In his first match since his father, John, was charged with assaulting his hitting partner in Madrid, Bernard Tomic retired in the first round of the French Open against Victor Hanescu at 7-5, 7-6 (8), 2-1 due to a muscle tear in his leg sustained two points into the match.
After the match, Tomic issued his first comments about his father’s situation.
“I’d like to say some things before you guys ask me about them obviously involving my father,” he said to begin his news conference. “He’s here right now in Paris, so, you know, he’s still working with me, he’s still my dad, he’s still my coach, and, you know, I love him a lot.
“Involving the incidents that happened, I don’t want to talk about it a lot or at all, I should say. And it’s a very difficult thing for me, you know, to put my words into that. If you can respect all I have to say about this, you know, I’m happy to talk about the match.”
John Tomic has been banned from tournaments by both the ATP and ITF pending an investigation into the alleged assault on Thomas Drouet, Bernard Tomic’s former hitting partner, in Madrid earlier this month. Tomic has been charged with assault and is due in court in October. Bernard Tomic said despite the legal problems, which revealed allegations by Drouet that he witnessed John Tomic hit Bernard Tomic in the mouth during a training session in April, his relationship with his father remains unchanged.
“He’s in Paris in my hotel,” Bernard said. “We’re leaving tomorrow I think back to Monaco, so he’s still the same. Nothing’s really changed.”
Tomic is committed to keeping his father on to coach him but admits he is looking to bring someone in to help.
“My dad’s still my coach, and he’ll always be, because, you know, I grew up with him and he knows me better than everyone else,” Tomic said. “I might put someone else on board that can, you know, help my dad sort of and them two people, you know, negotiate. Not sort of a coach but someone just to help me a little bit. You know, I haven’t made a decision yet who.”
Ideally, Tomic wants to hire someone before the grass season begins in two weeks. He’s already evaluating two or three candidates. His next scheduled tournament is the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club in London.
“I will decide that with my dad over the next week, and, you know, who knows?” Tomic said. “Maybe you’ll see someone you don’t expect.”