The father of Australian tennis player, Bernard Tomic, recently got his accreditation barred from upcoming ATP events.
The reason: He allegedly head-butted a man.
Yep, this is tennis news, and that just happened. Busted rackets? Of course, head-butting? This is new.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that John Tomic was charged with assault after allegedly head-butting hitting partner Thomas Drouet.
The assault supposedly happened outside the player’s hotel in Madrid. Follow Drouet’s accounts of John Tomic’s assaults, and you might think John is the Joe Jackson of Tennis, let alone Ike Turner.
According to Drouet, he witnessed John punch Bernard in Monaco while they were training recently, and at their home in Australia in January.
And the reason John hit Drouet? Drouet said it was from an earlier altercation in an airport when John screamed at the Monaco native for not getting him some milk. Later, reports state, John canceled Drouet’s ticket, and accused him of pushing him.
John will face trial May 14.
Tomic has yet to win any tournaments this year. With a current ATP rank of 53, his record is 12-9, and he’s played in ten tournaments.
At the Madrid Masters Men’s Single Round 1 on Sunday, Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) beat Tomic 6-3 6-2.
Tomic has to get past his distractions and focus on winning, otherwise these incidents will always remain in front of his career. His father represents that parent we all despise at sporting events, and hope never to become.