Bernard Tomic will not be considered for the Davis Cup team because of his behavior, Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley has announced.
In a statement, Tiley said that Tomic has not met Australian Davis Cup standards, which is "renowned for a culture based on hard work, commitment to giving your best when representing your country and supporting your teammates."
Tomic accused Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt of antagonizing players and having conflicts of interest following his first-round defeat at the Australian Open. Hewitt, in response, said that Tomic had issued threats to him and Hewitt's family, and would not be selected for Davis Cup by him again.
Though Tiley initially indicated that there was still potential for the 26-year-old to play Davis Cup, he backed Hewitt in comments issued during Davis Cup qualifying tie this week.
"This is a cultural foundation established by legends of our sport through generations. On the tour, these players represent Australia every time they play. We support them in a manner we consider appropriate, always looking to uphold our cultural standards. We expect players to be respectful of the sport and each other," said Tiley. "Lleyton is right to say Bernard will not be considered for Davis Cup. Bernard does not meet the standards of behaviour and commitment to himself, the team or the sport. Now, he is deliberately trying to damage that culture — and not for the first time."
The comments come before a scheduled broadcast this week of Tomic's exclusive with Australia's 60 Minutes, where he is expected to defend his statements.
Tomic's father, John, also recently attacked Hewitt and Tennis Australia, accusing Hewitt of threats while playing Davis Cup in 2010.
But Tiley said Tomic had received plenty of help from Hewitt and from Tennis Australia, adding, "We have given more than a decade of support. Ultimately, we have to draw a line when the behaviour does not warrant the support."
Tomic is a former top 20 player but has just recently returned to the top 100, with five other Australians higher in the ATP rankings.
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