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Report: Bernard Tomic withdraws from Italian Open

Bernard Tomic Tennis Australia is aiding Bernard Tomic as he goes on without a coach after his dad's suspension. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

French reporter Eric Salloit reports that Bernard Tomic has withdrawn from next week's Italian Open in Rome, citing personal reasons. Tomic has found himself in the middle of a media firestorm this week after his father, John, was charged with assault in Spain after head-butting Tomic's hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, outside the player hotel in Madrid. In a court hearing on Monday, John Tomic claimed he acted in self-defense. He is due back in court next week.

Meanwhile, the ATP and ITF have suspended the elder Tomic's tournament credentials until the ATP's investigation into the incident is complete. Bernard Tomic has yet to speak publicly about the incident, having lost in the first round of Madrid before the story broke Sunday night. Tomic lost to Novak Djokovic in the second round of Rome last year and was defending a mere 45 points at the event.
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