Australian Open organizers ban Tomic's father for 2014 tournament

Johannesburg, Oct 3 (ANI): The father and coach of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, John Tomic, has been barred from the Australian Open as he continues his suspension from the ATP tour for assaulting his son's former training partner.

According to Sport24, Tomic was not required to serve jail time because his sentence was less than 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 report said.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said that the Grand Slams and the ATP work together on this, and the rule is that he is not accredited and does not have permission to purchase a ticket.

He said that according to the system they had, Tomic's father or anyone else who is banned, would not be allowed on the grounds and their 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, the report added. (ANI)

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