Bernard Tomic denies threatening Lleyton Hewitt's family

BERNARD Tomic has called Lleyton Hewitt a liar, denying he has ever threatened the Davis Cup captain's family.

Hewitt asserted that he didn't feel particularly threatened by the threats, and that he felt they were empty.

"I have never threatened his family", Tomic said.

"I've got nothing to do with your family and I don't care what's wrong with you, you liar".

Now ranked 88th in the world, Tomic said that he, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis no longer like Hewitt, and questioned why the two-time grand slam champion still insists on playing doubles.

Speaking after his Australian Open doubles exit on Thursday, Hewitt said he had cut all contact with Tomic following the alleged abuse over the past 18 months.

Hewitt, the Australia Davis Cup captain and former world No 1, levelled the accusations at Tomic, the 26-year-old world No 88, during an astonishing press conference at the Australian Open yesterday.

Hewitt claimed he received multiple threats from Tomic.

When asked whether he had received physical threats, Hewitt replied "Both".

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"No one likes him more", said Tomic about Hewitt: "I hope you replace him soon, so that we have a good captain".

"For me it was probably the abuse I copped from him". In the end I drew a line in the sand and haven't spoke to him since.

Tomic has not played in the Davis Cup since 2016.

Tomic hit back at Hewitt's sensational claims of blackmail and physical threats coming from his one-time Cup spearhead.

The first few years I was in this role Bernie and Nick [Kyrgios] were my two priorities and to, you know, for Bernie to come out and have a go and get his facts wrong, that is the most disappointing.

Kyrgios posted a poll to his Instagram followers asking whose match Hewitt was watching.

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios have done little to douse the flames since farewelling the Open in the first round, respectively refusing to endorse Hewitt as Australian captain and and condemning the skipper for his heavy focus on Alex de Minaur.

He said he'd tried to establish "cultural standards" for players representing Australia, and Tomic "hasn't really been close to those in the last couple of years". Tomic, however, went a bit further, suggesting Hewitt has a personal interest in players he is promoting. "We have exceptional players doing exceptional things".

Hewitt said it was "Bernie being Bernie and losing and going on and complaining".

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