Bernard Tomic opens up about ex-girlfriend, feud with Lleyton Hewitt

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Bernard Tomic, pictured here with Vanessa Sierra and Lleyton Hewitt.
Bernard Tomic has answered fan questions about Vanessa Sierra and Lleyton Hewitt. Image: Instagram/Getty

Bernard Tomic has opened up about his relationships with ex-girlfriend Vanessa Sierra, former Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and fellow Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios.

Tomic this week declared that "he's back", using the hate he's copped as fuel to reignite his flailing and controversial tennis career.

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Once as high as No.17 in the world and a Wimbledon quarter-finalist at age 18, the 29-year-old is now ranked 254th and won the most recent of his four career titles in 2018.

Having fallen out with Davis Cup captain Hewitt, Tomic is at long odds to receive an Australian Open wildcard.

But if a recent social media montage is anything to go by, Tomic is prepared to earn his shot through qualifying.

"I've had a lot of hate in my life. But I can't give up. You don't think I see the hate comments? It hurts," he said on Instagram this week.

"In the past I used to let it get to me and react out of stupidity. But now I'm using it as fuel.

"I'm back. I am ... I'm hungry, and I'm ready. No one can stop me now, but me."

In an Q&A with fans on Tuesday night, Tomic opened up about his falling out with Hewitt, as well as ex-girlfriend Sierra and whether or not he thinks he's better than Kyrgios.

In 2019, Tomic infamously claimed Hewitt had showed favouritism to certain Aussie players while leaving himself and Kyrgios high and dry.

Tomic then called Hewitt a "liar" after the Aussie tennis great claimed Tomic had made "physical threats" against his family.

“Would like to patch things up. He’s done a lot for the sport,” Tomic responded to a question about Hewitt on Tuesday.

Nick Kyrgios, Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic, pictured here in 2016.
Nick Kyrgios, Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic in 2016. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Tomic opens up on Vanessa Sierra, Nick Kyrgios

In regards to his failed relationship with Sierra, Tomic responded: “I mean guys, how many questions about her? Do you really want to know? I didn’t realise she was that interesting."

“BIGGEST. REGRET. OF. MY. LIFE,” he wrote alongside a photo of him and Sierra that she once used to promote her OnlyFans account.

Meanwhile, Tomic has made the bold claim that he's still better than Kyrgios on the court.

“Obviously Nick is a good player, probably top six or seven servers in the world. Obviously beat him in Kooyong 6-3 6-4," Tomic said.

“Because I train with him I pick where he’s serving and I know where he’s at so that style doesn’t really bother me.”

Kyrgios later responded on his own Instagram page.

“Where people play exhibitions - and yes he did beat me there once,” he posted.

“But to say that he’s better? I have more titles. I don’t think he has any big scalp to his name, no Rafa, no Federer no Djokovic. To say that he’s better than me, it’s a bit of a stretch.

“But we all know what BT’s capable of and I wish him the best.

“I ain’t no jealous person, I want success for everyone - so BT, we know what you are capable of brother, let’s see it.”

with AAP

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