Bernard Tomic came into 2012 as the most promising young man of the tennis world. Though still a teenager, Tomic failed to deliver on the promise of a big year and instead became toiled in a bunch of controversies backed by some uninspired play. Now a chorus of experts and former players are lining up to publically tell the nation’s best men’s singles player that dumping his father as coach is the best way to advance a stalled career.
Roger Rasheed, a top tennis coach, became on Tuesday the latest of many to urge Tomic to dump his father as coach and take a break from game. This bit of news comes on the back of reports Tomic is under police investigation for a brawl on the Gold Coast.
Tomic resides in Monte Carlo during the tennis season, but is back in Australia presumably catching a break leading up January's Australian Open. Tomic was partying early Monday when a fight broke out between himself and a friend in a spa. Police arrived and Tomic allegedly gave them a spray too, using his, “Do you know who I am?” routine.
It’s not his first run-in with the law. He faces court charges later this week for that Australia Day hoon driving debacle.
The last few months have been poor for Tomic. He has failed to advance past the second round of any tournament in all but two occasions and his world ranking has plummeted from 28 to 49.
Tomic is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most dislike athletes. Maybe Rasheed is right in saying that pressure and expectations are too much, too early. Maybe it is time he took some time off and try comeback a better player.
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