For the former teen tennis prodigy Bernard Tomic, winning gold at the Olympics at Wimbledon is bigger than taking the title at the Grand Slam tournament itself.
Far more than just the year’s “fifth grand slam”, as far as Tomic is concerned the Olympics are more important than any of the other majors, including the hallowed Wimbledon tournament. Although there are plenty of tennis stars out there who would disagree, particularly given the grass slam’s legendary status throughout the open era, it’s the Olympics that are the pinnacle of professional tennis for the promising Australian.
“For me winning a gold medal is bigger than winning a grand slam…I can only dream of it…(it’s) something I always wanted to do better at than grand slams.”
Tomic is making his Olympic debut in 2012 alongside more experienced players Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur. Arriving in London today to being preparations for the one week event which commences on Saturday 28th July, Tomic has also said that the three-set format will give lesser-experienced players like himself a better chance at winning gold. Believing that the top players in the world prefer the best of five format that Grand Slams usually favour, Tomic told reporters that “To beat them in best of three is a better chance so the opportunity is there for a lot of players, including me.”
And despite preferring the Olympics over Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals last year, Tomic is certain that the experience of playing on the famous lawns will give him helping hand when it comes to achieving his goal of Olympic gold – “I have done well in the past, so I think that will help me a lot….But I need to have some luck, too.”