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Tennis Australia criticises Bernard Tomic amid Lleyton Hewitt row

Tennis Australia has accused Bernard Tomic of intentionally making an attempt to sabotage the nation’s Davis Cup crew in a nasty spat with captain Lleyton Hewitt Tomic launched a rare assault on two-time Grand Slam champion Hewitt throughout the Australian Open final month, saying “nobody likes him any extra” whereas claiming he had ruined the nationwide tennis system. He alleged there have been deep divisions within the Australian males’s sport. Hewitt responded by washing his fingers of the participant, alleging he had been blackmailed and bodily threatened by the 26-year-old. Tomic’s father John then mentioned he deliberate authorized motion in opposition to Hewitt over an incident he claimed occurred in 2010 when his son was a Davis Cup debutant. Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley mentioned he was “deeply disenchanted with the continued disrespect from Bernard and his father”. “Lleyton is correct to say Bernard won’t be thought of for Davis Cup. Bernard doesn’t meet the requirements of behaviour and dedication to himself, the crew or the game,” mentioned Tiley. “Now, he’s intentionally making an attempt to break that tradition – and never for the primary time. “We’ve got given [Tomic] greater than a decade of assist. In the end, we now have to attract a line when the behaviour doesn’t warrant the assist.” John Tomic claimed the incident in 2010 left his son traumatised however Tiley mentioned it was the primary he heard about it. “With reference to John Tomic’s current declare within the media about an alleged incident in 2010, we’re not conscious of any formal grievance lodged by both John or Bernard,” he mentioned. “Each Bernard and John have loved quite a lot of assist since in lots of areas of their lives, together with a protracted and sustained interval of private dedication and whole-hearted effort from Lleyton Hewitt as Davis Cup captain.” Tomic, who rose to a career-high 17 at his peak, has not performed Davis Cup since 2016 and claims Hewitt “would not put the gamers first”. Australia are at present enjoying a Davis Cup qualifier in opposition to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Adelaide. We’ve got the tennis season coated from all angles through our web site skysports.com/tennis. On the transfer? Head to our app for cellular units and iPad, or observe our Twitter account @SkySportsTennis to hitch within the dialog.

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