Nick Kyrgios hit back at Lleyton Hewitt, claiming the Australian co-captain «threw him under the bus» following his late United Cup withdrawal. After Kyrgios withdrew from the United Cup, Hewitt called out Kyrgios for «miscommunication» and indicated that the 27-year-old did not even bother to inform the team of his intention.
On Friday, Ajla Tomljanovic withdrew from her singles match against Harriet Dart due to injury; she was replaced by Maddison Inglis, who lost as Great Britain secured the key third point to secure victory over Australia.
Hewitt and Sam Stosur are co-captains of the Australian United Cup team. «Hmm, I wonder if Stosur will throw her under the bus like our captain did me. ‘Hard to prepare when you don’t know what’s going on,'» Kyrgios tweeted.
Hmm, I wonder if Stosur will throw her under the bus like our captain did me… ‘hard to prepare when you don’t know what’s going on’ 🤭🤭 — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) December 30, 2022
Hewitt was not happy with Kyrgios’ behavior
On Wednesday, just hours before the start of the inaugural United Cup, Kyrgios announced his withdrawal from the tournament due to an ankle injury.
Kyrgios reportedly withdrew from the United Cup because he did not want to risk aggravating his injury before the Australian Open. But when Hewitt was asked about Kyrgios’ late withdrawal, it was clear the Australian team co-captain was not happy about what had happened.
«I was in the same boat as all the other players. I didn’t know anything else. It was pretty hard for everyone. It was probably the miscommunication and that these guys didn’t know. I’m very proud of this guy.» (de Minaur) and the effort and how he makes playing for his country a priority.
It’s something I’m very proud of him. I think it was quite difficult for the whole team not to know what was going on in the last 24 hours,» Hewitt said after Kyrgios’ retirement. In recent months, Kyrgios has indicated that the Grand Slams are the tournaments that matter most to him.
It’s no secret that Kyrgios is raring to win a Grand Slam and has made it clear that he will go for the title at the Australian Open.