Australian teenager Bernard Tomic has been seeded ahead of the upcoming French Open for the first time in his career.
Tomic has moved up 10 places thus far in 2012 which sees him currently ranked as the World No. 32, meaning that he has just scraped in for a seeded position as the top 32 players in the tournament are seeded to avoid facing a fellow top talent in the opening two rounds.
Tomic was set to continue his preparation for Paris in Nice yesterday but rain delayed nearly all of Day 1 of the Nice Open. Tomic is the tournament’s fifth seed and will play today against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, the World No.64.
The 128-player lineup may also feature two other Australians in Lleyton Hewitt and Matthew Ebden. It was announced last week that Hewitt had recovered much faster than expected from another bout of toe surgery and was seeking a wildcard spot, which Australia’s tennis federation was more than willing to give to him. Hewitt will face a fitness test in the coming days and should pass.
Ebden will also open his Nice account today against World No.48 Nikolay Davydenko.
In other tennis news, rain has also delayed the final of the Rome Masters. Both the women’s singles and doubles, as well as the men’s doubles were completed yesterday but the conditions worsened later in the day. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will face off in the final today.