View Full Version : Tennis Fathers - time for a ban?

7th May 2013, 06:24
From todays news:

UPDATE: THE young French tennis player at the centre of the alleged assault in Team Tomic has returned home to France as he demands the ATP ban John Tomic from the world circuit.
Thomas Drouet flew out of Spain this morning to gather evidence back in France for a hearing into an alleged assault by Tomic Sr.
Tomic Sr was charged in a Madrid court overnight with assaulting Drouet. He has disputed the charges and will face trial on May 14...
Before the court proceedings, Drouet outlined a shocking story of six months of verbal abuse from Tomic Sr that he says erupted in violence at the weekend.
Drouet told News Limited he had been treated like a "dog" and a "piece of s---" for months.
He said things came to a head after Tomic Sr demanded Drouet buy him a carton of milk as they were waiting to go to the airport. He said he replied that he didn't have time.
Tensions were already high, he said. He said he saw Tomic Sr punch Bernard in the mouth during a practice session last Tuesday, leaving the player in tears.

Source: Thomas Drouet calls on ATP to ban Bernard Tomic's father, John, from tennis circuit after alleged assault | The Courier-Mail (http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/tennis/bernard-tomics-father-john-charged-over-alleged-assault-of-french-player-thomas-drouet/story-fnddkbrz-1226636372038)

And other examples:

"Mary, kill the bitch!" These are the words of Jim Pierce, father of the former French and Australian Open champion Mary Pierce, when his daughter was 12 and playing a junior match. He also punched two fans at the French Open in 1992 and attacked Mary's cousin Olivier at Roland Garros a year later. Those were the days, back when tennis (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/tennis) parents were monsters and not afraid to show it.
Though Jim Pierce, who was later banned by the women's tour, was one of the worst offenders, he was by no means the only one. The many, varied antics of Damir Dokic, father of the Australian player Jelena, were perfect fodder for the tabloid newspapers, not least when the Serb was jailed after he threatened to bomb the Australian embassy in Belgrade.
The Croat Mirjana Lucic, meanwhile, accused her father, Marinko, of physically abusing her and together with the rest of her family she fled to the United States.

Wimbledon 2011: Art of tennis parenting can often blur at the edges | Sport | The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/jun/23/wimbledon-2011-parents-dokic-tomic)

7th May 2013, 06:45
Tomic's father should have been banned years ago.

It's not the first time by a long stretch.

Captain Sand Dune
7th May 2013, 08:20
Let's hope the Spanish authorities have the balls to give him what he so richly deserves. God knows here in Australia he would get a sound thrashing with a limp lettuce leaf and an apology.

7th May 2013, 08:26
Didn't he get off something similar in Europe a few years ago
and almost got banned from the tour but managed to worm his
way out of it ?

7th May 2013, 19:33
Having just read an article from the injured player,
I am even more of the belief that the father has to go.

If you want to read it, here is the link.

Time for parting of the ways for father and son (http://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/time-for-parting-of-the-ways-for-father-and-son-20130507-2j5v8.html)

7th May 2013, 23:33
Wouldn't it be easier just to ban all "professional" "sport"?

7th May 2013, 23:49
Todays news - the father has been banned from attending ATP events. Good.

The father and coach of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has been suspended from the ATP tour until further notice following an alleged assault.
John Tomic appeared in a Madrid court on Monday after being accused of headbutting his son's French training partner Thomas Drouet.
He denied the charge, saying he acted in self defence, and will return to court on May 14 for a judge to decide his guilt or innocence.
Bernard Tomic is preparing to continue his French Open build-up at the Rome Masters next week but, as it stands, his father and coach won't be allowed to attend.

John Tomic suspended from ATP Tour (http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8654914)