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Hewitt: Tomic unlikely to play for Australia again

Bernard Tomic with fellow camp-mate Peter Rowsthorn wants to get back into training Bernard Tomic with fellow camp-mate Peter Rowsthorn wants to get back into training
Melinda Barton | 01 February, 2018, 03:47

Tomic, positioned 168 following a forgettable year on visit, is certain he can come back to the world's main 20, rejecting recommendations he is rationally delicate.

Earlier on Tuesday, Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt told a press conference that a return to the Davis Cup fold appeared "highly doubtful".

Doubles specialist John Peers hoped Tomic realised his ex-teammates were "there for him" after admitting it was hard to watch his ill-fated stint on Network Ten's reality TV show I'm A Celebrity ...

Former Davis Cup player Geoff Masters said Millman - who is ranked higher than de Minaur, but below Ebden and Thompson - played his role well in his cup debut in Belgium.

He was the first contestant to quit the show, lasting three nights.

"For me, he's made some mistakes and it will be a long way back", Hewitt said of Tomic's Davis Cup future.

The 18-year-old had a breakout summer, making the semi-final of the Brisbane International and the final of the Sydney International, and Hewitt said his age would not be a determining factor.

"I am generally concerned when anyone says they are depressed", he said.

"He was excited when we chose to come back to Brisbane and play Davis Cup".

"De Minaur is a real good chance to play if he has shown them that his general fitness is there after the Australian Open".

"I got the opportunity to top 16, 17 on the planet, in one of the greatest games on the planet".

Tomic claimed before entering the jungle Australia needed his playing services to win the Davis Cup.

Tomic admitted to feeling "depressed" during his brief stint on the show, telling fellow contestant Jackie Gillies, 'I don't want to spend half my time depressed here. thinking about how I played a year ago and where I should be'.

Tomic mentioned he was feeling depressed during his time in the South African jungle and Stefanovic encouraged him to seek help.

Six-time stupendous hammer champion Becker trusted Hewitt would play in Brisbane in the wake of watching in stunningness as the previous world No.1 hit the training court on Wednesday with Australia. "Until that clears and a few of the problems come out", Tomic said.

It seems Tennis Australia (TA) has finally run out of patience with Bernard Tomic.

"With respect, if he has got something that is not quite going well for him he should get help for it", he said.

Ebden may be included in Australia's team under cup rules, which permit teams to make two late changes to a team of five men.

"I know his father and I know his sister as well".

"Hopefully Bernie can find some form back on the tennis court", he said.

Asked if he would try to reach out to Tomic, Peers said: "We've all tried at different times. It is what it is and I hope one day I can come back to this in maybe a decade and complete it".

"Now I'm flying back I am going to continue to do the right things over the next few months".

Bernard Tomic, with fellow camp-mate Peter Rowsthorn, wants to get back into training. "You can't get to where I got to if you're not mentally strong".