Bernard Tomic

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Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic 1, Wimbledon 2013 - Diliff.jpg
Country  Australia
Residence Gold Coast, Australia
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 22)
Stuttgart, Germany
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Turned pro 2008
Plays

Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

*occasionally uses one-handed
Prize money $2,413,735
Singles
Career record 84–81
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 27 (18 June 2012)
Current ranking No. 55 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2012)
French Open 2R (2012)
Wimbledon QF (2011)
US Open 2R (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 6–21
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 145 (5 August 2013)
Current ranking No. 571 (14 July 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2010)
French Open 1R (2012)
Wimbledon 1R (2013)
US Open 2R (2012)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 1–4
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2012)
Last updated on: 7 July 2014.

Bernard Tomic (/tɔːmɪk/ born 21 October 1992) is an Australian professional tennis player of Croatian heritage who as of 17 November 2014 is ranked World No. 55 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). His career high ATP singles rankings is World No. 27, which he achieved on 18 June 2012. As a junior, Tomic enjoyed a successful career in which he won three Orange Bowl titles and two junior grand slam singles titles at the 2008 Australian Open and 2009 US Open respectively. In January 2009, he competed in his first ATP main draw event at the Brisbane International. Highlights of Tomic's career include winning the 2013 Apia International Sydney and the 2014 Claro Open Colombia and a quarterfinal appearance at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.

At the 2014 Miami Masters Tomic lost in a first round match against Jarkko Nieminen which lasted 28 minutes and 20 seconds, thus becoming the shortest recorded professional tennis match in Open Era history.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Tomic was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on 21 October 1992.[3] Tomic's parents, Croatian father John (Ivica) and a Bosnian mother Ady (Adisa), left Yugoslavia,[4][5][6] several years before his birth.[7] In an interview, Tomic stated that his parents "have a Croatian background".[8][9][10] They were both working in Germany when Tomic was born. The family migrated to Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia in 1996 when Tomic was three years old.[11] His younger sister, Sara, is a junior tennis player.[12] His lucky charm is a crucifix, given to him by his Catholic parents.[13] Tomic was educated at Southport State School during his primary school years before taking up a sports schloarship at The Southport School for his high school years.[14]

From mid-2011 to March 2012 Tomic dated Gold Coast model Donay Meijer.[15][16] Tomic dated law student Chelsey Grbcic briefly in early 2013.[17][18] Tomic is a supporter of his local professional Rugby League team, the Gold Coast Titans, who compete in the National Rugby League.[19] He supports the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League.[20]

Junior career[edit]

Before Tomic began competing on the ITF junior tour he stated that he would become the number 1 tennis player in the world, win all the Grand Slams and become Australia's youngest Davis Cup player. He also claimed he would achieve these goals by attaining the serve of Goran Ivanišević, the mind of Pete Sampras, the groundstrokes of Roger Federer and the heart of Lleyton Hewitt.[21] In 2004, 2006 and 2007 respectively, Tomic won the 12s, 14s and 16s Orange Bowl titles[22][23] – one of the most prestigious events on the junior tour.

Playing his first singles event on the ITF junior tour in 2006, he qualified for the Sunsmart 18 and Under Canterbury Championships in New Zealand and went on to win the title, defeating Dae-Soung Oh of Korea in the final. His success continued, winning the next three tournaments he played in, giving him a 25 match winning streak. Tomic was able to extend this streak to 26 at the Riad 21 junior tournament in Morocco before falling in the round of 16 to future junior world number 1 and ATP top 80 player Ričardas Berankis.[24]

Tomic gained direct acceptance into his first junior Grand Slam at the 2007 Australian Open junior boys tournament at 14 years of age, the youngest player to ever gain direct entry. He came out victorious in round 1 against the sixth seed Jose-Roberto Velasco.[25] In the second round he was defeated by Kevin Botti 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. In attendance for the match were Australian tennis greats Tony Roche, John Newcombe and Pat Rafter.[26] In his second junior Grand Slam tournament at the 2007 French Open he made his way through qualifying to reach the main draw where he triumphed in the first round. In the second round he would lose to Ričardas Berankis 6-2, 6-3.

