“The threats that I’ve received for me and my family that I’ve had had for a year and half now, I don’t think anyone would reach out to a person who speaks like that.

“For me, it was the abuse I copped from him at the end. I drew a line in the sand and I haven’t spoken to him since.

“He won’t play Davis Cup while I have anything to do with it.”

Hewitt said he didn’t feel threatened by Tomic’s abuse but was frustrated after trying to help the world No. 88 and one-time No.17.

Hewitt says that Tomic (centre) will never play Davis Cup while Hewitt is captain of the team. AAP

He said he was disappointed by Tomic’s most recent comments.

“For me, the biggest frustration is that I really went out of my way to help him,” Hewitt said.

“I spent a lot of time with him at a lot of tournaments and tried to get a coaching structure and physical team around him to give him the best opportunity but at the end of the day he kept making the wrong mistakes.

“Deep down, Bernie knows what I’ve done for him … for Bernie to come out and have a go but more to get all of his facts wrong, that’s probably the most disappointing thing.”

Hewitt said Nick Kyrgios wasn’t lost to the Davis Cup cause but needed to match the cultural standards set by the team.

“The biggest thing ‘Rochey’ [Davis Cup coach Tony Roche] and I have is to set cultural standards and I feel Nick isn’t meeting those,” he said.

“The things we feel like we have to push – all we ask is to commit to the sport, go out there and give 100 per cent every time you step on the court.”

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