‘Tomic’s career is over, the light is fading’
BERNARD Tomic's career is all but over, according to his former coach.
Neil Guiney, who worked with Tomic for a decade when he was playing the junior circuit, has shed light on the 25-year-old's life growing up, his attitude and the detrimental effect he believes John Tomic has had on his son's career.
The world No. 164 - who is set for another slump in the ATP rankings as he will lose his points earned from a third-round appearance at Melbourne Park last year - was denied a wildcard for this year's event and forced into qualifying.
There he fell to unknown Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the third round of and as such had missed his home grand slam for the first time since 2008.
Failure to reach the main draw was overshadowed by Tomic's controversial post-match interview during which he said: 'I just count money, that's all I do, I count my millions. You go make $13 or $14 million. Good luck, bye.'
Lamenting the talent lost and predicting we may have seen the last of Tomic, Guiney said:
"I heard his comment about all his money, but that's just how he is. He's on a downhill slope and that (money) seems to be all he can think about,' he told the Daily Mail.
"I still watch him, but it's disappointing to say the least ... the shining light is fading. Yes, I think this time you can nearly call it - his career is all but over."
Tomic's rap sheet is extensive. It includes accusations of tanking and cheating, getting three driving fines in one day, losing his license, extraordinary public rants and getting arrested in Miami.
And while much has been said and written about his attitude and demeanour, there has also been a microscope held over the influence of his father John.
He too can lay claim to quite a colourful history of blow-ups and rants.
Most memorable perhaps was when John left Bernard's hitting partner Thomas Drouet with a broken nose after headbutting him outside a hotel in May 2013 during the Madrid Masters.
John was handed a ban by the ATP tour and convicted of causing bodily harm. He was also handed a suspended eight month sentence by a Spanish Court on condition of good behaviour.
Shedding some light on John's character and influence on Bernard, Guiney said: "John didn't really know enough (about tennis) but always had to be in charge.
"The main drive came from his father, you could almost predict things were going to go wrong.
"Bernard always lived through this unsteady sort of atmosphere, not sure whether to duck or run, and that always breeds disaster.
"He took it very seriously when he was a kid, he liked to win, and all that's gone now."
As for the future, it seems Tomic's money will fade away with his ranking and pride will prevent any possible reform and return.
"It's all over, unless he's happy to play (lower level) Challenger tournaments for all his life, but knowing Bernard I highly doubt it,' Guiney said.
"To be honest I don't think he is concerned about his bank balance, I think he's just saying that because he's embarrassed about losing.
"For him it's embarrassing to have to play qualifiers and more embarrassing when he loses ... but it looks bad and it sounds bad."