He­witt full of praise for ‘team man’ Kyr­gios

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AUS­TRALIAN cap­tain Lley­ton He­witt has hailed Nick Kyr­gios as the ul­ti­mate team man ahead of this week’s Davis Cup cam­paign in Madrid.

He­witt, who left the mer­cu­rial Kyr­gios out of the tie against Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina in Fe­bru­ary for “fail­ing cul­tural stan­dards”, re­stored him to the side af­ter their heart-to­heart ear­lier this year.

The 24-year-old has not played for Aus­tralia since Fe­bru­ary 2018 and forms part of a strong squad con­tain­ing world No.18 Alex de Min­aur, John Mill­man, Jor­dan Thomp­son and John Peers.

Colom­bia and Bel­gium kick off the group on Mon­day (Tues­day 0300 AEDT) with Aus­tralia in ac­tion against the South Amer­i­cans on Tues­day (Wed­nes­day 0400 AEDT) be­fore fac­ing the Bel­gians on Wed­nes­day (Thursday 0400 AEDT).

He­witt be­lieves Kyr­gios is primed to shine in the Span­ish cap­i­tal af­ter end­ing his sea­son early to en­sure he was in the best shape for the Davis Cup.

“We worked through a lot of things at the start of the year and then met up in In­dian Wells in March,” He­witt said.

“Nick told me he was des­per­ate to do what­ever he could to get back in the team.

“One thing I have been re­ally proud of with Nick is that he goes out of his way to help the rest of the boys week in, week out.”

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