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Bernard Tomic admits to threatening Lleyton Hewitt but denies mentioning his family: 'That’s so wrong, that’s really low'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 4 Feb 2019
  • Tomic happily admits to threatening Hewitt
  • However, he angrily denies ever mentioning his family
  • Tomic stood by his claims that Hewitt 'harassed' and 'intimidated' him in a hotel room in Melbourne during a Davis Cup tie in 2010
Bernard Tomic (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernard Tomic maintains he will “knock out” Lleyton Hewitt if the Australian Davis Cup captain comes close to him, but he’s strongly denied accusations of threatening his family.

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In what can only be described as a bizarre interview with 60 Minutes reporter Alison Langdon that aired on Sunday night in Australia, Tomic - who repeatedly winked at Langdon throughout - reiterated that he would have no hesitation in getting physical with Hewitt if he came near him, but called the two-time major champion’s claims that he mentioned his family in threats as “one of the lowest things I’ve ever heard from him”.



In a back-and-forth exchange that surfaced during Australian Open press conferences last month, Tomic first attacked Hewitt, saying there was a conflict of interest with his job as Davis Cup captain, while also declaring that ‘nobody’ liked him and that he should remain retired. Hewitt retorted by claiming Tomic had made “blackmail and physical threats” towards him and his family.

Tomic proudly admitted he had threatened Hewitt, but angrily denied saying anything about his family.

“Yeah, I did message him. I said exactly the words, ‘I will knock you out if you come one metre from me’, and he knows that. I stand by that,” Tomic said.
“But did I mention his family? That’s pretty low. Mention family, kids, and stuff? How low do you have to be, I think that’s one of the lowest things I’ve ever heard from him. I stand by my threats to him, but not to his family.
“I’ve never threatened kids. Absolutely not. That’s so wrong. that’s really low. For him to say that, that’s really low. To go that low and make me look like that, now he’s said that, maybe if he comes two metres from me (laughs).”

Tomic also stood by claims that Hewitt had threatened him with never playing Davis Cup again during a tie against Taiwan in March 2010. Tomic said Hewitt wanted to know which members of Tennis Australia were against him at the time, accusing him of storming into his hotel room in Melbourne, ‘harassing’ him and demanding answers.

“I was harassed. I was intimidated, that’s all I’ll say. I was 16 years old in Melbourne, Grand Hyatt, at a Davis Cup tie. I’ll stand by that. Further matters will be taking place.”

Strangely, Tomic was not asked why he continued to refer to himself as 16 years old when he was born in 1992 and was talking about an incident in 2010.



Tomic’s father John, who was sitting beside Bernard during the interview, claimed the pair brought up the incident at the time, but complaints were ignored.

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley denied any knowledge of the incident in a statement released earlier on the weekend, saying neither Tomic or his father filed an official complaint.

Tiley also backed Hewitt’s stance of banning Tomic from Davis Cup while he’s captain, accusing him of trying to deliberately vandalise Australian tennis.

“Lleyton is right to say Bernard will not be considered for Davis Cup. Bernard does not meet the standards of behaviour and commitment to himself, the team or the sport. Now he is deliberately trying to damage that culture — and not for the first time,” he said. “Our organisation remains deeply disappointed with the ongoing disrespect from Bernard and his father. We have given more than a decade of support. Ultimately, we have to draw a line when the behaviour does not warrant the support.”

Tomic also defended his father in regards to his conviction for assaulting his former hitting partner Thomas Drouet in Spain in 2013.

Drouet, in the aftermath of the assault, alleged he had seen John physically assault Bernard during his time travelling with the family on tour.


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