• Eagle ready to coach Tomic in Paris

    5/22/13 12:38 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Eagle ready to coach Tomic in Paris The work of Australian coach Josh Eagle came to a quick end in the sourth of France as both of his temporary clients, Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matsosevic, lost in the opening round in Nice.

    But the real work is likely only beginning for Eagle, who has been called into the breech to help out wayward Aussie Bernard Tomic after the player's father was banned from ATP events as well as the French Open for a bloody attack on a member of the team entourage a fortnight ago in Madrid.

    The Tomic assault trial was postponed until the autumn by a Madrid court.

    Despite John Tomic brashly predicting that his 59th-ranked son would not play Roland Garros if he - the father-coach - was not on hard, reports indicate that Tomic is due to front up in Paris with Eagle doing the coaching.

    "I don't really expect to see him until Paris but I certainly expect him to play in Paris," Eagle told the AAP. "It's grand slam tennis. Bernie would be jumping out of his skin to play any grand slam tournament regardless of what's happened. I think he'll be ready to go next week."

    Tomic would go to Paris with limited clay experience, having played four matches and lost three over the past month in Europe. The 20-year-old has one career Paris win, from 2012.

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