Australia recalls Tomic, omits Kyrgios for Davis Cup semis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia captain Wally Masur has omitted the controversial Nick Kyrgios and recalled Bernard Tomic to his squad for the Davis Cup semifinal against Britain in Glasgow next week.
The 22-year-old Tomic was left out of Australia’s quarterfinal win over Kazakhstan after being suspended for his criticism of Tennis Australia and its performance director Pat Rafter after his exit at Wimbledon.
On the same weekend as Australia’s 3-2 comeback win in that quarterfinal match at Darwin in July, Tomic was charged in Miami Beach, Florida, for resisting arrest after noise complaints at his hotel room.
Kyrgios has been in trouble with tennis authorities since Wimbledon, where he was fined nearly $10,000 for swearing and racket abuse during his matches and was heavily criticized for his on-court demeanor.
He came under more fire and was fined $12,500 for some trash-talking last month against Stan Wawrinka at an ATP tournament in Montreal, where a courtside microphone picked up Kyrgios saying that fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis had been with the Swiss star’s girlfriend.
He was essentially put on probation later by the ATP, with the threat of a 28-day suspension and $25,000 fine if he misbehaves at one of the tour’s sanctioned events over the next six months. In his first match since then, Kyrgios lost to Andy Murray in the first round at the U.S. Open last week. Murray is expected to lead the British team in Glasgow.
Australia’s charge is likely to be led by veteran Lleyton Hewitt, who lost to Tomic in the second round at the U.S. Open. Sam Groth and Kokkinakis join Hewitt and Tomic in the team.
In a statement released late Tuesday, Masur said Tomic’s inclusion came after some long deliberations.
“The focus has been on helping Bernie understand the consequences of his actions and then assessing how serious he is about committing to a consistent effort to improve his behavior,” Masur said.
“So far he has demonstrated a will to change and backed that up with his actions. But it is a long road and he is now very acutely aware of the consequences of any future transgressions. He has been selected with this understanding in mind and, it is fair to say, very little room for error in the future.”
Masur said the absence of Kyrgios was by mutual agreement.
“After some good healthy discussion with Nick and his team we have agreed on a plan to help him develop all aspects of his game and ensure a long and successful future in the sport,” he said. “Next week’s tie has come a bit too soon for him and is not in that plan.”