Bernie Traumatized By Lleyton Says Dad

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Australian Open 2019: Bernard Tomic to take legal action against Lleyton Hewitt, who John Tomic says ‘traumatised’ his son

  • January 18, 2019
  • by AAP
  • Source Fox Sports
Bernard Tomic’s father says he will begin legal action against Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt over an incident he alleges happened nine years ago.

The news follows the bitter war of words between Hewitt and Tomic 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 this week claimed none of the Australian players liked Hewitt with the two-time grand slam winner hitting back by accusing the Queenslander had threatened him and his family and tried to blackmail him.

“Bernard said something on the television before that Lleyton didn’t like,” Tomic snr 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 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 Snr 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?”

He 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.”
 

Aussie Darcy

Talk Tennis Guru
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The story is the gift that keeps on giving (or not).

After Tomic called Hewitt out on favouritism and wildcards, Hewitt responds by laughing it off as Bernie being Bernie but 24 hours later changed his tune and said Bernard had threatened him and his wife Bec and possibly their children. The Tomic’s called these claims BS and now John has levelled his own claims that Hewitt traumatised a young 16 or 17 year old Bernard in 2010 over issues in the Davis Cup team.
John Tomic told the Sydney Morning Herald that Hewitt left his son traumatised when he was 17 following an incident in 2010 when he tried to pressure him into revealing who in Tennis Australia was “against” him.

Tomic claimed this week no Australian players liked Hewitt, sparking a bombshell accusation from the Davis Cup skipper. Hewitt claimed Tomic had threatened him and his family and tried to blackmail him. Tomic responded by calling the former World No. 1 a “liar”.

“Bernard said something on the television before that Lleyton didn’t like,” Tomic snr 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 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 Snr 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?”

John Tomic confirmed 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.”
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Will be interesting to see if they do pursue legal action, Hewitt made these huge claims of thread from Bernard to his entire family without proof so if he can’t prove it, will be interesting to see. I’m not doubting Lleyton but making these huge claims without proof especially as serious as these is not a smart move.
 
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Can noone else see through all this as Tomic trying to make money by creating headlines for himself? I remember how arrogant and annoying young Hewitt was and i'm not sure many people (based on forum posts) remember it. So i have no doubts that what Tomic says about him is probably mostly true but with that said, Tomic is a literal tennis nobody these days and the fact he gets so much discussion in the media and on this forum is insulting. Just let him go, let him drift into nothing and those "millions" he always claims to have will dwindle into nothing eventually and he'll be trying to stay relevant in the same way Hewitt is. Except ofcourse that he won't have an actual career to back up his credentials.
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
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Based on that nine year old incident, not very highly given it's an historical child abuse or workplace harassment case.

Based on what Hewitt just alleged, I'd rate his chances very highly given it's a defamation case.

It was manifestly silly of Hewitt to make his recent allegations when Tomic's remarks had already been forgotten.

Does Lleyton really want his wife cross-examined on the stand about what threats she received, if any, from Tomic?

@Bartelby

How do you rate Tomic's case?
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
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Hewitt is quick on his feet, however, and the father does not state explicitly that he was present at the event, which also means if so that his evidence is heresay.

I think the real question here is

What are the chances that, if Hewitt really did something to Bernie, his daddy didn't attack Hewitt?
 
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