Nick to turn out, maybe
NICK Kyrgios will be named in Australia’s Davis Cup team next for next week’s quarter- final in Darwin – subject to fitness.
Kyrgios has given a public undertaking he will play in the July 17- 19 tie as long as he is “able, fit and healthy”.
The star grass courter twice became embroiled in Bernard Tomic’s dispute with Tennis Australia last week.
Tomic claimed Kyrgios was prepared to join him a Cup boycott in the tirade that led to Tomic being sacked from the team. When Tomic was sacked, Kyrgios is claimed to have messaged TA officials to say he would not play in support of Tomic.
Ky r g i o s used social media to distance himself from the row to declare his availability – with a caveat.
“As a proud Australian it’s a pleasure and privilege to be able to represent my country in Davis Cup,” he said.
“As long as I’m able, fit and healthy, It’s an opportunity I will never pass up. •#• Darwin.”
If Kyrgios is able, fit and healthy, he will lead Wally Masur’s team into battle with Lleyton Hewitt, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Sam Groth and John Millman against Kazakhstan.
The pledge will come as relief to the Australian tennis community after weeks of upheaval.
Tomic will travel to Miami before playing Newport and then Bogota as his father John links with daughter Sara in Turkey. Bernard had first raised a Kyrgios boycott on Friday, a day before he was sacked.
“It’s interesting what’s hap- pened the last week that Nick wasn’t going to play as well,” Tomic said.
“You know, I was not going to play. He said: ‘ If you don’t play, I don’t play’.
“It was interesting now looking at this. We are in the quarter- finals of a stage and we are sort of about to pull the pin.
“There is a lot of stuff that’s involved now that I’m very disappointed in.”
Tomic went on to savage TA in a rant that led to Saturday’s dismissal from the Cup team.
John Tomic said TA was “discriminating against a player who wants to play Davis Cup”. He also insisted Bernard had the support of Kyrgios.
Bernard Tomic’s attack on TA’s director of performance Pat Rafter, chief executive Craig Tiley and president Steve Healy led to his sacking.
He accused the trio of mismanagement, neglect and bias after the family’s long- running feud over funding for his sister Sara.
“His behaviour was unacceptable,” Healy said.