Tomic out of tune

Bernard TOMIC, Fabio FOGNINI

BernardTomic-Eastbourne2012Bernard Tomic, who withdrew from the 2013 French Open due to a hamstring injury after losing the opening two sets to Victor Hanescu, should be fit in time for his return to Eastbourne.

Tomic required treatment after 10 minutes of the opening round contest, and it was the second time this year he has quit against the Romanian after conceding with a leg injury in Dubai.

But the Monaco-based Australian is set to rest before competing at Queen’s in London before his last warm-up for Wimbledon at the 2013 AEGON International.

Tomic fell in three sets to Italian Fabio Fognini in his opening match, a 2nd Round clash, at the 2012 AEGON International as no4 seed. This year he won’t be among the seeds and could be a dangerous floater.

There are some rumours flying around claiming that Tomic deliberately withdrew at Roland Garros when he was on the verge of defeat, which was because of the ban by the French Open organisers on his father and coach John.

And Wimbledon’s All England Club are set to match this ban at SW19 for The Championships that start on 24 June. An All England Club spokesperson said: “We are supporting the ban on accreditation pending his investigation/trial. We will also look to prevent entrance by ticket.”

The International Tennis Federation has rejected Tomic’s father’s coach’s accreditation application for 2013 Wimbledon because of assault charges in Madrid, Spain.

Tomic, who made a major impact as a 18-year-old at 2011 Wimbledon to become the youngest men’s quarter-finalist since Boris Becker in 1986, was not a popular figure at SW19 last year and was booed out of the court after taking chunks out of the hallowed turf with his racquet following a shock defeat to David Goffin.

Although his father will be travelling with him to England for the grass court season, both Queen’s and Eastbourne are expected to also initiate bans.

Tomic explained: “My father’s still working with me, nothing’s really changed. He’s still my coach and he will always be because I grew up with him and he knows me better than everyone else.

“But I might put someone else on board that can help my dad and those two people can negotiate. Not a coach, but someone just to help me a little bit. I haven’t made a decision yet on who.

“It might be a few weeks away yet, after the grass season. I probably have a choice of two or three people now. I will decide with my dad over the next week and who knows? Maybe you’ll see someone you don’t expect.”

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