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Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:34

Bernard Tomic will not be returning to the tour for a month and has been fined $1,560 by the International Tennis Federation for walking off court in Perth last December.

Tomic’s behaviour was described as major offences of aggravated behaviour.

The 16-year old has been banned from all ITF pro circuit tournaments until April 6, which means the only way he can improve his ranking before that date is by performing on the ATP World Tour.

The ITF issued its penalty after a long investigation into Tomics default at the Sorrento Futures event in Western Australia.

Tomics penalty could have been worse, however. The ITF took into account the role that his father John had in the incident. John Tomic ordered his son off the court in objection to the officiating in Sorrento.

Tomic, who measures in at 64 and reached the second round at the Aussie Open this year, is currently at a career-high ranking of world No.382 and won a Challenger event in Melbourne ten days ago.

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