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
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
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.