September 19, 2012 00:00 By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam The Nation
Australian young-gun Bernard Tomic returned to Bangkok yesterday for some sightseeing before getting down to business in the US$608,000 ATP Thailand Open, which kicks off this Saturday at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.
The world No 42 is the first among the ATP stars to arrive for the tournament, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Tomic, who played two Challengers here in 2010, gets to relax for a few days before
launching his campaign in the “Asian Swing” of the ATP tour.
“I’m happy to be here … having the chance to play here for the first time is very good. Hopefully I can win this tournament. I was here for with the juniors before, and this is my first time playing a senior tournament. We will see how it goes here,” said Tomic, who turns 20 on Friday.
“I’m going to visit a few places over the next few days and have fun before the tournament starts. Then we get down to business. I’d love to visit the markets, the shops and the heart of the city,” added the man from Down Under who, after early success this season with a semi-final in Brisbane and the fourth round in the Australian Open, has fared less well in recent tournaments. But he hopes to turn things around in Bangkok.
“I will play my best and we will see how it goes.
“Everybody is pretty good, everybody is pretty big here. I have to win five matches to win [the title], but I will take it one match at a time.”
Elsewhere, in Guangzhou, Thai qualifier Nudnida Luangnam won her first WTA match by upsetting 117th-ranked Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2 in the first round of the US$220,00 GRC Bank Guangzhou International Women’s Open yesterday.