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Australia to leave Tomic out of Davis Cup tie

5 December 2012 22:43

Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter will leave Bernard Tomic out of his squad for next season's opening tie in Taiwan for disciplinary reasons.

Tennis Australia director Craig Tiley confirmed Rafter has become fed up with Tomic's slack attitude and behavioural problems after a tumultuous season for the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist.

"Pat has made the decision early that for the first tie next year Bernard will not be selected," Tiley told The Age.

"As a team, we just felt that part of the commitment that we make to athletes and athletes make to the sport is they always put 100 percent commitment and effort in competing for their country."

Tomic, widely regarded as Australia's most promising talent, has courted controversy throughout his short career with regular run-ins with police and doubt over his commitment to the sport.

The 20-year-old was accused of tanking in the third set of his US Open loss to Andy Roddick earlier this year and produced an embarrassing response when quizzed on the manner of his defeat during the post-match press conference.

A subsequent drop in form has resulted in a slide to world number 52 in the rankings and seen him give up status as Australia's top-ranked male play to Marinko Matosevic.

Matosevic has also suffered from disciplinary issues and was overlooked for September's Davis Cup world group play-off against Germany after displaying a poor attitude during a tie with South Korea in April.

Tiley said both the omissions highlighted a hard-line stance would be employed for misbehaviour and urged Tomic to use it as motivation to turn his ways around.

"I think you can draw a few parallels with Marinko. It's very much along those lines. It's not one specific incident, just an aggregation of his approach to the game," he said.

"We just felt that this decision should provide additional motivation every time he walks on the court to be a total professional in his approach to not only his preparation but competing in the match and post-match.

"And it would be no different if he was the No.1 player in Australia, or the No.100 player, or a junior."

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