Arrested tennis brat to face the music in court
A TOMIC BLUNDER
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.