Bernard Tomic has managed to win his opening Wimbledon match with his father John banned from the grounds, but the Australian is making a point of showing his displeasure with the sanction imposed by the ATP after a violent incident last month during the tournament in Madrid.
John Tomic has been told by the ATP that he cannot enter the grounds of the All England club and other events, a ban set to last through next May after he injured his son’s sparring partner on a Madrid street.
He faces trial in May and has denied the allegations.
The younger Tomic admits he’s adrift without his regular father-coach onside. “It’s a shame because, you know, to have this huge tournament here and you’re competing, all of a sudden not to have someone there who’s been there for your whole life is very difficult. It’s not a good feeling,” he said.
Tomic said the ATP was pulling the strings behind the scenes to keep his father away from the Grand Slam.
“I’m not saying it is Wimbledon, I’m saying probably the ATP. It’s their decision. From what I know it’s very disappointing, and I’m going to keep saying it.
“They investigated something on the telephone (speaking with John Tomic) for 30 seconds and made a decision, which is very bad.
“It’s very disappointing to see that happen like that. That’s the only thing that’s harsh, I think.”
Tomic must now keep in touch with his mentor on the phone himself before and after matches. “It’s very difficult to play a match, the biggest tournament we have in tennis, not to have your coach there or your father who has been there throughout your whole life, I’m going to stand by my decision, I think the ATP did the wrong thing.” — DPA