Bernard Tomic launches verbal attack on Lleyton Hewitt

Bernard Tomic launches verbal attack on Lleyton Hewitt

In the deleted tweet, Kyrgios said that he and Kokkinakis had been "abandoned" by Hewitt during the Brisbane International in favour of fellow Australian player Alex De Minaur - Hewitt's doubles partner at the event.

"No one likes him any more", Tomic said of Hewitt.

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios are scheduled to play their opening-round matches at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

Australian tennis insiders noted that Tomic's attack on Hewitt was not helpful to either Kokkinakis or Kyrgios, given that they were playing on Tuesday and were certain to have to respond to Tomic's comment and faced the likely choice of either backing their team mate Tomic up or rejecting his comments on Hewitt.

'Lleyton copped it last night.

"I did a bit of work with him (Hewitt) a couple of years ago. Why do you play these doubles tournaments?" he said.

Hewitt, a former world number one and a two-time major singles victor, is set to contest the doubles at the Australian Open alongside countryman John-Patrick Smith via a wildcard.

"It just sucks to see some of the people who are there doing the wrong things", he said.

'Last night was a poor attempt to deflect that he hasn't been doing that'.

"I'm not sure he's going to hold a lot back to be honest", Groth told SEN. I think it's awful.

The 26-year-old also called Hewitt's integrity into question, suggesting that former world number 1 was promoting players that have links to a management company Hewitt is involved in.

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"All of a sudden we're talking about him again when we have so much more to talk about".

"It's like a coach of a football team", Rasheed told Big Sports Breakfast.

"[Hewitt] gave everything to the sport and you've got someone having pot shots". "But what he's doing now is wrong". Polmans, Bolty, Jordan Thompson.

"For Bernie I'd love him to just put his head down, get himself in the condition that he needs to be to play tennis at a professional level, day in day out, week in week out, and offer himself to the challenge". Get Me Out Of Here!' - with two titles that earned him direct acceptance into the 2019 Open.

"I think Federer and Murray have priority over me huh?" he said.

"The players that I have spoken to aren't".

"It will be interesting to see the response of Lleyton, he will be asked about it as well and he will want to focus on the prep of the players". He's playing Davis Cup, I thought he was retired.

"He doesn't put Nick first, he doesn't put Kokkinakis first".

"The more they make here, the more he takes".

"I think Wally was a great captain, Wally Masur was an unbelievable Davis Cup captain and someone that everyone liked and don't worry Lleyton's legacy and his tennis speaks for itself he is an unbelievable captain but what he is doing now is wrong so hopefully he can get moved".

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