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Tomic cut from Davis Cup duty by Australia captain Rafter

Associated Press

12/5/2012 10:17:41 PM

BRISBANE, Australia -- Australia Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has told troubled player Bernard Tomic he won't be part of the country's team to play Taiwan in a first-round Asia-Oceania zone match in Taipei from Feb. 1-3.

Tennis Australia's director of tennis Craig Tiley told local media Thursday that "Pat has made the decision early that for the first tie next year Bernard will not be selected ... as a team, we just felt that athletes always put 100 per cent commitment and effort."

Tomic has seen his ATP ranking slide from No. 27 in June to 52, and he faced accusations at the U.S. Open in September that he "tanked," or deliberately lost, a match against American Andy Roddick.

On Nov. 5, Tomic was fined $1,750 and put on a 12-month good-behaviour bond after facing a Gold Coast court over four driving charges resulting from twice being stopped by police in January.

In late October, police were called to a Surfers Paradise high-rise apartment building after residents saw two men, one of them naked, wrestling and fighting in a hot tub on the balcony. One of the men was later identified as Tomic.

Samantha Stosur, Australia's top-ranked women's player, said Thursday that Tomic needs to change his priorities.

"What are you doing? Are you wanting to play tennis?" Stosur said. "If you are, then give it 100 per cent because you only get one crack at it.

"Until that improves in a lot of people's eyes, he's going to have to deal with things like being dropped out of the Davis Cup team."