The New York Times reports that John Tomic will not be granted accreditation to this year’s French Open.
The ATP announced on Tuesday that it has suspended Tomic’s credentials at all tournaments while it completes its investigation into his alleged assault on his son Bernard’s hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, in Madrid. The elder Tomic has been charged with assault and is due to appear in court next Tuesday. If found guilty, Tomic could be sentenced to a fine and and up to three years in prison.
The ITF also confirmed that it has suspended Tomic’s tournament credentials until the ATP completes its investigation. The ITF’s decision prevents Tomic from receiving credentials for any junior tournament in which his 15-year-old daughter, Sara, may compete.
Tennis Australia has pledged its support for Bernard Tomic, scrambling to get temporary coaches in place for him as he prepares for the French Open and Wimbledon. Davis Cup coach Josh Eagle will provide assistance next week in Rome, while Davis Cup captain Patrick Rafter will offer his services at Roland Garros.
”We’re comfortable right now that Bernard has a lot of good support, which he’ll need,” Todd Woodbridge, head of professional tennis for Tennis Australia, told The Associated Press.
”This is nothing to do with Bernard. This is John [Tomic's] issue that has to be dealt with,” he said. ”But obviously we’ve to get him focused on playing tennis over the next couple of months and put this aside.
”We want him to, I suppose, find some sanctuary on the court.”