Meet Bernard Tomic, The 20-Year-Old Phenom Who's Already The Most Notorious Bad Boy In Tennis

bernard tomic ferrari

Photo: YouTube

20-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic is the most interesting tennis player you’ve never heard of.He has all the talent in the world, but his bombastic personality and a litany of off-the-court issues has so far hindered his ability to became a great player.

This is a man who once tried to get his own father ejected from a match, locked himself in his house to hide from police, and proclaimed he would be the best tennis player ever.

Going into the 2013 Australian Open, Tomic is finally starting to put it together.

If he makes a deep run in his home tournament, his profile as tennis’ biggest bad boy will explode.

Let's start with what makes Tomic remarkable — the off-court stuff. This is his $600,000 Ferrari Spider

Source: GoldCoast.co.au

He also owns an orange BMW, which was the object of controversy when he got in a bizarre police standoff last year...

After he refused to pull over, he drove home and locked himself inside his house, claiming police harassment

Source: ESPN

The incident came on the heels of a strong 2012 Aussie Open performance, where he and his model girlfriend Donay Meijer grabbed headlines

Source: Herald Sun

But the rest of 2012 was awful and littered with controversies

In September, an ESPN broadcaster accused him of tanking at the US Open

Source: USA Today

In October, police were called to a Gold Coast resort where Tomic was involved in a fight

His off-court issues hurt him on the court too, when he was dropped from the Australian Davis Cup team

Source: The Australian

Source: 10 News

The thing is, he's really talented! He has been playing big-time tennis since age 15

And guess what, he's red-hot coming into the 2013 Aussie Open. He won a tournament in Sydney last week

Now the Aussie papers are covering him like he's the best player in the world

And he even has a new girlfriend! Chelsey Grbcic is already on the radar of the Aussie press

Source: Herald Sun

Source: BBC

Regardless of what happens against Federer, Tomic looks ready and able to take the title of Tennis' Biggest Bad Boy

Now check out another athletes with expensive tastes

NOW WATCH: Briefing videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.