6 Jul 2015

Australia's best dumped out of Davis Cup

9:39 am on 6 July 2015

Bernard Tomic has been dumped from Australia's Davis Cup team after a blistering tirade at Tennis Australia following his third round exit at Wimbledon.

The Australian tennis number one Bernard Tomic.

The Australian tennis number one Bernard Tomic. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 22-year-old had accused the body of neglecting him and his sister Sara, whose funding was cut by the national body because of an uncooperative attitude of their father John.

"His behaviour was unacceptable," Tennis Australia (TA) President Steve Healy said in a statement that added Tomic would not be picked for the July 17-19 Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Kazakhstan in Darwin.

"Playing for our country is an absolute privilege, and with that privilege comes an obligation to behave appropriately. He didn't," the statement said.

Tomic had heavily criticised Healy and TA chief executive Craig Tiley for not showing him enough respect.

But Healy, in his statement, said, "The allegations are misinformed and untrue and he publicly derided some outstanding people.

"We are trying to build a strong culture underpinned by a philosophy of opportunity, not entitlement... This stuff is just not on."

Tomic had said on Friday that he had considered withdrawing from the team for the upcoming tie, but chose to play because it was Lleyton Hewitt's last Davis Cup appearance for Australia.

"I always wanted to play Davis Cup," Tomic said at Wimbledon.

"I'm going to go down there and play for the respect of Davis Cup, for the respect of the Australian public, for myself, and mainly for the respect of, you know, Lleyton and the team."

Tomic has had run-ins with TA in the past and was dropped by then Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter for a tie against Taiwan in 2013.

In his latest criticism, the world number 26 gave as examples the fact that Tennis Australia had not called him when he had hip surgery last year and that he had been forced to pay for court time and balls when he was preparing for the season-opening Brisbane International.