Tomic did not win another tournament until August 2007, where he won the Oceania Closed Junior Championships without dropping a set. He was unable to continue his dominance at the Junior US Open, falling in the Round of 16 to future top 15 ATP player Jerzy Janowicz. Following the US Open, Tomic picked up a second title in 2007 by winning the G1 in Kentucky. He would then travel to Italy where he compiled an undefeated record in the Junior Davis Cup and led Australia to a victory in the final against Argentina with teammates Mark Verryth and Alex Sanders.[27] Tomic finished 2007 with a junior world ranking of 23.[28]

Tomic began 2008 by winning Nottinghill, an Australian ITF Junior event in Melbourne without dropping a set. Two days later he started his campaign for the Australian Open Juniors title as the 5th seed. Tomic went on to win defeating the 25th, 11th, 8th and 1st seed before beating 10th seed Tsung-Hua Yang of Taiwan in the final.[29] His win at the age of 15 made him the youngest winner of the Australian Open Junior Boys' Championships in the Open Era.[30]

Four months later, at Roland Garros, Tomic, the number one seed, fell in the quarter finals to Guido Pella of Argentina, losing in two sets. At Wimbledon, Tomic was again the number one seed, but fell in the semi-finals to Henri Kontinen. In a notable quarter final match, Tomic played another rising star, Henrique Cunha of Brazil, and came through victorious in three sets. Tomic also finished runner-up in the Wimbledon Junior Boys' doubles with fellow Australian junior Matt Reid. At the 2008 US Open, Tomic lost in the first round of the boys' singles to qualifier Devin Britton of the United States in three sets, who would go on to lose in the final.

Tomic returned to junior competition at the 2009 French Open where he once again reached the quarter finals in the boy's singles tournament and a month later once again reached the semi finals at Wimbledon. At the 2009 US Open, however, Tomic won the junior grandslam title, defeating Chase Buchanan of the United States. The 2009 US Open was his last junior tournament. Despite winning two junior grand slams Tomic's highest junior ranking was number 2 in the world.[citation needed]

Junior Grand Slam results[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 W–L
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 2R W A 7–1
French Open 2R QF QF 7–3
Wimbledon A SF SF 8–2
US Open 3R 1R W 8–2
Win–Loss 4–3 13–3 13–2 30–8
Year-End Ranking 23 3 11

ITF Junior finals (11)[edit]

Singles: 9 (9 titles, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (2)
Grade A (0)
Grade B (1)
Grade 1–5 (6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 February 2006 Christchurch, New Zealand Hard South Korea Nam Kyung-Woo 2–6, 6–0, 7–5
Winner 2. 14 February 2006 Wellington, New Zealand Hard South Korea Oh Dae-Soung 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 27 February 2006 Adelaide, Australia Hard Japan Hiroki Moriya 6–3, 6–3
Winner 4. 6 March 2006 Gosford, Australia Hard Australia Jared Easton 6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 19 August 2007 Lautoka, Fiji Hard Australia Brendan Mckenzie 6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 10 September 2007 Lexington, United States Hard United States Jarmere Jenkins 6–2, 6–3
Winner 7. 12 January 2008 Nottinghill, Australia Hard United States Bradley Klahn 6–3, 7–6(10–8)
Winner 8. 20 January 2008 Australian Open Hard Chinese Taipei Yang Tsung-Hua 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–0
Winner 9. 31 August 2009 US Open Hard United States Chase Buchanan 6–1, 6–3

Doubles: 2 (0 titles, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3 November 2007 New Delhi, India Hard Japan Hiroki Moriya India Yuki Bhambri
Chinese Taipei Huang Liang-Chi
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 6 July 2008 Wimbledon Grass Australia Matt Reid Chinese Taipei Hsieh Cheng-Peng
Chinese Taipei Yang Tsung-Hua
4–6, 6–2, 10–12

Professional career[edit]

2008–2009[edit]

At the age of 15 Tomic began competing in professional events. Tomic began 2008 at the Australian Open where he was given a place in the qualifying draw. He defeated Yeu-Tzuoo Wang of Chinese Taipei in the first round in three sets after saving five match points[31] but lost to Prakash Amritraj in the next round.[32]

In August, Tomic reached the first professional final of his career at an F2 tournament in Indonesia. He defeated Kittipong Wachiramanowong, Hsien-Yin Peng, Peerakiat Siriluethaiwattana and Kento Takeuchi en route to the final without dropping a set before losing to Yūichi Sugita in three sets. In December, Tomic competed at a F12 tournament in Australia where he defeated fellow Australian James O'Brien in the first round before controversially walking off court whilst down a set and 3–1 against Marinko Matosevic in his next match. Towards the end of 2008, Tomic stated that he would no longer compete in junior tournaments and instead focus solely on senior tournaments. In March 2009, the ITF suspended Tomic from playing ITF professional tournaments for a month.[33]

