‘Tomic dig­ging a hole for him­self’

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Sport -

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL Aus­tralian ten­nis player Bernard Tomic is un­likely to play for his coun­try again in the Davis Cup, cap­tain Lleyton He­witt has said.

Aus­tralia host Ger­many in the World Group’s first round of the team com­pe­ti­tion this week­end in Bris­bane, with Tomic not in­cluded af­ter a form slump has seen his rank­ing drop to 168th in the world. He had been as high as 17th two years ago.

“It’s highly doubt­ful,” He­witt said yes­ter­day when asked if Tomic might re­turn to the team at some point.

“For me, he’s made some mis­takes and it’ll be a long way back. He’s dig­ging a big hole for him­self that he may never get out of.”

Tomic failed to ad­vance to the main draw of the Aus­tralian Open af­ter los­ing in the fi­nal round of qual­i­fy­ing.

His com­ments af­ter ex­it­ing the qual­i­fy­ing round brought even more crit­i­cism and scru­tiny. “I just count money, that’s all I do. I count my mil­lions,” the for­mer Wim­ble­don quar­ter­fi­nal­ist said when asked what he was go­ing to do af­ter fail­ing to reach the main draw at Mel­bourne Park. “You go do what I did (on court). Bye bye.”

He­witt added that Tomic’s out­burst had not helped. “I don’t know if he will play again. He still wanted to play the Aus­tralian Open and tried to qual­ify and good on him for that,” He­witt said.

“But it is point­less if he is play­ing in qual­i­fi­ca­tion rounds and he is not com­mit­ted. He’s wast­ing not only his time but also ev­ery­one around him.”

Be­fore leav­ing the coun­try to film a re­al­ity TV show in South Africa, Tomic had said the team could not win the Davis Cup without him, some­thing He­witt dis­puted. “With the team ca­ma­raderie, it’s as good as I’ve been a part of for a long time.” – Reuters

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