The Aussie Open is already producing plenty of excitement in its first week, and none more so than the fallout in the Australian ranks. Bernard Tomic – so prodigious a talent in his early years that he reached the quarter finals at Wimbledon as an 18 year-old has ignited a furious row with Aussie Davis Cup captain and two-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt. On Monday Tomic declared Hewitt had “ruined” the Australian Davis Cup system and said both Kokkinakis and enfant terrible Kyrgios had told him they do not want to play Davis Cup whilst Hewitt remains at the helm.
Hewitt responded by saying his relationship with Tomic was irreparable as a result of physical threats and blackmail attempts from Tomic. What must be really galling for both Tomic and Kyrgios following their first round exits is the success of the new wave of Aussies which saw five young Australian men and women make it into the 3rd round for the first time in 15 years.
This row, although unedifying, has been simmering away for quite some time and has overshadowed the disappointment of British tennis which has seen all our singles players exiting the tournament culminating with Jo Konta losing to Garbine Muguruza at the ungodly hour of 3.12am.