Bernard Tomic was involved in an unusual incident Saturday when he sought to have his father removed from the stands during his second-round match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
John Tomic had grown visibly frustrated with Bernard’s performance in the second set of a 6-4, 6-4 loss to David Ferrer. Despite Bernard’s attempts to wave him away from the court, John remained and was clearly distracting his 19-year-old son.
Walking to his chair on a changeover, Bernard pleaded for help from umpire Cedric Mourier.
“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.
Tomic tried to downplay the incident after the match, claiming that he was just talking to the umpire about getting his rackets restrung. But thanks to YouTube, you can judge for yourself. See a clip here:
This isn’t the first time that John’s behavior has made headlines or rattled his son. In 2009, Bernard was suspended from ITF tournaments for a month after obeying his father’s orders to walk off the court during a match against Marinko Matosevic because of what John saw as poor officiating. John also has a history of antagonizing Australian tennis authorities. In 2010, he blew up at Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley over the scheduling of Bernard’s second-round match against Marin Cilic.