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Tennis Australia will accept Bernard Tomic life ban
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February 02, 2009 TENNIS Australia will throw Bernard Tomic to the wolves even if the star junior is given a life ban from the Pro Tour circuit for walking off court in Perth in December.

Tennis Australia's director of player development Craig Tiley declared Tomic would not receive any support from officials if the ITF bars the 16-year-old prodigy from the Pro Tour.

Such a ban would not prevent Tomic contesting ATP or grand slam events, but eviction from the Pro Tour's Challenger and Futures events would block the Queenslander's bid to improve his ranking.

TA's hardline stance comes amid revelations an official at the Sorrento futures event filed a police complaint against a player's parent.

WA police confirmed a complaint had been lodged on December 2 and investigated, but would not name the parent.

A spokesperson said no action was taken and the report was forwarded to TA.

John Tomic was ordered to make a public apology by TA for forcing his son to default the match and has privately described the experience as the most humiliating of his life.

Bernard Tomic was fined $1350 for walking off court during the second-round match when trailing Marinko Matosevic.

The youngster could be charged with aggravated behaviour by the ITF, an offence which could lead to a Pro Tour life ban.

Tomic will rise to about 550th in the new rankings and will probably be selected to make his Davis Cup debut for Australia against Thailand next month.

But his immediate fate rests in the hands of London-based ITF officials.

"Two things with that. John Tomic's copped his penalty from us in a public apology. Then also we're not going to defend the ITF's decision," Tiley said.

"Quite often what happens is that the ITF makes a decision which is pretty harsh. Then the national federation comes in and tries to overturn it. We've told the ITF we're not going to be doing that.

"So whatever the ITF's decision is, we're supporting it."

Tomic walked off court after being ordered to do so by his father, who had repeatedly accused officials of not taking action against Matosevic's alleged foot faults.

An argument ensued after the match between John Tomic and officials.

Tiley said the Tomic's had been counselled and he did not expect a repeat of the behaviour.

"John knows and Bernard knows that (defaulting) is against the rules," Tiley said.

"You don't walk off the court without a reason. You get punished for that and you get penalised for that.

"And then you don't talk about the officiating after the match or talk to the officials."

"You get penalised and punished for that - that's the rules of the game. We don't have jurisdiction over the parent, only the athlete."
Tennis Australia won't help him if it does happen. Guess Bernard would have to rely on the goodwill of other national federations to give him wildcards into ATP events. I can see some countries giving him qualifying wildcards so I don't think it would be that bad if he did get banned.
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Its from a newscorp newspaper which for people who dont know = fox news = scandalous journalism etc, we know he won't get a life ban.
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The youngster could be charged with aggravated behaviour by the ITF, an offence which could lead to a Pro Tour life ban.
So he's not even charged yet and they are already talking about the biggest possible punishment? Scandalous journalism at its best :retard:

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i call bs.

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He gets a lifetime ban for walking out in the second round of, what is this, like a challenger event or an ITF vent? Pathetic.



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a fine and a warning that he better not do that again would be way enough.

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haha they'll never ban him

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February 2nd, 2009

HE doesn't turn 17 until October but Bernard Tomic -- the Southport kid who briefly swooned the nation at the Australian Open -- believes he will be cutting down top 10 tennis players within two years.

After showing flashes of his shimmering potential in his grand slam debut at Melbourne Park, where he reached the second round after felling 77th-rated Italian Potito Starace, gangly young gun Tomic is a cover story in the making.

But to fast-track his assault on the tennis turrets, he and the rest of Team Tomic -- father John, mother Ady and tennis-playing sister Sarah -- will swap the Gold Coast for Florida or London to be better placed to push for a place on the ATP Tour and land more wildcard entries to mainstream tournaments.

With the might of global management giant IMG behind him and an armoury of shots from the tennis text books, the kid with the instincts of a sniper knows he has the world between the strings of his racquet.

"If I can beat Starace now, considering that he was once ranked 26 in the world, then maybe I will beat top 10 players in two years," said Tomic.

"I want to be making my mark in two years or so. I've taken a lot of confidence from the last month but I know I have to leave Australia now to try and better myself.

"I'll get the chance to play with a wider range of practice partners and also be closer to where the tournaments are being played. IMG stage a few tournaments on the ATP and there could be wildcard opportunities for me there."

Newly ranked at 560 in the world, Tomic added: "I grew up on the Coast (after arriving as a three-year-old when his Croatian father John gained refugee status for the family) and I will miss it. But if I'm to get to the top I have to make the move. There are just so many opportunities for me overseas."

"The Australian Open (where his fairytale was ended in four sets by Luxembourg's Gilles Muller) showed me I can mix it with some of the top guys, I just need to stay healthy, get stronger and play a few tournaments."

The 2008 Australian Junior champion returns to action at the $US50,000 Burnie Pro Circuit in Tasmania today hoping there will be no post-Open hangover.

He believes he has tamed an impetuous streak which threatened to double-fault his future.

"I've worked hard to keep my cool on court," said Tomic. "I've had periods where I've been very calm on court but there have been times when I've thrown my racquet around in frustration. You learn you shouldn't do these things."

Despite his abundant talent, Tomic knows he must improve his game if he is to realise his dream of breaking into the top 10 by the time he's 20.

"I'm working on building up my legs for a start, I need greater court speed," he said.

"If I had the speed of Rafael Nadal now I'd be top 10, but I don't. I'm also trying to improve my serve.

"I'm up to about 190km/h, but I need to be hitting them at 220."

While rubbing shoulders with the greats of the game at the Open, Tomic is not overawed by players who were once his idols.

As Tomic himself puts it: "Now I have to look at becoming my own idol."
Looks like hes already thinking about getting wildcards into ATP tournaments this year! I guess hes going to be like Carsten Ball and play all the American challengers for the rest of the year.

I hope he doesnt take up American citizenship thats all.
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He has no chance of getting a lifetime ban. What sensational journalism
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"If I can beat Starace now, considering that he was once ranked 26 in the world, then maybe I will beat top 10 players in two years," said Tomic.
flawless logic. but hey, at least he's confident.
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