Bernard Tomic's father John rejects claims the 20-year-old tennis player is burnt out and needs a break
by: Jeremy Pierce From: The Sunday Mail (Qld) November 04, 2012 12:00AM
BERNARD Tomic's father and coach John has hit out at claims the tennis wonder kid is burnt out and descending into a downward spiral.
The 20-year-old star, who faces a courtroom hearing on driving charges on the Gold Coast tomorrow, made headlines yet again this week after another run-in with police at a Surfers Paradise resort.
Tennis greats have said Tomic needs an extended break from the game - and his dad - but John Tomic said the world No.49's career was still on track.
Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Mail, Tomic Sr said there was no crisis.
"In the Tomic camp and the Tomic family there's still plenty of energy to deliver the desire that we had 10 years ago," he said. "We have to work hard to be a success and that is what we will do."
The young star reportedly arrived on the Gold Coast with a goal to down the racquets for a month and "run amok".
For most of the world's stars, November is a rare month off ahead of preparations for a relentless 11-month season.
"We are in the off-season," John Tomic said. "We will start again at the end of the month."
He refused to comment on calls from some of Australia's most respected tennis figures that Bernard needs a break from the game and his father should hand over the coaching reins to somebody else.