Hewitt hits break point
Bernard Tomic’s troubles continue with Davis Cup captain cutting ties
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.