Cape Town – Nick Kyrgios says he will fire up Australia’s bid to reach
the Davis Cup final when they take on Belgium this weekend in the semi-final in
This is a bit of an attitude turnaround for the 22-year-old,
who said declaring two weeks ago that he lacked any dedication to tennis after
he bowed out of the opening round of the US Open.
“I’m not dedicated to the game at all,” he told
reporters at Flushing Meadows at the time.
“There are players out there that are more dedicated,
that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the
one-percenters. I’m not that guy.”
Australia has played well in Davis Cup this year, reaching
the semi-final’s having beaten the United States in April where Kyrgios played
a leading role in that victory in the team event which he openly admits he
enjoys partaking in.
“Davis Cup has done wonders for me this year,” Kyrgios
said. “It’s really made me find that love again for just being with the
guys and having some fun, knowing that tennis isn’t all bad, knowing that you
can have some fun with it.”
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been credited for
bringing out the best in Kyrgios, firing up his passion for the event which
Australia last won over a decade ago.
“‘Rusty’ (Hewitt) has helped me a lot,” said
Kyrgios. “I think he’s the best captain we’ve ever had. I know that
everyone on our team would run through a brick wall for him.
“To take home the trophy would be probably a dream come
true for me.”
In the other Davis Cup semi-final action France faces