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Bloomfield aims high in 2005

01 February 2005 12:05

Richard Bloomfield is hoping that 2005 will be the year he makes his mark on the big stage.

The 21-year-old from Alpington is currently ranked 372 in the world – a healthy 33 places higher than his previous best of 405 – having had a terrific run of results following his second appearance at Wimbledon last summer.

Bloomfield, now in his third year on the professional circuit, is determined to enter as many events as possible in order to win more points in the dog-eat-dog world of rankings points.

The former Hobart High School pupil has taken the brave step of overhauling his game over the past year – taking a step back in order to take two forward.

"Prior to Wimbledon I had been working hard on the technical and physical side of my game rather than the playing side of things," said Bloomfield, whose world ranking points were, if he had decided to make the trip Down Under, good enough to have put him in the frame for Australian Open qualification.

"Having played there, and watched what the other players were doing, I then found the confidence that I was lacking as it showed me I was moving in the right direction.

"And after that I managed to string some really good results together," added Bloomfield, who lost in the final of a Futures tournament in Belgium in November having already gone one better in the final of another Futures tournament in Glasgow. Bloomfield has been working with tennis-specific fitness coach Jez Green, who is a freelance trainer based in Leeds and Florida, who works with a number of other players on the world circuit.

Green has been working hard with Bloomfield on his core strength in keeping with the necessary body movements for a tennis player. "I started the training programme in April or May last year and it's taken a while for me to see the benefits but they are certainly there," said Bloomfield, who has already played in three tournaments this year with his best result so far being a quarter-final place in a Futures event in Barnstaple, Devon.

"Lleyton Hewitt did a similar thing. He went from winning to having a real lean patch and it was during that period he reassessed his game."

Bloomfield is now looking at possibly playing in four tournaments in a row on the Satellite tour in Sunderland – where he faces Federico Torresi in the first round today – Redbridge, Cardiff and Sheffield.

It is a decision to push on that Bloomfield has reached with long-term coach Pete Russell and he is now looking forward to the challenges ahead.

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