Bernard Tomic has branded Lleyton Hewitt a liar after the Davis Cup captain accused him of threatening his family.
On Friday, Tomic admitted to reports he threatened to punch Hewitt back in 2017, but refuted claims he ever threatened Hewitt’s family.
“I have never threatened his family,” Tomic told the Herald Sun.
“Nice, Lleyton. To think how low of a person you actually are and (it’s) why the Australian public never liked you.
“I got nothing to do with your family and I don’t care what’s wrong with you, you liar.”
On Thursday night, Hewitt sensationally claimed Tomic physically threatened him and his family and said he’ll never play Davis Cup as long as he’s involved as captain.
Speaking after his Australian Open doubles exit, Hewitt says he’s cut all contact with Tomic following the alleged abuse over the past 18 months.
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Hewitt says he tried to help Tomic – who this week criticised his Davis Cup and Open wildcard player selection policy – but believes the 26-year-old former Australian No.1 is now a lost cause.
“Both (physical and verbal) – blackmail and physical,” Hewitt said on Thursday night.
“The threats that I’ve received for me and my family that I’ve had had for a year and half now, I don’t think anyone would reach out to a person who speaks like that.
“For me, it was the abuse I copped from him at the end. I drew a line in the sand and I haven’t spoken to him since.
“He won’t play Davis Cup while I have anything to do with it.”
‘I really went out of my way to help him’
Hewitt said he didn’t feel threatened by Tomic’s abuse but was frustrated after trying to help the world No.88 and one-time No.17.
Describing him as a “clown”, he said he was disappointed by Tomic’s most recent comments.
“For me, the biggest frustration is that I really went out of my way to help him,” Hewitt said.
“I spent a lot of time with him at a lot of tournaments and tried to get a coaching structure and physical team around him to give him the best opportunity but at the end of the day he kept making the wrong mistakes.
“Deep down, Bernie knows what I’ve done for him … for Bernie to come out and have a go but more to get all of his facts wrong, that’s probably the most disappointing thing.”