Tennis Australia apologizes for putting Tomic in 'Hall of Shame'

Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:20am EDT
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tennis Australia has apologized for a 'clerical error' in a media release that said estranged local player Bernard Tomic was playing in a 'Hall of Shame' event against compatriot John-Patrick Smith.

The media release said Tomic, who was dumped from Australia's Davis Cup team after a rant against officials, was playing Smith in the 'Hall of Shame Tennis Championships', causing a stir on social media networks.

"Tennis Australia sincerely apologizes for the typo in the daily results service today," the governing body said in a statement.

"This has now been corrected and we wish both Bernard Tomic and JP Smith all the best in the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport," TA said in a statement.

"This unfortunate error has been widely circulated on social media and there is some discussion as to how such a mistake could occur.

"We have a very upset staff member who made a simple clerical error.

"There was no malicious intent."

TA's relationship with Australia's top-ranked player Tomic has long been frosty but it reached a new low at Wimbledon where the world number 26 accused officials of lacking respect for him and failing to support him and his sister Sara, who plays mostly lower-tier ITF events.

Tomic also teed off at two-time grand slam champion Pat Rafter, a former Davis Cup captain and now TA's high performance director, describing him as a "good actor" and a TA stooge.   Continued...

Bernard Tomic of Australia leaves the court after losing his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 3, 2015.             REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett