The Courier-Mail

Kyrgios pays for girlfriend sledge

- ANNA CALDWELL

AUSTRALIAN tennis brat Nick Kyrgios has been dropped from the Davis Cup team following his infamous sledge ahead of the crucial semifinal next week.

It comes as Bernard Tomic – who was dropped from the quarterfin­als after a dramatic spray against Tennis Australia – is welcomed back to the fold.

Kyrgios’s exclusion follows a horror month in the spotlight after his infamous “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” sledge.

In a statement, Coach Wally Masur said the exclusion of Kyrgios was to give the 20-year-old time to “develop all aspects” of his game.

“After some good healthy discussion with Nick and his team we have agreed on a plan to help him develop all aspects of his game and ensure a long and successful future in the sport,” Masur said.

“Next week’s tie has come a bit too soon for him and is not in that plan.”

Kyrgios came under fire again this week from sports commentato­rs including John McEnroe and Shane Warne after an erratic match on centre court at the US Open against Andy Murray, in which he swore on court, yelled at the crowd and pretended to nap.

Masur named the Davis Cup team as Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic. John Millman and Alex Bolt are included as hitting partners.

The team has been training this week and will head to London before Glasgow.

Tomic’s inclusion comes after he was cut from Australia’s quarter final against Kazakhstan.

SAM Stosur crashed out of the US Open yesterday to end Australia’s singles hopes.

The 2011 champion suffered her seventh-straight loss to nemesis Flavia Pennetta.

SECOND seed Simona Halep and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova have reached their first US Open quarter-finals.

Halep set up a clash against Victoria Azarenka after downing German 24th seed Sabine Lisicki 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-2. Czech fifth seed Kvitova saw off British qualifier Johanna Konta 7-5, 6-3.

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