• Tomic friend linked to Aussie biker gang

    3/5/13 9:16 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Tomic friend linked to Aussie biker gang Australia's tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic may be back to his old rowdy ways as his form drops off and Aussie media find an apparent link between the player and a notorious motorcycle gang.

    While no one is saying that the under-achieving No. 45 actually hangs with the bad boys, one of his friends does, according to reports. Brisbane's Courier-Mail revealed that Tomic is close friends with Nelson Patea, a known associate of the club on the Gold Coast of Queensland.

    The paper said Patea has a relative who rides with the Bandidos; Patea's Facebook page also shows a picture of him standing beside a ranking Bandido officer. And Tomic is a Facebook friend of Patea.

    The 20-year-old Tomic has been more notable since the Australian Open - where he looked to be on the road to respectability by reaching the third round where he lost to Roger Federer - for his off-court antics than any tennis that he has produced.

    His latest gaffe came as he stripped down to his underwear in a YouTube clip at the Marseille event. His quarter-final there was followed by an incomplete first-round match in Dubai, where he stopped after five games citing "general illness" after partaking at the well-known player party, which is rated as one of the best on the ATP with an Arab theme roasted whole lambs, belly dancers, Bedouins, hunting hawks and free-flowing Aussie wine.

    Over the past year or so, Tomic has been in trouble with police over speeding in his orange BMW coupe which he finally had to sell and was also accused last autumn of failing to try in his matches after a deep run of poor form. Bandido motorcycle sources reportedly told Australian media that the notorious club did not want to comment on any link to Tomic in order to protect his tennis reputation.

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