Bernard Tomic stated that he will not accept the offer of “clear the air” talks with Tennis Australia until his sister Sara’s funding is reinstated. As you know, the 22-year-old and Australia’s highest-ranked men’s player, was withdrawn from the Davis Cup team after arguing with TA for a lack of support.
Tomic is sure that there will be not any point in a meeting “until I am satisfied TA is committed to funding the development of junior Australian talent, including my sister Sara, on a non-discriminatory basis”.
Bernard, who got arrested recently after an incident at a hotel in Miami, has a difficult relationship with Australian tennis’ governing body.
It is a known fact that Tennis Australia decided to withdraw funding from Tomic and his 17-year-old sister Sara in June due to a dispute with their father John.
Australia is scheduled to meet Great Britain in the semi-finals in September and Tennis Australia Steve Healy – the president, wanted to set up a meeting to “address” issues with Tomic and then “welcome him back into the Davis Cup”.
And, while Tomic may not be keen on any talks, he insists he is available to play against Britain.
“I am always ready, willing and able to play for Australia,” he told the Herald Sun newspaper from Colombia, where he is competing at the Claro Open.
He is through to the last 8 of that tournament after beating Adrian Menendez-Maceiras.
Tomic added: “It is my honour and privilege to do so. I consider that I have a good record and it is my hope to continue to represent my country.
“Importantly, I would like to thank previous TA administrators for their financial support in the past. Current TA administrators sacked me from the Davis Cup for comments I made at Wimbledon. I stand by those comments.
“Contrary to some self-serving reports, I am OK and strong. I have not hit rock bottom. Thank you for your continued support. I know I need to work harder.”