Tomic and Potito Starace during their first round match at the 2009 Australian Open

In January 2009, Tomic was granted a wildcard into his first ATP event, the Brisbane International, where he lost to Fernando Verdasco in the first round.[34] He was also granted a wildcard into the 2009 Australian Open, drawing Potito Starace in the first round. He won the match after saving two set points in the fourth set tiebreak and thus became the youngest ever male tennis player to win a senior Australian Open Grand Slam tournament match.[35] In the second round he lost to Gilles Müller in four sets.[36] Tomic also contested the mixed doubles event with fellow 16-year-old Australian Monika Wejnert but the pair lost to the Canadian pairing of Aleksandra Wozniak and Daniel Nestor in the first round.

Tomic received wildcards into Australian Challenger tournaments in Burnie and Melbourne held in February. He reached the quarter-finals in Burnie before winning his first Challenger title in Melbourne.[37] He later received a wildcard into the 2009 French Open but was easily beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round.[38] Following the defeat, Tomic decided to return to the junior tour to contest the Grand Slam tournaments and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open Junior tournament. At Wimbledon, Tomic lost in the final round of qualifying to Édouard Roger-Vasselin.[39] He contested the junior tournament and reached the semi-finals before being losing to the eventual champion, Andrey Kuznetsov. In September, Tomic won the 2009 US Open Junior singles title by defeating Chase Buchanan in the final.[40] In December 2009, Tomic lost in the final of the Australian open wildcard playoffs. He finished the year as the World No. 286.[41]

2010[edit]

Tomic began the 2010 season by competing in the 2010 Brisbane International where he lost in the first round to qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov.[42] Despite losing in the wildcard playoff, Tomic was granted a main draw wildcard for the 2010 Australian Open. He took part in an exhibition match at the AAMI Classic in Kooyong, Melbourne against then World No. 3 Novak Djokovic and won in three sets. At the Australian Open, Tomic defeated Guillaume Rufin in the first round in straight sets [43] before losing to fourteenth seed Marin Čilić in the second round in five sets.[44]

In February, Tomic qualified for the Burnie Challenger tournament in Tasmania and went on to win the event by defeating Greg Jones in the final.[45] In March, Tomic was selected to play singles for the Australian Davis Cup Team. He won both of his matches in the tie against Chinese Taipei, defeating Yang Tsung-hua and Lee Hsin-han. He then competed at the 2010 Tennis Napoli Cup as a wildcard but lost to Paolo Lorenzi in the first round in straight sets. Tomic's next tournament was the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters where he lost in the first round to the unseeded German Benjamin Becker.[46] He then received a wildcard to compete in the 2010 Zagreb Open but lost to Michael Yani in the first round.

Tomic was awarded a wildcard for the 2010 Aegon Championships where he upset fifteenth seed Andreas Seppi in the first round [47] before losing to Belgian Xavier Malisse in the second round. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Tomic qualified for the main draw but lost in the first round to Mardy Fish. He then entered the qualifying draw of the 2010 US Open but lost in the second round to Noam Okun. His final ATP event of the year was the 2010 Proton Malaysian Open where he competed as a wildcard. He lost to David Ferrer in the first round. In December 2010, Tomic withdrew from the Australian Open Wild Card Play Offs. He finished the year at a career high singles ranking of World No. 208.

2011: First Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

Bernard Tomic at the 2011 Australian Open.

Tomic began his 2011 season at the Brisbane International where he was given a main draw wild card but lost to Florian Mayer in the first round. At the Medibank International in Sydney, Tomic lost to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round despite taking the first set. His performance in Sydney earned him the final discretionary wildcard into the main draw of the 2011 Australian Open.

In Melbourne, Tomic matched his two prior Open performances when he defeated Jérémy Chardy in the first round. He then recorded back-to-back main draw wins for the first time in his career when he defeated the thirty-first seed Feliciano López. In a much anticipated night match, Tomic lost to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the third round despite having led 4–0 in the second set.[48] In February, Tomic competed in the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, where he was given a main draw wild card.[49] In the first round, Tomic defeated Indian qualifier Rohan Bopanna in three sets to reach the second round of an ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. He faced sixteenth seeded Serbian, Viktor Troicki in the second round where he lost in straight sets. Tomic was granted a main draw wild card for the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami but lost in the first round to Pablo Andújar. At the French Open he lost in the first round to Carlos Berlocq, in straight sets.

