19 January, 2007 - They may not
come from the
Group leader Tom Sutton (he's the one with the 'Y' on his chest), first came across the tall, hard-hitting Czech as a ball boy four years ago. He was that impressed by Berdychs game and personality that he decided to start his own fan club. And slowly but surely over the past few years he has built up a group big enough to be heard where ever they go.
I ball-boyed Tomas in the qualifying four years ago and weve sort of been following his tennis around the world the last few years and every year at the Australian Open we try and get a few of us down here, says Sutton, 19. Weve got more of us this year and were hoping he can go all the way.
Of the 20 or so cheer squad
members, zero are
It started out as a bit of fun and started getting a bit serious as he got better and better. Hes actually a really good bloke. He signed sweatbands and signed a lot of hats for us. He came up and spoke to us after the match.
Berdych is now into the third round of the Australian Open after two convincing wins and Sutton says his group has had something to do with it.
It must help somewhat, he claims. He does have an enormous amount of talent but we reckon we just get him over the line in the tight matches. Hes lost like just ten games since weve been here so its pretty exciting. He got past the second round and were going to take some credit for that.
Sutton reckons Berdych has what
it takes to win his first Grand Slam in
Weve got more and more people coming the further he gets in the tournament.