THE MANY CONTROVERSIES OF BERNARD TOMIC
Sept 2009: Declines a practice session with Lleyton Hewitt, with a representative reportedly telling Hewitt’s team the two-time grand slam winner “isn’t good enough.” Tomic denies this, saying he turned down the session because he had swine flu.
Jan 2012: Fined three times in one day for speeding offences while driving his orange BMW around the Gold Coast.
Sept 2012: Accused of tanking by John McEnroe after a 6-3 6-4 6-0 loss to Andy Roddick in the second round of the US Open.
Jan 2013: Loses his driving licence after getting caught speeding again, this time in a yellow Ferrari.
May 2013: Tomic’s dad John headbutts his son’s hitting partner, Frenchman Thomas Drouet, during an argument in a Madrid street, breaking Drouet’s nose. John Tomic claims it was in self-defence.
Nov 2013: Photographed getting a lap dance from two women during the annual Schoolies celebration on the Gold Coast.
Jan 2014: Booed by his home crowd at the Australian Open when he pulls out of a heavily-hyped match against Rafael Nadal after one set citing a groin injury.
March 2014: Suffers the fastest loss in ATP history, losing to Finland’s Jarko Nieminen 6-0 6-1 in just 28 minutes.
July 2015: Goes on an epic rant against Tennis Australia at Wimbledon after then-TA performance director Pat Rafter threatens to withdraw TA funding for his family. Tomic calls Rafter a “good actor” and a “mask” for TA boss Craig Tiley.
July 2015: Arrested in Miami after a party noise complaint in a $10,000-a-night hotel penthouse. He spends a day in jail and his shirtless mug shot is shown around the world.
May 2016: Concedes a match to Fabio Fognini at the Madrid Open by holding his racquet backwards on match point. Later, he says he didn’t care about the match because he is “23 and worth over $10 million.”
May 2016: He and Nick Krygios are warned by Olympic team chief de mission Kitty Chiller that they may not be selected for Rio if their behaviour does not improve.
May 2016: Retires from a match against Benoit Paire in Rome after just eight minutes, saying he’s ill and the heat is too much.