Kyrgios Davis Cup fitness ‘encouraging,’ says Hewitt


SYDNEY: Australia Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said Monday Nick Kyrgios had a good chance of playing in this week’s World Group playoff and backed his young star after a slew of on-court controversies. Australia’s No.1, who Monday rose to a career-high 15th, in the world, was forced to quit his third round US Open match against Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko eight days ago with a hip injury. But Hewitt said the early signs were “very encouraging” that he could feature in the tie against Slovakia beginning in Sydney on Friday. Hewitt added that he would probably make a decision late on Wednesday whether Kyrgios would play the tie.



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