MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – It was game, set, match for Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic after he was led away in handcuffs from a swanky South Beach hotel because he reportedly refused to turn down his loud music.
When other guests complained about the loud party and music coming from the #15 penthouse at the W South Beach on Collins Avenue around 5 a.m. Thursday, two security guards went to Tomic’s room to ask him to turn it down.
Tomic, 22, refused and shut the door in their faces, according to his arrest report.
The guards tried twice more to get him to turn down the music to no avail. On their third attempted, Tomic allegedly “pointed his finger aggressively” at the security guards and slammed the door in their faces. They then decided to evict him from the room and called the police.
The guards, accompanied by two Miami Beach police officers, went back to Tomic’s room and informed Tomic and his friends that they had to gather up their belongings and leave or else face arrest for trespassing.
Tomic’s guests left but he stood his ground and refused to leave, according to the report.
Tomic was again told leave and, again, he refused. The officers then arrested Tomic and charged him resisting arrest and trespassing.
Tomic told CBS4’s Natalia Zea exclusively that he regrets his behavior.
“It was definitely my fault, what happened. I was asleep on several occasions when they complained at first but it was just a noise complaint but like I said, I’m sorry for the police and the noise i caused,” said Tomic.
“Security told police that you slammed the door in the security officer’s face,” said Zea.
Tomic responded, “Yeah, because I told him that I wasn’t playing the music too loud and he was unhappy with the volume, so I asked him to come in and we negotiated the volume and he still wasn’t happy when he came in the second time, so the third time when he came back I was disappointed to see police there.”
He added that he was trying to leave, but that police simply didn’t give him enough time to collect his belongings before he left.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the tennis star.
Tomis lost in Rhode Island at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship. He was also dumped from the Australian Davis Cup team after a 10-minute tirade directed at Tennis Australia officials following his exit from Wimbledon. He lost his first-round encounter against fellow Australian John-Patrick Smith in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.
He has also had trouble with the law before. He was charged with running from police in Australia.
“I was very young, and I’d like to say I’ve learned, but in a different way last night obviously I haven’t, but I have now,” he told Zea.
Tomic often practices at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, a few miles from a friend’s home where he stays when in South Florida. Kids there for summer tennis camp recognize him.
“He was a good example, he’s a famous tennis player and now we look at him and it’s not the same anymore,” said teenager, Francesca Cazhrisson.
Tomic’s message to the kids, “Don’t play loud music or you’ll go to TGK I guess.”