Breakout Stars of the 2012 Olympics

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Breakout Stars of the 2012 Olympics

You might not know their names now, but these athletes will be all over your radar during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Bernard Tomic

Age: 19
Event: Tennis (Men’s)
Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia

Tennis gets plenty of attention every year during the Grand Slam events, so the Olympics don't take quite as much precedence. However, it’s still a great place to showcase the game’s best talent to non-tennis viewers around the world. For the casual tennis fan or non-fan, Bernard Tomic may not be a household name, but it seems like he will be soon. Only 19 years old, he’s already highlighted his professional career with an appearance in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last summer. The young man will return to Wimbledon for the Olympics to represent Australia (not to mention the Grand Slam tournament at the venue that will also occur just a few weeks earlier). Tomic has the full ability to turn in a strong performance at the Olympics and prove to the world that he’s tennis’ rising star that could challenge the likes of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer.

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