Tennis Australia says it will reach out to troubled star Bernard Tomic to ‘clear the air’ in the next week or so in the hopes of says having him back on-side for September’s Davis Cup semi-final.
President Steve Healy says TA is concerned for the local 22-year-old, following his arrest in Miami for failing to follow police orders to quieten down his penthouse party.
It came on the eve of Australia’s Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Kazakhstan, from which Tomic was suspended after unleashing a verbal tirade against TA following his Wimbledon exit.
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“We want to offer Bernard the opportunity to raise the issues he has raised, so we can address those with him,” Healy said at opening of the new Tennis ACT Centre in Canberra on Tuesday.
“We think the criticisms are unjustified – he needs to hear that. He needs to get some detail, and we want to bring him back into the fold.
“I think the important thing to understand is he’s had fantastic support from Tennis Australia and we want him to understand and appreciate that and then welcome him back into Davis Cup.”
Healy said he hoped to resolve the issues quickly, but said it was mostly out of TA’s hands.
“To a large extent, it depends on how Bernard reacts,” he added.
Davis Cup captain Wally Masur said on Sunday he was confident of having Tomic back in his team for the away semi-final clash with Great Britain later this year.