Posts Tagged ‘John Tomic’

Watch: Ryan Harrison tells his father to leave during loss at Sony Open

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What is it about Miami that brings father-son relationships to a boil?

During his second-round match against Benjamin Becker at the Sony Open, Ryan Harrison double-faulted on set point in the first set and reportedly told his father to leave the court. Freelance tennis reporter Ravi Ubha was commentating the match for the ATP World Feed, and tweeted the details after the match:

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Roger Federer warms up with Rod Laver in Rod Laver Arena

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

     Video: Roger Federer and Rod Laver played for the first time at Roger Federer’s fundraiser Wednesday in Australia. Laver’s footwork is incredibly impressive for a 75-year-old.

    • Overnight roundup: In Sydney, Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys reached the semifinals. Bethanie Mattek-Sands retired against Keys trailing 3-2 in the first set with a lower-back injury. … At the Heineken Open, American wild-card entry Jack Sock upset No. 2 seed Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4. Top seed David Ferrer and third-seeded John Isner also advanced to the quarterfinals. … At the Hobart International, Sam Stosur rallied to reach the second round, while defending champion Elena Vesnina retired from her second-round match against Estrella Cabeza Candela with a back injury.

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  • Published On Jan 08, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Top seeds Radwanska, Wozniacki out at Sydney International

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: Roger Federer hits the court for his first practice session in Melbourne. He tweeted about it, too.

    • Overnight roundup: The seeds are tumbling at the Sydney International. Top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out by Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Jelena Jankovic lost to the always-dangerous-in-Australia Ekaterina Makarova and Caroline Wozniacki fell to Lucie Safarova. The seed shakeup opens the door for Madison Keys and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who play each other for a place in the quarterfinals. … On the men’s side, the two Americans in the draw, Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey, are out after the first round.

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  • Published On Jan 07, 2014
  • Bernard Tomic hires new coach

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    (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

    No. 51-ranked Bernard Tomic hopes to break into the top 20 in 2014. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

    Bernard Tomic has hired Velimir Zovko as his new coach. This is the most high-profile appointment for the 46-year-old Zovko, who has worked with the Croatian Olympic team, but most recently has coached a few young Russian women on the ITF circuit.

    According to The Age, Zovko was hired by Tomic’s father and coach, John, to serve as an interim coach while John serves out his suspension for assaulting Bernard’s hitting partner Thomas Drouet earlier this year. Though John Tomic’s suspension runs until May, it doesn’t sound as if he’ll be taking much of a back seat.

    ”Obviously my dad’s gonna be still involved,” Tomic told The Age. “I’ll sort of have two coaches and they’re gonna work through it with me until my dad’s ban [ends] in May. Until then, I’m going to try with this new coach, with my dad on his side, both of them helping. I know not many players have two coaches, it’s something new for me … we’ll see how it unfolds after May. If not, [I can] go back to my own formula.”

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  • Published On Dec 03, 2013
  • 2013 BTB Awards: Hottest feuds

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    Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens

    The relationship between Serena Williams (left) and Sloane Stephens turned sour. (Getty Images)

    The Beyond The Baseline awards are our look back at the best — and worst — of the tennis season. Today we highlight some of the hottest feuds. Click here for our complete archive of year-end awards.

    1. Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams

    The discord between the top two American players became one of the more notable storylines of the season. They played for the first time at the season-opening Brisbane International, where Stephens told her coach during the match that Williams’ screaming “come on” was “disrespectful.” Their rivalry turned cold when Stephens upset Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open a few weeks later. Two days after that match, Williams tweeted a cryptic message:

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  • Published On Nov 22, 2013
  • Daily Bagel: Can Rafael Nadal finally conquer the fall season?

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: WTA players look back at Steffi Graf’s Golden Slam season in 1988.

    • After an incredible stretch this year, can Rafael Nadal finally conquer Asia and the fall season? Kamakshi Tandon breaks down just how difficult this part of the calendar has historically been for him.

    Nadal has won each major at least once but never captured the World Tour Finals, going 9-10 at the year-ending event. He has won a record 26 Masters tournaments, but none at Shanghai or the Paris Indoors, the two Masters events currently held in the fall.

