Tomic denies threatening Hewitt's family

Lleyton Hewitt has come under fire from Tomic and Kyrgios

Lleyton Hewitt has come under fire from Tomic and Kyrgios

"Blackmail threats and physical", and revealed they have been made against him and his family.

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

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

However, he also said he is not "upset" that Tomic dropped his name as one player who does not support Hewitt's captaincy. Tomic launched an astonishing broadside at Hewitt after his Australian Open exit on Monday.

The former world number one Hewitt stressed, as long as he had something to do with the selection, going to the assessed, but from his point of view, training a lazy 26-Year-old never again for Australia play.

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

Asked what sort of threats, he replied: "They were blackmail threats and physical".

"I haven't spoken to him for more than a year due to the abuse me and my family have received from Bernie", Hewitt said.

It's probably his upbringing, I'd say, has a big part to do with it.

Hewitt won the U.S. Open in 2001, Wimbledon in 2002 and helped Australia win Davis Cup titles in 1999 and 2003.

Hewitt was criticised early in the tournament by Bernard Tomic for taking a youngster's place in the doubles draw as he required a wildcard to compete.

Channel 9 broadcaster Tony Jones also delivered a frustrated rant on Today, which was mainly directed at Tomic for creating the firestorm but also didn't miss Hewitt.

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

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios have done little to douse the flames since farewelling the Open in the first round, respectively refusing to endorse Hewitt as Australian captain and and condemning the skipper for his heavy focus on Alex de Minaur. "He hasn't been close to these in the last couple of years". "We got some exceptional players doing exceptional things here".

Hewitt said Kyrgios was not lost to the Davis Cup cause but needed to match the cultural standards set by the team.

'The most disappointing thing is on Day 1 we had all these great wins by a lot of our guys and all these Bernie comments overshadow it, ' he added.

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