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.
It began on Monday when, after a first-round loss, Tomic accused Hewitt of favouring some players over others and said no-one wanted him as Davis Cup captain.
Hewitt then responded in an incendiary press conference on Thursday, calling Tomic a clown and claiming the 26-year-old had tried to blackmail him and threatened him and his family.
“The threats I’ve received for me and my family, that I’ve had for a year and half now, I don’t think anyone would reach out to a person who speaks like that,” said Hewitt.
Now Tomic has fired back, telling the Herald Sun: “I have never threatened his family. Nice, Lleyton. To think how low of a person you actually (are), and why the Australian public never liked you.
“I got nothing to do with your family and I don’t care what’s wrong with you, you liar.”
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