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SBD Global/June 24, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Tennis Player Bernard Tomic Hits Out At ATP Over Father's Ban

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has revealed for the first time that he is "struggling to cope with the ban imposed on his father and coach and has slammed the ATP over its handling of the issue," according to Liam Fitzgibbon of AAP. It comes as officials announced that John Tomic's tour suspension "will remain in place until at least May." As he prepares to play at Wimbledon without his father by his side, Bernard Tomic said that the ATP "has not fully considered his welfare by implementing the ban." He said, ''Truly, from my side, they're not doing the right thing. As a player, they should be protecting me and doing the best for me. 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." John Tomic's tour credentials "have been suspended since he was charged with assaulting Bernard's former training partner, Frenchman Thomas Drouet," during the Madrid Masters. Under ATP rules, "it is up to individual tournaments" to decide if John Tomic "can attend events as a spectator" (AAP, 6/24).
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