BERNIE’S OLIVE BRANCH

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

TEN­NIS Aus­tralia claims it will reach out to Bernard Tomic in the next week or so to “clear the air” and hopes to have him back on- side for Septem­ber’s Davis Cup semi­fi­nal.

Pres­i­dent Steve Healy said TA is con­cerned for 22- yearold Tomic, fol­low­ing his ar­rest in Mi­ami for fail­ing to fol­low po­lice or­ders to qui­eten down his pen­t­house party.

It came on the eve of Aus­tralia’s Davis Cup World Group quar­ter- fi­nal tie against Kaza­khstan, from which Tomic was sus­pended af­ter a ver­bal tirade against TA af­ter his Wim­ble­don exit.

“We want to of­fer Bernard the op­por­tu­nity to raise the is­sues he has raised, so we can ad­dress those with him,” Healy said at open­ing of the new Ten­nis ACT Cen­tre in Can­berra yesterday.

“We think the crit­i­cisms are un­jus­ti­fied – he needs to hear that. He needs to get some de­tail, and we want to bring him back into the fold.

“I think the im­por­tant thing to un­der­stand is he’s had fan­tas­tic sup­port from Ten­nis Aus­tralia and we want him to un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate that and then welcome him back into Davis Cup.”

Tomic is in the Colom­bian cap­i­tal Bo­gota to de­fend his Claro Open ATP ti­tle, which Healy said would make a face- to- face meet­ing hard.

“But we want to take those is­sues off the ta­ble,” he said.

Healy said he hoped to re­solve the is­sues quickly, but said it was mostly out of TA’s hands.

“To a large ex­tent, it de­pends on how Bernard re­acts,” he said.

“We want to get Bernard and we want to have a chat to clear the air with those is­sues and get him back hope­fully for the semi- fi­nal if pos­si­ble.”

Davis Cup cap­tain Wally Ma­sur said on Sun­day he was con­fi­dent of hav­ing Tomic back in his team for the away semi- fi­nal against Great Bri­tain – win­ners over France.

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

BE­ING HEARD: Ten­nis Aus­tralia is con­cerned about Queens­lan­der Bernard Tomic af­ter his ar­rest in Mi­ami for fail­ing to fol­low po­lice or­ders.

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