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‘I Was Intimidated And Harassed’- Bernard Tomic Breaks Silence On Alleged Incident With Hewitt

Tomic has spoken to Channel Nine Australia about his ongoing feud with the Davis Cup captain.

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Former top 20 player Bernard Tomic has claimed that he was once threatened with permanent removal from the Davis Cup by captain Lleyton Hewitt.

 

During an interview with 60 Minutes on Channel Nine, 26-year-old has said the incident between the two occurred when he was a teenager. Tomic’s father, John, claims the former world No.1 was unhappy about comments made by his son at the time. On the eve of Tomic’s Davis Cup debut against Taiwan back in 2010, it is alleged that Hewitt told Tomic he would not play if he didn’t answer a series of questions.

“He sat me down and said, ‘You’re not playing Davis Cup mate tomorrow … unless you tell me these things’,” Tomic said during an interview with 60 Minutes.
“I was intimidated, I was harassed. That’s all I’ll say. I was 16 years old [sic] at a Davis Cup tie in Melbourne, Grand Hyatt [hotel]. I’ll stand by that. Further matters will be taking place.”

During this year’s Australian Open, Tomic Sr said that he has begun legal proceedings over the incident. Saying that his son has been left ‘traumatised’ following the incident. In the latest update, he has confirmed that two lawyers are involved in the case.

Tomic launched a verbal attack on Hewitt earlier this year during the first grand slam of the season. Saying that nobody in the Australian team liked him and that he was putting himself ahead of his fellow players.

Responding to the comments, Hewitt has accused his compatriot of previously threatening him and his family with physical violence and blackmailing him. Something that has been denied by the ex world No.17, who said he never involved Hewitt’s family in the feud.

“I did message him, threatening, I said … ‘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,” Tomic said.
“But did I mention his family? That’s pretty low. How low do you have to be to mention family, kids, and stuff? 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.”

One of the biggest questions regarding the incident is why the legal action has been launched now, nine years after it first happened. When questioned, Tomic insisted that he has been a victim before later taking aim at Hewitt’s ongoing reign within Tennis Australia.

“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,” he said.

On Saturday the chief executive of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley, said that his fellow player was ‘trying to deliberately damage’ his organisation. Tiley has backed Hewitt throughout the argument and said it is right to not include Tomic in the Davis Cup.

Despite not having Tiley’s support, Tomic has vowed to continue speaking his mind.

“I’m only speaking the honest truth of what I know and what I think, and what a lot of people know, as well, but are too afraid to come out,” he concluded.

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Kim Clijsters starts the World Team Tennis tournament with a win over Bernarda Pera

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Former world number 1 and multiple Grand Slam champion Kim Cljisters made a winning start to her 2020 World Team Tennis campaign with a 5-2 win over US player Bernarda Pera. World team Tennis is a mixed gender professional tennis league played with a team format in the United States.

 

The Belgian player rallied from 0-40 down twice and won two of three deciding points to seal the win. The 2020 World Team Tennis season will be the 45th season of the league and features nine teams and each team will play a 14-match regular-season schedule.

Clijsters has won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 doubles titles and lifted three WTA Tour Championships. She has won the Australian Open singles title in 2011 and three US titles in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and two Grand Slam doubles titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2003.

Cljisters retired from tennis in 2007 at the age of 23 to start a family. She made her come-back in 2009 and won her second US Open title as unranked player in just her third tournament of the comeback. Kim won her back-to-back title at the US Open in 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011. She became the first mother to be ranked world number 1 by the WTA. She holds the record for most Grand Slam singles titles won as a mother and was the first to win one since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.

Clijsters retired again after the 2012 US Open.

Cljisters returned to professional tennis at the Dubai Tennis Championships more than seven years of retirement. She lost to Garbine Muguruza in the opening round.

Cljisters is determined to return on the court after the WTA Tour was suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The most important lesson for me is to trust the process. It does not mean because COVID happened that I am not interested in playing more tennis. There are some challenges and combining parenting at home and teaching the kids at home and still going to practice and things like that, so it was challenging but at the same time you get through that together”, said Cljisters.

 

Several precautions are in place at the World Team Tennis to avoid the risk of contracting Covid-19. No more than 500 spectators are allowed inside the 2500-seat stadium.

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Angelique Kerber suggests she won’t travel to New York

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber suggested she won’t travel even if the US Open gets the go-ahead.

 

The US Open organizers are determined to hold their tournament despite the restrictions imposed to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The German star says travelling to New York to play at the US Open is the last thing she wants to do due to the coronavirus crisis.

“As of today, I say quite honestly, I cannot imagine it. I don’t think anyone wants to get in a plane and fly to New York. At the moment no one knows what’s happening and how it will go on. I have the greatest respect that I or a member of my team could be infected and we are stuck without knowing how to proceed”, said Kerber.

Kerber is not optimistic that the WTA Tour will resume according to plan.

“Who knows, perhaps we will not play tennis in the next two years. It’s hard to say. We will also start again in three weeks”, said Kerber.

Daria Gavrilova said that she needs to play the US Open for financial reasons. The Australian tennis player has not played since the US Open last year due to injury and the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“For me it’s important to make a living, to make some money. We have a choice. Personally I like to know that I have an opportunity to play and earn, but I feel like the players just don’t want to make a tough decision and maybe would feel a relief if the tournament is cancelled”, said Gavrilova.

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REPORT: Japanese Tennis Association To Lose One Billion Yen In 2020

The loss of a key men’s event in the country has resulted in millions of dollars being loss in revenue.

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Venue of the 2019 Mens Japan Open (image via https://twitter.com/rakutenopen)

The cancellation of a premier tennis event in Japan due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is set to have a massive financial impact on the country’s governing body.

 

Last month organisers made the decision to scrap the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships this year amid fears of a second wave of the virus in October when the it is set to take place. The tournament is currently categorised as an ATP 500 event and has been held annually since 1973. In 2019 Novak Djokovic won the tournament for the first time in his career without dropping a single set throughout. Other previous winners also include Roger Federer (2006), Rafael Nadal (2010) and Andy Murray (2011).

“Given concerns about a second wave of the infection both in Japan and overseas, we came to the anguished conclusion that we had to cancel,” organisers said in a statement.

It has been estimated that as a result of the move, the Japanese Tennis Association (JTA) will lose millions of dollars in revenue. National news agency Kyodo has estimated the loss to be at least 1 billion Yen ($9.4 million) based on this event alone and no others.

JTA executive director Naohiro Kawatei told Kyodo that moving athletes in and out of the country is problematic due to the current situation. Tokyo has recently raised it’s Coronavirus alert level to the top of a four-point scale after there have been more than 100 new daily cases of the virus in the city for six days in a row. Furthermore, The Bank of Japan has revised down their growth forecasts.

“In addition to players coming from overseas, it is the responsibility of organizers to facilitate their departure, so there are some differences between our sport and others,” said Kawatei.

At present the women’s top tournament in the country is still on the 2020 schedule. The Pan Pacific Open, which is classed as a Premier event, is currently set to take place during the week commencing November 2nd.

Recently the Asian swing of the tennis season has been thrown into jeopardy after the Chinese General Administration of Sports recommended that no sports events take place in the country unless they are related to Olympic qualification. Although sports federations, including both the ATP and WTA, are seeking clarity from officials before they make their next move. China is usually where the majority of Asian tennis events are played, including the WTA Finals.

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