TENNIS ace Richard Bloomfield today
said that having basked in the surroundings of
Wimbledon for a second successive year, he too is
ready to shine.
"I am certainly looking to
take my game to another level," said the
21-year-old from Alpington. "My long-term aim has
to be to break into the world top 100.
pleased with the way my game has developed
technically and I don't feel there is a lot of
improvement that I can make on that at the
"I am working on my fitness, trying
to improve my speed around the court and I could
do to put on more muscle.
"If you look at
the likes of Roger Federer, he is an exceptional
athlete as well as being a very good tennis
Last year Bloomfield felt he was
slightly out-muscled by his French opponent at
Wimbledon, Anthony Dupuis, who was ranked 75 in
the world, losing in straight sets, but has since
then made a concerted effort to increase his
This time round Bloomfield,
currently ranked 521 in the world in the singles,
had hoped to be on a more level playing field, but
unfortunately came up against 18th seed Feliciano
Lopez, from Spain, who still had a sizeable weight
and height advantage, which he made
Bloomfield declared: "Last year I
played Dupuis at Wimbledon and I thought he was
big and I have made efforts to improve my size,
but then I turned up again this year and my
opponent was twice as big again.
going to Florida in the States on a regular basis
to try to improve the fitness side of my game and
get more quality match practice."
over in the States with his coach Pete Russell, a
former LTA instructor, Bloomfield has managed to
improve his game, but he believes now is the time
to step it up a gear because there is no
substitute for match experience.
"Now is the time for me to step up the level and
amount of competition.
"Instead of playing
two tournaments and then having two weeks off, I
want to be playing four weeks and then two weeks
off to improve on my match fitness.
there is a lot of room for improvement, but you
also need that little bit of luck along the way as
there is not a lot of difference between a player
ranked 500 and, say, a player ranked
Bloomfield has had some success this
season, reaching the final of the ITF Bahrain F1
Futures tournament in Manama, Bahrain, at the
start of the year and following that up with six
last 32 finishes in Satellite and Future