Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has announced his decision to withdraw from competing with this year’s Davis Cup team in Europe, planning instead to return to Australia to be with his sick mum.
Kyrgios’ recent achievements at Wimbledon and his incredible performance at the Montreal Masters would have made Kyrgios a solid addition to the team event which he hasn’t competed in since 2019.
Despite Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt’s disappointment that Kyrgios will not be competing, he still has Thanasis Kokkinakis up his sleeve as an option for the singles match while world No. 20 Alex de Minaur will now lead the group in Hamburg, Germany in September.
“It would have been great to have Nick [Kyrgios] in the team but unfortunately he was unavailable for this tie,” Hewitt said.
“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.
“I look forward to Alex leading the team in Hamburg.”
— Sky247 (@officialsky247) August 16, 2022
News of Kygrios’ decision to back out of Davis Cup comes after winning an impressive 15 of his last 16 singles matches, however, his decision to withdraw has had little impact on the tennis superstar.
“I honestly don’t care,” Kyrgios said.
“I’ve been away from home, away from my mum, away from my dad.
“They’re not very well at the moment.
“So I don’t really care about no winning streak.”
This isn’t the first time Kyrgios voiced his concerns about his family.
Following his triumphant victory over world No.1 Daniil Medvedev at the Canadian Open, the Wimbledon runner-up had opened up about the challenges of being away from home amid his family’s health issues.
“It’s hard because even travelling now, my mum is in hospital at the moment, my dad hasn’t been very well, my brother just had a baby and I don’t get to be there with my family when normal people would like to be with them,” Kyrgios said.
“It’s hard being from Australia because we can’t travel back and forth. There’s a lot of things people don’t see. They only see me winning, losing, throwing a racquet, doing those things.
“They don’t really understand the challenges that I face or what people on tour face, what’s going on in their personal lives.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 10, 2022
While Kyrgios spends time with family back in Australia, the Davis Cup team is set to face the first group ties on September 13.