Lleyton Hewitt is putting his faith in the Nick Kyrgios powers of recovery as Australia prepare for next month’s debut edition of the ATP Cup.

The 24-nation competition which was born as a direct challenge to the revised and reduced Davis Cup format brought to life by Spanish organisers last month, has spelled the death of Perth’s Hopman Cup and the ATP-WTA Sydney event, traditional Australian Open run-up events.

The now defunct and much loved Hopman Cup played to packed houses

 

Tennis Australia offered some solace by staging preliminary rounds for the January 3-12 in Perth and Brisbane, with preliminary and the knockout stages taking place in Sydney.

Kyrgios is expected to start for Australia  but is providing plenty of pre-holiday worries for Hewitt; but the 24-year-old is struggling with a collarbone injury from the Davis Cup nearly a month ago.

Nick Kyrgios inDavis Cup  action for Australia last month

Joining Kyrgios on the squad is 18th-ranked Alex de Minaur in group F in Brisbane against Germany, Greece and Canada.

“It (injury) has happened a couple of times now so it is a little bit of a concern leading into an Australian summer where hopefully he is going to be playing a lot of matches,” Hewitt said.

“The shoulder and collarbone area are obviously such a big part of his game, to be able to serve at the power that he does is a real weapon for him.

“I am still really confident that he can go out and back Alex de Minaur up.

Alex de Minaur during 2019 Australian Open. Photo ANNE PARKER International Sports Fotos Ltd

Nick always plays well in Australia – hopefully he can do that in January.”

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