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Stosur tells Tomic to ´knuckle down´

6 December 2012 06:13

Australia's top-ranked tennis player Samantha Stosur says Bernard Tomic's talent will continue to go to waste unless he improves his attitude.

Tomic's disciplinary issues and wayward behaviour both on and off the court have led to the 20-year-old being left out of Australia's Davis Cup squad for February's tie against Taiwan.

It seems Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has finally lost patience with the young Queenslander, who has dropped down the rankings this year as well as having issues with the police in his home state.

Stosur has managed to avoid such controversy throughout her rise in the women's game and knows Tomic has time on his side to turn things around.

But the US Open winner said Tomic had to answer some tough questions if he is to make something of his career.

"What are you doing? Are you wanting to play tennis?" the world number nine said when asked about Tomic in Sydney on Thursday.

"If you are, then give it 100 percent because you only get one crack at it.

"He's going to have to decide what he wants to do and how he's going to approach his career.

"Until that improves in a lot of people's eyes, he's going to have to deal with things like being dropped out of the Davis Cup team."

Stosur believes Tomic needs to get back to basics and find a strong work ethic if he is to avoid seeing his ability go to waste.

"That's probably the most disappointing thing for a lot of people on the outside," she said.

"He's got this unbelievable tennis ability and he's not really using it at the moment.

"So I think everyone would like to see him knuckle down and do his best and see where that gets him."

Tomic has endured a forgettable 18 months on the world tour after the high of his quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon in 2011.

He was accused of 'tanking' in his US Open loss to Andy Roddick earlier this year and admitted he only gave '85 percent' at a tournament in Shanghai soon after.

Tomic's world ranking has dropped to 52 after being as high as number 27 midway through the year.

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