at least there's one voice among all of those who talked in the Australian tennis establishment who says something a little bit different (I got the link thanks to Australian contributors in the "players forum" section
Paul McNamee slams TA for punishing Bernard Tomic
by: Dan Koch
From: The Australian
December 07, 2012 12:00AM
FORMER Davis Cup winner Paul McNamee has blasted Tennis Australia for its "public vilification" of young gun Bernard Tomic, warning it risks alienating the country's best young talent as it did with Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic.
After much speculation, it was confirmed yesterday that Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter would not select Tomic for the February tie against Chinese Taipei.
And TA is also set to cut its support funding for the 20-year-old due to his poor attitude on and off the court.
The news was met with howls of approval from tennis luminaries past and present. Australia's No 1 female player and grand slam winner, Sam Stosur, voiced the thoughts of many when she urged her fellow Gold Coaster to "grow up".
McNamee, however, said he had been left perplexed by the "bludgeoning" approach of the authorities, adamant there had to be better ways to handle these situations.
"The most disappointing thing from my perspective is the public way (TA) have gone about things. To my way of thinking, that approach isn't helpful for either part, but particularly so for Bernard," McNamee told The Australian.
"The whole timing of it seems strange to me, too. We are right on the brink of a new Australian summer, but the actual Davis Cup tie is still a couple of months away. I mean, why now? And what do they actually hope this will achieve other than ostracising Bernard further and tarnishing a kid's name.
"He is 20. Surely there is a better way, but (TA) don't seem to have any other approach . . I believe they have really hurt our Davis Cup team at a time when we aren't exactly enjoying a huge amount of success."
McNamee was dismissive of TA boss Craig Tiley's justification for the punishment, which included the fact that Tomic's ranking had slipped from 27 to 52, putting him three places behind Marinko Matosevic.
"Let's not kid ourselves, Bernard is our best player and is our best talent by some margin," McNamee said.
"If we are looking at Davis Cup performances, Bernard has actually won his match on the opening day of each of our last two major ties. He has done his job there.
"No one is denying he has had his issues, but surely we can find a way to better nurture him and support his development as both a player and a man than just cutting him completely. To me, that is a flawed strategy.
"It didn't work with Dokic. It didn't work with Philippoussis. It won't work here."