TENNIS - Tood Woodbridge says Bernard Tomis has resumed training in Monte Carlo and will play French Open- View: 1865 by Prakash
Tennis - Bernard Tomic's father, in the centre of a court case after he bashed up his son's practice partner, had earlier this week hinted that the 20 year old Australian may skip the French Open as he may not be mentally ready to play the tournament.
But according to Todd Woddbridge, Tennis Australia's Head of Professional Tennis, the world no. 53 Tomic has resumed training in Mote Carlo and has not made any suggestions to them that he would be skipping Paris. Speaking to The Age, Woddbridge, who has offered his support to Tomic during this difficult time, commented, "'My understanding is that Bernard is practising in Monte Carlo, so at this stage there is no change to what you have heard or read so far.
I think the French Open is still on his schedule and, I'd expect that he would be there. It's been a difficult time for everybody, and Bernard not playing Rome may have been a reasonable thing in the end, to just give him some time to settle down, and then focus on the tennis.
''It's an important time of year, with two grand slams in the next six or seven weeks, and I think everybody would be encouraging Bernard to get along to the French. We all know that clay is not his best [surface], but it's also important for playing well at Wimbledon, just getting matches.
Bernie's fine … In some ways he's always been able to deal well with pressure.'' Tomic pulled out of this week's Italian Open in Rome after details of his father's arrest made the headlines.