Gold Coast teenager Bernard Tomic has been granted the last main draw wildcard into the Brisbane International.
Tennis Australia Head of Men’s Tennis, Todd Woodbridge said the decision on the wildcard was made after consultation between he and the other selectors, Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter and AIS head coach Brent Larkham.
“We have granted it to Bernard because he is a young talent who we want to get some matches,” Woodbridge explained.
“While he has been training very hard and this is obvious in his physical development, nothing can replicate matches and being match hardened. Bernard now has an opportunity to get some matches. We want him to get as much top quality tennis as possible in the next couple of weeks to show his form and fitness.”
Brisbane International Tournament Director Steve Ayles said Tomic was a welcome addition to the line-up.
“He is an outstanding young talent and of course he is a Queenslander. We are delighted to have him in the event,” Ayles said.
Marinko Matosevic and John Millman were also given wildcards into the Brisbane International main draw.
There is expected to be some hot competition for the two remaining main draw wildcards into the Australian Open.
“Bernard is one of a handful of players who are under consideration for a wildcard for the Australian Open. The final decision will be based on which players show that they are the most deserving.” Woodbridge said.
“Obviously winning matches in Brisbane and Sydney would be a good way for any of them to do that.”
Marinko Matosevic won the Australian Open Playoff and finalist, Peter Luczak as well as semifinalist, Matt Ebden have both been given wildcards into the Australian Open.
A decision on the remaining two is expected closer to the start of the event.
Brisbane International 2011 series packages and single sessions are on sale now.
Ground passes for the event are $12.90 with the qualifying event on Friday 31 December and Saturday 1 January 2011 remaining free.
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