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article imageAustralian tennis star dropped from Davis Cup

By Robert G Cope     Dec 6, 2012 in Sports
Melbourne - Bernard Tomic, Australia's most talented young player, has been banned from the 2013 team by Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter.
Falling from world ranking 27th in June to now at 52nd is not the reason the twenty-year-old was dropped. Rather it has to do with a string of mostly off-court behaviours: three traffic fines in one day, other driving fines (man loves fast cars, including a $600,000 yellow Ferrari), and a 5 a.m. brawl at a roof-top spa last month.
Bernard Tomic in London 2012
Bernard Tomic in London 2012
On the court, however, at Wimbledon 2012, after a first round loss, he was admonished by officials for damaging the court and there have been a series of instances when his best efforts were not in evidence, such as at the US Open when he was accused of tanking in a third set against Andy Roddick, that Rafter, according to Age News reporter, Linda Pearce, branded as “disgraceful.”
Sam Stosur, named Australia's Player of the Year, she being World No. 9, when asked about Tomic, labelled “disappointing.” Interviewed on radio, she said, “I hope for his sake he grows up pretty quick.”
Former top 20 singles player, Jason Stoltenberg, and former coach of Lleyton Hewitt, observed “... he's a kid compared to a lot of guys … and, like us all, you've got to learn some lessons the hard way … and sometimes some tough love is not a bad thing.”
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