NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Tomic's agent asked the U.S. Open to give the player's father a credential despite a tour-wide ban, and the U.S. Tennis Association turned the request down, tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier said Sunday.
"We opted not to credential him," Widmaier said in an interview. "Our desire is to make it as difficult as possible for him to gain entry to the U.S. Open."
John Tomic, who also is his son's coach, was barred earlier this year from gaining official access to tournaments by the ATP and the International Tennis Federation after being accused of head-butting Bernard's hitting partner when they were in Spain for a tournament.
Bernard Tomic is a 20-year-old Australian who was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2011, and reached the fourth round at the All England Club in July. Considered his country's most promising young tennis player, he has been ranked as high as 27th, and is currently 52nd.
He is scheduled to play Albert Ramos of Spain on the Grandstand on Monday, the first day of main-draw action at the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the season.