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  1. marron
    marron May 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm |

    How awful for both young parties involved, Tomic and Drouet. I surely was not a fan of Bernard’s, didn’t like the cut-up stuff, but obviously there’s an explanation behind his sometimes unappealing behavior. I sincerely hope this gets resolved and not shoved under any rug. And yes, Bernard’s sister needs to be watched over too. Unbelievable!

  2. MarieJ
    MarieJ May 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm |

    Like Juanjo, the sadest part it’s that it’s not even a surprised that john tomic is an abusive father… like damir dokic, like jim pierce or arsalan rezai… the list is longer, we just don’t know who’s in since those kid maybe did not make it…

    i hope the atp takes a strong position on this, because if tomic gets away with it… it would be even worse.

    one thing still keeps going in my mind, you don’t become an abusive parent if you’re not been abused in some ways before…
    tomic father grew up in yougoslavia and i bet that life was tough just before the war came in, it’s still not an excuse for his actual behavior… but it’s not the first time we hear that serbians, croatians and bosnians get abusive between themselves… time and time again during matches oposing one player of any of those countries…
    hatred is still there… and it’s strong.
    when you are educated in that kind of background you don’t react like a normal parent sometimes, and if you can’t control yourself how can you teach that to your own son ?
    the only thing that could prevent tomic from being one of the champions of the future lies there, imo. you need education, respect, rihgt now i doubt tomic has all those requirements that are necessary to succeed at the higher level
    i hope he finds a way, like agassi did… without hating tennis in the process.

  3. renestance
    renestance May 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

    It really is disturbing and the fact that it doesn’t come as a surprise even more so.

    Fingers crossed that he a) gets removed from the ATP for the forseeable future and quite honestly Tennis altogether. No need for Tomic’s 15 year old sister to be coached by him either. At all.

  4. Karen
    Karen May 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm |

    What worries me more than anything is the fact that Bernard was physically assaulted in Monte Carlo. at that time not a word was said by anyone. Surely it could not have been a secret that Bernard was hit by his father (possibly not for the first time) and brought to tears at a tennis tournament. Were it not for the assault that has happened to the hitting partner we would not have heard about this. The fact remains that tennis too often sweeps everything under the carpet.

    Not to go on a rant here but frankly speaking I have always felt some amount of sympathy for Bernard, not only because of the pressure that he has been put under to put Australia back on the map where tennis is concerned but for actually having the talent to perhaps do so. This young man has been seen as the saviour of not only a great tennis nation but also the breadwinner for his whole damn family. No wonder he behaves as if he has a death wish.

    I posted over at another blog a long time ago that I cannot imagine the pressure that Bernard must be under to perform every single time he takes the court. Can you imagine what he goes through when he loses a match? Reminds me Mirjana Lucic and her demented father who basically beat her whenever she lost a match.

    I am glad that the WTA stepped in when it did when Rezai was going through something similar, but perhaps it is time that the players themselves, via the Player Council start taking effective action when these things happen. Like I said, surely it is not the first time that a physical confrontation has taken place. Maybe now that all eyes are turned on this situation the ATP, ITF and Tennis Australia will finally do something to address it.

    My sympathies to Bernie whose game I really love and I hope he really does well going forward

  5. Jewell
    Jewell May 7, 2013 at 2:01 am |

    If it’s not a surprise that Tomic Sr has done this, doesn’t that kind of beg the question of what various tennis organisations have been doing about it all these years?

    There has been a lot of focus on Piotr Wozniacki, with no evidence that I know of suggesting of this kind of pattern of abuse. Might be interesting to think about the whys of that.

    Stuff from overnight:


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