Lleyton Hewitt told Grandstand after day one that he was proud of both Thompson and Kyrgios, but he had special praise for Kyrgios' attitude representing Australia. "It's just such a tough match, because John (Isner) gets so many cheap points from his big serve, and he sort of slaps a few balls around," Hewitt said.
"But the way Nick competed, and hung in there and played clutch tennis in important stages, was quite impressive. Nick loves playing for Australia, he loves wearing the green and gold, he's made it one of his priorities, which is something I'm thrilled about.” He then spoke about Nick’s impact on the team.
"He lifts the standard around the team as well, not only in matches but in practice - and that's what I love to see. All the guys start playing better when Nick's around, which is just great. "He does a lot of things for a lot of juniors as well, coming up, so there's a lot of stuff that doesn't really get spoken about Nick Kyrgios off-court, either.” "I try and defend him and stick up for him a lot as well, but I love having him in my team." ALSO READ Lleyton Hewitt: JIM COURIER CAN SAY WHATEVER HE WANTS TO SAY!