BLOOMFIELD Richard < Back  
Sport Tennis
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 27 Apr 1983
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Cheltenham, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started playing at nine years old.
Club / Team East Gloucestershire Club: Cheltenham, SA, AUS
Name of coach Peter Russell
Coach from which country? England
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2001
Competing for England
Opponent Robin Soderling.
Location Bolton
General Interest
Nicknames Bloomers. (gamesetandmatch.org.uk, 06 Sep 2010)
Hobbies Basketball, music, golf. (gamesetandmatch.org.uk, 06 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol Tennis player Pat Rafter. (gamesetandmatch.org.uk, 06 Sep 2010)
Injuries He missed most of 2009 with a back injury. (gamesetandmatch.org.uk, 06 Sep 2010)
Other information BETTING
He was in the centre of an alleged betting scandal after his defeat of Christophe Rochus during the Hall of Fame Chamnpionships in Newport, 2010. (dailymail.co.uk, 09 Jul 2010)

LTA CRITICISM
He criticised the Lawn Tennis Association's system of nurturing players saying, ""Everybody knows the system is rubbish - indeed whatever system they have tried, the situation just gets worse and worse. I didn't expect anyone to get in touch with me - in fact, I don't want them to." (telegraph.co.uk, 12 Jul 2010)