At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Tomic defeated twenty-eighth seed Nikolay Davydenko, Igor Andreev, fifth seed Robin Söderling and Xavier Malisse to reach his first grand slam singles quarterfinal, thus becoming the youngest player since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.[50] There, he lost to the eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets.[51] With this showing, Tomic moved 87 places up in the ATP rankings, to number 71 in the world.[52]

At the Rogers Cup, Tomic won his first round match against Lu Yen-hsun before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.[53] He earned direct entry into the US Open, and defeated Michael Yani before losing to Marin Čilić in the second round.

Tomic then returned home to Australia to compete in the 2011 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against Switzerland. He defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in the opening match but lost his second match to World No. 3 Roger Federer. Tomic then competed at the 2011 Proton Malaysian Open but lost in the first round to Flavio Cipolla. Tomic's next event was the 2011 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. He upset the fifth seed, Victor Troicki in straight sets in the first round and defeated Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito in the second round before losing to fourth seed Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals. Tomic achieved a new career high singles ranking of World No. 49 following the event. He then competed at the 2011 If Stockholm Open. He defeated qualifier, Jürgen Zopp in the first round but lost to Gaël Monfils in the second round. Tomic finished the year ranked World No. 42.

2012[edit]

Tomic began his 2012 season at the Brisbane International. He defeated Julien Benneteau, Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito and Denis Istomin to reach his first ATP semi-final where he lost in straight sets to World No. 4 and eventual champion, Andy Murray.[54] After the Brisbane International, Tomic competed in the AAMI Classic as the eighth seed. He won the event by defeating World No. 7 and second seed Tomáš Berdych, fifth seed Gaël Monfils and Mardy Fish in the final. In the first round of the 2012 Australian Open, Tomic rallied from two sets to love down to defeat Fernando Verdasco in 4 hours and 11 minutes.[55] He defeated Sam Querrey and Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next two rounds to reach the fourth round for the first time where he lost to World No. 3 Roger Federer in straight sets.

Tomic competing at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open.

Tomic was seeded eighth at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, but lost to Ivan Dodig in the first round, despite having two match points. At the 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Tomic was seeded eighth. He reached the quarterfinals but lost to the top seed John Isner. In his next event the BNP Paribas Open, Tomic suffered a first round loss to Gilles Müller. At the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open Tomic defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky before losing to World No. 5 David Ferrer in the second round.

Tomic began his clay court season at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he advanced to the second round of a clay court event for the first time, defeating Denis Istomin in straight sets before losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets. At the Barcelona Open, Tomic defeated Ernests Gulbis before losing to Albert Montañés in the second round. Tomic's next event was the BMW Open where he reached the quarterfinals of a clay court event for the first time in his career after wins over Olivier Rochus and Potito Starace. He later lost to Feliciano López. In his first ever match at the Madrid Open, Tomic lost to Radek Štěpánek in the first round. At the 2012 Italian Open, Tomic defeated qualifier Santiago Giraldo in the first round before losing to World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the second round. Tomic was seeded twenty-fifth at the French Open, marking his first appearance as a seeded player in a Grand Slam tournament. He defeated qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer in the first round but lost to Santiago Giraldo in the second round.

Tomic began his grass court season at the 2012 Gerry Weber Open where he retired against wildcard and eventual champion Tommy Haas in the first round whilst down 5–2. Tomic was seeded fourth in his next event, the 2012 Aegon International but lost in three sets to Fabio Fognini in the second round after receiving a first round bye. At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Tomic suffered a first round four set loss to David Goffin.[56] Tomic's losing streak continued after Wimbledon as he lost to Thomaz Bellucci in the second round of the 2012 MercedesCup after a first round bye.[57] In his next two events, Tomic lost to Benoît Paire of France in the first round of the 2012 Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad[58] and Kei Nishikori in the first round of the 2012 London Olympics.

