Aussie tennis player Tomic's father arrested in Spain

Madrid, May 6 (EFE).- The father of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic was arrested in Madrid over the weekend for allegedly assaulting his son's hitting partner, Spanish judicial officials said Monday.

John Tomic was arrested Saturday on the Paseo de la Castellana for allegedly headbutting French citizen Marcel Drouet, who is the practice partner for his son, Bernard.

The quick trial scheduled for Monday was reset for May 14 because the accused challenged the version of events laid out in the charges against him, the High Court of Justice in Madrid said.

John Tomic allegedly broke Drouet's nose shortly after 3:30 p.m. Saturday outside the Australian tennis federation's tournament hotel in the Spanish capital.

Bernard Tomic was eliminated from the field at the Mutua Madrid Open by the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek on Sunday.

Police and paramedics arrived on the scene to find Bernard Tomic assisting Drouet, who was lying on the sidewalk and bleeding from the nose, judicial officials said.

The tennis player told officers that his father headbutted Drouet and then walked into the hotel.

Officers arrested John Tomic, who admitted that he had been arguing with Drouet for a while and their latest encounter had ended in an altercation, judicial officials said.