Bernard Tomic launches verbal attack on Lleyton Hewitt
Bernard Tomic has unloaded an unholy spray on Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt following Tomic’s first-round loss at the Australian Open.
Hewitt has since “laughed it off”, saying it was “Bernie being Bernie.”
But Aussie great Pat Cash says it’s alarming and no laughing matter.
Tomic, 26, accused Hewitt of splitting Australia’s playing ranks and promoting talent with whom he has management links for personal financial gain.
“I think it’s certainly worth investigating,” Cash told 3AW Drive.
“It’s something that has happened before.”
Aussie doubles great Todd Woodbridge said it was a “poor attempt (from Tomic) to deflect” from his straight sets loss to Marin Cilic.
But Cash says he’d heard rumblings.
“I don’t know how much validity there is to that, but when there’s a bit of smoke there’s often some fire,” he said.
“That’s a little bit troubling.”
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“We should just play someone else. We can’t have people like that picking and choosing who plays Davis Cup for Australia.”
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Hewitt, 37, won two grand slams and in 2001 became the youngest ever person to reach world no.1.
Tomic is currently ranked no. 88, has never cracked the top 15 and has never made the semi-final of a grand slam.
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