Bernard Tomic does not meet the standards of behaviour: Tennis Australia

first_imgTennis Australia has slammed Bernard Tomic for trying to damage the image of the country’s Davis Cup team. Tomic has time and again lashed out at Lleyton Hewitt, saying Australia’s Davis Cup captain is causing division among the players.Tomic triggered the war of words after being dumped from the Australian Open first round. At his post-match media conference, he called for twice Grand Slam champion Hewitt to be replaced as Davis Cup captain and accused him of favouritism in the awarding of wildcards to the Australian men’s players in the draw.”No one likes him [Lleyton Hewitt] anymore. We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about… he’s doing the wrong thing and everyone’s leaving,” Tomic had said during the Australian Open last month.Tomic played Davis Cup for 10 years but hasn’t played consistently since Hewitt has been in charge of the team. He was also not part of Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina.”Lleyton’s legacy and his tennis speaks for itself. He’s an unbelievable champion,” Tomic said. “But what he’s doing now is wrong.”Last year at the Australian Open, Hewitt countered Tomic’s claim that Australia couldn’t win without him by saying he doubted Tomic would play again under his captaincy.Hewitt has also alleged that he had been blackmailed and physically threatened by Tomic.”Deeply disappointed with the ongoing disrespect from Bernard and his father,” Tennis Australia chief Craig 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,” said Tiley.advertisement”Now, he is deliberately trying to damage that culture — and not for the first time.”We have given [Tomic] more than a decade of support. Ultimately, we have to draw a line when the behaviour does not warrant the support.”Bernard’s father, John, has threatened taking legal action against Hewitt for an incident in 2010.He has alleged Hewitt came to his son’s hotel room during Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Taiwan in March 2010 and pressured him to reveal who from Tennis Australia was telling him what to say publicly.”In regards to John Tomic’s recent claim in the media about an alleged incident in 2010, we are not aware of any formal complaint lodged by either John or Bernard,” he said.”Both Bernard and John have enjoyed a lot of support since in many areas of their lives — including a long and sustained period of personal commitment and whole-hearted effort from Lleyton Hewitt as Davis Cup captain.” Tomic.Also Watch:last_img

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