Pat Rafter calls for Bernard Tomic reconciliation

Bernard Tomic from Australia waves to the crowd after defeating Leonardo Mayer in the first round at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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Two-time Grand Slam Pat Rafter winner calls for countrymen Bernard Tomic and Pat Rafter to sort out their differences and build a winning Davis Cup team for Tennis Australia.

Two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter has called for Bernard Tomic and Tennis Australia to end their feud for the sake of the nation's Davis Cup team.

Tomic is currently serving a ban from the Davis Cup squad for a breach of discipline and will miss Australia's Asia/Oceania zone group fixture against Taiwan next month.

Rafter believes that team captain Pat Cash and Tomic should attempt to find common ground and include Lleyton Hewitt in an attempt to build the strongest squad possible.

He told Western Australian Today: "I think there should be a love story, because Tennis Australia needs Tomic, Tomic needs Tennis Australia. Everybody needs everybody there.

"They have a still good team. You can use Lleyton good and you have Bernard, you have young guys, so it's one, two weeks here (in Melbourne), everybody should get together.

"Pat Cash is a great captain and there should be a love story there. Everybody You don't let Bernard Tomic go, you need Bernard Tomic. And he really needs to play."

Tomic continued his rise up the rankings with a run to the third round of the Australian Open, where the 20-year-old was beaten in straight sets by Roger Federer.

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