Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge has criticized Bernard Tomic after the 26-year-old slammed Australian Davis Cup Team Captain Lleyton Hewitt following his first round loss suffered at Melbourne Park. Tomic, ranked at No.
88 in the world, lost to Croatia's Marin Cilic in the Australian Open first round 6-2 6-4 7-6 (3). The former world No. 17 then dropped heavy criticism and accusations on Hewitt during his post-match interview. "No one likes him any more," Tomic said of Hewitt post-match, per the AAP.
"We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about. We all know who those players are. Myself, (Thanasi) Kokkinakis, (Nick) Kyrgios. "He used to hate Tennis Australia, it's weird. Now he loves them.
What's happened here?" "All these guys that got wildcards are under a system ... Polmans, Bolty, Jordan Thompson. "They're all under his Lleyton's wing under the management company.
It's all conflict of interest. "And then he's in Davis Cup and he's doing the wrong thing and everyone's leaving. "Lleyton's legacy and his tennis speaks for itself. He's an unbelievable champion.
But what he's doing now is wrong. "I hope he gets moved and we can go back to having a good captain." Woodbridge believes that Tomic slamming Hewitt was just his way of trying to deflect from his first round exit.
"One of the most disappointing things here is it's become his habit of deflecting a loss and deflecting what work he does to try to get better as a tennis player," Woodbridge told 3AW Radio, as revealed by The Daily Mail Australia.
"Lleyton copped it last night. The last one that copped it, at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, was Pat Rafter." Woodbridge also added that he, Hewitt and Rafter have all tried in the past to "enhance Bernard's career."