Bernard Tomic’s Head-Butting Dad, John, Has Been Banned From All ATP And WTA Events Until Further Notice
by Tom Gainey | May 8th, 2013, 9:49 am

After incidents this past week, the two governing tours of tennis took swift action against John Tomic banning the father/coach of Bernard and Sara, who competes on the WTA, from all men’s and women’s events until further notice.

The combustible Tomic drew international attention for his alleged assault on Benard’s practice partner, Thomas Drouet, this weekend. The Frenchman also revealed John has punched his son in the jaw earlier in the week.

After a history misconduct, the tours have banned Tomic from receiving a credential at any of their events.

“Following last week’s incident in Madrid concerning John Tomic, and the ensuing investigation, Mr Tomic’s credential privileges have been suspended at all ATP tournaments until further notice,” the ATP said in a statement. “The ATP’s investigation into this incident remains ongoing.”

Said WTA CEO Stacey Allaster, “At the WTA we have zero tolerance for any type of abuse – emotional, physical, etc – and I think the WTA has put policies in place … to educate young athletes about what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, and without question we have zero tolerance for it.”

Tomic has denied the charges and must return to court next Tuesday on May 14 in Madrid.

Former Australian doubles standout Josh Eagle will step in as Bernard’s interim coach, according to Tennis Australia.

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4 Comments for Bernard Tomic’s Head-Butting Dad, John, Has Been Banned From All ATP And WTA Events Until Further Notice

Gordon Says:

I suspect there is a deeper tragedy going on here and I also suspect it has been going on for years.

I recall a tournament 2 years ago when Tomic asked the umpire to have is father removed from the stands. The old man was showing looks of disgust and shaking his head after every point his son lost , yet Bernard could not avoid looking at his father after every point! He had to turn to an ATP umpire to find assistance with dealing with it.

Bernard shows classic signs of being abused, especially in his flippant extroverted remarks of bravado. Kudos to the league officials for having his sociopathic father banned. The more distance between Bernard and his dad the better.

Ben Pronin Says:

What if he buys a regular ticket?

Wog boy Says:

I don’t know if ATP rules are same as football ones, but if you are banned you are banned, coach or spectator doesn’t make a difference. That was the case with Mary Pierce’s father and Dokic, methinks but not sure.

Anthony Says:

I support WTA’s decision 100%

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