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Tennis: Eight-month jail sentence for Australian Tomic's father

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A Spanish judge on Friday handed an eight-month jail sentence to John Tomic, father of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, for assaulting his son's French training partner in Madrid.

John Tomic was sentenced for causing bodily harm, the court said in a statement. A court source told AFP that he has one month to appeal to higher courts.

He will not serve jail time, however, as the sentence is less than two years and he has no previous convictions in Spain, the source added.

Bernard Tomic's training partner Thomas Drouet was left with a broken nose after the confrontation outside a hotel in Madrid on May 4, while the Australian number one was competing in the Madrid Masters.

In court in July, his father denied the charges, claiming he acted in self-defence.

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