Hewitt furious at Tomic

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  1. viktorkwan

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    An interesting report today in the Sydney Morning Herald...

    DETAILS have emerged of a rift between former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt and his Australian heir apparent Bernard Tomic following a practice snub at Wimbledon.

    Hewitt and Tomic have not spoken since the incident, confirmed yesterday by Hewitt's manager David Drysdale and considered by a furious Hewitt to be a lack of respect.

    Tennis Australia's tennis director Craig Tiley said yesterday he was aware that Tomic's father, John, who recently asked TA to spend vast sums on his son, had declined the practice invitation on his son's behalf on Wimbledon's middle Sunday, as Hewitt prepared for his fourth-round match and Tomic to contest the junior event.

    But it has been neither forgotten nor forgiven, with Drysdale describing as ''interesting'' any scenario in which the pair was selected in the Davis Cup squad for Australia's first tie next year.

    ''I don't think Bernard should expect much from Lleyton, that's for sure,'' Drysdale said. ''To say that we were less than impressed would be an understatement.''

    As Team Hewitt tells it, several phone calls were made to Tomic, his father and an IMG agent on the Saturday evening, asking if Tomic would hit at 1pm the following day.

    There was no response, but the 16-year-old was present when Hewitt arrived to practise, his physiotherapist Ivan Gutierrez making the approach to the Tomic entourage.

    ''We turned up and saw the Tomics around and we thought, 'Oh, maybe they got our message, and they were there to hit with Lleyton','' Drysdale said, ''so Ivan went over to Bernard's trainer at the time, Rudy [Sopko] and said 'Is Bernard here to hit?'. Rudy knew nothing of it but said 'Look, Bernard's looking for a practice partner and I think Bernard would like to do it', but then the agent came in and said, 'No, he's not hitting with Lleyton, Lleyton's not good enough'.

    ''They were his words: 'Lleyton's not good enough' and we just about dropped on the spot. We were pretty dumbfounded. Lleyton just could not believe it, and the more he thought about it the angrier he got about it.''

    Salting the wound was a subsequent conversation with Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero at courtside. ''Ivan asked if he was available to practise at one o'clock and Juan Carlos said, 'No, no, I've got a practice partner, but that young Australian kid Tomic, he just came and asked me to hit, why don't you ask him?','' Drysdale said.

    ''Then we told Juan Carlos what had happened and his coach said that if a leading player in Spain asked a junior to practise and the junior said no, that he would never get to hit with a senior player again, they would make sure he had all his funding and support from the national federation cut and that he would be, in the coach's words, 'strung up from a tree by his balls'.''

    Tomic's agent, Lawrence Frankopan, denied one of his colleagues had denigrated Hewitt and stressed the dual grand slam champion had been an inspiration to his Davis Cup squadmate.

    ''We've been in the industry for 50 years, so the idea that an IMG

    agent would say that a multiple grand slam champion was not good enough to hit with a 16-year-old, that's just ridiculous. It's laughable,'' Frankopan said.

    ''The situation was that, one, Bernard has the most respect for Lleyton and is the reason why Bernard became a tennis player. And, two, from what I understand that the kid he was playing the next day had a different style to Lleyton and Team Tomic felt that by playing Lleyton it wasn't beneficial for the next day's match. Not that he did not want to hit with Lleyton Hewitt … they just felt that it wasn't beneficial, and that's just a call from the coach and from the tennis team that is around Bernard.''

    Drysdale said they had taken up the matter with Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald, who was apparently told by John Tomic, among other things, that Hewitt should previously have ''done more'' for his son.

    ''That's absolutely ridiculous, but it was the manner in which they went about it,'' Drysdale said. ''I know it's John Tomic who made the decision; we can't completely penalise Bernard for it. I think maybe if Bernard was there by himself Bernard would have done it, and I hope that [new Davis Cup coach] Todd Woodbridge can sort all this out …''
     
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  2. ArrowSmith

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    What nonsense.... It's not about playing against a style, but playing against the best competitors! Tomic is a loser and will always be.
     
