16 Aug 2022, 09:50

Kyrgios 'unavailable' for Australia at Davis Cup

SYDNEY, Aug 16, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios will skip

the Davis Cup next month, Tennis Australia said on Tuesday, scotching
speculation about his return to the team competition.

The 27-year-old has not appeared at the Davis Cup since 2019 but would have
been an obvious choice given his strong run of form since his Wimbledon final
appearance in July.

Kyrgios, ranked 28 in the world, won the Washington Open earlier this month
and reached the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open.

"It would have been great to have Nick in the team but unfortunately he was
unavailable for this tie," Australia's Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said
in a statement.

The team will be led by Alex de Minaur and Thanasi Kokkinakis and also
include Wimbledon men's doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell.

Australia will compete in Hamburg on September 13-18 in Pool C alongside
Germany, France and Belgium in the group stage.

"We fought through a really tough qualifying match back in March against
Hungary which has now given us this opportunity to build on and the boys
understand what's at stake," Hewitt said.




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