Hewitt Accuses Tomic Of Blackmail And Physical And Verbal Abuse
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jan 20, 2019,
Jan 20, 2019, 1:31
"I have never threatened his family", the Herald Sun quoted Tomic as saying on Friday.
"I've got nothing to do with your family and I don't care what's wrong with you, you liar".
Tennis Australia performance boss Wally Masur would love to see a behind-the-closed-doors meeting between Bernard Tomic and Davis Cup Team Captain Lleyton Hewitt.
Now ranked 88th in the world, Tomic said that he, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis no longer like Hewitt, and questioned why the two-time grand slam champion still insists on playing doubles. Tomic launched an astonishing broadside at Hewitt after his Australian Open exit on Monday.
Hewitt's claims, which also included alleged threats against his family, including wife Bec, dominated the headlines on a day the number of Australians who qualified for the third round grew to five with upset wins by wildcards Alex Bolt and Alexei Popyrin.
Hewitt said he'd received multiple threats from Tomic, who he declared a "clown".
"I probably took a lot for granted and I said regretful things in my own life about captains when things didn't go the way I wanted them to go". I drew a line in the sand and I haven't spoken to him since.
"What I want to get away from is the public tennis game, it being played out in the press", Masur told AAP.
Hewitt, a two-time major victor, said at a news conference after his opening-round loss in doubles Thursday that their conflict originated more than a year ago with disagreements over whether he should grant Tomic wild-card invitations for tournaments.
At all. For me, the biggest frustration is I feel like I really went out of my way to help Bernie, especially when I first came into the role.
Bagged by Tomic for playing doubles in last year's World Group playoff loss to Austria, Hewitt has all but ruled himself out of lining up again.
The combustible 26-year-old unloaded on Hewitt after being bundled out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle.
"We are trying to set cultural standards to represent Australia in the Davis Cup".
Tomic has refuted claims he threatened Hewitt's family.
After a first-round doubles defeat at Melbourne Park, Hewitt responded: 'I don't know why Bernie's Bernie.
"The only reason I played in Austria is because we had a lot of guys unavailable".
"It's not easy if you don't get the support from certain players, but Lleyton has won more battles than that".