He­witt hits break point

Bernard Tomic’s trou­bles con­tinue with Davis Cup cap­tain cut­ting ties

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Lley­ton He­witt has sen­sa­tion­ally sig­nalled the end of Bernard Tomic’s Davis Cup ca­reer, declar­ing it “highly doubt­ful” the trou­bled star will play for Aus­tralia again.

Tomic caused a stir in re­cent days by declar­ing Aus­tralia could not end its 15-year-old Davis Cup ti­tle drought un­less he re­turned to the fold.

But Aus­tralian cap­tain He­witt, a long-time sup­porter of the trou­bled 26-year-old, was blunt when asked about the is­sue be­fore this week­end’s World Group show­down with Ger­many in Bris­bane.

“It’s highly doubt­ful,” He­witt said when asked of the like­li­hood of a Tomic re­turn.

“With the team ca­ma­raderie we have at the mo­ment, it’s as good as I’ve been a part of for a long time.

“We fully be­lieve the play­ers we have here can go a long way.

“Last year we were bloody

close to host­ing France in a Davis Cup fi­nal and I back these boys to hope­fully go one step fur­ther this year.”

Tomic is caus­ing a huge stir with his stint on the re­al­ity show I’m A Celebrity,

Get Me Outta Here, mak­ing head­lines with a host of con­tro­ver­sial com­ments on the show and in me­dia in­ter­views.

He said in an in­ter­view that aired on Chan­nel 10 on Mon­day night: “I know the only way for Aus­tralia to win the Davis Cup is go­ing to be with me and Nick (Kyr­gios) play­ing. I know (it’s a big call). But they know it too.”

Tomic has at least some num­bers on the board to back up his claim. He has an im­pres­sive 17-4 win-loss sin­gles record play­ing for Aus­tralia.

Un­til now He­witt has seem­ingly left the door open for Tomic.

But with Kyr­gios, Jor­dan Thomp­son, John Mill­man, Thanasi Kokki­nakis and ris­ing star Alex De Min­aur among his sin­gles op­tions, He­witt ap­pears to have moved on.

“There’s prob­a­bly a lot more that hap­pens be­hind the scenes than what Bernie says pub­licly,” He­witt said when asked about Tomic’s lat­est com­ments.

“For me, he’s made some mis­takes and it’ll be a long way back

“I think ev­ery­one knows he wouldn’t help us right now. It’s pretty ob­vi­ous.”

Aus­tralia’s Davis Cup tie against Ger­many will be­gin in Bris­bane on Fri­day.

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