Tomic back in Australian Davis Cup team

Bernard Tomic is back in Australia’s Davis Cup team to play

Uzbekistan in an Asia-Oceania second-round match.

Team captain Pat Rafter, who had suspended Tomic before the

country’s 5-0 win over Taiwan in February, said Wednesday that

Tomic would be joined by Lleyton Hewitt, Marinko Matosevic and Matt

Ebden on indoor clay courts at Namangan, Uzbekistan from April

5-7.

Rafter’s disciplinary move announced in December came after

Tomic’s ATP ranking slid and he faced questions about his

performance at the U.S. Open in September following a straight-set

loss to Andy Roddick. Tomic also faced court in November and was

fined on driving charges.

Through regional qualifying, Australia is attempting to return

to the elite World Group for the first time since 2007. Tomic has

won eight of his 10 Davis Cup singles matches.

In January, Tomic won the Sydney International, his first ATP

event.

Tomic lost 6-3, 6-1 to Andy Murray last Saturday at the Sony

Open in Miami. Murray needed only 56 minutes to beat Tomic, and the

20-year-old Australian was jeered off the court by the stadium

crowd after winning just 10 points in the second set.