Extracted from the Eastern Evening News,Monday, January 22, 2001
TENNIS by GRAHAM DUNBARBattling Bloomfield exit in Oz
NORFOLK hope Richard Bloomfield went out in the second round of the Australian Open boys' singles in Melbourne early today. (22nd January 2001)
After claiming his first junior Grand Slam victory yesterday, 3-6 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 against Clinton Jacobs of South Africa, the 17-year-old from Alpington near Norwich was set to face seventh seed Luciano Vitullo.
The Argentinian, ranked 14 in the world junior standings, took just over an hour to take victory 7-5 6-3 as 65th-ranked Bloomfield committed too many unforced errors.
Bloomfield was one of three British losers in the second round as Tom Pocock lost to number 10 seed Santiago Gonzalez of Maxim and, in the girls' singles, Cambridge's Alice Barnes was swiftly despatched by second-seeded French teenager Marion Bartoli.
British hopes now rest with girls' 15th seed Jane O'Donaghue who meets Croatia's Petra Dizdar and for the boys Andrew Banks and Alex Bogdanovic who, respectively, face seeded players Benjamin Balleret of France and Yugoslavian Darko Madarovski in the second round.