Future king of the court: Is Bernard Tomic the next big thing in tennis? The Aussie's are hoping so. The 15-year old defeated Tsung-Hua Yang of Chinese Taipei 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-0 last week to win the Australian Open junior boys' singles title, becoming the youngest boys' Grand Slam champion ever.
Born in Germany to Croatian parents, Bernard and his parents moved to Gold Coast, Australia in 1996 and a successful junior career was born. He became the first junior boy in history to claim three Orange Bowl crowns in three different age groups: he won the boys' 12s title in 2004 and the boys' 14s title in 2006. Bernard is aiming to add the boys' 18s title to his ever-expanding Orange Bowl trophy collection next year.
And what are the Aussie prodigy's future goals?
"I'd love to reach the top 10," a modest-sounding Bernard told the press after his historic win. "You know, everyone has dreams in their life to become something special, reaching No. 1 in the world. But, you know, I would love to, you know, play Davis Cup for Australia at the youngest age and, you know, be up there with those guys one day and competing against them."(image via smh.com.au)