Davis Cup feud between Hewitt, Tomic deepens Down Under

Davis Cup feud between Hewitt, Tomic deepens Down Under

Davis Cup feud between Hewitt, Tomic deepens Down Under

The Queensland outcast again admitted he had told Hewitt he would "knock you out if you come one metre from me or try to talk to me", as revealed by the Herald Sun on Wednesday.

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

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.

With AP Photos.The public feud between Australia's Davis Cup captain and an exiled player escalated at the season-opening major when Lleyton Hewitt used a news conference to say Bernard Tomic had made threats to him and his family.

Hewitt said he won't allow Tomic to represent Australia in the Davis Cup "while I have anything to do with it".

The Davis Cup captain confirmed he is still speaking to Kyrgios, and has spoken to him since his initial press conference, and confirmed the door remains open for the 23-year-old to return to the Davis Cup squad at some point in the future.

When asked whether he had received physical threats, Hewitt replied "Both".

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

"For me, it was the abuse I copped from him at the end".

Hewitt won the U.S. Open in 2001, Wimbledon in 2002 and helped Australia win Davis Cup titles in 1999 and 2003. In addition, Tomic tried to blackmail him, it went about the allocation of Wildcards.

"Because deep down Bernie knows what I've done for him and how much time I've spent" Hewitt said.

Hewitt also criticised Kyrgios's controversial Twitter posts, which included a furious attack this week on the experienced Australian coach Roger Rasheed. You're retired. Wally [Masur] was a great captain and someone that everyone liked. Tomic, however, went a bit further, suggesting Hewitt has a personal interest in players he is promoting.

An ugly war of words within Australian men's tennis has overshadowed the home country's achievements on court and shows no sign of dying down yet.

Hewitt said Kyrgios was not lost to the Davis Cup cause but needed to match the cultural standards set by the team. I don " t have a management company and I'm not getting a percentage", the skipper adressing Tomic's claims that Hewitt played favourites for personal gain. "We don't want to play any more because he's ruined the system".

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