Hewitt accuses Tomic of 'blackmail' and 'physical threats'

Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic

Lleyton Hewitt: Bernard Tomic threatened my family and tried to blackmail me

Speaking on radio, Rasheed - a former coach of Lleyton Hewitt - and Australian rules football champion Gerard Healy said they felt Kyrgios, as well as Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis, needed to improve their footwork.

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.

"The threats that I've received, for me and my family, that I've had for a year and a half now, I don't think anyone would reach out to a person who speaks like that", Hewitt said.

But Hewitt said that Tomic wasn't in the picture for Davis Cup selection due to not meeting the "cultural standards" of the team, as well as the threats and blackmail he has received from the 26-year-old over the last year.

Hewitt flatly denied Tomic's claim that he benefited financially from the players given wild cards for the Australian Open. You know what I mean? He won't play Davis Cup.

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"For me, it was probably the abuse that I caught from him that, yeah, in the end I drew a line in the sand", Hewitt said, adding that there was little chance of reconciliation. "No. No".

"I spent a lot of time with him at a lot of tournaments and tried to get a coaching structure and physical team around him to give him the best opportunity but at the end of the day, he kept making the wrong mistakes".

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.

Nick Kyrgios also made a sarcastic comment about this on Wednesday, suggesting on Twitter that Hewitt doesn't watch anybody else's matches.

"It's not easy if you don't get the support from certain players, but Lleyton has won more battles than that".

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'That is what we've come to expect from Bernie, ' Hewitt said.

"All we ask for is that you commit to the sport", Hewitt said of his friction with Kyrgios. "They're all under his Lleyton's wing under the management company".

Hewitt earlier this week gave a quick interview with Channel 9 where he was not asked Tomic's conflict of interest accusations - and claimed he "laughed" at Tomic's explosive press conference.

He rejected the notion that Australian men's tennis was in disarray, saying it's disappointing that the performances of de Minaur, Popyrin, Bolt and Millman were overshadowed by all the attention on Tomic's comments.

"I had a bit of a laugh to be honest, especially after a loss (on Monday) night going in and complaining about a few things, so for me I just laugh it off and move forward". I look at those guys and there's a lot of good stories. I've spoken to Nick and he understands that.

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"There's clearly some issues that need to be addressed with the players and Tennis Australia, with Davis Cup and the players and the group as a whole", Ebden said.

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