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Nobody Puts Lleyton In a Corner

Posted by gauloises1 on September 17, 2009

Remember Bernard Tomic, winner of the Australian and US Open juniors? According to The Age, Lleyton Hewitt, his team and Tennis Australia are all furious with him after Hewitt’s invitation to practice was declined during Wimbledon.


The article has all the details, but apparently several phone calls were made to Team Tomic inviting him to practice with Hewitt on the middle Sunday, with no response. Then Tomic was present when Hewitt turned up to practice, only for a personal invitation to be declined because ‘Lleyton’s not good enough’ (the reported words of Tomic’s IMG agent). Further awkwardness ensued when it turned out Tomic had asked to practice with a certain Boss …

”Then we told Juan Carlos what had happened and his coach said that if a leading player in Spain asked a junior to practice 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’.”

Don’t mess with Boss. You have been warned. Anyway, Tomic’s agent denies the ‘not good enough’ remark, but doesn’t deny that the practice invitation was declined. So … Australia’s Davis Cup team in the next few years looks good, doesn’t it?

This isn’t the first controversy Tomic has been involved in either. Interesting times.

10 Responses to “Nobody Puts Lleyton In a Corner”

  1. naughtyT... said

    I see him doing a Dokic very shortly quite frankly.

  2. gauloises1 said

    It’s sad, but that was exactly my same thought. Scary parallels.

  3. SA said

    Um, that article made me uncomfortable. Sometimes parents need to stay out of the way.

  4. AmyLu said

    Seriously, what is it with young players being so dismissive of really successful older players? The thought that Tomic declined practicing with a fellow Aussie who has won two grand slams and been ranked number one in the world is mind-boggling. And, even if Hewitt has mellowed some with age, let me just say that I would NOT want to piss him off. At all.

  5. naughtyT... said

    Amy Lu.. Tomic and his father are just wankers… as an aussie it makes me sad. He really is a nasty little shit on court. At the Wild card play-offs in Melbourne this year his on court behaviour toward his opponent were appalling. Basically laughing at the guy and saying things like “yeh that’s the way you serve to try and stay in the set” after the guy double faulted. I was near his dad who was just laughing.

  6. AmyLu said

    Naughty T, that’s really sad. And appalling is the perfect word for that behavior — there’s no place for that on a tennis court, in my opinion.

  7. lauren said

    It’s awful to realise that I utterly despise this guy and he’s barely out of nappies. Many teenagers have that period of not caring if people hate them – it makes them feel rebellious, dangerous and self-important. Most grow out of it before they take it into their place of work. Tomic (and Azarenka) are cultivating a counter-productive persona that will bite them in the bum one day.

  8. mina said

    sucks that bernard is one of the very few bright spots for Oz tennis at the moment…

    lemme qualify that: cos he seems to need a bit of erm, how shall i put this… attitude adjustment. teenager or not, ‘tude blows.

    cos without that, on court success is gonna be even harder to achieve. how many DBs got to number one and/or won Slams? on second thought, don’t answer that. *coughRioscough*

    i hope he grows up real soon.

  9. rulin said

    Calling a 2 (single) slam champion “not good enough”? Such a fail.

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