Bernard Tomic’s father and coach John Tomic will face no extension to his one year suspension from attending his son’s matches, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Australian could coincidentally make his return to watching matches on the ATP circuit at the Madrid Masters, where Bernard will be playing in the qualifying rounds this week, the same place as where he infamously head-butted Frenchman Thomas Drouet.
John was banned by the ATP for one year following the incident outside the tournament hotel on May 4 in 2013, and he was also given an eight-month suspended prison sentence.
Drouet, who was Bernard’s practice partner, also claimed that the Croatian spat in his face before the head butt, which caused him to lose consciousness and left him in a neck brace.
A Spanish judge dismissed his plea of self-defence, but he was spared prison a prison sentence as he had no previous convictions in Spain.
The four Grand Slams also individually imposed their own ban, and he was only permitted to watch tournaments as a paying spectator at Queen’s Club and in Sydney.
News of his ban being set to expire follows a recent ATP statement indicated that his absence could be extended upon a review, but sources close to the Tomics have said that he will be able to apply for tournament accreditation once again from Sunday.
Bernard’s world ranking has slipped to 77 this year after undergoing dual hip surgery, following his retirement against Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open last January.
The 21-year-old has only played in one match since then, when he was beaten by Jarkko Nieminen at the Miami Masters in March, in a match where he won just one game.
The Germany-born player is also set to be playing in the qualifying rounds of the Rome Masters next week should he fail to make progress through the main draw in Madrid, and he will be aiming to begin his path to making it back to a career-high ranking of 27.
It has been nearly three years since Bernard burst onto the scene at Wimbledon in 2011, where his run to the quarter-finals at the age of 18 saw his world ranking rise from 158 to 71, though he has not managed to make the last eight of a Grand Slam since then.
His father could have less involvement on the coaching side though, after Croatian Velimir Zovko was appointed as co-coach in March.
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