Australia's Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt praised Nick Kyrgios' desire to play the team competition again. Hewitt said: “We worked through a lot of things at the start of the year and then met up in Indian Wells in March.
Nick told me he was desperate to do whatever he could to get back in the team. One thing I have been really proud of with Nick is that he goes out of his way to help the rest of the boys week in, week out. Whether it be on the practice court or going to dinner.
As an Australian, it’s pretty lonely out there on tour. You’re away from home for a lot of months throughout the year. He’s been really good in that capacity and he has been really good with whatever I have asked him to do leading into this tie.
He had a slight injury and stopped his season early in Asia, and I think at the end of the day, his mindset was ready for this event and he is ready to go”. Hewitt feels confident ahead of the Finals in Madrid: “On paper, it probably is the best, but the paper doesn’t play.
The Davis Cup requires a different nerve and rankings get thrown out of the door. You need guys that are going to handle the pressure and expectation of playing for their country. But I have full belief in my five guys. I am very confident, very happy and know they are going to go out there and play bloody well”.