Lleyton Hewitt says he has tried everything to get Australia’s No. 1 singles and doubles player Nick Kyrgios to represent his country in the Davis Cup but it has been to no avail.
Kygrios last played in the Davis Cup for Australia against Belgium in November 2019. And this year Kygrios chose to take part in a Saudi Arabia exhibition event, the Diriyah Tennis Cup, where he is set to score a six-figure appearance fee.
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After making the Davis Cup final for the first time in 19 years, Australia was hunting a 29th Davis Cup title but were defeated by Canada in a heartbreaking loss.
Later, a frustrated Hewitt was forced to address the media on why the country’s No.1 player was not in the team.
“I don’t know. You have to ask him. I can’t try any harder,” Hewitt said.
“I try and come here with the best possible team we could field.”
De Minaur also weighed in on the issue: “I have tried as well. Just wasn’t meant to be.”
In a recent post on Instagram, Alex de Minaur wrote there was “no greater honour” than to play in the Davis Cup.
A fan then took aim at Kyrgios and asked if he was “busy buying handbags or something?”.
Kyrgios responded, “about to go to Saudi for 6 figures actually.”
Hewitt’s squad included de Minaur, Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Wimbledon doubles champions Max Purcell and Matt Ebden.
Kokkinakis claimed the Australian open doubles title alongside Kyrgios in January this year when they beat fellow Aussies Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell, but Kokkinakis said that perhaps he wasn’t the best choice to take on the key opening singles match in Australia’s Davis Cup final.
“Unfortunately, I was pretty much useless in this finals,” lamented the Adelaide star after his 6-2 6-4 hammering by Denis Shapovalov which ignited Canada’s march to their first-ever world men’s team championship title.
Kokkinakis, who’d also lost in straight sets to Croatia’s Borna Coric in Australia’s semi-final win, admitted that he’d been nervous, wasn’t match sharp and was low on confidence going into Sunday’s (Monday AEDT) showdown.
It begged the question as to whether captain Hewitt should have instead selected Jordan Thompson, who’d been unbeaten over both quarter-final and semi-final ties earlier in the week, for the opening singles spot.
Even Kokkinakis admitted that might have been a better option, rather than just selecting Thompson for a potentially decisive doubles contest which eventually wasn’t even needed after Felix Auger-Aliassime wrapped up the win with his singles win over Alex de Minaur.
“Do I think I’m singles match-hardened? No. Maybe Thommo was the better option – but the guys believed in me maybe more than I believed in myself at times today,” conceded a gloomy Kokkinakis.
“We’ve got a great team, a well-rounded team, but maybe there was a question of whether Thommo could back up and potentially play both (singles and doubles).
“Who knows? I could have played the doubles, but after what the guys showed in the last match (against Croatia), I have a lot of confidence in them and the way they played.
“Yeah, unfortunately I was pretty much useless in this finals, but hopefully I can train hard and be available and get selected next year.
“I haven’t been able to play like I know I can. I guess I have done it before where I have played well on not many matches, but unfortunately I’m just, I don’t know, pretty flat, to be honest.”