John Tomic returns to coach son Bernard after ban

by: Kamakshi Tandon | May 26, 2014

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

AP Photo

Bernard Tomic's controversial father, John, is allowed to coach his son at tournaments following the end of a one-year ban this month.

Tomic's then-hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, had accused John of head-butting him following an argument which led to a broken nose. The incident, which was investigated by Spanish police and later resulted in a suspended sentence, led to the ATP banning Tomic's father from entering tournaments in any official capacity.

The Melbourne Age had reported at the beginning of the month that authorities would not be attempting to reinstate the ban.

Tomic confirmed at the French Open that his father would once again be coaching him. “It’s been a while and I’m happy to have him back,” said Tomic.

“He’s very important. It’s been one year and to have him on the side is very good and he knows a lot about my tennis.

“This is an opportunity for me where I’ve missed him the last year and I get to have him back, which is good.”

Tomic also said his interim coach would likely not continue to work with him after his tournament, but that they would add other members of the team.

The Australian newspaper notes that both John Tomic and Drouet, who is now coaching WTA player Timea Babos, are on the French Open grounds—the first time the two have been at the same event since the altercation.


For French Open previews and thoughts on Novak Djokovic's position in Paris—plus instruction, gear, and GIFs—read this week's edition of Tennis Tuesday.

And for the latest French Open coverage, including updated draws, go to our tournament page.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Eugenie Bouchard testifies about her slip, fall at 2015 US Open

Bouchard is accusing the USTA of negligence that led to her slipping in the locker room. 

Top-seeded Svitolina beats Wang to reach Dubai quarterfinals

The first set was easy for Svitolina, but the rest of the match was far from it. 

#AskNick: Breaking down what makes a coach and a tennis teacher

Coaching is now considered a full-time profession, which wasn't the case a few years ago.