Cash: Tomic must stabilize support team

by: Matt Cronin December 17, 2013

AP Photo

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash says fellow Australian Bernard Tomic must build a solid support team to help him become an elite player. 

Tomic is currently being coached by his father John, though John Tomic has been banned from tournaments for assaulting his son's hitting partner. Tomic recently brought on Croatian Velimir Zovko as a co-coach.

"He's a bit of a giant killer and he's a threat to everybody," Cash told The Courier Mail. "He likes the Australian and Wimbledon, where he gets a little bit of extra pace off the grass. But consistency's never going to be his strong point unless he turns it around. What we do know is that players who produce consistency are very level headed and have a strong, stable team around them.

"It doesn't matter where you look: You take Federer...there were times when he didn't have a coach, but he certainly had a solid team around him. Nadal, Djokovic, too, Murray’s got it. I had my team. Pat Rafter had his team. Sometimes you make a change, but you've got a solid base of a team there with exceptional people. When he does get it, there might be a change coming."

More Stories

Hey, Makarova...Serena to replay 2014 U.S. Open semifinal in first round of this year’s draw

Immediate reaction to the women’s bracket reveal in Queens.

Johnson vs. Del Potro in round two? 2016 U.S. Open men’s draw offers tantalizing possibilities, early and often

Nick Kyrgios could meet his old buddy Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round.

Juan Martin del Potro could loom in U.S. Open first round for seeds

Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro is unseeded at the year's final major, which starts Monday.