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MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 SPORT 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA BERNARD Tomic is deliberately sabotaging Australias tennis culture, according to Lleyton Hewitt and Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley. Hewitt has backed an attack by Tiley on Tomic in another escalation of a bitter feud between the outcast player and tennis hierarchy. We expect players to be respectful of the sport and each other, Tiley said in a statement on Saturday. Bernard does not meet the standards of behaviour and commitment to himself, the team or the sport. Now he is deliberately trying to damage that culture, and not for the first time. Hewitt, asked if he subscribed to the same view as Tiley, replied: Yep. Australias Davis Cup captain Hewitt has pledged never to select Tomic again after a recent blow-up during the Australian Open. And Tiley, a week after expressing hope Tomic and Hewitt could mend their fractured relationship, freshly criticised the controversial player. Our organisation remains deeply disappointed with the ongoing disrespect from Bernard and his father, Tiley said. We have given more than a decade of support. Ultimately, we have to draw a line. Hewitt added: I dont think its that AUSTRALIAN rookie Min Woo Lee is poised to give his fledgling pro career a big boost after a blistering third round at the European Tours Saudi International. The 20-year-old shot a flawless seven-under 66 to be tied for sixth at eight under, in a group including veteran countryman Scott Hend (69), going into the final round at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City. Lee is making only his second pro start. However, he would need something extraordinary to happen to contend for the title as hes eight shots behind the joint leaders, world No.3 Dustin Johnson and Chinas Li Haotong, who have a fiveshot lead from Englands Tom Lewis. Li struck an astonishing four eagles to register an eight-under-par 62 and catch Johnson (65). Li, who started the day in joint second place with South Africas Zander Lombard, got off to a wonderful start, chipping in an eagle from the rough on the very first hole. The 23-year-old, who said he had a lot of luck, birdied the par-five fourth but got in trouble soon after with a double bogey on the sixth hole before steadying the ship by sinking an 18-footer for another birdie on the seventh to turn in 33. Li made another eagle immediately after the turn followed by a series of pars before closing his round with back-to-back eagles. Very lucky today, Li said. Those eagles ... were really solid but except (for) that ... my play, wasnt that good. Spanish star Sergio Garcia was disqualified for intentionally damaging the greens. Rising Aussie star Min Woo Lee shot a flawless 66 in the third round at the European Tours Saudi International Picture: SARAH REED Germany too strong for Hungary GERMANY has won all five matches against Hungary to earn its place in Novembers Davis Cup finals after a 5-0 victory in Frankfurt. Germanys success was part of 12 qualifying ties to decide which nations will advance to the 18-team finals tournament in Madrid on November 18-24. World No.3 Alexander Zverev and Philipp Kohlschreiber repeated more singles success after the pairing of Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff brushed aside Hungarians Gabor Borsos and Peter Nagy 6-2 6-3. Australia completed a 4-0 victory over Bosnia and Herze govina in Adelaide. In China, the visiting Japanese team prevailed in a deciding fifth rubber in Guangzhou. In Bratislava, Canadas Denis Shapovalov lost the doubles with Felix Auger Aliassime against Slovakia but they recovered individually to win singles and triumph 3-2. Red-hot Rickies stranglehold in Arizona RICKIE Fowler has had eight birdies in a seven-under-par 64 to take a four-shot lead over Matt Kuchar into the final round of the PGA Tours Phoenix Open. Twice runner-up at Scottsdale, Fowler navigated a difficult two-putt on the par-four 18th hole to be 20-under. Kuchar shot a bogey-free 65 yesterday to put himself in position for his third victory of the wraparound PGA Tour season. He won the Mayakoba Classic in November and last months Sony Open in Hawaii. Justin Thomas, who started the day a shot behind Fowler, shot 68 and will be five back of his friend and desert housemate heading into todays final round. Branden Grace and Byeong Hun An were seven back in fourth. Australian Cameron Smith had a seesaw day but remains in the top 10 in a share of eighth at 10-under par. Tomic on outer as he cops a serve much to ask, to commit to the sport, to want to play for our country. There has been some real success stories over the last couple of years and some of the other stuff (takes) away from the success that these guys have had. We have got some young players now that are serious players that are going to push towards hopefully the top 50, top 20 in the world. Tomic, after his first-round loss at the Australian Open in Melbourne, was scathing of Hewitt, saying he was not liked while accusing him of favouring certain players. Hewitt in turn claimed Tomic had threatened his family. Then Tomics father John said Hewitt left his son traumatised in 2010 by pressuring him into revealing who in Tennis Australia was against him but Tiley on Saturday rubbished those claims. In regards to an alleged incident in 2010, we are not aware of any formal complaint lodged by either John or Bernard, Tiley said. Both Bernard and John have enjoyed a lot of support since in many areas of their lives, including a long and sustained period of personal commitment and wholehearted effort from Lleyton Hewitt as Davis Cup captain. Lleyton is right to say Bernard will not be considered for Davis Cup. STEVE LARKIN Aussie rookies abilities on show Hewitt slams officials over Davis Cup changes LLEYTON Hewitt has accused tennis officials of not knowing what theyre doing by making radical changes to the Davis Cup. Australia will be among 18 nations contesting the cup fi nals in Madrid after thumping Bosnia and Herzegovina in a qualifying tie in Adelaide. The Australians didnt drop a set in sweeping the Bosnians 4-0 to secure a spot in the revamped finals. But Hewitt is now grappling with numerous questions about the finals, to be played over one week in November and featuring multiple nations for the first time. I dont think they know what they are doing, Hewitt said of cup organisers. I strongly disagree with it. I dont think its the best thing for the competition and its not from what the Davis Cup is meant to be about. Its taking away all the great things the home-andaway ties and the best of five sets. Hewitt was also concerned at big-picture issues with the finals, which will be best-ofthree sets. Should the Aussies reach the semi-finals, theyll automatically qualify for the 2020 finals meaning they wont play as a team for 12 months. If they fail to reach the semis, quirks of the draw in the competition could mean Australia does not host another Cup tie for years, potentially denying children of tennis inspiration. I used to go to Davis Cup ties as a kid and you would dream of playing in that situation, Hewitt said. STEVE LARKIN SIMON JENNINGS