Tomic to lead Australia in Davis Cup qualifier

Bernard Tomic will lead Australia into the Davis Cup

Asia-Oceania second-round match against South Korea next month in

the absence of former No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt.

The 31-year-old Hewitt won his singles and doubles matches in

Australia’s 5-0 first-round win over China, but had surgery on his

left foot last month and is expected to be sidelined until

June.

The 19-year-old Tomic, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist, and Matt

Ebden will play singles in the April 6-8 match at Brisbane. Marinko

Matosevic and Chris Guccione was also included in the team

announced Tuesday by Australia captain Pat Rafter.

The winner will advance to the World Group playoff in

September.

The Koreans advanced to the second round with a 4-1 win over

Taiwan.