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  • Hopman Cup should be fresh start for Tomic

    12/26/12 3:51 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Hopman Cup should be fresh start for Tomic Australian Bernard Tomic has the perfect chance to wipe the slate clean after a disheartening 2012 season and begin afresh at the Hopman Cup.

    Next weekend's start of the international team competition in Perth will be the chance for the 20-year-old to show that his lack of effort in late 2012 was only a passing phase.

    A sympathetic home crowd reception is the hope of tournament officials, who have put together a field also featuring world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for Serbia, evergreen 34-year-old German Tommy Haas and Italy's Andreas Seppi - all ranked higher that the No. 52 Aussie.

    Tomic drew fire and was subsequently left off the Davis Cup team for the opening 2013 tie after admitting that he barely put in the effort on court during the autumn.

    But Hopman tournament director Steve Ayles told local media that all of that should be forgotten. "There's no concern whatsoever. He knows that this is the start of a new year, it's time to put 2012 behind him; and he knows he's got to give 100 per cent the whole time and I think that starts right here in Perth.

    "This is the platform for him to show exactly what he has been doing in the off-season and that he is ready for this challenge. History tells us whenever he is presented with a challenge, he rises to it."

    "We've all been a teenager and we've all made a few mistakes and we've all learnt from them and he's no different to any of us and I think the public has some sort of sympathy for that," he said. "He's had a tough year in 2012 and if he's going to go forward and be one of the great players that everybody knows he has the potential to be, then he's got to start showing that right now."

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