Lleyton Hewitt: Bernard Tomic needs to get in the 'right headspace'

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The Australian was not chosen to play in this weekend's Davis Cup tie against the U.S. (AP)

Jim Courier, the captain of the American Davis Cup team, is surprised that Bernard Tomic wasn’t picked to play for Australia in the quarterfinals.

The United States is playing Australia this coming weekend in Brisbane.

The 24-year-old Tomic has a 17-4 Davis Cup singles record, but is having a bad year. He has won just two matches and lost six times.

In the past five weeks, Tomic has lost in the first round in Memphis, Delray Beach, Acapulco and Indian Wells. He pulled out of Miami with a back injury.

Tomic has clashed frequently with Tennis Australia, but no specific reason has been given for why he was not chosen for the Australian team announced by captain Lleyton Hewitt.

“I don’t know what the dynamics [are] of what Bernie’s going through with [Tennis Australia],” Courier told Brisbane’s Courier-Mail. “He played last year and was awfully tough on us. I’m sure it’s disappointing for Lleyton and the boys that he’s not involved.” 

Hewitt said the No. 43-ranked Tomic needs to be in the "right headspace.” 

Grand Slam doubles champion Todd Woodbridge added that Tomic needs to do some “soul-searching” before the clay season.
 
“It's never going to be a surface he'll do well on,” Woodbridge told Channel Seven. “He may not end up winning a match until June, and by then, if he doesn't perform well at Wimbledon, his ranking's going to be outside of 100. When we've watched him play, he's struggled to motivate himself to be competitive. There's only one person who can turn this around, and that's Bernard."


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