Bernard won't blame dad for withdrawal from French Open
BERNARD Tomic has refused to blame the furore surrounding his father for his first round withdrawl against Romanian Victor Hanescu at the French Open.
The 20-year-old trailed Hansecu 7-5 7-6 2-1 when a hamstring issue forced him to retire.
Tomic's father John has been banned from tournaments on the men's tour until further notice, while French Open officials said he would be denied access to Roland Garros even as a paying spectator.
The All England Club yesterday said that it would not accredit him for Wimbledon next month and would aim to prevent him entering the grounds, even with a ticket.
Speaking after his first round disappointment, Bernard said he still wanted to work with his father.
"He's here right now in Paris," Bernard said.
"He's still working with me. He's still my Dad. He's still my coach and I love him a lot."
Bernard did acknowledge, however, that he may need to bring in some extra support.
"I might bring someone else on board who can help my Dad - not a coach, but someone just to help me a little bit," he said.