No festive bonus for Bogdanovic
PUBLISHED: 15:25 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010
By Ziad Chaudry ALEX Bogdanovic faces a bleak 2010 after the LTA took the decision to exclude him from their top level funding scheme Team AEGON. The LTA finally lost patience with the 25-year-old British number two from Kilburn following a string of inc
By Ziad Chaudry
ALEX Bogdanovic faces a bleak 2010 after the LTA took the decision to exclude him from their top level funding scheme Team AEGON.
The LTA finally lost patience with the 25-year-old British number two from Kilburn following a string of inconsistencies on the professional circuit.
And poor displays in Grand Slam and Davis Cup events proved to be the nail in Bogdanovic's coffin, despite picking up form on the second tier Challenger events during the last four months of his 2009 campaign.
A title win over Croatia's Ivan Dodig in Denmark, a semi-final in Vancouver and a last eight placing in Bratislava enabled Bogdanovic to climb from 241 to 164 in the ATP world rankings.
But British tennis chiefs were far than impressed and player director Steven Martens decided to act by withdrawing the player's funding.
Serbian-born Bogdanovic, who reached a career-high 108 back in June 2007, was told immediately after his eighth successive first round exit at Wimbledon last summer that he was unlikely to receive another wildcard entry to the tournament.
Interestingly, Dan Evans has been retained on the Team AEGON programme - despite being 97 places behind Bogdanovic in the world rankings - as is British number four James Ward.
Despite being one of 11 players cut from the programme, Bogdanovic is still eligible for a reduced level of support.
But performances and results really do matter and he will have to lure himself back to the drawing board at the LTA's National Tennis Centre in Roehampton to prove that he is worth investing in again.
Suddenly, Bogdanovic's classic second round encounter with Andy Roddick at Queen's Club two summers ago - when he was just two serves away from putting out one of the world's elite players - seems little more than a distant memory.
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