Hewitt full of praise for ‘team man’ Kyrgios
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.”