27 Jun 2013

Tomic appeals for father's entry to Wimbledon

6:07 am on 27 June 2013

The young Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic says he'll be lobbying Wimbledon officials to overturn a ban on his father John from attending the championships, even as a paying spectator.

After winning his first round singles match against the 21st-seeded American Sam Querry, Tomic launched another scathing attack on the ATP's recent decision to uphold John Tomic's tour suspension for a full year, accusing tour officials of basing it on a brief phone conversation rather than a thorough investigation.

John Tomic's tour credentials have been suspended since he was charged with allegedly assaulting his son's former training partner, Frenchman Thomas Drouet, during the Madrid Masters.

He denies assault, claiming self defence, and the case will be heard in a Madrid court in October.

The ATP announced last weekend the ban would be remain in place until May next year after concluding their own investigation into the incident.