By Chris Oddo/ Sunday, September 15, 2013
Bernard Tomic's former hitting partner Thomas Drouet has given the world a glimpse inside of his relationship with Bernard and John Tomic, and it isn't pretty. Drouet, who worked with Tomic up until the time he was assaulted by Tomic in Madrid, released excerpts of the diary that he kept while touring with the tennis star and his brooding, manipulative and often times violent father and coach, John.
Thomas Drouet revealed many unsavory details about his time spent with Team Tomic in his recently released diary excerpts.
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Drouet writes of an ongoing, disturbing unease that permeated the relationship, and says frequently that the elder Tomic treated him and other members of the team like dogs, was manipulative, and too cheap to pay their wages on Christmas because they didn't hit on the holiday.
In two parts, Drouet's diary gives readers a clear view of the monstrosity that is Tomic's temperament, while painting a picture of a younger Tomic that is sometimes sympathetic to his team's undesirable working conditions but at other times, Bernard seems every bit as cold and callous as his overbearing father.
The first paragraph of Drouet's two-part tell-all sets the tone nicely, as he writes “A 27-hour trip and I am feeling really jet-lagged. I barely arrive and there is a fit of anger from John because Bernard is playing on his PlayStation.” But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as the ensuing pages reveal violent streaks, manipulations and a complete lack of respect for the hired help.
According to Drouet, John Tomic interrupts the celebration of Bernard's first ATP title in Sydney to tell the team that he pays them too much for their contributions. “Bernard wins his first ATP Tour title,” writes Drouet. “We all celebrate... We are still in the tennis centre in the evening when John walks in and shows us the prize money paper. We think initially he is showing us as part of the celebration. Like, 'Look at this prize money – yay!' But no. 'You see how much taxes I pay?' he says. 'I give you too much money, I will pay you less.' Our spirits drop.”
Drouet also talks of Tomic cutting off their internet for no reason, making them pick him up at the airport at their expense, and making their fitness trainer pay for dinner after herding into a bet. “John takes two whiskeys and a main and dessert, then asks for the bill which is Euro150,” he writes. “He hands it to Salva and says 'you lost the bet, so you pay.' We know he doesn't have the money. I feel so bad, so when we are back in the room I give him 20 euro for what I ate, and Bernard, too, gives him 15-20 euro. Bernard didn't feel good either.
Eventually, things spiral into disarray, and the relationship ends with a heated exchange in which John Tomic assaults Drouet after he had stood up to him earlier in the day when Tomic screamed at him in front of his girlfriend. Later, after a flight to Madrid, Tomic gets physical with Drouet, hoping to settle a score. “We make our way to the hotel in central Madrid,” writes Drouet. “In front of the hotel John asks me to put my bag down and to follow him outside. We walk to the side of the hotel. I thought he was going to say sorry for the verbal abuse. He looks around all the time which I think is weird. There is no-one around. He tells me "tell me again what you said this morning." I tell him again about how he thinks he is such a "big man, a real man but okay John that's fine Bernard will pay me to be his partner." He spits in my face. I wipe the spit away as he walks away and I tell him again what a big man he is and he suddenly turns and head butts me. I remember yelling help as I fall.”
Read the actual excerpts here and here.