Australia Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt is excited about kicking off this year's Davis Cup action. This weekend, Australia will take on Hungary in a Davis Cup qualifying tie in Sydney. Hewitt nominated Alex de Minaur, Alexei Popyrin, Thanasi Kokkinakis, John Peers and Luke Saville for the tie.
“It’s good to get the boys back together,” Hewitt said, per Tennis Australia. “Tough timing for them, after having to go away for a few weeks, and then come back straight away, and then back for a couple of Masters Series afterwards.
“But the feeling around the group has been fantastic. All the guys have really bought into the team culture and are out there supporting each other for every practice session. “Rochey (coach Tony Roche) and I couldn’t be prouder of all the guys; they’ve come back and made themselves available for their country and I’m really happy with how the preparation is going at the moment”.
Hewitt reveals de Minaur's message
Hewitt reveals de Minaur approached him at the end of the 2021 season and said he's willing to do whatever his captain needs him to do. De Minaur has been under Hewitt's wing since the start of his career and de Minaur certainly has one thing in common with Hewitt - the competitive edge.
Hewitt was one of the biggest fighters and competitors during his playing time and de Minaur has the same characteristics. “At the end of last year yet again he came to me and said ‘whatever you need out of me, singles, doubles, whenever we play, whoever it’s against, I’m ready.’ So that doesn’t surprise me with the kid that he is,” Hewitt observed.
“I’m really happy with how he’s hitting the ball and moving at the moment, but he’s a great team man as well, he’s out there, on the practice court supporting everyone else. “That’s the culture that we’re really trying to bring back to the Davis Cup”.