It’s been a tough week for Bernard Tomic.
The Australian tennis player and young gun has been dumped from playing in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan this month following his outburst at Tennis Australia officials on Saturday.
The decision was announced at Wimbledon yesterday by Tennis Australia President Steve Healy who said that “his behaviour was unacceptable”.
“Playing for our country is an absolute privilege, and with that privilege comes an obligation to behave appropriately. He didn’t.
“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 behaviour is just not on.”
During the post-match conference after his third-round exit to world number one Novak Djokovic, Tomic lashed out at Chief Executive Craig Tiley for “not respecting me”.
“He’s the reason the last few years have been up and down for me. There has been a lack of support towards me. There has been no respect, I think, towards me.
“I didn’t get one phone call from Tennis Australia asking: ‘Can we help you, Bernard? Can we do this? Do you need something?’”
During his 10-minute rant, Tomic also accused Australian tennis legend and former number one Pat Rafter for being a “good actor” and “the mask” for Tennis Australia officials.
“The allegations are misinformed and untrue and he publicly derided some outstanding people,” said Healy.
“We are trying to build a strong culture underpinned by a philosophy of opportunity, not entitlement. This behaviour is just not on.”
The axe came shortly after Tomic said that he had “always wanted to play Davis Cup” and would compete in the century-old tournament “for the respect of the Australian public” and retiring champion Lleyton Hewitt and “not for Tiley”.
“He’s a very keen Davis Cup player, a great Davis Cup player. He’s very disappointed not to play,” said Healy.
“Hopefully he will learn from this. Our entire tennis community is committed to working hard to help all our players, including Bernard, be the best tennis players, and the best people, they can be.”
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