Kyrgios relishing Davis Cup opportunity

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts after being defeated by Andreas Seppi of Italy in round two of the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts after being defeated by Andreas Seppi of Italy in round two of the Australian Open. JOE CASTRO

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios says being with his Australian teammates should bring out the best in him at this week's Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic in Melbourne.

Australia will play the World Group first-round clash at Kooyong from Friday to Sunday and Kyrgios, who had another public meltdown before losing to Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open, said being in a team environment was perfect to help him get his season back on track.

"I think playing David Cup is going to improve my general well-being," Kyrgios said.

"This week it's good chemistry.

"It's a good environment and makes me happy being with these guys and getting out on the practice court and training because usually when I'm by myself I struggle to find the motivation.

"These weeks are pretty crucial for someone around my time of my career."

After losing to Italian Seppi in the first week at Melbourne despite taking a two-set lead, world No.15 Kyrgios said he needed a coach and was under-prepared - going into the tournament with a knee injury picked up while playing basketball.

The 21-year-old, who has spent the past 10 days in Miami training and getting over his knee problem, said he had looked at a couple of potential coaches but whoever took the job needed to be the "right person".

"It's finding someone who has my best interest at heart and it's tough to find someone on the team who's willing to care about me as a person first," Kyrgios said.

To some, Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt would be that "right person" but he has ruled out taking on the role.

Kyrgios said, however, it helped him "100%" having Hewitt by his side and the former world No.1 had helped him get over the struggles he had encountered since his loss at the Australian Open.

"I was obviously struggling. Mentally it was tough but I've had a lot of support and obviously Rusty (Hewitt) has been helping me though it and I think this week is crucial for me to bounce back and go out to try to enjoy it again and I feel good," he said.

Australia will go into Friday's tie as favourite, even without Bernard Tomic, who has made himself unavailable for scheduling reasons.

Kyrgios will play the singles with Jordan Thompson, who has been named to make his Davis Cup debut.

Australian Open men's doubles champion John Peers will join with Sam Groth in the doubles.

The Czech Republic will be weakened by the absence of world No.12 Tomas Berdych but can still call on the likes of world No.54 Jiri Vesely and veteran Radek Stepanek.

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