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Bernard Tomic axed by management group

Tomic was with IMG for nine years. (©GettyImages)
Tomic was with IMG for nine years. (©GettyImages).

Bernard Tomic has reportedly been dumped by management company IMG after working with the group for nine years.

Since signing an agreement as a 12-year-old, Tomic’s partnership with the giant talent agency has paved the way for other lucrative deals with sponsors including Nike, Optus, Yonex and Qantas.

IMG’s decision to terminate his multimillion dollar contract is due to his questionable off-court behaviour, as reported by Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald.

Off-court troubles

The Gold Coast resident has landed himself in hot water on numerous occasions in his hometown, including multiple traffic offences such as failing to stop for police and speeding.

Tomic’s father and ex-coach, John, has exhibited a bad habit of losing his temper at the expense of further damaging his son’s reputation.

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In May 2013, the controversial figure attacked Tomic’s hitting partner Thomas Drouet outside a hotel in Madrid, resulting in a broken nose, stitches to a cut above his eye and severe bruising to the back of his neck.

Miserable season

Tomic has endured some woeful times both on and off the court this year, but nothing compares to when he etched his name into the history books for all the wrong reasons.

He recorded the shortest professional tennis match in Open Era history when he succumbed to a crushing defeat at the hands of Jarko Nieminen in just 28 minutes at the Florida-based Sony Open in March.

Australian Open injury

Tomic has struggled to string together consecutive wins since storming to the final of the Sydney International in January.

Just a week after losing to Juan Martin del Potro, he retired due to a thigh injury in the first round of the Australian Open against then World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

Although his contentious decision was booed by large sections of an expectant home crowd, Tomic’s withdrawal appeared genuine as he spent the next two months on the sidelines after undergoing double hip surgery.

Controversial headlines have no doubt made a negative impact on his torrid 2014 season, and last week the Australian dropped outside the top 100 of the ATP World Rankings for the first time since 2011.

Road to redemption

Tomic was granted entry to Claro Open in Bogota, Colombia as a wildcard and cruised past Uzbekistsan's Farrukh Dustov 6-3 6-3 in the first round to secure his first win on hard-court surface since January.

The one-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist will take on either Alejandro Falla or Tatsuma Ito in his next match with a view to building some momentum for the remainder of the campaign.

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