Sun, 3 Feb, 2019
“I was intimidated, harassed”: Bernard Tomic breaks silence on Lleyton Hewitt feud
Bernard Tomic has firmly stood his ground regarding his threat to “knock out” Lleyton Hewitt if he comes close to him, but denies harassing his family members, saying that the allegation by Hewitt is “one of the lowest things I’ve ever heard from him”.
Tomic also alleged that in 2010, when he was only 16 years old, he was “harassed” and “intimidated” by Hewitt, a claim that he says will be revealed soon.
Appearing on Nine’s 60 Minutes alongside his father John, the 26-year-old finally broke his silence regarding the controversial Australian Open press conference where he ignited a feud with Hewitt.
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) February 3, 2019
“I’m only speaking the honest truth of what I know, what I think and what a lot of people know, but are too afraid to come out and say,” said Tomic.
Early in the tournament, Hewitt told the press that Tomic had blackmailed and made “physical threats” towards him and his family.
Tomic, who didn’t seem remorseful in the slightest, admitted that he threatened the 37-year-old, but furiously denied any involvement of family members.
“Yeah, I did message him. I said exactly the words, ‘I will knock you out if you come one metre from me’, and he knows that. I stand by that,” said Tomic.
“But did I mention his family? That’s pretty low. Mention family, kids, and stuff? How low do you have to be, I think that’s one of the lowest things I’ve ever heard from him.
“I stand by my threats to him, but not to his family.
“I’ve never threatened kids. Absolutely not. That’s so wrong. That’s really low. For him to say that, that’s really low. To go that low and make me look like that, now he’s said that, maybe if he comes two metres from me (laughs).”
The interview with Allison Langdon proved that the tennis star had not been affected by the media circus his feud has caused.