Tomic confident he can smash out early French Open win
BERNARD Tomic insists he can win his opening match at the French Open against Romania's Victor Hanescu tomorrow despite the distractions surrounding his father John's court appearance on an assault charge in the lead-up to the tournament.
Speaking after an hour-long practice session with Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, Bernard said, "I'm hoping to do well, I've got a good match-up and hopefully I can win."
The pair have met just once before, in Dubai in February, when Tomic withdrew due to illness during the first set.
Aussie young gun Nick Kyrgios faces a tough task against Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.
Three other Aussie men began their campaigns last night - Lleyton Hewitt was scheduled to play Frenchman Gilles Simon, Marinko Matosevic drew Spaniard David Ferrer and James Duckworth was due to meet Slovakia's Blax Kavcic.
Just two Australian women made the draw. Young Queenslander Ash Barty will meet unseeded Czech Lucie Hradecka in the first round, while No.9 seed Sam Stosur kicks off against Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.