Born in Stuttgart, Germany to parents of Croatian descent, Bernard Tomic relocated to Queensland, Australia at the age of three-and-a-half and began playing tennis at age seven. Nicknamed "Atomic", the 6'5", flat-hitting Tomic reached the 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinals, beating No. 5 Robin Soderling along the way, to become the youngest man to reach the last eight at Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 1986. That result propelled Tomic past Lleyton Hewitt as the new Australian No. 1, ending Hewitt's seven-year reign as Australia's top-ranked man. His serve, backhand down the line and ability to change the speed of his shots are Tomic's strengths. At age 15, Tomic won the 2008 Australian Open Junior Boys' Championships to become the youngest boy to win the title in the Open Era. Tomic collected the 2009 U.S. Open junior title. He is coached by his father, John. In May, 2013, John Tomic was arrested in Madrid and charged with assault for allegedly head-butting and breaking the nose of Thomas Drouet, Bernard Tomic's hitting partner. On July 20, 2014, Tomic withstood 39 aces from defending champion Ivo Karlovic, scoring a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory to capture his second career title in Bogota.