The Courier-Mail

AUSTRALIA NEEDS ME Outcast Tomic wants back into Davis Cup for British blockbuste­r

- ANNA CALDWELL

BERNARD Tomic has declared he’s desperate to play in the Davis Cup semi-final and that Australia need their best players on the court.

Tomic made the remarks after a crushing loss to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the third round of the US Open.

Gasquet made light work of Tomic, defeating him 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 in 90 minutes.

Despite the loss, Australia’s top-ranked male player talked up his hopes of joining the Davis Cup team in Glasgow after being suspended from the quarter-final tie following a spray at Tennis Australia.

“I’m ready to play (against Great Britain),” said Tomic, who has won 14 Davis Cup matches and only lost two.

“We need our best players out there. If I have the opportunit­y, I’m always ready to play these ties.”

The world No.24 said the Cup matches were crucial to building his points base.

“It’s a few matches there where I’d have the opportunit­y to improve my singles, not only playing Davis Cup. It’s like making the third round at a Grand Slam. It’s a very important match to win if I get the opportunit­y.”

The Courier-Mail revealed Tomic had met with Davis Cup coach Wally Masur this week.

Tomic said that despite being arrested in Miami in July during a party at his $10,000-a-night penthouse apartment, he had also won his third title since then in Colombia.

“Obviously the situation with Wimbledon, I didn’t get the chance to play and it was a bit complicate­d,” he said.

“And then I went to Miami and then obviously had the situation where I got arrested.

“But after that I won my third title. So that was a good and bad moment for me – but I’m very positive to play Davis Cup.”

Tomic said Lleyton Hewitt had taught him to cherish Davis Cup where he believed he played his best tennis.

“When I step on that court for Davis Cup, it’s different than any other tournament or any other match. I play my best tennis at Davis Cup so I’m ready to play if they pick me,” he said.

Following his third-round loss yesterday, Tomic heaped praise on Gasquet.

He was so impressed by his opponent’s skills, he even gave him a mid-match fist pump when Gasquet hit a stunning shot around the net.

Tomic said he had not been up to the physical challenge after defeating Hewitt in a marathon five setter two days earlier.

“Physically, chance,” he said.

“I was going for it too early because I just didn’t have the legs to stay with him.”

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READY TO RIP: Australia’s world No.24 Bernard Tomic.

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