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Bernard Tomic asks chair ump to remove his dad from tennis match

March 27, 2012|By Houston Mitchell

Tennis player Bernard Tomic made a strange request of the chair umpire during a changeover in his match against David Ferrer at the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday: Can you please ask my dad to leave the stands.

A television camera picked up the exchange after Tomic held serve to go up, 3-2, in the second set.

"He's annoying me. I know he's my father, but he's annoying me," Tomic says. "I want him to leave as soon as possible." An obviously surprised chair umpire responds "If you tell him to leave what will happen?" To which Tomic responds, "It's not going to happen."

Tomic then sits down and says "If you see him, please tell him to be quiet."

Amazingly, chair umpire Cedric Mourier then gives a warning to Tomic's father, John Tomic, for coaching from the stands. And Bernard Tomic thanks him!

The sad display can be watched in the above video.

By the way, Tomic lost the match, 6-4, 6-4.

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