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Lleyton Hewitt Stays Classy Over Bernard Tomic Rant

Lleyton Hewitt refrained from returning serve to Bernard Tomic, instead saying he will "laugh off" comments made by him.

Despite copping a barrage of hate from Tomic on Monday night, Hewitt denied there was a rift between him as the Davis Cup captain and the players.

"I had a bit of a laugh actually, it's kind of Bernie being Bernie," he said on Channel 9.

"Especially after a loss last night and going in and complaining about a few things, so for me I kind of just laugh it off and move forward."

Hewitt said team selections for the next Davis Cup tie are still ongoing, and that he loved being part of the team set-up.

"The communication, we've spoken before the Australian Open, we'll continue to speak after the Australian Open leading into the next Davis Cup tie then we work out, next week, our best team moving forward for the Adelaide tie."

"But for me, I just love being apart (of it) and helping the Australian players as much as possible."

Hewitt did blast Tomic for taking the attention away from fellow Aussies who performed well on the first day of the Australian Open.

"I guess the disappointing thing the Aussies had such a great day yesterday on both the men and women's side and it probably got overshadowed by Bernie's comments."

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On Monday night, Tomic went on an extraordinary tirade about Hewitt in his post-match press conference on Monday, claiming "nobody likes" the former world number 1 anymore.

Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said on Tuesday the rant was a "poor attempt" to distract from his loss in the first round of the Australian Open.

Bernard Tomic, coach Todd Woodbridge and Lleyton Hewitt at 2012 London Olympic Games. Image: Getty Images

Woodbridge said Tomic has developed a "habit" of blaming others in the aftermath of losses.

“Lleyton copped it last night. The last one that copped it, at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, was Pat Rafter," he told 3AW Radio.

Woodbridge claimed he, Hewitt and Rafter had all given up time with their own families to help Tomic get his career back on track, but that had been wasted.

"It’s time he actually used some of the things that we’ve given him, the tools, and try to just get his tennis back on track," he said.

Last night was a poor attempt to deflect that he hasn’t been doing that.

Former Australian tennis player Sam Groth told SEN he expects Hewitt to give Tomic a serve.

"I'm not sure he's going to hold a lot back to be honest," said Groth, who played with both Tomic and Hewitt in the Davis Cup team.

"I think he's bitten his tongue for a long time on this stuff and I think it's time to address it and put it to bed."

Davis Cup World Group playoff between Australia and Slovakia at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in 2016. Image: Getty Images

Hewitt's former coach, Roger Rasheed, has also called the comments unwarranted.

"[Hewitt] gave everything to the sport and you’ve got someone having pot shots. Regardless of what the situation is I don’t think it’s the right thing to do," he told Sky Sports Radio.

“Lleyton is the Australian Davis Cup captain. When you’re the captain, you can decide to steer that how you wish and Lleyton has done that and he’s done it the way he wanted to take hold and deliver his leadership.

Tomic began his rant by claiming Hewitt has fallen out of favour with the Australian playing group.

"Nobody likes him anymore," he said.

Tomic used to listen. Now he's chosen to speak instead.

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Tomic called into question Hewitt's captaining of the Davis Cup --  a team Tomic hasn't been apart of since 2016.

"I thought he was retired, and he's playing all these matches," he said.

"He doesn't put the players first, from what I heard the last year, he doesn't put the players first.

"He doesn't put Nick (Kygrios) first, he doesn't put (Thanasi) Kokkonakis first. He just thinks about himself."

Tomic crashed out of the Australian Open in a straight-set loss to Marin Čilić in the first round.