Brisbane - Australia's top-ranked tennis
player Bernard Tomic has apologised after a row with hotel staff over the use
of courts near his Gold Coast residence in the lead up to the Australian Open,
local media reported.
Tomic, who made the semi-finals of the Brisbane
International last week, clashed with staff at the RACV Royal Pines resort
after a dispute with members over access to the courts, the Gold Coast Bulletin
"I've been so focused on preparing for
all my matches, I know there's no excuse for my behaviour," the paper
quoted the world number 18 as saying.
"I didn't mean to cause any trouble
and I apologise to the club members.
"There seems to have been a bit of a
misunderstanding and my practice was interrupted and I got a bit
The Royal Pines resort was unable to
provide immediate comment.
Long touted a future top-10 player,
23-year-old Tomic has developed a long and varied rap sheet of controversies on
and off the court during his six years on tour.
He was cut from Australia's Davis Cup team
for a second time last year after an extraordinary public rant against his
country's tennis association at Wimbledon.
Tomic was also arrested and charged by
Miami police for trespassing last year after holding a party in his room at a
local hotel, though the charges were later dropped.