Nick Kyrgios has been dumped from Australia’s Davis Cup squad ahead of the semi-final showdown with Great Britain.
Gold Coaster Bernard Tomic has been recalled after being suspended from Australia’s epic semi-final win over Kazakhstan.
Australian captain Wally Masur announced on Tuesday that Tomic would return, in what seemed a straight swap for Kyrgios, alongside Cup stalwart Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Groth and young rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis.
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Australia take on Britain in Glasgow in a three-day indoor hard-court tie starting next Friday, with the winners to face either Argentina or Belgium in the November 27-29 final.
The sensational axing from the side marks another day in what has been a turbulent year for Kyrgios.
Kyrgios, who lost in four sets to Andy Murray in the first round of the US Open last week, has lurched from one PR disaster to the next since Wimbledon.
After a series of run-ins with officialdom at the All England Club, the 20-year-old’s infamous sledging of French Open champion Stan Wawrinka at last month’s Montreal Masters led to sanctioning from the ATP for aggravated behaviour.
Masur said Kyrgios’s omission from Australia’s first Davis Cup semi-final since 2006 was by mutual agreement so he could focus on his personal and professional development.