Look, I don’t follow tennis super closely, so when one of the world’s top men’s players has a father who is bag-of-hammers crazy, I depend on you guys to keep me informed. The father of Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic is apparently a solid 8 on the loon level, and of course I should have known this after Bernard asked officials to remove his father from the stands during a match earlier this year. But now, something even crazier:
John Tomic, a “former cab driver who is now his son’s coach”, has been charged with assault after police say he brawled with Thomas Drouet, who is his son’s practice partner. The scuffle occurred on Saturday outside of a hotel in Madrid where Bernard Tomic is playing in the Madrid Masters, and resulted in Drouet receiving a broken nose after, police say, the elder Tomic head-butted him. The provocation? According to Drouet, it was over a carton of milk.
Drouet said Tomic Sr demanded he 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 before being abused, sacked and ultimately attacked by John Tomic.
“He spat in my face, then walked away, and said he wouldn’t pay me any more,” Drouet told News Ltd before the hearing.
“I said, ‘OK, John, you are a real man. That’s fine. Bernard will pay me’.
“And he headbutted me.
“Every day he treat me like a dog for six months, with disrespect and then this. But he need to be off the ATP (tour).”
Drouet also said that he once saw the elder Tomic punch his son in the mouth during a practice session.
The court set a May 14 hearing for a judge to decide his guilt or innocence.
“I don’t feel guilty. I did not do anything wrong,” John Tomic told reporters of the fight, which has sparked consternation in the tennis world.
Drouet, who is from Monaco, appeared at the court house with a neck brace and white plaster over his nose.
Because why not?
Tomic lost to Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-2, in the first round on Sunday. But he still holds the Australian men’s tennis record of three traffic citations in the same day.