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Bernard Tomic supports father as coach

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BRISBANE, Australia (AP)

Australia Davis Cup player Bernard Tomic says his father ''is the right guy to coach me'' and he's mystified that a recent on-court spat between the two made world headlines.

World No. 36 Tomic appeared to have had a public falling out with father John at the recent Miami Masters when he asked the chair umpire to have his father removed from courtside seating. He said Tomic senior was ''annoying'' him.

But Tomic told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday, as he prepared for Australia's Davis Cup clash against South Korea, he was suprised to see the incident widely reported.

''I don't know how it makes news,'' Tomic said.

''It's stuff that you experience in life and you learn from these things. It's a good learning curve.''

Asked if he would react differently next time, the 19-year-old Tomic said ''absolutely.''

''That was a small problem. It's all fixed. My dad is the right guy to coach me — he's always been,'' Tomic said.

''Father-son relationships are always a bit tricky, but there's no doubt my dad will be there for me. I have gotten to where I am because of him.''

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