Tomic omitted for Australia`s Davis Cup tie against Japan

Melbourne: Talented teenager Bernard Tomic has been omitted from Australia`s Davis Cup team for next month`s Asia-Oceania second round tie against Japan in Brisbane.

The 17-year-old, widely touted in Australia as the heir apparent to former world number one Lleyton Hewitt, became the country`s youngest Davis Cup player when he debuted with two singles victories against Taiwan last month.

Team captain John Fitzgerald instead opted for world number 72 Peter Luczak, 115th-ranked Carsten Ball and doubles specialist Paul Hanley to join Hewitt for the May 7-9 tie.

The winner will advance to the World Group playoffs in September.

Bureau Report