It looks like Bernard Tomic’s father will not be at the French Open this year.
According to the Associated Press, John Tomic’s alleged head-butting incident involving Thomas Drouet, Bernard’s hitting partner, is the main focus of his barring.
However, a Madrid court has postponed the case until October. As a result of the charges, John is barred from receiving credentials to any ATP tournament.
He can’t even buy a spectator’s ticket. Ouch.
The AP reports the Federation Francaise de Tennis (FFT) notified Bernard, his agent and the ATP. They stated, “Instructions have been given to the ticket sales office and to the gates.”
In other words, they just don’t feel like dealing with him and any possible trouble he may cause.
The Madrid court has postponed the case until later this year, so John Tomic will have a lot of time on his hands in front of the TV.
Let’s hope he doesn’t headbutt that when his son squares off against Victor Hanescu of Romania. That’s scheduled to happen in the first round Tuesday.
No matter what the case, in the business of sports, there’s nothing worse than a negative distraction. Advertisers don’t pay for that, and spectators will point the finger at who could have prevented the trouble from brewing.
Like any sporting event, the FFT is covering their bases.