Tomic rejects Tennis Australia

The 22-year-old was excluded from the Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan after he launched a public attack on Tennis Australia (TA), who have withdrawn funding from both Tomics because of the uncooperative attitude of their father, John.

Australia won their quarter-final tie 3-2 to set up a last four clash with Great Britain and TA president Steve Healy appeared to extend an olive branch to the country???s No 1, offering talks to hammer out their differences.

However, Tomic, who was arrested in Miami last week after refusing to turn down music during a party at his hotel room, said there was no point.

“Until I am satisfied TA is committed to funding the development of junior Australian talent, including my sister Sara, on a non-discriminatory basis, I do not believe there is any point in meeting,” he told the Herald Sun newspaper from Colombia, where he is competing at the Claro Open.

“I am always ready, willing and able to play for Australia. It is my honour and privilege to do so. I consider that I have a good record and it is my hope to continue to represent my country.

“Importantly, I would like to thank previous TA administrators for their financial support in the past. Current TA administrators sacked me from the Davis Cup for comments I made at Wimbledon. I stand by those comments.”

Australia needed veteran Lleyton Hewitt to rescue them from defeat against Kazakhstan in Darwin last weekend, with the 34-year-old replacing Thanasi Kokkinakis to clinch the deciding singles match.

Tomic, ranked 29th in the world, would undoubtedly be a boost to the Australia team when they travel to Britain to take on a team led by Andy Murray in September.

“I am always available for selection for Davis Cup. If TA select me, then great. If TA does not select me, then there’s not too much I can do,” Tomic added.

“Contrary to some self-serving reports, I am okay and strong. I have not hit rock bottom. Thank you for your continued support. I know I need to work harder.”?? ????

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