Nick to turn out, maybe

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

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.


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