BERNARD Tomic’s dad could soon return courtside, following his 12-month ban.
John Tomic was forced into tennis exile last year after headbutting his son’s training partner and leaving him with a broken nose.
Tomic Senior lashed out at Thomas Drouet in Madrid and the Herald Sun reports, it is understood the Frenchman is seeking unspecified damages for medical costs and other issues associated with the brutal attack.
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Convicted for occasioning bodily harm by a Spanish court, Tomic can now apply to access ATP World Tour accreditation, hospitality and transportation services.
It is not yet known if international tennis’ most notorious figure will be allowed to enter the grounds at the season’s three remaining grand slam events — the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Tomic will formally return to the circuit at a crucial time for his wallowing son, Bernard, who has slipped to No.83 in the world and remains winless since the Sydney semi-finals in early January.