Australia offer Davis Cup olive branch to Tomic

Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:24am EDT
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian tennis officials want to clear the air with Bernard Tomic and 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 and the 22-year-old later said he was still "in a fight" with TA and had no intention of making peace.

However, TA president Steve Healy said the governing body hoped to contact him soon 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 get some detail, and we want to bring him back into the fold.

"I think the important thing to understand is he's had fantastic support from Tennis Australia and we want him to understand and appreciate that and 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 and his sister Sara, who plays mostly second-tier events on the ITF circuit, in part because of their father John Tomic's uncooperative attitude.   Continued...

Bernard Tomic of Australia leaves the court after losing his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 3, 2015.             REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett