Bernard Tomic has backed out from helping Australia reach the Davis Cup Final in over a decade as he completely puts his focus on improving his singles ranking. Even after suffering his fifth successive first-round exit, an upbeat Tomic maintains he can push for a place in the Top-10.
The 24-year-old boycotted Australia’s first-round win over the Czech Republic due to a family funding feud with Tennis Australia before also missing this month’s quarter-final triumph over the USA. Breaking his months-long silence on the issue, Tomic said he was “not really” interested in making himself available for Australia’s semi-final against Belgium in September.
“Don’t get me wrong, Davis Cup is an amazing event and it’s a huge thing for us in Australia, but it’s not my priority right now,” Tomic told reporters. “My priority is to get back into the top 20 in the world and push for the top 10.” Without Tomic, Australia’s chances of reaching the final will surely take a hit as he has an amazing record in Davis Cup. “I wish them the luck,” Tomic said.
“My priority now is getting into the top 10, back to the top 20 in the world, so I have to work hard, and once I settle myself, I can think more about playing Davis Cup. I played so much Davis Cup in my life that it’s just something that I’m not motivated for.” His big hope is to regain a top-32 seeding for Wimbledon in July.
“It’s an opportunity,” Tomic said. “I’m 43 in the world so I feel I need to try to win some matches over the next five, six weeks, get back into the top 30 and be a comfortable seeding (for Wimbledon) and be seeded for the grass events.” “That’s where I can do some damage, but my main priority is to win a match.
The next three, four weeks I have to keep positive and I’ll get a chance.” Tomic said he felt physically strong and was now set on arriving in good heart for Wimbledon, where last year he was within a couple of points of matching his previous best, a quarter-final appearance in 2011.
“If I play well on clay and get fit for the four, five weeks, it helps so much on grass,” he said. “I feel so much better on grass. Last year I had a fourth-round chance, lost 10-8 in the fifth, to make quarters again.
Clay builds you up and gets me ready for the grass, so every match I can win on clay is a plus.” ALSO READ Nick Kyrgios’ FAMILY MEMBER SUFFERS FROM CANCER!