19-year old, no. 42-ranked Bernard Tomic was caught street racing (or “hooning”) by Australian police. He is currently in the middle of a “dangerous driving investigation.” So far, it all sounds innocent enough (aside from the obvious dangers of street racing, which he should thank his lucky stars for emerging from safely). Only, Tomic then complained about his treatment from the police: “I don’t know what it is – jealousy or whatever – but this policeman seems to have it in for me.” Tomic then went on to make a series of weak complaints against the police.
First, lets examine the $150,000 BMW M3 monstrosity Tomic calls his vehicle. The above article helpfully points out the car runs on a V8 engine–frankly, I don’t know what that means. I do know this: THE CAR IS ORANGE. Now I know Tomic was born in Germany and moved to Australia, and then went back and forth between Croatia and Australia for awhile. Nowhere in that individual narrative is there any mention of Dutch ancestry—so why the orange sports car? Riddle me that, Bernie. I’m not sure the policeman was jealous of him so much as he was full of scorn for the choice of a flashy “hooning” vehicle.
Tomic is 19-years old and flush from a big leap up the rankings (he is now no. 42)–he became the youngest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 25 yrs, when he defeated Soderling en route to an impressive loss to Djokovic in the QF. Much like his higher-ranked colleagues, Tomic now claims Monaco as his residence. I understand he’s making his own money and that he’s a top young prospect, but there is something that feels wrong about his approach.
This is the latest in a series of incidents for the Bernie. Honestly, I think he can be fun to watch (in small doses, and more often only against top opponents). Still, this incident, along with Australian DC captain Pat Rafter’s comments that Tomic needs to take his training more seriously if he wants to succeed, make me wonder. That Tomic once turned down Lleyton Hewitt’s invite for a hitting session (on account of Hewitt not being great enough) is surprising when you consider Tomic hasn’t won an ATP title or reached a final yet.
Let’s go back to 2008, when DelPo won his first ATP title in Stuttgart–all roads lead to DelPo here ;): 1) DelPo dropped to his knees to celebrate and badly scraped his knees in the process. 2) He spent the award ceremony with bloody knees (below), as he posed in front of the white Mercedes Benz convertible he had won with the title.
3) The day DelPo won his 1st title coincided with his younger sister’s birthday, so he gifted the car he won to his sister. In 2008, DelPo was the same age Tomic will be next year.
Sweethearts–they don’t make them like they used to. I guess this rather random memory comes to mind because out of the new tennis players who’ve received attention in the news, there seems to be a fair share of drama that accompanies them, whether it’s Bernie Tomic, Ryan Harrison, or Donald Young. Remember this year’s Oz Open, when Bernie said his game would trouble Rafa, only for Rafa to later apologize for “destroying him”? Then again, there is no. 31- ranked Milos Raonic–if Bruce Jenkins has his way, Raonic and Dolgopolov will be contesting a GS semifinal in 2012.
Still, given the year he had after the Oz Open, Tomic is one to watch in the 2012 season. He could trouble some of the higher-ranked players, including the ones dear to me. That would be a redemption of sorts for Bernie, given the criticism he’s attracting right now.