SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt said he’s willing to overlook Nick Kyrgios’s recent outbursts on the ATP Tour, selecting the talented but wayward star for the revamped Davis Cup finals.
Kyrgios is serving a six-month probation on the ATP Tour after a meltdown at the Cincinnati tournament and calling the ATP “pretty corrupt” during the US Open in August.
Hewitt said he’s confident the 24-year-old Kyrgios will be on his best behaviour at the 18-team Davis Cup finals in Madrid from November 18-24.
Hewitt said Kyrgios’ latest ban hadn’t affected his decision to select the player for the Australian team, drawn in a group with Belgium and Colombia.
“I feel like on the Davis Cup court he’s done absolutely everything I’ve needed in the past; he hasn’t put a foot wrong,” Hewitt said.
“There’s a lot of things he does in a team environment that I actually think we will see the best of him.”