    Of his 60 career singles titles, only one has been on indoor hard courts — the Madrid Masters in 2005, when he was a teenager. (Shanghai since has taken its place on the calendar.) And the only other time Nadal won a tournament after the U.S. Open was 2010, when he took the title at Tokyo.

    • Serena Williams will try to defend her title at the Brisbane International in January.

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  • Published On Oct 02, 2013
  • Daily Bagel: Li Na will play Novak Djokovic at the China Open

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: Here’s your Eurosport WATTS ZAP review of the lighter moments from the U.S. Open.

    • According to the China Daily, Li Na will play Novak Djokovic in an exhibition match at the China Open.

    • Simon Cambers of The Tennis Space looks at Marin Cilic’s nine-month doping suspension and the problematic nature of “silent bans.”

    • Now that Thomas Drouet is accusing John Tomic of hitting his son, Bernard, John says he regrets not punching Drouet the first time.

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  • Published On Sep 17, 2013
  • Details emerge about Bernard Tomic’s volatile relationship with his father

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    Bernard Tomic played against Lukasz Kubot in their Davis Cup play-off. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

    Bernard Tomic faced off against Lukasz Kubot in their Davis Cup World Group play-off. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

    Physical violence, intimidation and emotional blackmail — that’s the picture Thomas Drouet paints of his six-month tenure as Bernard Tomic’s hitting partner, which ended when Tomic’s father John assaulted him in front of a Madrid hotel in May.

    In a pair of columns for Australia’s News Limited Network (Part I and Part 2), Drouet recounts not just the Madrid assault that left him unconscious and in the hospital, but details his unpleasant experience working under a controlling and manipulative John Tomic while trying to help a well-meaning but ultimately unhelpful Bernard.

    Drouet was hired by Marion Bartoli before Wimbledon, which she went on to win, and based on his posts it sounds like the two experiences couldn’t have been more different.

    Here are the most notable takeaways from Drouet’s account:

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  • Published On Sep 16, 2013
  • John Tomic breaks down in hearing for alleged assault of son’s hitting partner

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    John Tomic

    John Tomic has been accused of assaulting his son’s former hitting partner. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bernard Tomic’s father broke down in tears during his testimony on the opening day of a hearing for his alleged assault of his son’s hitting partner, according to an Australian newspaper report.

    John Tomic is accused of assaulting Thomas Drouet near their hotel before the Madrid Open in May. The elder Tomic has insisted that he acted in self-defense when he head-butted Drouet, who said he broke his nose and was knocked unconscious.

    According to The Australian, Monday’s court hearing in Madrid centered on an exchange of “he said/he said” testimony. One police officer testified that John Tomic told him that he hit Drouet. In response, Tomic blamed the officer’s poor English, claiming that he actually told the officer he did not hit Drouet.

    When he was asked whether it was true he admitted to police hitting Drouet, Tomic Snr burst into tears with audible sobs and wiping away tears said it was not true.

    “I never said I hit him … they had a translator on the phone … they all spoke bad English, I didn’t hit him and I didn’t say I hit him,” he said.

    The police officer at the scene, identified only through his badge number 10480 said he understood both Tomics very well and what they said that day.

    “Bernard Tomic said that the person that attacked was his father and his father was now in the reception,” the officer said.

    “I went to talk to Tomic (Snr) and he told me himself ‘he attacked him’ with my English level I understood perfectly what he was telling me. He was telling me “I hit him” and he mimicked actions.

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  • Published On Jul 22, 2013
  • John Tomic watches son Bernard play at Queen’s Club despite ATP ban

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    John Tomic (right) watches his son's first-round match at the Aegon Championships. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    John Tomic (right, in blue) watches his son’s first-round match at the Aegon Championships. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    LONDON — John Tomic attended his son Bernard’s first-round loss to Benjamin Becker at the Aegon Championships on Tuesday despite being banned from receiving credentials for ATP Tour tournaments.

    John Tomic, who also coaches Bernard, had his credentials revoked after he was charged with assaulting his son’s hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, before the Madrid Masters last month. His case has been postponed until October.

    The ban is in place until the tour completes its investigation into the incident. But the ban does not apply if Tomic purchases a ticket, which, according to tournament organizers, is precisely what he did Tuesday at Queen’s Club.

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  • Published On Jun 12, 2013


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