Nick Kyrgios has once again opted out of playing for the Australian team in the Davis Cup. The last time he played in the cup was back in 2019. Many expected him to be named to the team following his recent successes, but the fiery player is once again absent.
The team will instead be led by Alex De Minauar and is captained by Tennis Hall of Famer Lleyton Hewitt.
Australia is in Group C together with Belgium, Germany, and France. The team will be traveling to the Am Rothenbaum.
Hewitt has said that he is disappointed that Kyrgios is not on board. The Wimbledon runner-up that he is eager to go home after the US Open since his mother is ill.
“It would have been great to have Nick [Kyrgios] in the team but unfortunately he was unavailable for this time,” Hewitt said.
“We fought through a really tough qualifying match back in March against Hungary which has now given us this opportunity to build on and the boys understand what’s at stake.”
“I look forward to Alex leading the team in Hamburg.”
Kyrgios indicated following his loss in the finals of the National Bank Open that he was only planning on playing in two more tournaments this year – the Cincinnati Masters and the US Open.
“I’ve been on the road for nearly three months. I’ve been away from home, away from my mum, away from my dad,” he said.
“They’re not very well at the moment, so I don’t really care about ‘no winning streak’.”
“As long as I’m not at home, I’m on the road, I want to try to put in good performances, make it worthwhile being here. I don’t care about records and any of that sort of stuff.”
Australia has not won the Davis Cup since 2003 and they are aiming for their 29th title.
Hewitt and the team are hoping for success this time around.