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Tomic's father barred from access to French Open

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PARIS (AP)

French Open organizers will not let Bernard Tomic's father into Roland Garros, even as a paying spectator.

Security officials have been told to bar John Tomic from the Roland Garros complex if he tries to enter with a ticket, the French tennis federation said Monday. John Tomic has been charged with assaulting his son's hitting partner before the Madrid Open and has been barred from receiving credentials to any ATP tournament.

Bernard Tomic will face Victor Hanescu of Romania in the first round Tuesday.

''Our tournament committee decided for the purpose of avoiding any trouble inside Roland Garros that Bernard's father will not be allowed in,'' the FFT said. ''Bernard, his agent and the ATP were informed by us several days ago. Instructions have been given to the ticket sales office and to the gates.''

A Madrid court has postponed John Tomic's case until October. He is accused of head-butting Thomas Drouet near their hotel before the Madrid Open.

At 20, Bernard Tomic is seen as Australia's most promising player. He reached Wimbledon's quarterfinals in 2011, but his young career has been marred by controversies.

In November, he was fined and put on a 12-month good-behavior bond after twice being stopped by police for driving offenses near his Gold Coast home.

In late October, police were called to a high-rise apartment building in the Australian resort of Surfers Paradise after residents saw two men, one of them naked, wrestling and fighting in a hot tub on the balcony. One of the men was later identified as Tomic.

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