Tomic aiming for the top in 2013
Confident Australian youngster Bernard Tomic says he has put the
dramas of 2012 behind him and is aiming to surge into the world's top 10
The 20-year-old was expected to emerge as one of the new stars of
tennis this year, but instead his ranking slipped from a career best of
27 in June to 52 at season's end as he battled controversy on and off
A quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2011, his playing stocks plummeted
when he was accused of tanking by former great John McEnroe in his 6-3
6-4 6-0 second-round loss to Andy Roddick at the US Open.
He was knocked out in the second round at the French Open and first
round at Wimbledon, and won just seven of his last 21 matches of the
Off the court, he was found guilty of failing to stop for police in
January, just days after reaching the fourth round of the Australian
Open in impressive fashion, and again made headlines after a scuffle
with a friend on his birthday in October.
Speaking in Perth as he prepared for the mixed teams Hopman Cup, he
said he had been working harder than ever during the off season and
claimed fans would see a more mature player in 2013.
"I am not looking back anymore, I am looking forward," he said of his
"I am focusing on a big 2013 and getting my ranking back up to where
it should be. I'd like to reach the top 10 by the end of the year.
"I'm sure if I do the right things and commit, like I've agreed to
myself, I'll do quite well. This year was a big learning year for me.
"If I keep my head down and keep working like I have been the last
two months, I'll get results."