Tomic Snr makes bombshell Hewitt accusation
BERNARD Tomic's father says he will begin legal action against Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt over an alleged incident nine years ago.
The news follows the bitter war of words between Hewitt and Tomic Jr that has raged all week at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
John Tomic told the Sydney Morning Herald that Hewitt left his son traumatised when he was 17 following an incident in 2010 during a Davis Cup tie when he tried to pressure him into revealing who in Tennis Australia was "against" him.
Bernard Tomic claimed this week taht none of the Australian players liked Hewitt, and the two-time grand slam winner hit back by accusing the Queenslander of threatening him and his family and trying to blackmail him.
"Bernard said something on the television before that Lleyton didn't like," Tomic Sr said.
"(Hewitt) came into Bernard's room, closed the door and pushed (Davis Cup captain) John Fitzgerald out and he said, 'You have to tell me who from TA is against me.'"
Tomic Snr said Hewitt was on crutches at the time and had told his son he would not play Davis Cup for Australia again unless he spoke up about TA.
"He tried to force him to say something," Tomic Sr said.
"Bernard was shocked, he couldn't sleep all night.
"Bernard had made a comment at Melbourne Park that mentioned Lleyton Hewitt. That comment Lleyton didn't like and he asked, 'Who told you to say that?'
"He was young ... 16 and a half or 17. How can you come in the room and threaten him and say you won't play Davis Cup and say you won't be close to me if you don't tell me who from Tennis Australia is telling you what to say?"
Tomic Sr said they would take legal action against Hewitt next week.
"We will prove that Bernard has trauma from 2010 when Bernard was the youngest player in Davis Cup for Australia," he said.
"They will try to protect him but we will find the truth in the court."