Davis Cup 2016: Social media storm brews as Nick Kyrgios backhands Bernard Tomic video

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Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic has lashed out at Davis Cup teammate Nick Kygios, saying he was faking his illness.

The rift between Australian tennis bad boys Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios has been amplified by a pointed series of social media messages from Kyrgios, after being accused of faking illness to avoid Davis Cup duty.

Tomic made the original claim while talking with Lleyton Hewitt while Australia's Davis Cup team played the US in Melbourne on Sunday, going down 3-1.

"Bullsh** he's sick," the 23-year-old muttered to Hewitt, with his words picked up by Channel Seven's broadcast.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic in happier times.
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Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic in happier times.

"Two times. Two times he's faked it. Two times Nick has faked it. Twice. While I'm here, Nick's sitting down in Canberra."

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Australian Davis Cup coach Lleyton Hewitt later said there was "no doubt" Nick Kyrgios was sick, after Bernard Tomic ...
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Australian Davis Cup coach Lleyton Hewitt later said there was "no doubt" Nick Kyrgios was sick, after Bernard Tomic questioned whether his teammate could have played in the Davis Cup.

Kyrgios has not verbally responded to Tomic's claims, but he was prolific in a series of tweets damning his erstwhile friend.

One was a mild acknowledgment that, yes, Tomic's criticisms had been in the "heat of the moment".

"Not gonna take it personally, Indian Wells a week away, plenty of time," Kyrgios said in one tweet.

Another, more ominously, read: "Just don't expect me to have your back anytime soon."

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His young teammate, Thanasi Kokkinakis, replied: "cmon bruz" - perceived to be a suggestion Kyrgios ease up on Tomic.

And another Kyrgios tweet, that was quickly deleted, referred to Tomic's infamous record-quick loss to Finland's Jarko Nieminem at the Miami Open, after his premature return from surgery on both hips in 2014.

"Let's not forget who holds the quickest loss on the ATP tour lol #howmanyminutesagain," Kyrgios wrote.

That would be 28 minutes, in case Tomic had forgotten.

Thankfully for the team, Tomic isn't much of a social media user: his last tweet was in 2014.

Nick Kyrgios swiftly deleted a third tweet, but not before a screenshot was taken by an eagle-eyed follower.
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Nick Kyrgios swiftly deleted a third tweet, but not before a screenshot was taken by an eagle-eyed follower.

Australia's next tie, in the world group qualifying round against other first-up losers and winners of the zone groups, will be played in September.

A good thing, perhaps, given that healing will take #howmanyminutesagain?

- Stuff and Brisbane Times

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