Originally Posted by Wing Man Frank
If the Brydan Klein's of this world aren't good enough but are doing everything they can with their limited ability that is acceptable.
If Bernard Tomic is good enough yet chooses to tank in matches, show a bad attitude and not put in the required effort, that is unacceptable.
The fact Tomic is ranked higher is irrelevant.
I'm not an expert in "ability" and "talent" but from the results they had in their early carreer only, the Australians have had many promising youngsters, although not as talented as Tomic, who started well their adult carreer then their improvements stoppped miserably : Klein, Jones, Millman, Lindahl (now Swedish), Ball, Groth, Smeets, Todd Reid ...
I don't know how much hard work Tomic puts in, but I really don't think that all the ones I talked about made the most of their talent.
I don't like the way Tennis Australia talks about Tomic : putting every hope in only one player and making so much fuss and debate and advice about him is not good, it reminds me so much of the way Gasquet was considered in France, which surely didn't help him ... and in the end other players had better results (Tsonga, Monfils) (Australians have other promising youngsters the same age or younger than Tomic : Kubler, Saville, Duckworth, Mitchell)
Besides, as far as I know, Tomic took part in every DC encounter even when it was very far from where his other tournaments were, and he made good efforts there.
The fact that Rafter seems to use it as a threat that he might not be taken in the DC team quite proves that Davis cup is indeed important for Tomic
If they want to face Germany on clay with Ebden or Matosevic and an easily injured Hewitt, that's their choice, but I think they have less chance than with Tomic