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Tomic to announce new coach soon

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Bernard Tomic is set to name his new coach within the next fortnight.

Australia’s top-ranked male tennis player has been on the lookout for a mentor to replace his father John, suspended from the ATP Tour indefinitely following his assault on Tomic’s former training partner Thomas Drouet in May.

But the 21-year-old world No.51 said his father would still play a part in his tournament preparations.

“I’ve been discussing that (a new coach) with my father and that should be all sort of solved in the next 10 days to two weeks,” Tomic said in an interview with Tennis Australia.

“You’ve got to be fitted with the right people around you in anything you do. It just gives you very, very good motivation.

“Obviously my dad has been there all my life and I need him always there.

“For sure, the guy that’s going to start working with me and helping out is going to be very important for me.

“But my team, regardless of what that is, needs to be 100 per cent there for me and I need to put in 100 per cent too if I want to get results.”

Tomic, who moved to Melbourne with his family mid-year, admitted he was a bit ambitious to target a top-10 ranking on the back of his maiden ATP Tour title at the Sydney International in January.

“After that, I think I set my goals pretty high and it was difficult to achieve that,” he said.

“Top 10 was a tough ask. I managed to get closer to the top 35 but that wasn’t enough.

“Obviously you’ve got to set goals one step at a time. And that’s what I’ve certainly learnt this year – to set smaller goals and give yourself a better chance of getting up there.”

Tomic suffered 11 first-round exits from 23 tournaments in 2013 as his early-season fitness began to dwindle.

But he did manage to help earn Australia a spot back in the Davis Cup World Group.

“There were a lot of ups and downs. I could’ve asked for a lot of things to be better, but I’m happy with the end result,” he said.

Tomic will be out to defend his Sydney International title in January after being handed a wildcard entry for the tournament on Thursday.