Nig­gles hit Nick

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

NICK Kyr­gios ( pic­tured left) says he must over­come nig­gles to lead Aus­tralia’s Davis Cup charge next week af­ter ques­tion­ing Bernard Tomic’s sack­ing from the team.

Asked when he would travel to Dar­win for the quar­ter- fi­nal, he said: “I don’t know ex­actly when Dar­win starts. I’m sure I’ll cre­ate some sort of plan. I’m feel­ing OK at the mo­ment. Ob­vi­ously, a cou­ple nig­gles here and there.”

On a day when Roger Fed­erer, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Andy Mur­ray and Gilles Si­mon reached the Wim­ble­don quar­ter­fi­nals, Kyr­gios sided with Tomic.

Asked if Ten­nis Aus­tralia’s de­ci­sion to stand down Tomic was fair, he said: “No, I don’t think so.”

Pressed to ex­plain why, he said: “Well, I mean, I think the ul­ti­mate goal is to win the Davis Cup.

“That’s why we’re play­ing it. I mean, is it not? “And he’s Aus­tralia’s No. 1. “I think out of all the play­ers, he’s the best on grass court that we have.

“So, yeah, I mean, I’m sure we could put him in.”

Kyr­gios is known to have sent text mes­sages to TA of­fi­cials in the wake of Tomic’s sack­ing de­mand­ing in­for­ma­tion.

He is also be­lieved to have told fel­low play­ers he was re­con­sid­er­ing his avail­abil­ity for the tie.

Kyr­gios, Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokki­nakis and Lley­ton He­witt have been named for the July 17- 19 grass­court tie against Kaza­khstan in Dar­win.

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