Bernard Tomic was put in an unusual professional circumstance this past Saturday during the second-round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.  Tomic’s father (John Tomic) was in the stands watching his son play and was a little overbearing, to say the least.  He continually tried to get Bernard’s attention in order to give him pointers on how to improve and was clearly an annoyance, so much so that Bernard went to the umpire (Cedric Mourier) to have him removed from the match:

Sports Illustrated explains in detail :

“He’s annoying me,” Tomic is heard telling Mourier. “I know he’s my father, but he’s annoying me. I want him to leave, but how is that possible?”

“And if you tell him to leave, what’s going to happen?” Mourier responded.

“It’s not going to happen,” Tomic said. “If you see him [coaching], tell him to be quiet.”

“He knows already,” Mourier said. “I caught him [coaching] already.”

Mourier then issued a warning to Bernard about illegal coaching and the player thanked him.

I would love to be a fly on the wall during the next Tomic’s family Thanksgiving dinner.


via Hot Clicks


  • Anonymous

    Chris, an interesting story and a fly on the wall would certainly be privvy to an entertaining conversation, but it won’t be over a Thanksgiving dinner. He is an Australian and so doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Semantics I know….just saying.

  • Anonymous

    Once you turn pro a lot of parent/coaches don’t realize they are way over their heads. Look at Eric Lindros of the NHL. Great great talent that couldn’t fire his parents as his agent and it lead to a world of difficulties for him. At some point if I was that good at a sport I’d want to seek outside help away from my parents. Coaches need to be tough on players sometimes but if it’s a parent it’s hard to achieve that player coach relationship.

  • Anonymous

    The National Day of Thanksgiving is a unique opportunity for Australians to celebrate and give thanks for our God given heritage as a nation and to demonstrate the God given values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards our fellow man that have made us the great nation we are.