The father of Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic said on Wednesday that he now wishes he had “really punched” his son’s French training partner.

John Tomic received an eight-month suspended jail sentence on September 6 for head-butting Thomas Drouet, breaking his nose and knocking him out in an assault outside a Madrid hotel in May.

Tomic Sr. denied the charges in court, and said he acted in self-defence.

“I know that I didn’t do that,” Tomic Sr. told the Sydney Morning Herald . “And I am just now regretting that I didn’t punch him when I see this campaign against Bernard, and against me.” — AFP

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