Hewitt denied that he benefited financially from any of his tennis decisions, added that he viewed the alleged threats as “empty”, and explained that Tomic – a former prodigy who reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals as an 18-year-old, but has now slipped to No. 88 in the world – was no longer able to contact him. “Yeah, I don’t think he has my number hopefully anymore.”
One source of the ill-feeling in Australian men’s tennis is Hewitt’s closeness to the new national No. 1 Alex De Minaur. Nick Kyrgios also made a sarcastic comment about this on Wednesday, suggesting on Twitter that Hewitt doesn’t watch anybody else’s matches.
“Right now, Nick is not meeting those [cultural standards] either,” said Hewitt. “All we ask for is commit to the sport, go out there and give 100 per cent every time you step on the court.”
Hewitt also criticised Kyrgios’s controversial Twitter posts, which included a furious attack this week on the experienced Australian coach Roger Rasheed.
“I don’t think it’s a good look,” said Hewitt, who, at 37, is widely seen as the senior pro of Australian tennis. “I’ve spoken to Nick about it. He understands that. Whether he learns from it, that’s another thing.”