Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic pointed his finger aggressively at hotel security officers and dismissed police officers’ requests to leave a $US7000-a-night Miami Beach hotel penthouse after complaints of loud music and early morning partying, according to authorities.
Tomic was arrested, handcuffed and transported to Miami’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
The 22-year-old is shirtless in the mugshot released by the Miami Beach Police Department.
Australia’s top-ranked, but trouble-prone tennis player has been charged with resisting a police officer without violence and trespassing.
The incident happened about 5.30am on Wednesday local time, when guests in other rooms at the W Hotel complained about loud noise and music coming from Tomic’s penthouse.
Hotel security officers went to the penthouse three times in an attempt to end the noise and, according to witnesses, Tomic closed the door on the officers.
“The hotel decided they didn’t want to deal with him anymore and told us, ‘We want him out’,” Miami Beach detective Vivian Thayer told AAP on Thursday.
Tomic, who had friends in the penthouse, “pointed his finger aggressively towards the hotel security officers and continued to play loud music”, according to the police report.
When police arrived they allegedly told him he was being evicted from the hotel and gave him a trespass warning.
He was told several times if he did not pack his belongings and leave he would be arrested for trespassing, police said.
“Remaining guests in the room left and the defendant wilfully remained in the room refusing to comply,” the police report states.
“Defendant was verbally warned again that he was being evicted and was no longer allowed to be in the hotel.
“Defendant once again verbally and physically refused to comply with officer commands.”
Tomic was then arrested.
It continues a tumultuous fortnight for Tomic, who was kicked off Australia’s Davis Cup team for a tirade against Tennis Australia at Wimbledon and was knocked out in the first round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Rhode Island on Monday.
Miami has been a city where troubled Australian sports stars and entertainers have found themselves in hot water with the law.
In 2012, actor Matthew Newton was charged with resisting arrest and trespass after an incident at Mr Moe’s Restaurant and Bar.
In 2007, AFL great Wayne Carey was charged with assaulting police at Miami’s five star Mandarin Hotel.