Aus­tralia drop Tomic for Davis Cup tie with US

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralia cap­tain Lley­ton He­witt left out Bernard Tomic on Tues­day as he named an un­changed team for the Davis Cup World Group quar­ter-fi­nal clash with the United States.

Tem­per­a­men­tal world num­ber 16 Nick Kyr­gio s spear­heads the same side that swept past the Czech Repub­lic in the last round, with Sam Groth, Jor­dan Thompson and dou­bles spe­cial­ist John Peers on board for the April 7-9 clash in Bris­bane.

“Nick’s ob­vi­ously our num­ber one player, and we’ll be re­ly­ing on him heav­ily to get us through the tie,” said He­witt, Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful Davis Cup player with a to­tal of 58 vic­to­ries.

“He’s beaten a lot of qual­ity play­ers since our first round tie against the Czech Repub­lic, and I feel the court in Bris­bane is re­ally go­ing to suit him.”

Tomic, once a stal­wart of the team, skipped the Czech tie cit­ing sched­ul­ing is­sues and he is again ab­sent for the US clash.

The 24-year-old pulled out of the Mi­ami Open with a back in­jury this week. He has been in a poor run of form, with no wins on the ATP Tour since the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary.

But me­dia re­ports sug­gested his ab­sence from the Davis Cup team was due to an on­go­ing feud be­tween his coach and fa­ther, John, and Ten­nis Aus­tralia over lack of fund­ing and wild­card sup­port for Tomic’s younger sis­ter Sara.

United States cap­tain Jim Courier is yet to name his side, although Ten­nis Aus­tralia said it was ex­pected to also be un­changed, mean­ing Jack Sock, John Is­ner, Steve John­son and Sam Quer­rey will make the trip to Bris­bane. AFP

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