2003
Bernard Tomic is 10 years old, but has a clear vision of the future.
"I want to be the No.1 tennis player in the world," he said. "I want to be playing in the Australian Open in 5 years."
Bernard Tomic is not your average dreamer who hopes to wear his cap backwards and scream "C'mon" at the top of his lungs.
Bernard is taking steps towards making it happen. He has a coach, a psychologist, a manager and sponsors. He trains 2 hours a day, four days a week when not at school on the Gold Coast.
Above all that, he has "game".
"When I'm older I want the heart of [Lleyton] Hewitt, the ground strokes of Andre Agassi and the serve of [Goran] Ivanisevic or [Pete] Sampras," he said.
Agassi is his favourite player. Eminem is his favourite entertainer, just ahead of Shaggy and Christina Aguilera.
Standing 149 centimetres, he can rip a ball past players four years his senior. Bernard has been playing tennis for just three years, but already is the best 12 and under player in Australia.
He is off to the United States at the end of the year to prove he is the best in the world for his age. A win there will mean he is on his way to a career in the big time.
His main rival in Australia, Ben Mitchell, is rated a better player than Hewitt at the same age by Peter Smith, who coached Hewitt. Tomic has beaten Mitchell each time they have met.
"He is the future of tennis in this country," said Austin Robertson, who is managing and backing him. Robertson, who guided the careers of Dennis Lillee and Shane Warne, and was a key figure in World Series Cricket, has put $120,000 into Tomic's development.
"He is only 10 and a lot can happen between now and when he is ready for the big time, but he is the best junior talent I have seen in any sport. There is no doubt that we have a prodigy on our hands."
That is exactly what his father, John, thought when Bernard was a three-year-old in Croatia.
"We watched him with a table tennis bat and ball and what he could do when he was three was unbelievable," John said.
"My friends would watch him play and say, 'He is going to be a world champion at table tennis'."
The Tomic family came to Australia in 1996. John has been driving a cab. He had an import-export business in Croatia. His wife, Adi, is studying biomedical science.
"We left Croatia because of the war and spent some time in Germany, but we had some family here, so we decided to move here," John said. "It is the place where Bernard can make it happen."
John was a useful soccer player and coached a Gold Coast team when they arrived in Australia. Adi was a high-level handball player.
"We did not have the kind of skill that our son has," he said.
"He runs for Queensland.
"He is good at all sports.
"Any ball sport he is hard to beat and tennis is his best sport, and he will be the best."