Australian Bernard Tomic has shrugged off his Miami arrest and banishment from the Davis Cup team to successfully defend his Claro Open title in Bogota Colombia. Tomic was accused of hitting ‘rock bottom’ by Tennis Australia’s high performance chief Pat Rafter after being charged for resisting arrest and trespass in relation to a noisy hotel room party he hosted earlier this month. However, the negative attention does not appear to have affected the controversial 22-yearold’s tennis.
‘I started at No 70 (in the world rankings) and am now close to No 20. It’s been a good seven months. ‘I’ll try to play well the next three months and have the chance to be in the Top 15.’ Tomic, whose ranking has improved to 25 from 29, was kicked out of the Davis Cup team after a tirade against Tennis Australia (TA) officials at Wimbledon. Australia won their quarterfinal tie against Kazakhstan without him but want him back in the side for the semi-final against Great Britain in September.