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MADRID---Maria Sharapova rallied from a break
down in the first set to beat Alexandra Dulgheru
of Romania 7-5, 6-2 yesterday and reach the second
round of the Madrid Open.
The second-seeded Russian said she was still
adjusting to changing weather conditions in Madrid
and "the altitude as well" after winning the title in
Stuttgart last weekend. Madrid is 660 meters (2,180
feet) above sea level.
Sharapova said she was "really happy that I got
that break back in the first set," and dominated the
In the men's event, 11th-seeded Nicolas Almagro
of Spain advanced when Tobias Kamke of Germany
retired injured after losing the first set 6-4.
The top-seeded players in the men's draw, including
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer,
have a bye into the second round. (AP)
MADRID --- The father of Australian tennis
player Bernard Tomic has been charged with
assaulting his son s hitting partner after
allegedly headbutting Thomas Drouet ahead
of this week s Madrid Open.
A Madrid court said yesterday that John
Tomic, who is also his son's coach, disputed
the charges and will face trial on May 14.
Drouet, of Monaco, told Australian newspaper
the Herald Sun that John Tomic headbutted
him on Saturday during a scuffle outside the
player hotel. Drouet said he has been verbally
abused for months by the elder Tomic and that
the two had been arguing over whether he
should continue to get paid as a training part-
"He spat in my face, then walked away, and
said he wouldn't pay me anymore," Drouet was
quoted as saying. "I said, OK, John, you are a
real man. That's fine. Bernard will pay me'. And
he headbutted me."
The newspaper published pictures on its web-
site of Drouet with his nose heavily bandaged
and wearing a neck brace.
At a hearing yesterday, the court said it could
not hold an immediate trial because John Tomic
disputed the facts laid out by the prosecution.
Under Spanish law, a speedy trial can be held
if both sides agree on the facts and can lead to
Tennis Australia said it was working with the
ATP tour in investigating the incident.
The 53rd-ranked Tomic lost in straight sets
to Radek Stepanek in the first round on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Tomic has been seen as Aus-
tralia's most promising player, but his short
career has been filled with controversy.
His year got off a good start with a win over
No 1-ranked Novak Djokovic at the Hopman
Cup and his first ATP tournament victory at
the Sydney International.
However, it came at a time when he had a
falling out with Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter,
who suspended Tomic from playing in Australia's
opening match of the year against Taiwan. Tomic
has since returned to the Australian team and
won two matches in Australia's second-round
Asia Oceania victory over Uzbekistan in April.
In March, Tomic lost 6-3, 6-1 to Andy Murray
at Miami and was jeered by spectators for his
lackluster performance as his record fell to 2-
15 against top 10 opponents.
Rafter had criticiased Tomic when the Aus-
tralian faced accusations at the US Open in
September that he "tanked," or deliberately lost,
a match against American Andy Roddick. (AP)
MANCHESTER---Bradley Wiggins chances
of retaining his Tour de France title receded
yesterday when teammate Chris Froome was
named as Team Sky s leader for cycling s
Team principal Dave Brailsford ended months
of speculation by saying the British-based
outfit would stick to the plan set out at the
start of the year, leaving Wiggins to play second
fiddle to his compatriot when the Tour begins
on June 29.
"As always, the team selection is a man-
agement decision and it will be evidence-
based," Brailsford said. "However it is crucial
there is clarity of purpose and for that reason
we will go to the Tour with one leader.
"Taking that into consideration and given
Chris' step up in performances this year, our
plan, as it has been since January, is to have
him lead the Tour de France team."
Wiggins, the Olympic time-trial champion,
had left Team Sky in an awkward position last
week when he said he was hoping to pull off
a rare Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double this
year, despite Froome having long been lined
up to be the team's No 1 at the Tour after fin-
ishing runner-up in 2012.
Froome reacted the same day by saying he
had been "reassured by the management ...
that I have their full backing" as Team Sky's
leader for the Tour. (AP)
Tomic's father charged with assault in Madrid
at Madrid Open
Froome to lead
Team Sky at
Tour de France
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