Australia Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt is thrilled with the group of players he has for the qualifying tie against Hungary. Australia is set to fight Hungary for a place in the Davis Cup Finals. Hewitt nominated Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alex de Minaur, Alex de Minaur, John Peers and Luke Saville for the Hungary tie.
“All the boys love playing at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, it’s a special place,” Hewitt said, per Tennis Austrlaia. “So much is on the line for this qualifying tie against Hungary, it gives us the opportunity to go through to the Davis Cup Finals at the end of the year.
“It’s going to be really important to try and keep some of that momentum from the Australian summer, we had some really good results. We’re looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd."
Hewitt confident in his group of players
Kokkinakis won the Adelaide 2 title, while de Minaur made the Australian Open round-of*16.
Kokkinakis, de Minaur and Popyrin are all capable of playing well in singles, while Peers and Saville will be responsible for doubles duties. “Alex has had most of his recent success in Sydney, winning the Sydney international a few years back but also some of his best results last month, including quality wins against Berrettini and Humbert," Hewitt added.
“Thanasi had a fantastic Australian summer. He really cemented himself as a top 100 player again, winning his first title at home in Adelaide and beating quality players. And then to go on to win the Australian Open doubles, this is going to give him a lot of confidence heading into this tie.
“Popyrin got an opportunity to play a big Davis Cup match in the finals last year. He has a lot of firepower out there, a lot of weapons as well and certainly an option for singles or doubles. “John Peers has been a regular in the Davis Cup team for a number of years now, he’s a top 15 doubles player.
He won the Sydney Tennis Classic a couple of weeks ago and played exceptionally well with Luke Saville at the ATP Cup last month. “And Luke gets his first opportunity to represent Australia at Davis Cup. It’s something he has worked extremely hard for, and I couldn’t be prouder of him to get this opportunity and being able to present him with a gold jacket and his number."