Bernard Tomic has, bizarrely, contradicted Tennis Australia’s confirmation of his axing by captain Pat Rafter from Australia’s Davis Cup team for its opening tie of 2013, while boldly declaring he will become "the best player to one day play this game".
Insisting he had always intended to bypass the tie against Taiwan in February, Tomic disputed comments from director of tennis Craig Tiley, former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur that backed the exclusive Fairfax Media report on his suspension, which TA on Thursday validated by posting on its official website.
"I was never meant to play that Davis Cup tie as well, I spoke to Pat as well, and I’m going to use that time for training as well, to prepare for other tournaments in America," Tomic told Channel 10.
"I am working really hard and trying to push myself to become the best tennis player as I can be, and I’ve had a slippery slope the last year, and it’s changing me, and I’ll prove that I’m going to be the best player one day to play this game," added the world No.52.
In Sydney, Stosur was asked what advice she would give Tomic.
"What are you doing? Are you wanting to play tennis?," Stosur replied on Thursday.
"If you are, then give it 100 per cent because you only get one crack at it. He’s going to have to decide what he wants to do and how he’s going to approach his career. Until that improves in a lot of people’s eyes, he’s going to have to deal with things like being dropped out of the Davis Cup team."
Stosur said it would be a shame if Tomic wasted his undoubted ability.
"That’s probably the most disappointing thing for a lot of people on the outside - that he’s got this unbelievable tennis ability and he’s not really using it at the moment," said the world No.9 and US Open winner.
"So I think everyone would like to see him knuckle down and do his best and see where that gets him."
Surprisingly, Tomic concurred: "I’m young and I’m learning, but you get to a point where you need to stop, and I think it’s a good bit of advice for what she said."