With the Brit Murray having already withdrawn, it appears that there are doubts over another top player’s appearance at the French Open. Feisty Australian Bernard Tomic’s management have yet to confirm that he will appear on the clay courts in Paris although an announcement is expected shortly.
Doubt over Tomic’s appearance at the Grand Slam first arose when his father and coach suggested last week in Madrid that his son would not be present in Paris. This followed a rather unsavoury incident in which John Tomic struck his son’s practice partner Thomas Drouet at the ATP event in Madrid. This incident led to John Tomic being charged with assault and barred from all ATP events, although he claims that he only struck Drouet in self-defence.
Bernard Tomic has not played a match since his father was charged, and opted to stay at his training camp in Monte Carlo rather than compete in Nice this week. Some do believe that Tomic will appear in Paris however, with the Australian’s Davis Cup Coach Josh Eagle stating that he believed Tomic would never pass up the opportunity to appear at a Grand Slam. Eagle has also offered to mentor Tomic whilst his father is unable to attend his matches, and may well be in the Australian’s corner at Roland Garros by Sunday.