Apparently father does not know best, at least not for tennis player Bernard Tomic. The Australian tennis star asked an official for his father to be removed from his match at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Tomic slumped to 0-30 in the fifth game of the second set to David Ferrer. Tomic became distracted by his father and former instructor, asking the umpire to remove him from the match. Tomic said: “He’s annoying me. I know he’s my father, but he’s annoying me. I want him to leave, but how is that possible?”
The umpire issued Tomic’s father a code violation warning for illegal coaching
Despite being over heard asking his father to be kicked out of the match, Tomic denies any rift. Instead, saying he asked the umpire for his racquets to be restrung.
But Tomic and his father’s relationship isn’t all LOVE. In 2009, Tomic was suspended from ITF tournaments for 30-days after disobeying his father and coach’s order to walk off the court during a match because of what he deemed as poor officiating.