Hewitt, Tennis Australia to deal with Tomic allegations By Jake Niall
15 January 2019 — 11:48am
Tennis Australia will hold an urgent meeting with Lleyton Hewitt on Tuesday afternoon to determine their response to the outspoken criticisms of the Davis Cup skipper by Bernard Tomic.
While the Hewitt camp and Tennis Australia are yet to fully respond to Tomic - who launched an extraordinary attack on Hewitt after Tomic's straight sets loss to Marin Cilic on Monday night - the priority will be to deal with Hewitt's role as skipper of the Davis Cup, which Tomic heavily criticised, also drawing Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios into the controversy.
Hewitt, who is in Melbourne commentating on the Australian Open for Channel Nine, is expected to respond to Tomic's criticisms on Tuesday afternoon.
Tomic said "no one likes him (Hewitt) any more, he is doing the wrong thing, he is playing Davis Cup'' and suggested that Kokkinakis and Kyrgios also did not want to play Davis Cup under Hewitt, ''because he has ruined the system.''
Hewitt's management group also is expected to be involved in the talks with Tennis Australia, which has been placed in an awkward position, given that Tomic's attack has been timed with both Kokkinakis and Kyrgios due to play on Tuesday (Kyrgios plays Milos Raonic in the evening).
Australian tennis insiders noted that Tomic's attack on Hewitt was not helpful to either Kokkinakis or Kyrgios, given that they were playing on Tuesday and were certain to have to respond to Tomic's comment and faced the likely choice of either backing their team mate Tomic up or rejecting his comments on Hewitt.
"He doesn't put the players first from what I hear, in the last year he doesn't put the players first, he doesn't put Nick first, doesn't put Kokkinakis first, he thinks of himself and it is not good he is playing any more - you are retired I thought,'' Tomic also said in his post-match media conference.
At one stage, Tomic was briefly handled by Hewitt's management group W Sports & Media, which Hewitt has no stake in. It is owned by Adelaide lawyers Garry Winter and Dimitris Parhas.