Australia has selected its Davis Cup team that will face Great Britain in the semi-finals of the World Group in Glasgow later this month.
Controversial rising star Nick Kyrgios has been replaced by Bernard Tomic, who will join Lleyton Hewitt, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Sam Groth as the Aussies seek to win the Cup for the first time since 2003.
Captain Wally Masur’s side has been in training this week, joined by hitting partners John Millman and Alex Bolt, before a scheduled flight to London.
Kyrgios’ exclusion follows a turbulent couple of months on the ATP Tour, with Masur explaining the the 20-year-old would be given some time out of the spotlight.
“After some good healthy discussion with Nick and his team we have agreed on a plan to help him develop all aspects of his game and ensure a long and successful future in the sport,” Masur said.
“Next week’s tie has come a bit too soon for him and is not in that plan.”
Meanwhile Tomic, who last week ousted teammate Lleyton Hewitt en route to a third round appearance at the US Open, rejoins the team after being dropped from the last tie for his criticism of Tennis Australia.
Tomic, who has an outstanding Davis Cup record having won 14 of his 16 matches, said he was eager to get back in the fold following his recall.
“We need our best players out there. If I have the opportunity I’m always ready to play these ties,” said Tomic.
The Aussies will be making their first semi-final appearance since 2006 following their dramatic comeback win over Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals.
They’ll face another difficult task in overcoming a Great Britain side that will be led by world No.2 Andy Murray and are favourites to win the title for the first time since 1936.
“With Andy Murray leading an excellent squad who have shown they love playing for their country, Great Britain obviously go in as favourites on their home court,” said Masur.
“But we are a proud Davis Cup nation and we love a good battle. We have had an amazing Davis Cup journey this year.
“The further we have gone, the more intense our drive to succeed.
“The importance of the occasion and the enormity of the challenge is incredibly motivating to our squad and, quite frankly, very exciting.”