Having reached a point where he can gain nothing - neither funding or wildcard boosts - from remaining on speaking terms with Tennis Australia, Tomic is free to speak his mind without fear of reprisal - and that is exactly what makes him unsafe to Aussie tennis officials.
Tomic, following his loss in the first round of the Australian Open, launched a stinging attack on Hewitt's Davis Cup captaincy, saying he was disliked by Australian players and needed to be replaced.
"I think sometimes we forget about those things when we're just having a go at performances". "No one likes him any more", Tomic said at a press conference following the match.
"I had a bit of a laugh actually", Hewitt said.
The 26-year-old world No. 88 was in a chirpy mood after the defeat and spoke with a broad grin across his face as he poured fuel on his rift with Hewitt and Tennis Australia. I've always wanted to play Davis Cup.
He claimed Kokkinakis and Kyrgios were unwilling to play under Hewitt in the current environment. "Like, what do you want from me?" he said.
Tomic alleged that Hewitt's promotion of Open debutant Polmans, the world No.169, and the lower-ranked Bolt, was improper.
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He dismissed the Hewitt-Tomic controversy saying there were bigger issues in the world than worrying about the Davis Cup captain.
Bernard Tomic during his straight sets loss to Marin Cilic. In 2018 Tomic even appeared on Australian reality TV show I'm a Celebrity ...
I think it's wrong. "He only thinks of himself", he said.
They're all under Lleyton's wing, under the management company.
"I'm just pissed off I lost tonight (and) retired".
That was true before their cricket team came to our shores and made a decision to bring their own DIY materials onto the field, and I don't see that joy ending any time soon. So it's all a conflict of interest: the more they get here and to main draws, the more he takes. You're not playing any more bro. We all know who those players are. You're retired. Wally was a great captain and someone that everyone liked. I stand by my call a couple years ago, I knew something was wrong in the Davis Cup.
"Now, I've been in spaces in development that have been around Bernie and I can promise you that myself, Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt - who have all got a wealth of experience in this game, both as players and dealing with media and trying to help our next generation - have given him enormous amounts of our personal time". "Somebody who is not doing stuff for himself, somebody who is doing what's best for the team".
The cord was essentially cut between him and the rest of Australian tennis - but it's only now we're seeing the damage it can create.