For the first Time in 15 years, five Australians in the third round of the Australian Open. Actually, the mood could be so wonderful in the land Down Under. But it is not, on the contrary, A conflict threatens to obscure the successes. It is alleged the threat of violence and extortion.

the captain of The Australian Davis Cup team and former world-class player, Lleyton Hewitt said on Thursday, a tennis Pro Bernard Tomic have him and his family threatened, and several times in the past 18 months. In addition, Tomic tried to blackmail him, it went about the allocation of Wildcards.

The former world number one Hewitt stressed, as long as he had something to do with the selection, going to the assessed, but from his point of view, training a lazy 26-Year-old never again for Australia play. He had stopped the contact to Tomic. “I had to draw the line. As long as I have something to say, he will no longer be used,” said Hewitt.

“I threatened his family never”

Tomic denies the allegations. “I threatened his family never,” he told News Corp Australia and Hewitt called a “liar”. The Australian Federation did not want to speak first.

Tomic, world ranked 88., not for years has been part of the Davis Cup team. 2015, about, he was thrown out of the Team, because he had made derogatory remarks against the Official.

Bernard Tomic

in the past, Tomic and Hewitt clashed. In February 2017 Tomic was arrested after an interim return again from the Davis Cup Team, Hewitt criticised at the time, and the great influence of Tomics father John.

After his first-round defeat by Marin Cilic on Monday Bernard Tomic Hewitt was accused in the awarding of Wildcards and the nomination for the Davis Cup, according to sporting criteria. The accusation: Hewitt act according to business interests and prefer players like Alex Bolt (third-round opponent, Alexander Zverev) that he take care of his management company. “No one likes him more,” said Tomic about Hewitt: “I hope you replace him soon, so that we have a good captain”. Hewitt said that such a company there.

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