Aussie team-mates are no longer friends

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Mel­bourne

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

Kyr­gios will lead Aus­tralia’s charge at the Davis Cup semi­fi­nal against Bel­gium which be­gan last night 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, 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 No 20 Kyr­gios wrote in a blog.

“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 quar­ter­fi­nal against the United States in April while in the midst of a form slump.

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

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