|Posted on November 23, 2009 at 1:38 PM|
Berdych joins star-studded Sydney field
Friday 21 November 2009
Czech star and world number 20 Tomas Berdych is the latest player to confirm he is heading to the harbour city in January to compete in the Medibank International Sydney.
Berdych is the fourth top 20 player to commit to the event, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6), Gilles Simon (7) and David Nalbandian (11) in the impressive men’s field.
Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet and Australian No.1 Lleyton Hewitt are also confirmed starters for the January 11 to 17 event at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Berdych, along with his girlfriend, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour player Lucie Safarova, are regular visitors to Sydney. Berdych reached the quarterfinals of the Medibank International Sydney in 2007 and 2008.
Tournament Director Craig Watson is pleased to add the Czech to the high quality field at the Medibank International Sydney.
“Tomas Berdych is a fantastic addition to the star-studded player line we have at the Medibank International Sydney in 2009,” Watson said.
“The event can now boast another top 20 player in Berdych. He joins Tsonga, Simon, Nalbandian and Hewitt, amongst others, in one of the best line-ups the tournament has ever had.”
“We will continue confirming and announcing more top male and female players over the coming week before the ATP and WTA Tour entry deadlines at the end of the month.”
23-year-old Berdych turned professional in 2002, winning two futures titles and improving his ranking by over 800 positions.
He won his first ATP in title in 2004 in Palermo and broke into the world’s top 50 the same year. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Berdych scored the major upset of the event, defeating world No.1 Roger Federer in the second round.
Berdych won his first Masters Series event in Paris in 2005 and reached his first grand slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon in 2007. He has a career high ranking of nine and has four career singles titles to his name, including Tokyo in 2008.
The full men’s field for the Medibank International Sydney will be announced after the ATP Tour entry deadline on November 28.