Australia offer Davis Cup olive branch to Tomic

Australia offer Davis Cup olive branch to Tomic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian tennis officials want to clear the air with Bernard Tomic & reinstate the country's estranged number one into the Davis Cup team for the semi-final against Britain.

The controversial world number 29 was booted off the team before the quarter-final win over Kazakhstan on Sunday for publicly criticizing Tennis Australia (TA) officials in an extraordinary tirade at Wimbledon.

Tomic was arrested in Miami last week after holding a noisy party at a penthouse suite in his hotel & the 22-year-old after said he was still "in a fight" with TA & had no intention of making peace.

However, TA president Steve Healy said the governing body hoped to contact him shortly to hammer out their issues.

"We want to offer Bernard the opportunity to raise the issues he has raised, so we can address those with him," Healy told local media in Canberra on Tuesday.

"We think (Tomic's) criticisms are unjustified — he needs to hear that. He needs to obtain some detail, & we want to bring him back into the fold.

"I think the significant thing to understand is he's had fantastic support from Tennis Australia & we want him to understand & appreciate that & then welcome him back into Davis Cup."

Australia rallied to win their quarter-final 3-2 on Sunday, setting up a last four encounter away to Britain at a yet-to-be confirmed venue on Sept. 18-20 as the 28-time winners seek to lift the trophy for the first time since 2003.

TA's high performance chief Pat Rafter announced last month that funding would be cut to Tomic & his sister Sara, who plays mostly second-tier events on the ITF circuit, in part because of their father John Tomic's uncooperative attitude.

Bernard Tomic responded by accusing TA of neglecting he & his sister's development during his Wimbledon rant.

Relations plumbed a new depth last week when TA said Tomic was playing a "Hall of Shame" event in a media release, rather than the Hall of Fame championships in Newport.

The governing body quickly apologized for what it said was a "clerical error" yet the Tomic family threatened to sue.

Tomic is in Bogota, Colombia preparing to defend his Claro Open title.

Healy moreover said TA would invite applicants for the captaincy of the Davis Cup team after previously anointing Lleyton Hewitt for the role.

The retiring Hewitt was to take over after playing his last tournament at the Australian Open in January.

Wally Masur has been the team's interim coach since Rafter quit earlier this year to take the high performance role.

"We want to donate everyone a chance to not only apply, yet tell us their vision for Davis Cup," Healy said.

"But Lleyton's a pretty fantastic candidate."

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O'Brien)

Source: “Reuters”

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