Lleyton Hewitt (left) and Bernard Tomic have been in tense relations for some time. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy)
Bernard Tomic has launched an extraordinary attack on Lleyton Hewitt, claiming that Australian players do not like the Captain of the Davis Cup, while pointing out that his team has a "conflict of interest".
- Bernard Tomic says he wants Lleyton Hewitt to step down from the Davis Cup captain
- Tomic has not played Davis Cup for Australia since 2016.
- He claims Hewitt prefers some Australian players over others
Tommy, who has not played Davis Cup for Australia since 2016, was released by Hewitt at a media conference that followed his Australian open-front defeat, the sixth seed Marin Cilic.
The couple has been in a tight relationship since the days of Hewitt, as the recent flashpoint is almost 12 months old, following comments from Tomic, a reality TV show.
Tomikam was asked on Monday evening whether he would be ready to play Davis Cup for Australia when he chose to criticize Hewitt and his role as captain.
"It's all Lleyton. I honestly say no one likes him anymore," said Tomic.
"He's just doing the wrong thing. He's playing Davis Cup, I think he's gone. He plays all these games and things like that. You know what I mean?
"He hated tennis in Australia. It's strange. And now he loves them. What happened here?"
Tom, world number 88, says Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are also dissatisfied with Hewitt's captain and "don't want to play [Davis Cup] no longer ".
"He doesn't take Nick for the first time, he doesn't place Kokkinak first. He just thinks of himself," Tom said.
Tom said it was "wrong" that Hewitt, who retired in the 2016 Australian Open, played singles, Davis Cup captain chose to play in doubles.
"You don't want to bro. You're retired," he said.
Tomik also suggested new Australian players like Alex Bolt, Jordan Thompson and Marc Polmans, all of whom had received wildcards in Melbourne Park, more favorably with Hewitt and Tennis Australia.
Kokkinakis did not use a wildcard but qualified for the main drawing.
"Bolty, Polman, all these guys, they're under his wing, so they get some of it," he said.
"So it's a conflict of interest. I think it's terrible. They're all in the Lleyton wing under the management company. It's all a conflict of interest."
Tomic says he wants Hewitt to be removed as Davis Cup captain as soon as possible.
"I hope he can move and we can come back to a good captain," he said.
Hewitt, the world's first and twice the biggest single winner of the singles, is ready to challenge the doubling of Australian discovery with the nationalist John-Patrick Smith using a wildcard.