Lleyton Hewitt has taken a crack at Bernard Tomic, with the feuding Aussie tennis stars both in action at the New York Open on Wednesday.
Hewitt was taking part in the doubles, while Tomic was in action against John Isner in the singles.
Unfortunately for Australia both men lost, and naturally their feud was a topic of conversation.
Their matches were actually back-to-back on the same court, and Hewitt was asked by a journo whether he’d be watching Tomic’s clash with Isner after his.
According to Tennis.com reporter Cody Fitzpatrick, Hewitt replied with a veiled swipe at Tomic.
“I may keep an eye out because Jordan Thompson plays the winner,” Hewitt said.
Asked Lleyton Hewitt, who just played a doubles match, whether he'd be watching Tomic-Isner tonight
Lleyton: I may keep an eye out because Jordan Thompson plays the winner
— Cody Fitzpatrick (@CodyFitz96) February 13, 2019
Thompson was one of the players that Tomic complained Hewitt was favouring in his extraordinary rant at the Australian Open.
Tomic said the Aussie Davis Cup captain was paying too much attention to the likes of young guns Thompson and Alex de Minaur, claiming himself, Nick Kyrgios and Thanassi Kokkinakis didn’t want to play for Hewitt any more.
Hewitt and Thompson posed for a happy snap earlier in the week as they took in the sights of New York.
Hewitt and Tomic both in New York
this could be fun🍿 pic.twitter.com/8YTQuEDcdD
— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) February 13, 2019
Tomic goes down swinging
Tomic battled hard but ultimately his inability to curtail Isner’s serve proved decisive in a straight-sets loss.
Tomic was unable to earn a single break-point chance against the top seed, with Isner coming out on top 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 to progress to the quarter-finals.
Isner served 27 aces to Tomic’s 13, the American dropping just nine points on serve all match.
His opponent in the last eight will indeed be Thompson, who fought back from a set down to win his second-round encounter against qualifier Christopher Eubanks.
World No.60 Thompson dropped the first set before he found his form to prevail 4-6 6-1 6-4.
Made it out to Long Island to watch John Isner play two or three tiebreaks and to see if Bernie Tomic will indeed knock out Lleyton Hewitt should they get close to each other. Hewitt lost in doubles this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/nToYON9v01
— Mike Cranston (@MikeCranston1) February 14, 2019
Whoever organised Tomic to play right after Hewitt in the @NewYorkOpen is a scheduling mastermind.
— _ (@Jrizzle172) February 13, 2019
So Tomic and Hewitt is playing the same tournament… pic.twitter.com/qFqNvDzEpz
— Alex Theodoridis (@AlexTheodorid1s) February 13, 2019
Elsewhere, Italian Paolo Lorenzi overcame American Ryan Harrison 4-6 6-4 6-4.
In first-round action on Wednesday, Denis Istomin accounted for Mackenzie McDonald 4-6 6-2 6-3 while Moldovan Radu Albot survived 37 aces from Ivo Karlovic to outlast the veteran Croatian 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5).