Tomic snapped his 7-match losing streak at the 2012 Rogers Cup, defeating Michael Berrer in three sets before losing to the eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the second round. The following week, Tomic reached the third round of the Western & Southern Open, defeating Americans Ryan Harrison and Brian Baker en route before losing to the World No. 1 and eventual champion, Roger Federer. At the US Open, Tomic progressed to the second round for the second consecutive year after defeating Carlos Berlocq in four sets before losing to former World No. 1 and twentieth seed, Andy Roddick in straight sets. In his first event following the US Open, Tomic advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 PTT Thailand Open, defeating Guillermo García-López and Dudi Sela en route before losing to the second seed and eventual champion, Richard Gasquet. However, Tomic did not win another match for the rest of the season, losing his opening matches in Tokyo, Shanghai and Basel.[59] He finished the year ranked World No. 52.

2013: First ATP title[edit]

Tomic returning serve during his second round match against Daniel Brands at the 2013 Australian Open.

Tomic began his 2013 season by representing Australia at the Hopman Cup alongside his compatriot Ashleigh Barty. He won all three of his singles matches against Germany, Serbia and Italy, defeating Tommy Haas,[60] World No. 1 Novak Djokovic[61] and Andreas Seppi. Tomic's first official tournament for the year was the Apia International in Sydney. He defeated compatriot Marinko Matosevic,[62] fifth seed Florian Mayer,[63] defending champion Jarkko Nieminen and Andreas Seppi in the semifinals to reach his first career singles final where he defeated Kevin Anderson in three sets to win his maiden ATP title.[64] At the 2013 Australian Open, Tomic defeated Leonardo Mayer and Daniel Brands to reach the third round where he lost to World No. 2 Roger Federer in straight sets.[65] This ended Tomic's ten match winning streak since the start of the season.

In his first match since the Australian Open, Tomic suffered a three set loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.[66] He rebounded by reaching the quarterfinals of the Open 13, defeating the eighth seed, Martin Kližan in the first round after saving a match point in the deciding set tie-break[67] and Somdev Devvarman in the second round before losing to third seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets.[68] At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Tomic retired from his first round match against Victor Hănescu whilst trailing 3–2.[69]

At the BNP Paribas Open, Tomic defeated Thomaz Bellucci[70] before losing to tenth seed Richard Gasquet in the second round. The following fortnight, Tomic reached the second round of the Sony Open Tennis, defeating Marc Gicquel in the first round before losing to World No. 3 and eventual champion Andy Murray in straight sets.

Tomic's first clay court tournament of the year was in Monte Carlo where he fell to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round. Tomic then reached the second round in Barcelona defeating Kenny de Schepper before losing to Juan Monaco. In his next tournament, Tomic suffered a round one defeat in Madrid against Radek Stepanek, At the French Open, his first round match was against Victor Hănescu however Tomic was forced to retire at the beginning of the third set, citing a hamstring injury.

At the Aegon International, Tomic defeated James Ward and Julien Benneteau en route to the quarterfinals where he lost to Gilles Simon in straight sets. At Wimbledon, Tomic beat Sam Querrey in five tough sets and James Blake in straight sets before recording a huge win over 9th seeded Richard Gasquet in the third round. In the fourth round, he lost to Tomas Berdych in four sets

To begin his north-American hard court season, he played in Washington. As a seeded player, he received bye through to the second round where he demolished David Goffin. In the third round, he lost to No. 1 seed and eventual champion Juan Martín del Potro. At the Rogers Cup he lost in the first round to Florian Mayer in three sets after winning the first set.[71] At the US Open he defeated Albert Ramos in five sets before losing to Dan Evans in the second round.

Tomic's first tournament following the US open was in Bangkok where he reached the second round before losing to Richard Gasquet. This was the first of five consecutive main draw losses, which included losing to Jeremy Chardy in Shanghai, Jack Sock in Stockholm, Mikhail Youzhny in Valencia and Feliciano Lopez in Paris to close out his 2013 season.

2014: Injuries, rankings slip and second ATP title[edit]

Tomic started off his 2014 season attempting to defend his Sydney International crown. In the first round, he crushed eighth seed Marcel Granollers, dropping just three games. He then defeated to Blaž Kavčič in the three sets to reach the quarterfinals where he had a straight sets win over Alexandr Dolgopolov. In the semifinals he faced Sergiy Stakhovsky, coming from a set down to advance to the final. In the final, he was defeated easily by world no. 6 Juan Martin del Potro . His next tournament was the 2014 Australian Open, where he retired in the first round against Rafael Nadal with a groin injury.

