Sydney - Troubled Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has admitted he
made a mistake after being arrested in Miami for refusing to turn down the
music at a hotel penthouse party.
The fiery 22-year-old, already at odds with Tennis Australia, was taken into
custody early on Wednesday morning after police were called to the chic W Hotel
after multiple reports of a raucous party in his rooms.
According to the arrest affidavit, witnesses said Tomic closed the door on
security guards - pointing at them as the party continued.
When police arrived and attempted to evict him, guests of the player
departed while Tomic verbally and physically disobeyed the officers,
He was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting an officer
without violence before being released on US$2,000 bail.
"Obviously it was disappointing what happened," Tomic told
Australia's Channel Seven in comments broadcast Friday.
"It was a bit interesting, obviously I couldn't control what happened.
"I feel sad in one way, they (the police) were doing their job, I was
playing music loud, there were several complaints coming from the rooms.
"For sure it was my mistake and I guess I have to pay the price for
it," he added.
Tomic, ranked 25th in the world, was toppled in the first round of the ATP
grass-court tournament in Newport, Rhode Island, on Monday.
He took a wild card into the event after being dumped from the Australian
team for this week's Davis Cup tie against Kazakhstan for what Tennis Australia
called "disparaging and disrespectful comments".
Tomic had lashed out at player-turned-tennis official Pat Rafter in a
post-match Wimbledon news conference, calling the Australian federation
He had a further beef with the federation after TA sent out a press release
saying Tomic was to play in the "Hall of Shame Tennis Championships"
in Newport - where the tournament is called the "Hall of Fame
The federation insisted it was a clerical error.
TA president Steve Healy admitted on Friday he was "very worried"
"We are very worried about Bernard, it certainly is a very sad
situation," he told Melbourne radio station 3AW of the arrest.
"We hope this is a turning point in the road for him and that he
realises the error of his ways and makes some changes.
"He's a real talent, and it's just a shame that talent is being