Rafter leaves Tennis Australia position

Tennis legend Patrick Rafter has stepped down from his head of performance role at Tennis Australia.

Rafter spent two years in the role but has decided to walk away after having a troubled time managing the likes of bad boy Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, whose family has an ongoing feud involving funding from Tennis Australia. 

"The time is right for me, I came into the Davis Cup and then in this role because I wanted to make a difference and I feel we have taken some major strides," the 44-year-old told the Strait Times.

"This journey for me – through the Davis Cup years and now as performance director – has been an eye-opener to say the least.

"The restructuring process that we went through in September last year was intense for everyone."

Rafter added that dealing with Kyrgios and Tomic was difficult and he has distanced himself from them of late.

"I haven't really been speaking to them very much and I don't really know where they're at," said Rafter, who will be replaced by his deputy and former Davis Cup captain and coach Wally Masur.

"I just sit back and watch from a distance. I don't really have a lot to offer them.

"If they ever want to talk to me, I'm happy to talk."

Australia face the United States in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup World Group from 7-9 April.