Tennis: AUS Open – Day five update.
AUSTRALIAN tennis great Todd Woodbridge believes Bernard Tomic’s development may have been hindered by the training style of his father and coach, John.
During commentary of Tomic’s third round loss to Dan Evans, Woodbridge wanted to see the young Australian play a more attacking brand of tennis.
He attributed Tomic’s passive style of play to bad habits he picked up during monster training sessions he was put through as a junior, by John.
“It always amazes me because he is more than capable of playing that (attacking) way,” Woodbridge said on Channel 7.
“Why he doesn’t use it more I don’t know. I don’t know whether it is what he gets told pre-match from dad in terms of coaching.
“He is an astute tennis player, Bernard.
“He knows what’s going on up the other end. He knows his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses yet, he doesn’t use his own game well enough to expose them.
“One of the things about Bernard’s training as a young kid was that he spent an enormous amount of hours on the court. That was John’s mantra … that’s how we are going to do it.
“By doing that, he hindered his development as an all-court player. He had to get through long sessions and these sessions were, ‘I’m going to just get my way through three, four, five hours of practise. I’m just going to manoeuvre the ball round and conserve’, and he has never got out of that.”
Woodbridge made the comments with Tomic trailing 7-5 7-6 2-2.
The 24-year-old went on to lose the match in straight sets.
Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt agreed Tomic needed to bring a more attacking mindset to his matches.
“I thought he was too passive, the last two sets, the first 30 minutes of the match he was the better player.
“He was starting to put a real presence on that set. When it gets into a tie- break anything can happen.
“All credit to Dan Evans he played exceptionally well. He was the aggressive player, he was mixing it up with different paces and hit his spots well on the serve.”