Rising tennis star Bernard Tomic grew upset with a spectator during his loss to David Ferrer at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Saturday. That spectator happened to be his father and coach, John Tomic.
Between games during the second set, the 19-year-old asked chair umpire Cedric Mourier to remove his father from the stands.
"He's annoying me," Tomic said. "I know he’s my father, but he’s annoying me. I want him to leave, but how is that possible?"
When Mourier asked Tomic what would happen if he told his father to leave, he simply said that it wouldn't happen.
"If you see him, tell him to be quiet," Tomic said.
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During a game in which Tomic ultimately held serve to even the set at 2-2, the television broadcast showed John noticeably upset with his son's performance. According to reports, Tomic repeatedly gestured toward his father with his racquet, seeming to suggest that he leave the stadium.
At the next opportunity, the younger Tomic approached the ref. Mourier handed out a warning to John, who stayed to watch the rest of the match.
Following the loss, Tomic denied asking to remove his father and claimed that he was asking John to have his racquets restrung.