Tomic needs to play Davis Cup

John Newcombe January 16, 2013, 12:17 pm

Bernard Tomic is playing some excellent tennis at the moment and he is starting to get the applause he deserves from the public because he is winning.

But I think he will get even more of that if he starts playing Davis Cup again.

It is a situation that Bernie needs to sort out with Pat Rafter.

Like my fellow Channel 7 commentator John Fitzgerald I support the action Pat took with Bernie 100 per cent.

Fitzy last night branded it un-Australian that Bernie had made himself unavailable for the next two Davis Cup ties after this rift with Cup captain Rafter.

When you are running a team however everyone has to work with the team culture and that is how you get results.

Tony Roche and I did that for seven years in the 90s. It took us a long time to mould that culture into the team to a point where they believed they could beat anyone, anywhere in the world.

And that is what they did.

So that is what Pat is trying to do now that he is Davis Cup captain.

The best advice I can give to Bernie is to patch things up with Pat and commit himself to playing Davis Cup. It is only a couple of weeks a year and when you ask anyone that plays they will normally say it is the pinnacle of their career.

So let’s hope it is just a minor incident and they make up. I think everyone will be happy with that.

I mean Bernie is playing some excellent tennis right now.

His win last night, against Leonardo Mayer was a good performance.

It was a game he was expected to win but you still have to go out there and do it.He has played extremely well over the past two weeks and if he continues with that form he is just one win away from that match up with Roger Federer.And I think he is playing that well at the moment that it is going to take a top ten player to stop him.It is not surprising he is playing so well either.The last eight weeks before the circuit started Bernie got himself fit.When you are 6’5 and only 65 per cent fit you cannot move well around the court.Now he has got himself in great physical shape, he does not have to stand three or four feet behind the baseline, he is right up on it. His forehand has become so much stronger, he is able to really attack much more with his double-handed backhand and he has so much more leg drive in that serve at the moment.All that means he is playing top-15 tennis.And it is not as though he is one of those players who struggles with the expectations here at the Australian Open either. Some players do, Bernie certainly doesn’t.Lleyton was the same, he handled the pressure well.I cannot see the expectations everyone has here at the Open hurting him at all.

The more pressure, the more expectations, the more spotlight on Bernie the better he plays.So it’s exciting to see how the next couple of weeks pan out for him.

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  1. narelle12:41pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hear, hear John, I couldn't agree more. I love the tennis and also think it's unAustralian to not play Davis Cup. Pat Rafter is much loved in this country for his sportsmanship and dignity in all parts of his life. Bernard could well take a leaf out of his book, he needs to talk to Pat and realise that anything Pat does is with Bernard's and Australia's best interests. If he can show he's a man and do this, then I think a lot of the public will get behind him. At the moment I feel that a lot of people are like me, until he commits to Davis Cup...then I'm not sorry when he loses.

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  2. the_princess_turandot01:17pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I have to agree with Narelle, Bernard Tomic needs to get his act together and listen to Pat Rafter, who after all is the captain of the team and a well respected and loved Aussie. Tomic will never be that until he gets over himself. Time to grow up Bernie.

  3. Danny01:21pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Tomic is an ambitious young bloke and champion tennis player.He has greater potential than any other guys before him Pat, John and alike, especially is this tough modern game. The last thing I would do cop a spray off a guy that spends more time in his undies than playing tennis, good on ya Tomic stick it too em, let you tennis do the talking this Oz open :)

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  4. Tassie Tiger01:33pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I am incredibly frustrated that Channel 7 persist in using Bruce for the the key matches. Why didn't anyone at Channel 7 take last years posts re commentary on board? He talks incessantly. We would just like to enjoy the tennis without the constant banal nonsense. Please, please use the tennis player experts on your team.

  5. Jim01:35pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Greater potential might be right..............but it's your attitude & committment that gets youto the top. If he gachieves half the success of Rafter and Newcombe, he'll be lucky. My guess............he'll fail at the last hurdle.

  6. mr01:38pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Tomic is a product of the times. No care and no responsibility taken for his actions and his words., believes he is entitled to everything and stuff anybody else. National service in his home country would do this upstart good. I am not being negative but everybody has their day and (Alice) he will get his? Just a big time brat and have we not had enough of them in tennis.

  7. imatim01:50pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    possible potential but definatly not a team player its him me myself he cares same as his dad only in them self and everyone else is a sideshow or irrelavent to them both

  8. jim mc 77701:55pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Danny ya got it mate, well done Tomic is not interested in the Past greats, he sees him self as a modem man and his team are all from out side the Aussie tennis culture, Hewitt is the only player who in the last 10 years has done any thing, but because of shear will and determination. Lesson to Nuke, Fits, rRffter, Roach, play like us serve volley, the best players in the world are base liners now, Tomics idle is Feder he do well to fellow in his shoes. Em Tomic plays like himself Good on ya lad be an individualize.

  9. Chris01:58pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Why should he play Davis Cup... Tennis is very hard on the body and the tour is busy enough. He should just focus on his own game. The comments aired on the tv broadcast were disgusting. I believe there is an under current of rasicm towards the ethnic australian tennis parents and players. I hope he becomes world number 1 and never plays Davis Cup again. The amount of bitching that goes on about this guy is ridiculous and it makes tennis Australia look like a pack of school girls.

  10. Phil02:08pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    And I suppose Pat Rafter & Co never had an Attitude Problem when they were growing up ? Leave him alone he is doing just fine.. he Does not need the sideline commentary ....