After undergoing two hip surgeries, Tomic returned to the tour to play at the 2014 Sony Open Tennis,[72] where he lost in the first round against Jarkko Nieminen in 28 minutes, winning just one game. This match was the shortest recorded professional tennis match in 'Open Era' history.[2][73] Still recovering from surgery, Tomic failed to making it through qualifying in both Madrid and Rome. His next tournament was in Nice where he lost in the first round to Martin Klizan in three sets. Tomic then played at the French Open where he lost to Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

Tomic began his grass court season at the 2014 Aegon Championships where defeated Tim Smyczek in the first round before losing to Radek Stepanek in straight set tie-breaks. He then competed in Eastbourne. In the first round, he had a comfortable win over Andrey Golubev to reach the second round where he fell to top seed Richard Gasquet in three sets. Tomic's next tournament was Wimbledon. In the first round he defeated Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets to set up a second round clash with Tomáš Berdych who defeated him in four sets. As a result of the early exit, Tomic fell out of top 100 for the first time since 2011. Due to his rankings slide, Tomic needed a wildcard to gain entry into the 2014 Claro Open Colombia. Tomic cruised through the opening rounds, defeating Farrukh Dustov and fifth seed Alejandro Falla in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, he defeated fourth seed Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, to advance to the semifinals where he emerged victorious in a tight three-set clash over Victor Estrella Burgos. In the final, Tomic defeated defending champion and second seed Ivo Karlovic in three sets to claim his second ATP title. His successful run catapulted him back into the top 70 for the first time since February.

National representation[edit]

Davis Cup[edit]

Tomic competing for Australia in the 2012 Olympics

Tomic made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in Melbourne against Chinese Taipei in 2010 at the age of 17, the youngest ever player for Australia.[74][75] In the first rubber of the tie Tomic would defeat Yang Tsung-hua. In the fifth rubber he picked up another victory over Lee Hsin-han.

Tomic was called back into the team in July 2011 for the tie against China. Following a shock loss in the first round Tomic drew Australia level in the second rubber of the tie against Zhang Ze. Tomic's reverse singles match was cancelled due to Australia winning the tie 3–1. In September 2011 at the Davis Cup World Group Playoffs Tomic pulled off the biggest scalp of his Davis Cup career to date by defeating the then 19th ranked Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets. In the reverse rubber, Tomic faced his childhood hero and then world no 3 Roger Federer, losing in four sets.

Prior to the commencement of the 2012 ATP season Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt both committed to the Davis Cup team for all ties in a bid to re-enter the world group. In the second rubber of the first zonal tie against China, Tomic was victorious against Wu Di. In the second zonal tie of 2012 he recorded two straight sets victories in a 5–0 rout of South Korea. In the 2012 Davis Cup World Group Playoffs Tomic was victorious in his first rubber against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in four sets but fell to Florian Mayer in straight sets which would see Australia lose to Germany 3–2 overall.

After serving a one tie ban, Tomic returned to the Australian Davis Cup team in their zonal semifinal against Uzbekistan.

Olympics[edit]

Tomic represented Australia at his maiden Olympics in London 2012. He competed in the singles competition against Japan's 15th seed Kei Nishikori in the first round, but fell in two straight tiebreaks.[76]

Coaching[edit]

Tomic was first coached by Gold Coast tennis instructor Neil Guiney at 7 and a half years of age.[77] As a child Tomic was officially coached by his father, John, at Queens Park Tennis Centre on the Gold Coast. Despite his father never having played tennis, he continues to coach Tomic. In November 2012 it was revealed that Tomic had approached Australian tennis legend Pat Cash to coach him on a full-time basis. Cash declined the offer.[78]

Equipment and sponsors[edit]

In March 2006 a 13-year-old Tomic signed a six figure deal with sports marketing and management giant IMG.[79] Prior to joining the ITF juniors tour in 2007, Tomic played with Wilson racquets but switched to Head when he debuted on the junior tour. He currently has a sponsorship deal with Nike and has always worn their apparel throughout his career. At the beginning of the 2012 ATP season Tomic signed a deal to use Yonex racquets.[80]

Controversies[edit]

In 2007, Tomic's funding from Tennis Australia was cut due to a lack of effort during a juniors match at the 2007 French Open.[81] Tomic subsequently missed the Wimbledon juniors tournament.