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    It was a joke
     
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    ^^ apparently his father is the looser... then again, dont know anything about Bernard so, dunno if it rubs off on him?

    Is this gonna be another one of those cases where crapp-ass parenting brings down a promising junior?
     
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    I think we now know the secret to Spains success! ;)

    "Strung up from a tree by his balls" seems like a pretty good punishment.
     
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    as in loose cannon?
     
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    " Hewitt should previously have ''done more'' for his son "

    Excuse me? Daddy sounds like he's a little prima donna. I bet he'd get along famously with the Young's. Unbelievable.
     
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    Just saw this story on the Sydney Morning Herald site - pretty amazing. Weird in a few ways: I'd think a junior would hit with anyone, even if you didn't like the guy; also surprised Hewitt couldn't get an ATP dubs player to hit with.

    This may be a short-lived feud: apparently Bernard is ready to cut the cord with Dad - if Wertheim's info is accurate (search on 'tomic'):

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_wertheim/09/14/fifty.things.open/index.html

    The kid has potential - so I hope he sends Dad home and hires someone who can help him continue to progress.
     
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    LMAO,,,,,, that Tomic guy won't amount to anything with that kind of attitude. and he needs to dump his father and his coach real quick... and get a New coach and a Advisor that really knows what they are doing.......
    NO Wonder this kid hasn't broken thru yet. .......with that kind of people advising him,,,,,he will never make it.
     
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    Or maybe it's because he's 16. :roll:

    However, I agree that he needs to learn how to respect elders of the game. And if he himself is not at fault, he had better gain control over his entourage.
     
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    I agree, and I hope Wertheim is right. This particular tennis parent sounds a little bit too much like Damir Dokic, and Tennis Australia should know better. IMG should also know better. For a 16 year old, he already seems to have a lot of trouble and discord in his brief tennis career. That kind of drama could crush every ounce of potential he has.
     
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    That's hard, though.

    16 is not usually the age where you can try to 'get control' over your father.
     
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    wow, he rejected a hit with hewitt? wow....hahaha,
     
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    Sounds like another case of another tennis parent smothering their kid's career.

    Lleyton, as the adult, could let it go though.
     
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    Sorry for going off tangent, but I did remember an incident some years back when Àlex Corretja wanted a hit with young Lleyton, and the latter refused. Alex was pretty angry at the time as well. Tomic acted inappropriately I think in turning down Lleyton's request for a hit, but it seems that Mr Hewitt is getting a bit of his own medicine back.......
     
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    At that time though Hewitt was already a full blown top 100 pro. Not quite the same as a kid playing the juniors.... but definitely same principle.
     
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    I do remember that. And Corretja is about the nicest guy around.

    Then a few years later, Alex and Lleyton played at the Oz Oipen. Hewitt routed him. Nearly a triple bagel, if you can believe that.

    I'd say Tomic has a shot at inheriting Lleyton's place in Australian tennis history. Where have to gone, Rodney G. Laver, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Ooh - hooh - hoo.
     
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    Donald Young anyone?
     
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    OMG!!! "Lleyton's not good enough"? Was he serious? He's only a former #1, winner of two Grand Slams (including Wimbledon), and into the QF this year.

    Wow, Hewitt "not good enough" to hit with a junior player preparing to play against other juniors? Preposterous! Tomic should have been honored just to get an invitation to hit with Hewitt. Tennis Australia shouldn't give Tomic a dime of funding! What a conceited brat!
     
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    ^^^Wow. This sure hit you pretty hard, eh? It'll be all right BP....breathe.
     
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    Tomic will never make the ATP, you heard it here first!
     
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  22. slice bh compliment

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    This is what happens when entourages and handlers do everything....and parents go on job interviews with their kids...in the age of athletes and teenagers with no actual interpersonal skills. They should have just tweeted eachother, man.

    brb, TTYL
     
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  23. Hasn't he already at least made it to the second round of the AO?
     
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    LOL thats the funniest thing i've heard today
     
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    Fluke....Played against an out of form Starace in the first round and then got hammered by Muller in round 2. I am pretty sure he would not have got out of the qualies, had he not recieved the WC.

