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  • Tomic dad ban begins to bite for Bernard

    6/23/13 2:53 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Tomic dad ban begins to bite for Bernard Bernard Tomic fears his tennis will suffer as the impact of his father's one-year ban from the ATP in the wake of a violent street attack in Madrid last month begins to bite.

    The 64th-ranked Australian is worried that his chances of possibly repeating his quarter-final at the All England club two years ago could be hurt as the psychological pressure builds due to the off-court drama.

    "It's always a bit of a worry and you're thinking about that stuff deep down inside," Tomic told the AAP. "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."

    Under the rules of the ban, it is up to individual events to decide where to allow John Tomic onto their grounds. He was banned from the French Open but was able to buy tickets into grass events at Queen's
    and Eastbourne over the last fortnight.

    Bernard Tomic has been working with a new coaching team, albeit a temporary one composed mainly of tennis friends from his base in Monte Carlo. "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 travelling 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."

    But the ATP has the last word: "Our investigation into the incident has concluded and John Tomic's credential privileges remain suspended at ATP events for a 12-month period from when the incident took place (May 4, 2013)", read a statement. The suspension will be reviewed at the end of the 12-month period."

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