Hewitt bids to lead Australia out of Davis Cup wilderness

Tomic's enforced unavailability leaves former world number one Hewitt as Australia's spearhead, while the country seeks return to the World Group for the first time since 2007.

updated: January 31, 2013 18:51 IST
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Taipei: Bernard Tomic is the bright hope of Australian tennis but old warhorse Lleyton Hewitt will lead the charge as the country tries to find its way out of the Davis Cup wilderness, starting this week.

Tomic, Australia's top-ranked player, is riding high after winning his first title this month, but the 20-year-old world number 43 has been snubbed for this week's Asia/Oceania Group I tie with Taiwan over concerns about his behaviour.

The move by captain Pat Rafter looked prescient this week when Tomic was caught speeding in his yellow Ferrari, the latest in a series of run-ins with police, and looked set to lose his licence.

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