Kyrgios won’t play for Australia in Davis Cup
NICK Kyrgios has opted to sit out Australia's meaningless Davis Cup tie against Austria next week.
Kyrgios had said during the US Open he would make the trip to Graz for the so-called World Group playoff "if picked" by Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt.
But the Australian No. 1 has since chosen to rest his fragile body after a relatively demanding American hard-court campaign.
Kyrgios, who revealed during his run to the third round in New York, that he'd been taking cortisone every second day for a knee issue, has also been dogged by elbow and hip injuries over the past two years.
It's understood the two-time grand slam quarter-finalist would have played the Austrians had it been a big World Group semi-final or final. But the radical overhaul of the Davis Cup has rendered the indoor clay-court fixture from September 14-16 largely redundant.
With the competition being transformed into an 18-team end-of-season event as of next year, there is no World Group for Australia to join in 2019 even if they win the "playoff".
Hewitt was due to leave for Europe on Sunday with an extended squad, now to be spearheaded by teenage star Alex de De Minaur and John Millman, Australia's best performer at the US Open and up against Roger Federer in the fourth round on Monday.
De Minaur and Millman are almost certain to play singles in Graz, with Hewitt set to pick himself in the team to partner John Peers in doubles. South Australian Alex Bolt was also travelling to Austria.
While Hewitt is stridently opposed to the controversial Davis Cup reforms, most notably the removal of the home-and-away element of the 118-year-old teams' event, Kyrgios welcomed the change-up.
"The best thing about the Davis Cup was the home-and-away ties," Kyrgios said. "I had some great experiences in my away ties. I played a tie in Belgium. It was one of the most memorable ones.
"Obviously back in Australia was pretty special.
"That was the biggest loss, by changing the home and away (aspect).
"(But) things change and I think tennis as a sport needs to become more exciting somehow, so a change like this is going to be good.
"We'll see how it goes. If all the players participate. If the big guys, I think everyone will play and it will be a really, really good week or however long it goes for."
It's unknown if Kyrgios's decision to skip next week's tie had any role in Hewitt not being courtside for the Canberran's third-round Open loss to Federer on Saturday.
Hewitt instead chose to hit with de Minaur several hours before the 19-year- old's clash with Marin Cilic, prompting surprise on social media.