• Rafter hopes Tomic troubles won't distract in Davis Cup

    4/1/12 9:09 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Rafter hopes Tomic troubles won't distract in Davis Cup The most recent soap-opera spat involving Bernard Tomic will not distract Australian Davis Cup captain Patrick Rafter from the job at hand as he leads his team into a zonal tie next week against South Korea.

    The Brisbane weekend date will surely feature Tomic, but Rafter said that after the teen's latest blow-up on court in Miami - he asked for his controversial father in the stands to be tossed out and then said he was mis-understood and was only seeking to have some racquets re-strung - he can't waste time worrying about his flaky leading player.

    Rafter is more concerned about the fitness of Chris Guccione, who has a toe injury. And he must choose a backup in singles for Tomic from Matt Ebden and Marinko Matosevic, both with good results over the last month in the US.

    "Is it a distraction? I guess only time will tell but I don't think so," Rafter told Australian media as his team gathered for the tie with Tomic yet to arrive. "Bernie is not here yet so I don't know where his head space is right now.

    Australia are trying to adjust to the fast-approaching post-Lleyton Hewitt period, with the 31- year-old recovering from another foot surgery with an uncertain return date to tennis.

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