John Tomic, the father of Australian tennis player Bernard, said he is ‘ashamed’ of his son’s recent behaviour.
Tomic senior made the comments following Bernard’s extraordinary outburst after his first-round Wimbledon exit, when he said he was ‘bored’ during his match against Mischa Zverev and that he only played tennis for the money.
Tomic junior was subsequently dumped by his racquet sponsor Head following his comments and was also fined £11,600 by the International Tennis Federation.
The 24-year-old has been condemned for his widely conduct and now even his father and former coach has joined in.
“He’s my son, I love him, but I’m ashamed at how he’s approaching his business — it’s not good what he’s doing,” John Tomic told an Australian TV channedl.
“I do not support such behaviour, especially at (a) unique grand slam like Wimbledon.
“You have to have respect and follow the rules. You have to work hard. You have to put in 100 percent and challenge yourself.”
Tomic senior said that maybe his son had things a little bit too comfortable.
The world number 59 has earned almost £5.5 million in his short tennis career.
Despite his father’s comments, Tomic has refused to apologise and even tried to justify his recent comments in an interview the Sunday Herald Sun.
“I worked 10 hours a day with my father, having no money in our life from the age of eight to 15,” Tomic said.
“We were driving a A$500 car to now having millions and earning millions at 24, having houses all over the world.
“You probably don’t like me but, at only 24, you guys can only dream about having what I have at 24.”
“End of the day, don’t like me or whatever. Just go back dreaming about your dream car or house while I go buy them.”