Lleyton Hewitt, the Australian Davis Cup captain has brought charges against his former team-mate Bernard Tomic of threatening him “physically” and “blackmail”.
Hewitt, along with his “closely-knit family” have been receiving threats from the world number 88 for the last “year and a half”. The two-time Grand Slam singles champion said initially he did not take the threats seriously.
Hewitt was replying to comments made by Tomic, after his first-round loss in the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday. As per Tomic, a “conflict of interests” existed in selecting the Davis Cup team, he demanded that Hewitt be removed from the role. Tomic has not played for his country in Davis Cup since 2016.
Tomic claimed that the team that played for the Davis Cup and received a wild card entry actually was represented by a management company whose owner is Hewitt.
After the men’s doubles match on Thursday, Hewitt told what Bernie had said was expected, irrespective of which Grand Slam it is, Bernie will come out with something similar after a first-round defeat.
Hewitt claimed that he has been mentioning Tomic since his retirement as a singles player, but said there was nothing he had to do with Tomic for few years.
The biggest frustration was to go out of my way to help Bernie, said Hewitt, who won the US Open in 2001 and the Wimbledon in 2002. Hewitt, spent considerable time with Bernie at many tournaments. Hewitt thinks Bernie is still making the wrong mistakes.