Patrick Rafter Won’t Comment on Tomic’s Davis Cup Standing
When asked yesterday whether struggling Aussie tennis player Bernard Tomic would remain part of the Davis Cup team for Australia next year, Davis Cup captain Patrick Rafter refused to comment.
Rafter said he hadn’t spoken with Tomic since an incident that occurred last week in Queensland. According to reports, police were called to the scene to respond to a complaint that Tomic was fighting with another man.
“Bernie’s having a tough time at the moment. He’s got to try and sort himself out. He knows it. When he’s ready to sort things out, he’ll have to sit down and have a good hard think and see where he goes from there,” Rafter said, speaking exclusively to Drop Shot Dispatch.
Reports out of Australia suggest that Tennis Australia is taking an active role in trying to get Tomic to split with his father as his coach during the offseason.
“They have to work that out themselves,” Rafter said. “That said, he has a lot of thinking to do with his father, and they have to work out what’s right if they want to go forward. We think we know, but it’s up to them.”
Rafter confirmed that Marinko Matosevic, Australia’s top-ranked player, would likely be participating in their next tie, after being benched for poor performance at a tie against South Korea.
“Marinko’s had his time on the sideline. He missed out on the last Davis Cup tie. He’ll be reinstated in the next one, provided he behaves himself. When guys are kicked out, it’s for a reason. They’ve got to man up, and he knows that. He’s very, very keen to get back into it, and it’s the best thing we could’ve done for his career, to give him the time on the sideline.”
Rafter also indicated support for efforts to revamp the Davis Cup format to make it more appealing to tennis fans.
“I think something needs to be done,” Rafter said. “It’s not what it used to be 15 years ago. When the guys are playing in the finals, they are getting very good turnout. Still, to me, it’s got a different feel to it from when I played. Whatever it is, I don’t know what the answer is, but the players have got to sit down and figure out what’s the best to get the guys all playing, because you want the best guys in the world playing.”
Is he fucking for real?
First of all, this looks to me like the Dokic saga all over again, but Tomic Sr isn't even beating Bernard. He's not a TA coach, but he's the one who single handedly brought Bernard into the TOP 30 and GS QF. Has ANY TA coach done that for ANY junior since Hewitt? Let him stay as his coach for fucks sake. If that's what Bernard is happiest with.. make TA coaches available, but the truth is that none of them have produced a junior like John Tomic has...
Also, another public dressing down of probably our hardest working player in Matosevic - who's capped off a career best year. Why is it even necessary? Be reasonable. It's crazy for Rafter to make out he's doing Matosevic a favour by making him a part of the team when he's our #1. When Hewitt's out, we have Matosevic (who has behavour problems and might be out of the team), Tomic (who have work ethic/motivation problems), and Ebden (who's out of TOP 100 now, but still has his spot).
The days of Davis Cup when Rafter played are gone. Forget about the team building bullshit, field your best team for the tie and be done with it. Tennis is an individual sport, choose your best, in form individuals and stay out of it. Does Rafter really think that 'culture' and 'attitude' are what's holding us back from doing better in Davis Cup? Hewitt, Tomic, Matosevic and Ebden is a fringe World group team at BEST. Reality check needed I think.