Kyrgios hits back at Hewitt after United Cup withdrawal

SYDNEY, Dec 30 ― Nick Kyrgios said Australian co-captain Lleyton Hewitt threw him “under the bus” just after his choice to withdraw from the United Cup combined groups match to be in leading affliction for subsequent month’s Australian Open.

Earth selection 22 Kyrgios, who loved a outstanding 2022 winning the Australian Open men’s doubles title and ending runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon ultimate, pulled out of the joint ATP and WTA event on Wednesday with an harm.

Hewitt mentioned on Thursday that he had been unaware of Kyrgios’ withdrawal until finally the 27-yr-old’s announcement and expressed stress more than his deficiency of interaction.

On Friday, Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic pulled out of her match in opposition to Britain’s Harriet Dart because of to a still left knee personal injury and Kyrgios responded to a Twitter write-up questioning if she would be dealt with in the same way by co-captain Sam Stosur.

“Mmm I wonder if Stosur will toss her less than the bus like our captain did for me… ‘hard to put together when you don’t know what is heading on’,” Kyrgios said.

Kyrgios, who opted out of Australia’s Davis Cup team this 12 months, said he had been in interaction with Tennis Australia chief government Craig Tiley as well as United Cup tournament director Stephen Farrow about his personal injury.

The mercurial Australian trained on the practice courts at Sydney Olympic Park on Friday. The Australian Open up starts on Jan. 16. ― Reuters