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Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic in focus at Melbourne at the Australian Open.

Bernard Tomic
(Australian) Biography

Birthdate: 21-October-92
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Height: 6 ft 4 1/2 in (1.94 m)
Plays: Right-Handed
Turned Pro: 2009

Bernard Tomic was born on 21st October 1992 in Stuttgart, Germany but moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia with his family when he was three-and-a-half years old.

He is coached by his father John who started feeding him balls and giving him instructions from the sidelines when Tomic was 7-years-old.

He made a big impact on the International junior circuit when he won the most prestigious US tournaments for youngsters, the Eddie Herr in 2004 and three Orange Bowl events.

His ambition is to win all the Grand Slam tournaments like his opponent in the 2011 Australian Open World Number 1 Rafael Nadal. Tomic's dream is to play Roger Federer and spend time with him.

Off court he loves lobster, pizza and sweets, not all at once! Like all young men he has his heroes and they are plentiful, Pete Sampras, Lance Armstrong, Ian Thorpe, Michael Jordan, Eminem and 50 Cent.

Tomic is recognised as one of Australia's rising stars. He is a lanky 18-year-old who plays in toy sunglasses.

He does everything at a measured pace when he plays which helped him to beat World number 31` Fernando Lopez to set up a meeting with World number 1 Rafael Nadal in the 2011 Australian Open.

Tomic is completely unphased about meeting the tournament favourite saying it was a good thing he played a left-hander in the first round (Jeremy Chardy) and he did not think Nadal would like his game.

He is not the most popular player on the circuit and if the Australian public has their way he would not be playing in Melbourne at all. Almost 80% of those who voted on the Melbourne Age's website said Tennis Australia should not have given him a Wild Card into the main draw.

Tomic was supposed to compete for it but withdrew saying he was unwell, then he was seen practising on the Gold Coast, but Tennis Australia gave him the Wild Card anyway.

This is not the first time the teenager has been involved in controversy. In March 2009 ITF suspended him from playing ITF tournaments for a month after he walked off court during a match against Marinko Matosevic in a Perth Futures tournament in December 2008.

In September 2009 it came to light Tomic's team had refused an invitation to a practice session with Lleyton Hewitt on the middle Sunday of the Championships.

Tomic's trainer Rudy Sopko said Romic was not hitting with Lleyton Hewitt because Lleyton was not good enough. Later Tomic requested a practice hit with former World number 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero but was turned down.

In January 2010 Hewitt criticised the decision to put Tomic in the Australian Davis Cup team saying his on-court record was not good enough. He had just lost to 14th seed Marin Cilic in the second round of the 2010 Australian Open.

It was at last year's Grand Slam event the sparks really began to fly. Tomic blamed the organisers for scheduling his match so late as it finished after his bedtime. The organisers and the media said he should calm down and stop being so immature.

They said if he wanted to play with the professionals and the big boys he had better get used to playing long, hard, late matches.

In a heated argument with Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley Tomic's father threatened to quit Australia and said his son would play for Croatia.

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