SYDNEY – Troubled Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic has admitted to being on a “slippery slope” this year, but denied he was axed from the Davis Cup team by captain Pat Rafter due to his behavior.
Tomic, 20, has fallen foul of Tennis Australia several times since reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2011 and the organization said Thursday he would not be picked for the Davis Cup tie against Taiwan in February.
“It’s not one specific incident, just an aggregation of his approach to the game,” said Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia’s director of tennis.
Australia’s most recent Grand Slam winner, Samantha Stosur, also weighed in, telling Tomic he must “knuckle down” if he wanted to live up to his enormous potential.
Tomic said he had taken the comments on board.
“I’m young and I’m learning. You get to a point where you need to stop and I think it’s a good bit of advice,” he told the Ten Network late Thursday of Stosur’s comments.