Tomic no more my mate, says Kyr­gios

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MEL­BOURNE: Nick Kyr­gios has ripped apart the ve­neer of friend­ship be­tween he and fel­low Aus­tralian Bernard Tomic, say­ing his erst­while Davis Cup team mate has “lost his way” and “doesn’t make sense.”

Kyr­gios will lead Aus­tralia’s charge at the Davis Cup semi-fi­nal against Bel­gium which starts later on Fri­day in Brus­sels but Tomic has been omit­ted after miss­ing a string of tour­na­ments that have seen his rank­ing plum­met to 146.

The duo have de­scribed each other as friends and al­lies in the past, and oc­ca­sion­ally de­fended each other against ac­cu­sa­tions of brat­tish be­hav­iour on and off the court.

But Kyr­gios dis­tanced him­self from the player who said he was “bored” with ten­nis at Wim­ble­don and has since bragged about his earn­ings de­spite a lack of com­mit­ment to the game.

“You’d also be wrong if you tried to lump me in the same cat­e­gory as Bernard Tomic,” world num­ber 20 Kyr­gios wrote in a blog ont hew eb site www.play­ersvoice.com.au.

“Bernie has lost his way. We were pretty good mates when I was younger. But a lot has changed since then.

“He needs to fig­ure out what he wants to do.”

Tomic has been a com­mit­ted Davis Cup ser­vant in the past but skipped the home quar­ter-fi­nal against the United States in April while in the midst of a form slump.

After be­ing knocked out of the US Open first round last month, he told re­porters he was “not the smartest guy in the world” and ten­nis was all he knew.

Davis Cup cap­tain Lley­ton He­witt said this week that Tomic was “a long way off ” a re­call and has in­stead opted for world num­ber 185 John Mill­man to lead off the sin­gles against Bel­gian num­ber one David Gof­fin later on Fri­day.

Aus­tralia will bid for a place in the fi­nal for the first time since their run to the ti­tle in 2003. Reuters

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