Bernard Tomic holds second press conference to defend quitting after first set

Bernard TomicBernard Tomic held a second press conference after his first-round loss to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open to defend himself for quitting because of a groin injury.

The Australian player was booed by fans for retiring after dropping the first set to Nadal 6-4. Tomic says he was hurt that the fans doubted and questioned him, so he went out of his way to defend himself. He spoke to the media again to explain that a doctor told him he could have been out for 3-4 months had he continued to play on his bad groin. He says he has a partial tear.

Tomic said getting booed was “unfair” and that he felt the fans “misunderstood” why he quit. He said he wanted to get his side out, which he was able to do.

I’m guessing the fans were booing because they were disappointed more than anything else. They paid to see a best-of-five set match between Tomic and Nadal and only got to see one set. Combine this with Tomic’s issues on the road and underwhelming performances on the court, and the fans have good reasons to be disappointed. Not only that, but based on what Tomic did against Andy Murray two years ago, they had reasons to suspect he could have been tanking.

Bernard Tomic’s father reportedly headbutted Bernard’s hitting coach, broke his nose and knocked him out

John-TomicJohn Tomic, the father of tennis star Bernard Tomic, has a reputation for having a bad temper. He may have taken it to the next level if the allegations surrounding his recent arrest are true.

John, who is Bernard’s coach, was reportedly arrested for assaulting a member of Bernard’s team during a recent practice session in Europe. According to Matt Cronin of Tennisreporters.net, Tomic headbutted the man — believed to be Bernard’s hitting partner Thomas Drouet — which knocked him out cold for 20 seconds and left him with a broken nose.

John is reportedly set to appear in court in Madrid on Monday to face the charges brought against him. Todd Woodbridge, the head of men’s tennis for Tennis Australia, said the details are still being sorted out but that any reports about Bernard facing a possible suspension are inaccurate.

“It’s totally incorrect because this would have nothing to do with Bernard’s behavior,” Woodbridge told 3AW radio, via The Age. “What’s important for us at Tennis Australia is that this allegation is thrown toward John, his dad, and not to Bernard.”

About a year ago, Bernard asked to have his father removed from a match because he was being “annoying.” It’s obvious John has a tremendous amount of passion for his son’s tennis career, but physically assaulting another member of his team would be unacceptable. If the allegations are true, Tennis Australia should make sure John faces a long, if not permanent, ban from the sport.

H/T SbB Live

Bernard Tomic upset with accusation he tanked against Andy Roddick

Bernard Tomic didn’t want to be the bad guy who ended Andy Roddick’s career, so he dutifully got wiped in the second round of the US Open by the American 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 on Friday.

Tomic hardly put up a fight in the final set, winning just five points and lasting only 22 minutes. His poor showing prompted commentator John McEnroe to accuse him of tanking.

“Tomic is teeing it up. It looks like the tank job,” McEnroe said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “This is a shame. You don’t like to see this. I like to see Andy win but, other than that, it’s poor.”

Tomic’s effort in the final set was questioned by a reporter after the match, who brought up McEnroe’s commentary. Tomic did not react kindly to the questions:

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Bernard Tomic asks to have his ‘annoying’ dad removed from match, denies rift

Bernard Tomic is denying a rift with his father despite being caught on video asking a chair umpire to remove John Tomic from his match Saturday in Miami.

Tomic lost to David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open. His father was shown by TV cameras watching the match from the stands in disgust. During the sixth game of the second set, Tomic can be seen motioning with his racquet to tell his father to go away. After the game, Tomic approaches the umpire during the side change and asks chair umpire Cedric Mourier to remove his father for being “annoying.”

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Bernard Tomic Busted By Cops While on Joyride with a Restricted License

When you have yet to reach the age of 20 and are an up-and-coming tennis star, it can be easy to forget that the law still applies to you. Just ask 19-year-old tennis star Bernard Tomic. Tomic made a nice run at the Australian Open and currently has one of the hottest girlfriends in sports, so you can see why he might get caught up in thinking he can do anything he pleases.  According to the the Gold Coast Bulletin, Tomic was busted by the police twice in one day earlier this for driving around in his $150,000 BMW with a restricted license.

Tomic and his girlfriend Donay Meijer were pulled over by officers in the Broadbeach precinct after he was “showing off” his orange V8 BMW through the restaurant precinct.

Tomic came to police attention again this afternoon and was followed home from Surfers Paradise by a siren-blaring patrol car after allegedly refusing a direction to pull over.

The teenager is still on his P-plates but has a special exemption to drive the high-performance car to and from training and other activities directly related to his tennis.

I’m guessing that means he has the Australian equivalent of a learner’s permit.  Tomic told reporters the police are acting like he “killed someone” and says he believes he has done absolutely nothing wrong.  He says he had his entire day planned out and was simply trying to have fun with his “mates” on Australia Day.

Acting cool in front of the lady friend, are we?  I can’t say I blame you.

Bernard Tomic’s Girlfriend is Model and Pharmacist Donay Meijer (Pictures)

If you have not the name Bernard Tomic by now, it’s time to educate yourself. Tomic is a tennis player. As those of you who have been following the Australian Open have learned, he’s a very good one. He has advanced to the fourth round of the tournament, where he now awaits a match with Roger Federer. Obviously defeating Federer is a long shot, but if Tomic is bounced from the tournament he still goes home a winner. That’s because the girl he gets to go home to is Donay Meijer.

Meijer is Tomic’s 21-year-old girlfriend, who also happens to be a model. As you can see from the photo to the right, she is extremely easy on the eyes. But that’s not all. According to an Australian newspaper, Meijer has put her modeling career on hold so she can finish up her pharmacy degree. A pharmacist and a model? It’s no wonder she has been stealing the show during the tournament.

Of course, Meijer is not the hottest tennis player girlfriend in the world.  For me, this lovely lady still takes the cake.  That being said, Tomic is doing very well for himself during his young career.

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