Lleyton Hewitt highly optimistic about Australia's future Davis Cup chances

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Lleyton Hewitt highly optimistic about Australia's future Davis Cup chances

Australian Davis Cup Team Captain Lleyton Hewitt believes that his side has a great chance to make it all the way in the Davis Cup in the near future. Australia have one of the most talented Davis Cup teams in the world. They are led by four-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios.

2016 Wimbledon boys' singles runner-up Alex de Minaur, 19, 24-year-old Jordan Thompson and doubles specialist John Peers are also part of the Australian team. Former world No. 17 Bernard Tomic hasn't played a Davis Cup tie since 2016 but he could return to the team as he hasn't retired from the Davis Cup.

Australia lost to Germany in Brisbane by a 3-1 score in the Davis Cup World Group first round this past February. Australia will have to beat Austria in an away tie from 14-16 September in a Davis Cup World Group Play-offs tie if they want to remain in the World Group.

Australia concluded their 2017 Davis Cup campaign in the semi-finals after being edged by a 3-2 result by Belgium in Brussels. "We have a big opportunity, hopefully, to win the Davis Cup -- especially in the next three to five years.

We have got really some young players coming through that have an enormous talent and ability. But have to get through to the World Group to give ourselves that opportunity and that's why this tie in September is a must-win for us," Hewitt said.

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