Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have been left out of the Davis Cup team.

-With AAP

Lleyton Hewitt has overlooked Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic and backed Australia’s in-form stars to deliver in next month’s Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The skipper on Tuesday night named Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Jordan Thompson, Alexei Popyrin and doubles specialist John Peers for the February 1-2 tie at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive.

It’s unsurprising that Tomic didn’t make the team. Last week he publicly reignited a feud with Hewitt when he chose to speak about the Davis Cup after his first-round loss at the Australian Open.

“No one likes him anymore,” he told the press room.

“[Thanasi] Kokkinakis, [Nick] Kyrgios, we don’t want to play anymore because he’s ruined it [the Davis Cup]. He’s ruined the system. Like, go away.”

By the end of the week, Hewitt had detailed abuse and threats he claimed he copped from Tomic and vowed not to include him in any Davis Cup side he captained. Tomic only denied threatening Hewitt’s family.

However, it’s not clear whether Kokkinakis and Kyrgios didn’t want to play, like Tomic said, or were left out in favour of players who performed better at the Australian Open.

If Kyrgios did want to play, he probably didn’t help matters by posting a poll to his Instagram Stories last week, sarcastically suggesting that Hewitt played favourites with Alex de Minaur.

During his post-match interview following his round one Open loss, the one-time world No.13 said he was available for the team, but that he expected not to be picked.


With the Davis Cup overhauled for 2019, Australia will feature in one of 12 qualifying ties hoping to join defending champions Croatia, France, Spain, Great Britain, US and Argentina in the 18-team finals in Spain in November.

Australia’s team is the same one that lost to Austria in a World Group playoff last September, apart from the inclusion of 19-year-old Popyrin, who replaces Hewitt after reaching the third round of the Australian Open.

Hewitt played doubles in the last tie, claiming he only did so because players – including Kyrgios – became unavailable at the last minute.

Kyrgios opted out of the clay-court playoff to save himself for the Laver Cup instead being staged a week later in Chicago.

Australian No.3 Matt Ebden was also overlooked, as he was for the Austrian tie.

Hewitt broke with tradition and announced his team via a press release about 15 minutes before the deadline for nomination.

“De Minaur has had an incredible start to the year winning his maiden ATP title in Sydney and making the third round of the Aussie Open,” Hewitt said in a statement.

“Popyrin showed us he can match it with the top players and it was pleasing to see him do so well in only his second appearance at a grand slam.

“John Millman and Jordan Thompson will bring experience to the team as will John Peers who is contesting his ninth grand slam men’s doubles quarter-final tomorrow.”

Alex Bolt will also appear in his home state of South Australia for the Cup after making the last 32 of the Open.