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Lleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of blackmail and physical threats

20 January 2019, 01:27 | Tracey Rhodes

DARRIAN TRAYNOR GETTY IMAGESBernard Tomic suggested that there was a rift in the Davis Cup camp

Bernard Tomic suggested that there was a rift in the Davis Cup camp

And not everyone is happy about it - including Tomic.

"... (It ranged from) blackmail, threats and physical (threats), yeah".

In a tit-for-tat that shows no sign of slowing, Tomic has returned serve.

"I have never threatened his family", Tomic told News Corp Australia.

"I've got nothing to do with your family and I don't care what's wrong with you, you liar".

On Friday, Tomic admitted to reports he threatened to punch Hewitt back in 2017, but refuted claims he ever threatened Hewitt's family.

And not everyone was happy at Hewitt's spotlight-stealing interview, including his former coach Roger Rasheed. "No (I'm not getting a percentage of their income)", he said. Lleyton didn't need to. Don't worry - Lleyton's legacy and tennis speaks for itself. He's playing Davis Cup - I thought he was retired. Yeah (they've stopped). I don't think he's got my number anymore, hopefully.

"I look at Alex de Minaur, Bolt, Popyrin, what Millman did at the US Open, there's a lot of good stories too", he said.

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Hewitt also criticised Kyrgios's controversial Twitter posts, which included a furious attack this week on the experienced Australian coach Roger Rasheed.

"It [the allegations] makes me disappointed, that's the biggest thing".

"The only reason I played in Austria is because we had a lot of guys unavailable".

Speaking after being knocked out of the doubles on Thursday night, Hewitt made some more revelations about his relationship with Tomic.

"Go away", he said of Hewitt.

The former Australian No. 1 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 get one, two weeks a year to shine on home soil. Australia's Bernard Tomic in action during the match against Croatia's Marin Cilic.

Rasheed was not critical of Australia's players and instead spoke largely about the technical and mental aspects of being a professional tennis player.

Tomic claimed some players were picked for the Davis Cup team - and given Australian Open wildcards - because they were represented by a management company owned by Hewitt.

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Hewitt said the threats were physical and that Tomic had also attempted to blackmail him over wild cards.

Hewitt started mentoring Tomic after retiring as a singles player, but says he has "not had anything to do" with Tomic for a couple of years.

"No. No. I think the threats that I've received, for me and my family".

"I think the threats that I've received for me and my family that I've had for a year and a half now..."

Hewitt said he didn't feel threatened by Tomic's abuse but was frustrated after trying to help the world No.88 and one-time No.17. He became Davis Cup captain in 2016, soon after retiring from singles.

"Since then, I haven't had anything to do with Bernie..." He still kept making the wrong mistakes. And, to make matters worse, few decent results from the senior players.

"It's not the way you want to go about things, so absolutely something needs to be done".

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