Sydney - Bad boys Nick Kyrgios and Bernard
Tomic have matured and turned the corner, Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley
says, after a season which will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Both players endured turbulent years with
on and off court controversies, including brushes with officialdom and the law,
overshadowing anything they did on court.
Despite being the nation's top-ranked
players, neither was considered as nominees for the prestigious Newcombe Medal
-- which rewards Australia's "most outstanding elite tennis player and
But Tiley said Tennis Australia had mended
its fences with the pair and he expected them to be on their best behaviour at
their home Grand Slam, the Australian Open, next month.
"I'd love nothing more than both
Bernie and Nick to have a great 2016, as we all would," Tiley, who is also
tournament director of the season's first major at Melbourne Park, told
Wednesday's The Australian newspaper.
"There's no rifts; no animosity
between Tennis Australia and those two guys. They are making a real go of a
professional tennis career.
"They know what our expectations are
and when they meet them they get rewarded and if they don't, they don't."
During the past year Tomic clashed with
Tennis Australia and was suspended for a Davis Cup tie. He was also arrested
over a raucous penthouse party in Miami, while outspoken Kyrgios's sex slur at
Stan Wawrinka in August sparked stinging criticism from fellow players.
Tiley said he has had conversations with
"We've got a good relationship with
both of them, no question," he said.
"I spent time with Bernie in the UK
when he played Davis Cup and in my view he is saying all the right things. They
are both different people and they are both extremely talented.
"We're fortunate in Australia to have
them among a group of good male players. That's great for us."