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Bernard Tomic's dad suspended from ATP events

John Tomic - the coach and father of Bernard Tomic - is facing court proceedings after head-butting practice partner.

Last Modified: 07 May 2013 20:42
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Bernard's training partner Thomas Drouet leaves court bandaged after altercation with John Tomic [AFP]

John Tomic, the father and coach of Australian world number 53 Bernard Tomic, has been suspended from ATP events after he was involved in an altercation with his son's practice partner in a Madrid street at the weekend.

"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 governing body said on Tuesday.

"The ATP's investigation into this incident remains on-going," they said.

Tomic told a Madrid court on Monday he had acted in self-defence when he butted practice coach Thomas Drouet and the pair were ordered to appear at another hearing on May 14.

"He is a dangerous person, who has nothing to do in this sport of gentlemen"

Thomas Drouet in an interview with L'Equipe

"I don't feel guilty, I didn't do anything wrong," Tomic told reporters.

The incident took place on Madrid's central Paseo de la Castellana street on Saturday and Tomic was later taken into custody at his hotel, police said. 

Tomic's Spanish lawyer, Carmen Dieguez, told reporters that while Tomic did not dispute that he had caused Drouet's injuries he had had no other choice to butt him as Drouet had grabbed him by the arms.

However, Drouet contests otherwise. 

"He is a dangerous person, who has nothing to do in this sport of gentlemen," Drouet said in an interview published on Tuesday in French sports daily L'Equipe.

"John hit his son on the court, while we were training in Monaco."

"He punched him in the face. Blood was dripping from his mouth onto the court. Tuesday, he attacks his son, Saturday me, what's next?"

L'Equipe also published a photo of Drouet with his nose heavily bandaged and wearing a neck brace.

Tomic could be handed a prison sentence of up to three years and a possible fine if found guilty on a charge of causing criminal injury. 

Bernard Tomic lost 6-3, 6-2 to Czech Radek Stepanek in the first round of the Madrid Open clay event on Sunday.

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