Roger Rasheed backs Lleyton Hewitt in turmoils unleashed by Bernard Tomic

Roger Rasheed backs Lleyton Hewitt in turmoils unleashed by Bernard Tomic

But given Tomic's climb through the ranks in 2018 after self-imposed exile, and Hewitt's position at the head of Australian male tennis, a reconciliation is plainly in the sport's best interests.

"No one likes him anymore", Tomic said after first-round Australian Open loss.

"What I want to get away from is the public tennis game, it being played out in the press", Masur told AAP.

Claiming the former world No 1 was divisive and selfish, Tomic intensified his attacks by taunting Hewitt "to come one metre from me if he is a man".

Focus then shifted inevitably to inflammatory claims 24 hours earlier from Bernard Tomic that he, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios no longer wanted to play Davis Cup under Hewitt.

"I don't think that there's a rift", said Hewitt, a longtime friend of 20-time Grand Slam victor Roger Federer, who is gunning for a record seventh Australian Open title.

"Absolutely, Kokkinakis, Kyrgios, we don't want to play anymore because he's ruined it. Like, what do you want from me?" he said.

Hewitt, 37, has received a wildcard into the Australian Open doubles and will partner John-Patrick Smith, while reports in December said he is contemplating playing doubles at the Davis Cup in February against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Amongst the many insults, Tomic accused the 2005 Australian Open runner-up of being a bad leader and causing issues amongst current Australian tennis players.

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The world number 88 said Hewitt's captaincy had fractured the Davis Cup team, that he and several other will refuse to to play under him, and that he shouldn't be playing in the tournament and taking a spot off younger players. Am I right or am I wrong?

Hewitt played down Tomic's extraordinary blast as "a bit of a laugh"."I don't think there's a rift, there's always communication going on between the captain, coaches and the players, and leading into the next tie that will all happen", he told broadcaster Channel Nine.

They're all under Lleyton's wing, under the management company.

"For me, I just laugh it off and move forward and obviously working with so numerous guys so I am excited".

He won a title in China in late September to earn direct acceptance into the main draw in Melbourne but didn't seem in any rush to get back to winning ways.

His wild claims that Hewitt has been promoting players tied to his own management company have since received widespread condemnation from the Aussie tennis fraternity... You're not playing any more bro.

"I think we all know who those people are". You're retired. It's not good. Am I right or am I wrong? Wally was a great captain.

As reported by the Herald Sun this week, Tennis Australia lost control over Tomic when the two camps agreed Tomic would never play Davis Cup or Olympic tennis for Australia again. "Somebody who is not doing stuff for himself, somebody who is doing what's best for the team".

He said he has not spoken to Tennis Australia about his concerns, but says they already know about his grievances.

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