In 2009, the International Tennis Federation suspended Tomic from playing ITF professional tournaments for a month after he walked off court in a game against Marinko Matosevic in a Perth Futures tournament in December 2008. Tomic was ordered to walk off the court by his father, who repeatedly accused officials of not taking action against Matosevic's alleged foot faults.[82][83]

In September 2009, reports began to surface about Tomic's team rejecting an invitational practice session with Lleyton Hewitt during the middle Sunday of Wimbledon.[84] Hewitt's manager David Drysdale stated:

We turned up and saw the Tomics around and we thought 'oh, maybe they got our message, and they were there to hit with Lleyton'. So Ivan (Gutierrez, Hewitt's physio) went over to Bernard's trainer at the time, Rudy (Sopko) and said 'Is Bernard here to hit?'. Rudy knew nothing of it but said 'Look, Bernard's looking for a practice partner and I think Bernard would like to do it', but then the agent came in and said, 'No, he's not hitting with Lleyton, Lleyton's not good enough'. They were his words: 'Lleyton's not good enough' and we just about dropped on the spot. We were pretty dumbfounded. Lleyton just could not believe it, and the more he thought about it, the angrier he got about it."[85]

Tomic's team cited Hewitt's different playing style as the reason for turning down the practice offer.[85] He was later seen requesting a practice hit with former world no. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, but he was subsequently turned down. A few weeks later Tomic revealed that he was forced to turn away the opportunity due to his infection with swine flu. He further denied any approach to Ferrero as an alternative hitting partner, despite the Spanish tennis player's claim.[86][87]

In January 2010 The Australian newspaper reported that Tomic's father had threatened to quit Australia and have him play for Croatia. According to the paper, this threat was made during a heated argument between Tomic's father and the Australian Open Tournament Director, Craig Tiley, after Tomic's loss to Marin Čilić.[88]

During his third-round match at the 2012 Australian Open against Alexandr Dolgopolov, he appeared to challenge a call at the midpoint of the first game of the fifth set. Dolgopolov was subsequently distracted and missed the next shot. This point would prove to be crucial as it was the only break of serve in the fifth set. Tomic denied challenging the call during the match and after the completion of the match.[89]

While competing at the 2012 Miami Masters, Tomic was overheard making a request to the chair umpire for his father to be ejected from the stands. He was heard saying "He's annoying. I know he's my father but he's annoying me. I want him to leave but how's that possible?".[90]

At the 2012 US Open, he lost to Andy Roddick in the second round. During the match, John McEnroe, who was commentating the match, accused Tomic of tanking.[91] During a post-match press conference, after being questioned about his effort, Tomic lashed out at Australian journalist Will Swanton, stating "That's how I play. Do you have a problem with that?". Tomic then asked for the journalist's name and warned him, declaring "I'll remember ya".[92]

In January 2012, he was fined by the police on the Gold Coast three times in one day. Later that day he also ran from the police and locked himself in his house.[93] In November 2012, Tomic pleaded guilty in court to failing to stop for police in his orange BMW M3 and was fined $750, as well as being put on a 12-month good-behaviour bond. Tomic accused a police officer of trying to hit him.[94] He was also found guilty of three other traffic offences committed in January and was fined a further $1000.[95] Just a week prior to the court case, Tomic was found fighting with a friend on a penthouse balcony at 5:30 am during his 20th birthday celebration.[96]

In December 2012, it was announced by Tennis Australia that Tomic would not be selected for Australia's first Davis Cup tie in early 2013 and they would cut his funding "amid growing exasperation over the 20-year-old's effort, attitude and commitment, if not his wayward off-court behaviour."[97]

On 29 January 2013, Tomic was caught speeding by police when travelling 78 km/h in a 60 km/h zone while driving his Ferrari on the Gold Coast. Tomic had been placed on a 12-month good-behaviour bond prior to the incident and is expected to lose his licence.[98]

In May 2013, Tomic's father and coach, John, attacked his son's hitting partner Thomas Drouet while outside a hotel in Madrid. The attack on Drouet resulted in a broken nose, stitches to a cut above his eye, and bruising to the back of his neck.[99] Drouet later accused Tomic, Sr. of striking Bernard Tomic during a practice session in Monaco.[100] The Association of Tennis Professionals subsequently suspended John Tomic from ATP tournaments indefinitely, and Roland Garros tournament director Gilbert Ysern announced that Tomic Sr. would not be granted accreditation to the 2013 French Open.[101]

