‘Clown’ Bernard Tomic threatened me, claims Lleyton Hewitt
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 20, 2019,
Jan 20, 2019, 1:31
The rift was laid bare when Tomic made a series of astounding claims about Hewitt's captaincy of the Davis Cup side earlier in the week.
Seated beside playing partner John-Patrick Smith, Hewitt savagely returned serve at Tomic, revealing the personal abuse he'd experienced at the hands of the Queenslander, which included allegations of physical threats and blackmail.
"I have never threatened his family", the Herald Sun quoted Tomic as saying on Friday. I don't think anyone would reach out to a person that speaks like that.
"I got nothing to do with your family and I don't care what's wrong with you, you liar".
Asked to specify the nature of the blackmail, Hewitt said Tomic had threatened not to play Davis Cup. Reuters was not immediately able to contact Tomic for comment.
The Davis Cup captain confirmed he is still speaking to Kyrgios, and has spoken to him since his initial press conference, and confirmed the door remains open for the 23-year-old to return to the Davis Cup squad at some point in the future.
Blackmail, threats, and physical, yeah.
Hewitt won the U.S. Open in 2001, Wimbledon in 2002 and helped Australia win Davis Cup titles in 1999 and 2003.
The same can't be said of Tomic, who doesn't stand a chance of being selected, according to Hewitt.
The unexpected victories have given the Aussies their best start to the Australian Open in 15 years, with five players (Bolt, Popyrin, Alex de Minaur, Ash Barty and Kim Birrell) into the third round for the first time since 2004.
"I've flown up to the Gold Coast trying to put teams around him, especially when things were hard in his family life", Hewitt said.
"Deep down, Bernie knows what I've done for him ... for Bernie to come out and have a go but more to get all of his facts wrong, that's probably the most disappointing thing".
Tomic has refuted claims he threatened Hewitt's family.
Hewitt said it was "Bernie being Bernie and losing and going on and complaining".
The veteran two-time Grand Slam champion said the firebrand player would never again feature in Davis Cup while he captained the Australian team. He's doing the wrong thing. "He hasn't been close to these in the last couple of years".