Bernard Tomic, one of the most promising young players on the ATP World Tour, has received a wild card into the main draw of next week’s Winston-Salem Open.
Currently ranked No. 42 in the world, the 20-year-old Tomic has been the youngest player in the ATP Top 100 for the past three years.
The Aussie won his first ATP singles title in front of a home crowd in Sydney back in January and has played well this summer, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon thanks to quality wins over Sam Querrey, James Blake and Richard Gasquet.
Tomic is the third player to receive a wild card into this year’s Winston-Salem Open, joining Mardy Fish and Fernando Verdasco. With James Blake moving into the singles field via direct acceptance, the tournament still has one more wild card to hand out before the draw is made Friday evening.
Some of Tomic’s best performances this year have come on hard courts. In addition to his win at Sydney, he reached the quarterfinals at Marseille, the third round of the Australian Open and the third round at Washington D.C.
Tomic has been highly touted since became the youngest player ever to win the Australian Open junior boys title in 2008 at the age of 15. He also won the 2009 US Open juniors title.
He is making his second trip to Winston-Salem after falling in the first round of the 2011 Winston-Salem Open.