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Tomic arrested after hotel party

2015-07-16 21:09
Bernard Tomic (AFP)

Miami - Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is facing resisting arrest charges after Miami Beach police say he refused to turn down the music at a hotel penthouse party.

The fiery 22-year-old, already at odds with Tennis Australia, was arrested early Wednesday morning after police were called to the chic W Hotel after multiple results of a raucous party in Tomic's 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, authorities said.

He was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence.

He was eventually released on $2 000 bail.

Detective Vivian Thayer of the Miami Beach police said it was not unusual for young athletes and entertainers drawn to the city known for its nightlife to find themselves in hot water with authorities.

"Sometimes they just don't make the best decisions," she said.

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 tournament after he was 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 penny-pinching.

Tomic 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 Championships".

The federation insisted it was a clerical error.

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