Tomics father threatens Hewitt with legal action

Tomics father threatens Hewitt with legal action

File picture of Bernard Tomic.

The controversial father of Bernard Tomic has declared he plans to sue Lleyton Hewitt as the ugly feud engulfing Australian tennis took another weird turn on Friday.

Bernard Tomic this week claimed none of the Australian players liked Hewitt with the two-time grand slam victor hitting back by accusing the Queenslander of threatening him and his family and trying to blackmail him.

Despite Tennis Australia's head of performance Wally Masur telling AAP he hoped the two could somehow resolve their differences, Hewitt said Tomic would never play Davis Cup again on his watch after physically threatening him and his family.

"The threats I have received for me and my family for a year and a half now". "[Hewitt] came into Bernard's room, closed the door and pushed [Davis Cup captain] John Fitzgerald out and he said, 'You have to tell me who from TA is against me'". That comment Lleyton didn't like and he asked, 'Who told you to say that?' "He was young. [It's] why the Australian public never liked you".

He said that the family plans to take legal action against Hewitt over the "trauma" that his son suffered in 2010.

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John Hewitt claimed to the Sydney Morning Herald that Hewitt came to his son's hotel room during an Australian tie against Taiwan in March 2010 and pressured him to inform who from Tennis Australia was telling him what to say publicly.

Hewitt, who was not playing after hip surgery, had at the time been highly critical of Tennis Australia.

"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", Hewitt said.

He further alleged that Hewitt tried to force his son to say something, pressuring him so much that he couldn't sleep at night.

"We are trying to set cultural standards to represent Australia in the Davis Cup".

"They will try to protect him but we will find the truth in the court".

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