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Bernard Tomic is ‘deliberately damaging’ Australian tennis culture, says TA chief

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Bernard Tomic is deliberately sabotaging Australia’s tennis culture, based on Lletyon Hewitt and Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley. Hewitt has backed another panic attack by Tiley on Tomic in another escalation associated with a bitter feud between outcast player and tennis hierarchy.

“We expect players for being respectful on the sport each other,” Tiley said within a statement on Saturday. “Bernard isn’t going to satisfy the standards of behaviour and resolve forpersistance to himself, they or perhaps the sport. Now he is deliberately looking to damage that culture, rather than for the first time.”

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Hewitt, asked if he decided upon precisely the same view as Tiley, replied: “Yep.” Australia’s Davis Cup captain Hewitt has pledged not to ever select Tomic again following a recent blow-up within the Australian Open.

And Tiley, 7 days after expressing hope Tomic and Hewitt could mend their fractured relationship, freshly criticised the controversial player. “Our organisation remains deeply disappointed with the ongoing disrespect from Bernard brilliant father,” Tiley said. “We have given more than a decade of support. Ultimately, we will need to draw a line should the behaviour won’t warrant the support.”

Hewitt added: “I do not think it’s that much to question, to decide to the game, to wish to experiment with for our country. That is all I have asked and i also helps any one of these guys out approximately I am able to, nonetheless can’t do all of it for the kids, they must meet me halfway.

“There has has long been some real testimonials during the last year or two plus some on the other stuff [takes] away from the success the particular mankind has had. We have some young players since are serious players which will push towards hopefully the highest 50, top 20 on the earth. I’m merely a vehicle there in order to help them after they want it.”

Tomic, after his first-round loss at the Australian Open in Melbourne, was scathing of Hewitt, saying he had not been liked while accusing him of favouring certain players. Hewitt consequently claimed Tomic had threatened his family. Yesterday Tomic’s father John said Hewitt left his son traumatised really by pressuring him into revealing who in Tennis Australia was “against” him – but Tiley on Saturday rubbished those claims.

“In regards to an alleged incident last year, discussing conscious of any formal complaint lodged by either John or Bernard,” Tiley said. “Both Bernard and John have enjoyed a lot of support since in many regions of their lives, with a long and sustained amount personal commitment and wholehearted effort from Lleyton Hewitt as Davis Cup captain. Lleyton is true to say Bernard will never be considered for Davis Cup.”

Hewitt snubbed Tomic for selection in Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina, which Australia won 4-0 on Saturday. Last Tuesday while in the lead-up to the tie, Hewitt refused to go over his ongoing feud with Tomic. “I’m not going to waste my time with that now,” Hewitt said back then.

Australia’s ticket towards the revamped Davis Cup finals was sealed when doubles pair John Peers and Jordan Thompson trounced Mirza Guaranteed Tomislav Brkic 7-5, 6-1 at Memorial Drive in Adelaide. Australia’s debutant Alexei Popyrin completed the rout using a 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) win against Nerman Fatic inside a dead rubber, while using the scheduled fifth match called off.

“These boys took it to a higher level now,” Hewitt said of his triumphant team. “I had full faith during these guys. The finals are a ways away … but, come November, whatever the format, we are going to visit and allow it absolutely everything we have got.”

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