Lleyton Hewitt insists he had no choice but to play John Millman in the Davis Cup quarter-final defeat by Canada following Nick Kyrgios’ late withdrawal. The Australian team suffered a major setback after Kyrgios failed a late fitness test.
“He got injured last night,” Hewitt said after the tie. “We didn’t really have a choice. He couldn’t play. Earlier today we found out. So Johnny had to step up to the plate”. “He (Kyrgios) had a collarbone injury.
I think it was similar to what he had at Laver Cup time. That’s just the way the cards fell. It’s been pretty tough I guess trotting back out the last three nights as well. To Johnny’s credit, he went out there and left it all out on the court”.
Hewitt, who has been against the new Davis Cup format further added that the schedule forced Australia to play all matches late with all their matches finished post-midnight. “The scheduling is a big problem,” he said.
“You know, for us to have had to play these three nights in a row, it’s not ideal. I understand it’s the first time and you’re going to have hiccups and you’ve got to learn from it. But there’s been a lot of small problems, that’s for sure," Hewitt added.