Tomic: ATP was wrong to ban my dad

by: Matt Cronin | June 25, 2013

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Bernard Tomic tells AAP that the Grand Slams and ATP's ban of his father and coach, John Tomic, has affected him.

John Tomic is facing assault charges in Madrid for allegedly beating up his son’s former hitting partner. His coaching credential has been suspended at regular ATP events although he is allowed to attend matches as a fan at the discretion of each tournament, but Roland Garros and Wimbledon banned him altogether.

“It’s always a bit of a worry and you’re thinking about that stuff deep down inside,” Tomic said. “My dad is my coach, he’s my dad and the issues we’ve faced the last couple of months, to see that happen is very difficult as a player and someone that’s competing in tournaments. I don’t know how the ATP came to what they did but it wasn’t very good from them.”

Bernard Tomic said as a result he has brought in a new support staff that has includes Eugenio Forchione, Ivan Dimitrijevic and Harry Skinner as part of his support team.

“From my side, they’re not doing the right thing,” Tomic said of the ATP. “I’m an upcoming player that’s doing well and they have to be supporting me and to see what they’re doing towards me is not good. He is my coach and I’ve lost a coach now that should be traveling with me on the tournaments and going to my matches and it’s difficult, the feeling is not the same. I’m on my dad’s side and always will be.”

The ATP investigated the matter and said that John Tomic’s status will remain in place until May 2014 and then will be reviewed

 

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