"I was intimidated and harassed." Bernard Tomic has made more claims against Lleyton Hewitt.

He’s one of the most controversial characters in tennis, seen as the bad boy of the sport, but Bernard Tomic swears he’s been unfairly judged.

In an interview with 60 Minutes tonight, the tennis star – who has been embroiled in a bitter feud with Lleyton Hewitt throughout this year’s Australian Open – has attempted to set the record straight on their tense relationship.

The feud was thrust into the spotlight when Tomic criticised Hewitt in a fiery press conference following his first round loss to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

Bernard Tomic at a press conference at the Australian Open.

Tomic claimed that “no one likes [Hewitt]” , with his father John Tomic adding that Hewitt traumatised his son in 2010. He said Hewitt threatened a 17-year-old Tomic in a hotel room, telling him he would never play in the Davis Cup again if he didn’t reveal who was "against him" at Tennis Australia.

Hewitt then alleged that Tomic had threatened both him and his family.

“I think the threats that I’ve received for me and my family, the abuse that I copped from him,” Hewitt said at a press conference.

“I don’t think anyone would reach out to a person who speaks like that.”

Tonight, interviewed alongside his father, John Tomic - who is often criticised as one of the most overbearing parents in the sport - Tomic hit back at his critics and made further claims of his own.


“I was intimidated. I was harassed,” he tells 60 Minutes reporter Allison Langdon.

"[Hewitt] sat me down and said, 'You're not playing Davis Cup mate tomorrow. Unless you tell me these things,'" he recalls of the night in the hotel room.

John Tomic then claimed Hewitt told his son that day, "You will never come close to me, you will never succeed in Australian sport." 

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He said he made complaints about the alleged bullying after the incident, but was ignored.

"If I bullied somebody 16 years old and threatened to him you locked in your room. What's happened? I will be in the jail now. We have beautiful country, strong law. Who is Lleyton Hewitt? Who is?" he told Langdon.

When asked about Hewitt's counter-claim that Tomic had threatened him, Tomic admitted he had threatened Hewitt but denied ever threatening Hewitt's family.

"I did message him, threatening, I said exactly the words I said was, 'If you come one metre from me I will knock you out.' And he knows that, 'If you ever try talk to me, come one metre from me.' I stand by that.

"I think that's one of the lowest things that I've ever heard from him. I stand by my threats towards him, but not to his family, which has nothing to do with nothing."

He went on to claim that Hewitt was merely "trying to make him look bad".

"That's so wrong. For him to say that, that's really low. To go that low and make me look that bad, that's really low," Tomic said.

His final word on Hewitt was that he has "too much power" in the sport.

"He's got too much power and it's not fair. It's not fair for Davis Cup. It's not fair for players that are not getting the chance to play Davis Cup because he's controlling the system down there."