Accounts of an incident last week involving Bernard Tomic’s 29-year-old hitting partner Thomas Drouet are everywhere. It is alleged that a headbutt from Tomic senior outside a Madrid hotel left Drouet with a broken nose and fractured vertebrae, and that the Frenchman was seen around the Caja Magica tournament site with a cast on his nose and a neck brace. Other suggestions, too, reported in the French media, that the incident was retaliation for Drouet intervening to protect Bernard Tomic from his father at the recent Monte Carlo tournament. With all this as a backdrop, Bernard Tomic lost his opening round match at the Mutua Madrid Open 6-3, 6-2 to Czech veteran Radek Stepanek. Which, on a strange day, was perhaps the least surprising event of all.
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