Australia's Bernard Tomic has been letting off steam. Picture: David Gray/AFP
Australia's Bernard Tomic has been letting off steam. Picture: David Gray/AFP

Tomic taunts Hewitt: ‘Come one metre from me if he is a man’

THE rift between Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic is at flashpoint after the Gold Coast rebel's taunt to the former world No.1 "to come one metre from me if he is a man".

Unrepentant over claims Hewitt was selfish and treated players connected to a South Australian management company more favourably than others, Tomic warned Hewitt to stay away.

Asked to respond to claims he had threatened grand slam champion Hewitt via email and texts, Tomic told the Herald Sun: "Two years ago, I said 'If he ever tries to talk to me, I'll knock him out.'"

Tomic said he stood by claims Hewitt had "ruined the system" and marginalised Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

"No one likes him anymore," Tomic said after first-round Australian Open defeat.

"He's just doing the wrong thing. He's playing Davis Cup - I thought he was retired.

"He used to hate Tennis Australia. It's weird. And now he loves them. What's happened here?

"But I guess he's using them for other things and resources and … yep. And it's for his pay cheque, yep."

Tomic claimed he, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios didn't "want to play (Davis Cup) anymore because he's ruined the system".

The outburst drew backing for Hewitt from John Newcombe, Todd Woodbridge and Roger Rasheed.

The rift between Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt has reached a flashpoint. Picture: Getty Images
The rift between Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt has reached a flashpoint. Picture: Getty Images

Pat Cash said Tomic's comments needed to be regarded cautiously, but allegations of preferential treatment should  be investigated.

Hewitt shrugged off Tomic's claims.

"I had a bit of a laugh actually, it's kind of Bernie being Bernie," Hewitt said.

"Especially after a loss last night and going in and complaining about a few things, so for me I kind of just laugh it off and move forward.

"I guess the disappointing thing the Aussies had such a great day yesterday on both the men and women's side and it probably got overshadowed by Bernie's comments."

Hewitt denied he shared a rift with Kokkinakis and Kyrgios.

"I don't think there's a rift," he said.

"There's always communication going on between the captain, coaches and the players, and leading into the next tie that will all happen.

"The communication, we've spoken before the Australian Open.

"We'll continue to speak after the Australian Open leading into the next Davis Cup tie then we work out, next week, our best team moving forward for the Adelaide tie."

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