Hewitt: Tomic is a clown and he tried to blackmail me

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Hewitt asserted that he didn't feel particularly threatened by the threats, and that he felt they were empty. "I threatened his family never", he told News Corp Australia and Hewitt called a "liar". Nice, Lleyton. To think how low of a person you actually [are].

Despite Tennis Australia's head of performance Wally Masur telling AAP he hoped the two could somehow resolve their differences, Hewitt said Tomic would never play Davis Cup again on his watch after physically threatening him and his family.

"He won't play Davis Cup as long as I have anything to do with it", said Hewitt.

Davis Cup captain Hewitt told reporters at Melbourne Park late on Thursday that he had banned Tomic from playing in the Australian team after receiving physical and verbal threats, including "blackmail", from the 26-year-old.

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

"I'm not planning to play at the next tie", he said.

Tomic is no stranger to controversy after a series of run-ins with the authorities down the years.

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"For me, the biggest frustration is that I really went out of my way to help him", Hewitt said.

He added: "Probably the first two years that I was in this role, Bernie and Nick were my two priorities so for Bernie to come out and have a go but more to get all his facts wrong, that's probably the most disappointing thing".

Channel 9 broadcaster Tony Jones also delivered a frustrated rant on Today, which was mainly directed at Tomic for creating the firestorm but also didn't miss Hewitt.

Bolt and Popyrin's spectacular forays into the last 32 have blown Tomic's assertion that they were only gifted entries into the grand slam because they were under Hewitt's wing, out of the water. "We got some exceptional players doing exceptional things here".

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.

However at present there were "cultural standards" not being met that were preventing any imminent return. You know what I mean?

"It's not easy if you don't get the support from certain players, but Lleyton has won more battles than that".

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