Event Notes: Franch Open Organizers Ban Father Of Australian Bernard Tomic
French Open organizers "banned John Tomic from the tournament, following the lead of the ruling body of men's tennis," which Wednesday "banned him indefinitely." The father of Australian Bernard Tomic "is due to appear in court in Madrid next Tuesday on assault charges for allegedly breaking the nose of his son's hitting partner." An ATP statement said, "Following last week's incident in Madrid concerning John Tomic, and the ensuing investigation, Mr. Tomic's credential privileges have been suspended at all ATP tournaments until further notice." It is likely that Tomic Sr. "will also be banned by Wimbledon organizers" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/9). ... Welterweight boxer Manny Pacquiao will face Brandon Rios of the U.S. on Nov. 24 at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. It will be Pacquiao's first bout since he was defeated by Juan Manuel Marquez in December (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 5/8). ... Serie A side AC Milan will join Bayern Munich, Man City and Sao Paulo "in a friendly tournament in Germany in July" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 5/7). ... The Chinese and Australian men's basketball teams "will play a four-match Sino-Australia Challenge series in June as part of a cooperation deal for the next four years" (XINHUA, 5/8).