Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt do not see eye to eye. Their relationship has been rocky since 2017.
Hewitt as the Australian Davis Cup captain, has stated publicly that Tomic will never again represent Australia in the competition. With Hewitt confirming that the 26 year old has been blacklisted in a recent interview.
However, more shocking was the revelation that Tomic threatened Hewitt and his family, more than once.
Asked about the breakdown in the relationship, and why he no longer speaks to the 26 year old, Hewitt answered:
“For me it was probably the abuse that I copped, I had to draw a line in the sand and that will continue. He won’t play Davis Cup. I haven’t spoken to him since. The threats that I have received for me and my family, I’ve had for a year and a half now.”
Hewitt then went on to say that not only had he himself received threats, but so had his wife. The Australian captain stated that the trouble started over wild cards. Going on to explain that Tomic demanded to get his way over wildcards, or he wouldn’t play Davis Cup.
Tomic stated in his Australian Open first round loss press conference, that Nick Kyrgios & Thanasi Kokkinakis informed him they do not want to play Davis Cup under Hewitt. The captain was asked to respond and stated
“All I want is for guys to commit and to play hard and to want to play for Australia. I don’t think that’s too much to ask”
These incidents took away from the actual Tennis on court at the first grand slam of the year. However, this was not the end of the matter.
Tomic Senior enters the frame
John Tomic, Bernie’s father, has announced that he plans to sue Hewitt. The action relates to an alleged incident that took place in 2010.
According to the elder Tomic, the incident took place in a Melbourne hotel. He alleges that Hewitt threatened to exclude his son from Davis Cup, unless Tomic jr revealed who in Tennis Australia was against him (Hewitt).
Tomic sr. told Fairfax media that “Bernard said something on the television before that Lleyton didn’t like. [Hewitt] came into Bernard’s room, closed the door and pushed [Davis Cup captain] John Fitzgerald out and he said, ‘You have to tell me who from TA is against me’.”
John Tomic then explained that his son, who was 17 at the time of the incident, had trouble sleeping and was traumatised. Adding, that the family plan on taking legal action against Hewitt over the trauma suffered.
Whatever happens going forward, it certainly doesn’t help Tennis Australia and the Davis Cup team.