Ar­rested ten­nis brat to face the mu­sic in court


Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - ANNA CALD­WELL & GREG STOLZ

DIS­GRACED Bernard Tomic is await­ing a US court date in Mi­ami af­ter his ar­rest dur­ing a wild night at a lux­ury beach ho­tel.

Tomic yesterday ac­cepted blame for his ar­rest but com­plained po­lice did not give him enough time to leave the ho­tel when asked to do so.

Pat Rafter said our top- ranked ten­nis player had “hit rock bot­tom” and Tomic’s first coach Neil Guiney said it was “now or never” for the Gold Coast star to lift his game or for­get am­bi­tions of be­ing a top player.

Mi­ami po­lice said an in­tox­i­cated Tomic had been “some­what ag­gres­sive and bel­liger­ent” when he was asked three times to turn the mu­sic down in his swanky W South Beach suite on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The events capped off a hor­ror fort­night for Tomic, who was booted off Aus­tralia’s Davis Cup team af­ter he ranted at Ten­nis Aus­tralia of­fi­cials when he was beaten at Wim­ble­don, then flunked out in Round 1 of the Hall of Fame event in Rhode Is­land.

Tomic was ar­rested be­fore 5.30am af­ter ho­tel se­cu­rity called po­lice.

Mi­ami Beach de­tec­tive Vi­vian Thayer said Tomic re­fused “the sim­ple re­quest of ‘ hey can you keep it down’” when he was charged with re­sist­ing ar­rest and tres­pass.

“It was def­i­nitely my fault, what hap­pened,” Tomic said in Mi­ami.

“I was asleep on sev­eral oc­ca­sions when they com­plained at first but it was just a noise com­plaint but like I said, I’m sorry for the po­lice and the dis­tur­bance I caused.”

The po­lice re­port into the in­ci­dent said Tomic both “pointed his fin­ger ag­gres­sively” at the se­cu­rity guards who at­tended the noise com­plaint and slammed the door in their faces.

When quizzed, Tomic said he was “dis­ap­pointed to see po­lice there”.

“I told him that I wasn’t play­ing the mu­sic too loud and he was un­happy with the vol­ume, so I asked him to come in and we ne­go­ti­ated the vol­ume and he still wasn’t happy when he came in the sec­ond time, so the third time when he came back I was dis­ap­pointed,” he said.

Guiney – Tomic’s coach un­til he turned pro, said: “The clock is tick­ing for Bernard and it’s … now or never.

“He’s 23 but he’s still quite im­ma­ture. Be­fore he knows it, he’ll be 25 and his tal­ents might have been wasted. Un­less he … gets stuck into it now, there’s no way he’ll make the top 10.’’

Tomic was re­leased from Mi­ami’s Turner Guil­ford Knight Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter on $ US2000 bail.

He will await a court date, which is ex­pected to be is­sued within weeks.

NO POSTER BOY: Mi­ami po­lice mugshot of Bernard Tomic.

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