Sydney - Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said on
Tuesday it is "highly doubtful" Bernard Tomic would play for
Australia again, after the troubled tennis star this week declared the team
could not win the event without him.
Speaking ahead of their World Group first round tie against
Germany in Brisbane at the weekend, Hewitt said Australia was in good stead
with its current team - including Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson and
up-and-comer Alex De Minaur - without Tomic.
"It's highly doubtful," Hewitt send when asked
about the chance of a Tomic return. "With the team camaraderie we have at
the moment, it is as good as I've been a part of in a long time."
"We fully believe that the players we have here, we can
go a long way," he added.
Tomic created a stir this week in a television interview
when he declared Australia could not win the Davis Cup without him.
"I love Davis Cup to bits, it's not that I don't want
to play," he told Channel 10 on Monday.
But the 25-year-old said he had problems with governing body
"I can't talk about it, and obviously it is just going
to have to take time to clear and fix... because I know the only way for
Australia to win Davis Cup is for me and Nick (Kyrgios) playing," he said.
Tomic has a 17-4 win-loss record playing Davis Cup but has
not played for the national team for over 12 months.
A long-time supporter of Tomic, Hewitt brushed aside the
troubled star's latest outburst.
"There is probably a lot more that plays out behind the
scenes than what Bernie says publicly," he said.
"For me, he's made some mistakes and it will be a long
Once a rising star, the 25-year-old's ranking has plunged
after a car-crash 2017 season in which he admitted he was "bored" and
not always giving 100 percent.
Tomic made headlines earlier this month after boasting
"I just count my millions" after he failed to qualify for the
He is currently appearing on the reality show "I'm a
Celebrity ... Get me out of here!", but has threatened to leave just two
days after entering the South African jungle for the series.