Australia bad boy Tomic says ready for Davis Cup

Sun Sep 6, 2015 5:10am EDT
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic has declared himself available for Australia's Davis Cup semi-final against Britain after being booted from the team in the wake of a public tirade at his country's tennis establishment at Wimbledon.

Tomic has been in a war of words with Tennis Australia (TA), whose high performance chief Pat Rafter declared he had hit "rock bottom" after being arrested by Miami police for a noisy party in his hotel room in July.

However, local media reported Tomic had met with Australia's Davis Cup captain at the U.S. Open, a move that could pave the way for the reinstatement of the world number 24 ahead of the Sept. 18-20 semi-final.

"I'm ready to play," Tomic told reporters after this third round loss to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

"We need our best players out there. If I have the opportunity I’m always ready to play these ties."

Belgium play Argentina in the other semi-final.

Tomic was ruled out of Australia's quarter-final against Kazakhstan after slamming TA officials at Wimbledon for cutting funding to his sister, who plays mostly on the second-tier ITF circuit.

It was the second time he was axed from the team, having been ruled out of a tie in early 2013 for a poor attitude and a perceived lack of commitment to the national cause.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne, editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

Bernard Tomic of Australia serves to Richard Gasquet of France during their match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar