Lleyton Hewitt says Bernard Tomic has threatened and 'blackmailed' him

Lleyton Hewitt says Bernard Tomic has threatened and 'blackmailed' him

With players like Australian No.1 Alex de Minaur, John Millman and exciting teen Alexei Popyrin on the rise, Hewitt said he didn't need players who wouldn't give their all for their country.

The deeply weird and incredibly freakish biff between Lleyton Hewitt and the duo of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios that has been dominating headlines throughout the Australian Open - despite the latter too feebly departing the tournament in the first round - has deepened dramatically thanks to claims from Hewitt that Tomic had previously launched physical threats at Hewitt and his family as well as attempts to blackmail him into selecting Tomic on the Australian Davis Cup team.

"This is what we've come to expect from Bernie", Hewitt said after playing in the men's doubles on Thursday.

The former world-number-one let loose when asked about the situation, revealing his relationship with Bernard Tomic is unsalvagable.

"I've spoken to Nick about it and he understands that (but) whether he learns from it, that's another thing". I've always wanted to play Davis Cup.

Hewitt added that he had been supportive of a troubled Tomic for some time and that "deep down [Tomic] knows what I've done for him".

"They were both physical and blackmail threats".

Hewitt, a two-time major victor, said their conflict originated more than a year ago with disagreements over whether he should grant Tomic wildcard invitations for tournaments.

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Kyrgios posted a screenshot on Instagram of Hewitt doing television sideline commentary from de Minaur's players' box during the Australian player's five-set win over Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen.

Australia's qualifying tie next month in Adelaide is against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Nick Kyrgios is also unlikely to play a role due to his sliding ranking and his attitude.

Bernard Tomic of Australia in action against Marin Cilic of Croatia during day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. All I want guys to do is commit to the sport and work hard and want to play for Australia'.

"Nice, Lleyton. To think how low of a person you actually and (it's) why the Australian public never liked you".

"The biggest thing "Rochey" (Cup coach Tony Roche) I have is to set cultural standards and I feel Nick isn't meeting those". I don't think anyone would reach out to someone like that.

Hewitt asserted that he didn't feel particularly threatened by the threats, and that he felt they were empty. "I'm available. That's all I've got to say". The poll options were: "Demon" and "No one else", alluding to Tomic's accusations of a conflict of interest within the Australian tennis.

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.

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