    He is still very young (17?) and has plenty of time to develop, but not quite at the level to be playing on the main tour.
     
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    haha funny story. Tomic sounds like a punk. Another Donald Young in the making if he doesnt adjust his attitude.
     
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  27. Max G.

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    And, according to the story, it seems like none of the correspondence was Tomic's doing, and mostly his entourage/agents.

    He doesn't seem like a punk, he sounds like a kid with an obsessive maniac for a father.

    Still sounds like a stupid decision, regardless of who made it.
     
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    yano i'd pick juan carlos over lleyton too :) because he's better
     
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    On clay that is.
     
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    I was actually told DY did something similiar to Courier. Courier offered to hit with him at the Us Open years ago and DY refused because it would have been early morning. Jim was working as a commentator and told him he would hit before work if he wanted to. This was when DY was still a junior so that rubbed a few people the wrong way.
     
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    I think you're a bit harsh, but there's some truth in it I suppose. Most of the juniors coming up the ranks are there by virtue of their parents' financial power, and they think that just because they've had a little bit of success, they let it get to their heads.

    Someone needs to get it into their thick heads that all the money in the world won't make them a top ten player in the ATP. It's hard work hard work and more hard work. I would think that a junior would give anything to hit with a former slam champion. Jesse Levine was invited to hit with Federer and Dubai, and after getting over his initial shock he dropped everything, grabbed his gear and got his ass over there in double quick time. Look how well he did this year in the US Open.

    A prima donna attitude will never get anyone anywhere, especially a youngster, and this definitely applies to the ATP.
     
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    Hmmm that is very odd. Why would he say no that's just dumb.
     
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    Hewitt had dumped Delpo out of the tournament but he wast good enough to hit with Tomic. Hilarious.
     
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    It is just amazing the mentality some of these youngsters have already established, most of them due to the team around them usually headed by crazy idiotic parents who live in some lala land universe.
     
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    This wasn't bernards fault. He's not the anti christ. He's actually quite a shy lad and certainly wouldn't reject a hitout with hewy if directly asked. You try passing the request through 3 minders and you'll get a no everytime.
     
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    sounds like Tomic's father is the real problem here.....
     
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    Dokic ..... Tomic .... Dodgy fathering .....

    eh oh :(
     
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    wow... problems with Tomic and Hewitt...

    how surprising...


    ps: how and when did australian tennis turn from Laver\Rafter to Hewitt\Tomic
     
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    Lleyton Hewitt is a nice guy, what are you on about?
     
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    Australian tennis has been in trouble for a long time now....

    Ever since Rafter retired participation rates are way down at the grass roots level.
    Hewitt being the top ranked male hasn't done wonders.

    It was only about 10 years ago that Australia had 12 players in the top 100 at 1 point. At the beginning of this year though that there wasn't even 1 man in the top 100 for the first time ever.

    Tomic is really the only decent player on the horizon too, along with Carsten Ball possibly
     
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  42. slice bh compliment

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    Oh no, at this rate, they'll never name an economy grade Babolat natural gut string after him.

    Babolat VS Tomic?

    Rippah!
    Good on you, Bernie!
     
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    being such a fan of Laver, Rafter, Newk and Roesewall, i feel sad that the level as droped really low. i for one dont think Lleyton is worthy to carry the heritage of the previous ones.. for several reasons, being is behaviour the biggest of them all!
     
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    Hewitt should just call me. I'll hit with him. That said, I'd rather hit with someone a little better. :)
     
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  45. Rhinosaur

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    Looks to me like a well-known jerk getting a taste of his own medicine.
     
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    He's worthy enough - even Rafter himself thought so, and Hewitt is a much better tennis player than Rafter was.

    Also Hewitt is a nice guy, who cares if he yells come on a lot? Big deal.
     
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    more on this:

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport...ne-flu-for-snub/2009/09/17/1252780406082.html
     
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  49. Gorecki

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    i think otherwise... will have to agree to disagree!
     
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