No Australian Open ticket for banned John Tomic

Wed Oct 2, 2013 3:57pm EDT
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - John Tomic, father and coach of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, will be barred from the Australian Open as he continues his suspension from the ATP tour for assaulting his son's former training partner.

The Bosnia-born former taxi driver was sentenced to eight months in prison by a Spanish court last month for head-butting Frenchman Thomas Drouet in the face and breaking his nose.

Tomic was not required to serve jail time because his sentence was under two years in length.

The ATP banned Tomic's accreditation for all tour events earlier this year and will decide whether to lift the ban next May.

"The grand slams as well as the ATP work together on this," Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley told reporters at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.

"The rule is he's not accredited and does not have permission to purchase a ticket.

"And the systems we have in place - John (or) anyone else who is banned, they are not allowed on the grounds and our security personnel will take care of that appropriately."

Bernard Tomic has stood by his father throughout the controversy, and criticised the ATP for being quick to impose the ban.

At Wimbledon, the 20-year-old said he would ask tournament officials to allow his father to be courtside at his matches but the ban remained in place.   Continued...