Lleyton Hewitt vs.Bernard Tomic: Who Is Correct In This War of Words?

Daniel PuseljCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Bernard Tomic of Australia smiles in his first round doubles match with Marinko Matosevic of Australia against Martin Damm of the Czech Republic and Filip Polasek of Slovakia during day four of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)
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A war of words has begun to unravel as hot prospect Bernard Tomic enters the fray to become the youngest ever player to represent Australia in the Davis Cup.

On the third day of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Tomic came up against 14th seed Marin Cilic in a battle of the big servers, no one but the Australian crowd had hope that an upset could eventuate and with the crowd behind him, it so nearly did happen with the 17-year-old being edged out in his first-ever five set match.

During his match, commentators were saying how a boy of his age was proving to be a very stern test for Cilic and that he is ready to make the big step into the ATP tournaments at just 17 years old.

The commentators were also saying that Tomic is more than capable and should be included in the Davis Cup squad for Australia to face Chinese Taipei in March. With all the hype built around this young man, one person does not believe he is ready.

That person is two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt, Hewitt believes that there are better players who should get the chance to represent Australia instead of Tomic like close friend Peter Luczak.

Luczak had a near impossible task in the Australian Open first round against World No.2 Rafael Nadal.

Luczak played great tennis in the first set to take Nadal to a tie break but lost it and lost the match in three sets.

Despite that result, Hewitt still believes Luczak should be in the Davis Cup squad instead of Bernard Tomic.

Could this be a sign of jealousy from the aging Hewitt who doesn't want his record broken of becoming the youngest Australian in the Davis Cup or is it his genuine gut feeling that Tomic is not ready?

Australia's Davis Cup squad will be announced in early February, and I look forward to seeing whose names are on that list.