Thompson shows Tomic is not missed
TENNIS: Who needs Bernard Tomic?
Jordan Thompson gave Australia a perfect Davis Cup start by upsetting Czech Republic spearhead Jiri Vesely in a glorious representative debut.
Ranked No.65 in the world, Thompson covered superbly for Tomic, stunning Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4 yesterday.
"I really can't describe this feeling,” Thompson said. "I think it's the biggest (win) in my career.
"The summer has been pretty good (individually, with a win at the Australian Open). But playing for your country and getting us off to a 1-0 lead is even better.”
Nick Kyrgios then accounted for world No.157 Jan Santral in the second of the opening singles rubbers, 6-2 6-3 6-2 in just 90 minutes, ahead of today's doubles.
Thompson, 22, was drafted into singles duties after Tomic made himself unavailable for the first- round tie after he cited scheduling issues.
Tomic's excuse was treated with scepticism within the team, with captain Lleyton Hewitt pointedly saying he would not beg players to represent their country.
Hewitt urged caution against the Czech Republic, despite the 2-0 lead.
"I've been around Davis Cup long enough to know you can't take anything for granted,” he said.
Thompson (pictured) landed 36 winners, made only 22 errors and dropped serve just once.
Vesely was barely a shadow of the player who toppled then-world No.1 Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo last year, making 46 unforced errors and just 23 winners.