On 29 May 2013, it was announced that Tomic's father, John, can expect the same ban from the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. A Wimbledon spokesman confirmed to Fairfax Media that Tomic, Sr. is banned from attending the Wimbledon Championships as well, and that will include access to the grounds by ticket, too. Tomic, Sr. is to face court in October 2013 over the assault of Thomas Drouet.[102]

In November 2013, Tomic was spotted in the Gold Coast Nightlife Precinct on several separate occasions over the two-week period known as Schoolies week. He was photographed receiving a lapdance from two girls while in the SinCity Nightclub. The Australian media subsequently labelled Tomic a "toolie", the tag given to anyone partying on the Gold Coast during Schoolies week that is older than the school-leaving age. Asked afterward if he was a toolie, Tomic replied "No, I'm Bernard Tomic."[103]

On 14 January 2014, Tomic retired hurt against the world no. 1, Rafael Nadal, at the end of the first set with a thigh injury.[104] and was booed by some members of the crowd.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. January 12, 2013 Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard South Africa Kevin Anderson 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–3
Runner-up 1. January 11, 2014 Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 3–6, 1–6
Winner 2. July 20, 2014 Claro Open Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia Hard Croatia Ivo Karlović 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–4)

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challengers (2–1)
ITF Futures (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. August 10, 2008 Balikpapan, Indonesia Hard Japan Yūichi Sugita 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 3–6
Winner 2. March 1, 2009 Melbourne, Australia Hard Australia Marinko Matosevic 5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. February 7, 2010 Burnie, Australia Hard Australia Greg Jones 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. February 13, 2011 Caloundra, Australia Hard Slovenia Grega Žemlja 6–7(4–7), 3–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current through the 2014 US Open

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R 2R 3R 4R 3R 1R 9–6
French Open 1R A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–5
Wimbledon Q3 1R QF 1R 4R 2R 8–5
US Open A Q2 2R 2R 2R 2R[a] 4–3
Win–Loss 1–2 1–2 7–4 5–4 6–4 2–3 22–19
Davis Cup
Singles A PO PO P 8–2
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R 1R 2R A 2–3
Miami Masters A A 1R 2R 2R 1R 2–4
Monte Carlo Masters A 1R Q2 2R 1R A 1–3
Madrid Masters A A A 1R 1R Q2 0–2
Rome Masters A A A 2R A Q1 1–1
Canada Masters A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 2–4
Cincinnati Masters A A Q1 3R Q1 1R 2–2
Shanghai Masters A A 3R 1R 1R 1R 2–4
Paris Masters A A Q1 A 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 4–4 6–8 2–7 0–4 12–24
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 3 6 14 26 24 16 89
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Finals Reached 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
Hard Win–Loss 1–2 3–3 11–12 17–13 15–15 11–9 58–54
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 5–2 1–4 5–3 3–3 15–14
Clay Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 8–10 5–4 0–2 13–19
Overall Win–Loss 1–3 4–6 16–15 26–27 25–22 14–14 86–87
Win (%) 25% 40% 52% 49% 53% 50% 50%
Year-End Ranking 286 208 42 52 51

a 2014 US Open counts as 1 win, 0 losses. David Ferrer received a walkover in the second round, after Tomic withdrew

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current through the US Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A A A A 0–1
French Open A A 1R A A 0–1
Wimbledon A A A 1R A 0–1
US Open A 1R 2R 2R 1R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 2–7

Top 10 wins per season[edit]

Season 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Wins 0 0 0 2 0 1 0

Wins over Top 10s per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2011
1. Sweden Robin Söderling 5 Wimbledon, London, England Grass 3R 6–1, 6–4, 7–5
2. United States Mardy Fish 9 Shanghai, China Hard 2R 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
2013
3. France Richard Gasquet 9 Wimbledon, London, England Grass 3R 7–6(9–7), 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(7–5)

ATP Tour career earnings[edit]

Year Majors ATP wins Total wins Earnings ($) Money list rank
2008 0 0 0 8,926 718
2009 0 0 0 71,036 251
2010 0 0 0 99,606 197
2011 0 0 0 499,060 60
2012 0 0 0 527,353 55
2013 0 1 1 153,584 22
Career 0 1 1 1,420,474 375

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