‘We’d love to have him’ – Lleyton Hewitt wants Nick Kyrgios for Davis Cup team
Lleyton Hewitt has made it clear that Nick Kyrgios would make an excellent addition to the Australian Davis Cup team come September should the Wimbledon finalist be up for it.
Two-time Major singles champion Hewitt is Australia’s Davis Cup captain and already asked Kyrgios to play for his nation earlier this year, an invitation the maverick talent declined.
Following his run all the way to the final at SW19, Hewitt has praised Kyrgios for his 2022 campaign so far, particularly on the grass.
“Deep down, he’s still pretty disappointed to come so close but not win,” Hewitt said according to Reuters. “But as I told him, he should be extremely proud of the performances over the last two weeks and throughout the whole grass court season.
“Everyone knows the kind of firepower and game style that he has and what he’s capable of doing. He just has to go out there and keep believing in himself.”
“We’d absolutely love to have him playing for us,” Hewitt added on the Davis Cup topic. “We’re a much stronger side if he’s available and can play for us, and he’s an option for singles and doubles matches, which is important in this format.”
While a Slam finalist in singles after his run at Wimbledon, Kyrgios is notably also a Slam doubles champion, having won the Australian Open alongside compatriot and good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis at the start of 2022.
Australia could also select from 2017 Australian Open champion John Peers as well as the newly-crowned Wimbledon champion pairing of Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.
The Aussies will join France, Germany and Belgium in Group C of the Davis Cup Group Stage from 13th to 18th September in Hamburg, Germany asd they look to progress to the knockout stage in November.
They have not won the competition since 2003 when Hewitt himself played a pivotal role in winning them their 28th Davis Cup trophy.
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