Tennis Star, Bernard Tomic In Police Net
The problems of Australian tennis player and World No 25, Bernard Tomic, took a turn for the worse yesterday. He is facing resisting arrest charges as well as assault charges, after Miami Beach police say he refused to turn down the music at a hotel penthouse party.
The troubled 22-year-old, already at odds with Tennis Australia, was arrested yesterday morning after police were called to the his hotel after multiple results of a raucous party in Tomic’s rooms.
According to the arrest affidavit, witnesses said Tomic closed the door on security guards — pointing at them as the party continued. When police arrived and attempted to evict him, guests of the player departed while Tomic verbally and physically disobeyed the officers, authorities said.
He was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence. He was eventually released on $2,000 bail. He admits he made a mistake.
Tomic, ranked 25th in the world, was toppled in the first round of the ATP grass court tournament in Newport, Rhode Island, on Monday.
He took a wild card into the tournament after he was dumped from the Australian team for this week’s Davis’ cup tie against Kazakhstan for what Tennis Australia called “disparaging and disrespectful comments.”
Tomic had lashed out at player turned tennis official Pat Rafter in a post-match Wimbledon news conference, calling the Australian federation penny-pinching. He had further problems with the federation after the body sent out a press release saying Tomic was to play in the “Hall of Shame Tennis Championships” in Newport — where the tournament is called the “Hall of Fame Championships”.
The federation however insisted it was a clerical error. The president has expressed his worry over Tomic and hopes that this incidence proves to be a turning point for him.
Tomic has long been identified as a talented but troubled player. He has been suspended and fined at various times for his bad behavior on and off the courts. His father has contributed negatively in no small way to his son’s behavior and has been banned for life from any tennis tournament.
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