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LTA get tough with Bogdanovic

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:36

The 25-year-old made it eight first-round singles losses from eight Wimbledon appearances on Tuesday when he was beaten in straight sets by 20th seed Tomas Berdych.

Bogdanovic and James Ward reached the second round of the men’s doubles on Wednesday with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over David Martin and Jean-Claude Scherrer and after the game he said: “I had a lot of fun out there and I just realised I can play good doubles. I think I could be a really good doubles player and I think I might start that route.”

Bogdanovic has always needed a wild card to get into the main draw and according to LTA head coach Paul Annacone he will no longer be recommended to the All England Club for such an entry.

“If you got any of the tennis experts around the world to go and watch Alex hit a ball for an hour, they would agree there are very few people better than him,” said Annacone.

“So that begs the question, ‘What’s the problem?’.

“I wish there was a magic pill that he could take or we could give him to address that problem.

“But Boggo knows the clock is ticking fast and, for Wimbledon, it maybe has stopped for him and he’s in only on his own merits now.

“There comes a time when you think enough is enough and I think Boggo probably realises this is his last opportunity.”

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