Following Nick Kyrgios‘s exit from the fourth round of Wimbledon, which saw him clashing with an umpire as well as members of his own support team, the rising star has criticised Tennis Australia for their decision to axe Bernard Tomic from the Davis Cup.
Tennis Australia dumped Tomic from the Australian Davis Cup team after he publicly accused them of neglect and mismanagement. Kyrgios had threatened to pull out if his friend did not play, although yesterday, indicated that he would participate in the tournament.
Today, when asked directly if he believed that Tomic should have been dumped, Kyrgios said “um, no, I don’t think so.”
“I think the ultimate goal is to win the Davis Cup,” he continued. “That’s why we’re playing it. I mean, is it not? And he’s Australia’s number one. I think out of all the players, he’s the best on a grass court that we have. So, yeah, I mean, I’m sure we could put him in.”
Wally Masur, the captain of Australia’s Davis Cup team, has said that he hopes Tennis Australia will sort out their issues with Tomic will be resolved in time for a semi-final against either Britain or France.
“We’re a pretty small tennis fraternity. Bernie’s a significant player and he’s only going to get better,” Masur told the media. “But it’s got to get to a much better point than it is obviously.”
As it stands, Kyrgios will join Lleyton Hewitt, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Sam Groth in the Davis Cup tie against Kazakhstan in Darwin later this month.