Hewitt refutes Aussie tennis rift after Tomic blast

Cilic downs Tomic

"The disappointing thing is that the Aussie men and women had a great day and it was overshadowed by Bernard Tomic". "I hope he can get moved and we can go back to having a good captain".

And maybe there's a frustration from Tomic that Hewitt hasn't helped him match his potential, having wanted the dual grand slam champion to coach him fulltime.

TA says Hewitt can also play Davis Cup as a player according to the rules, which he did in Austria when Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis were unavailable and John Millman was ill. "The last one that copped it, at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, was Pat Rafter", he told 3AW Radio.

"He used to hate Tennis Australia, it's weird".

Tomic said he, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will only consider returning to play Davis Cup when "the best players in Australia" are being selected to play the singles rubbers.

"Absolutely. Kokkinakis, Kyrgios, we don't want to play anymore because he's ruined the system".

"To then be making the comments that he made, I think you've got to be looking after your backyard".

"To be a good tennis player you've got to be stubborn", he said.

"I thought he was retired", he said at Melbourne Park following his defeat.

Amongst the many insults, Tomic accused the 2005 Australian Open runner-up of being a bad leader and causing issues amongst current Australian tennis players.

Hewitt denied there was a rift between him and Australian talent in the running to represent their country in the Davis Cup, even after Tomic suggested Kyrgios and Kokkinakis were also unhappy with the Aussie legend. He then refused to elaborate on his relationship with the Davis Cup captain.

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He later added: "I don't really want to answer that stuff right now".

"I thought I would have gotten one. He only thinks of himself", he said.

Tomic continued, "They're all under Lleyton's wing under the management company".

That was true before their cricket team came to our shores and chose to bring their own DIY materials onto the field, and I don't see that joy ending any time soon.

Of course, no mention of dickhead Ozzie players is complete without a look at Nick Kyrgios, who was asked about Tomic's comments at a press conference yesterday.

"It gets really tough every time I have to retire like that", said the injury-cursed Kokkinakis. You're not playing any more bro.

All eyes will now be on Hewitt's Davis Cup selections next week - but the announcement seems destined to only plunge Australian tennis further into crisis.

"The more they make here, the more he takes". Wally Masur was an unbelievable Davis Cup captain.

He said he still has enormous respect for Hewitt as a player, but believes he has lost the plot as Davis Cup captain.

"Somebody who is doing what's best for the team".

The cord was essentially cut between him and the rest of Australian tennis - but it's only now we're seeing the damage it can create.

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