Nick Kyrgios looking on

‘He hasn’t put a foot wrong’ – Nick Kyrgios offered backing ahead of Davis Cup return

Lleyton Hewitt has moved to repair his rift with Nick Kyrgios by recalling the controversial 24-year-old to the Australian Davis Cup team.

Hewitt dropped Kyrgios last February, accusing him of failing “cultural standards.” However, that positioned has now obviosuly softened, with the two-time Grand Slam winner talking very positively about what Kyrgios will being to the table.

“Nick’s a different character and I understand that and we’re not always going to put everybody in the same box,” Hewitt said.

“You’ve got to deal with different personalities in all kind of sports, and I feel like I know Nick as well as anyone.

“I feel like on the Davis Cup court he’s done everything I’ve needed in the past whenever he’s been a part of the team. He hasn’t put a foot wrong.

“I got a message (from him) saying ‘mate, I want to get back in the team’,” added the 38-year-old.

“The great thing is, he has a great relationship with all the players as well.

“It’s kind of about him wanting to be a part of the team and do the right things day in day out.

Nick Kyrgios throws racket

“For me, I’d much rather have him on my team.”

Nick Kyrgios is currently serving a suspended six-month suspended, which will immediately be triggered should his on-court behaviour falter.

That, though, is only applicable to ATP events, which the Davis Cup is not.

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