Kyrgios Missing Davis Cup Practices at Kooyong; Illness, Possible Injury?
by Staff | March 1st, 2016, 10:31 am
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Will Nick Kyrgios be fit enough to face the U.S. in Davis Cup play beginning Friday?


Kyrgios, who pulled from the Acapulco Dubai event mid-match versus Stan Wawrinka citing illness/injury/what-have-you, sat out of practice on Monday and Tuesday at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Kooyong, Australia.

“Nick has a virus,” said Aussie debut captain Lleyton Hewitt. “At the moment, he is taking it easy and trying to get over that 100% to be ready to go. I didn’t want him around the other boys if he is a bit infectious. It is more of a precaution. He will be ready.

“Nick has played a lot of matches, as well as Bernie [Tomic]. They are coming in confident with their ball striking and it is about these guys doing the small things to feel comfortable on the grass courts. Come match day, I am backing both of
these boys.”

If Kyrgios does not recover, Hewitt will likely be backing Sam Groth as a singles replacement, which would be a blow to the Aussies’ chances.

Hewitt says Kyrgios and Tomic provide the perfect one-two punch on grass.

“Both of their games suit grass with big serves and good returns,” Hewitt said. “The reason both boys are approaching career-high rankings right now is because of their serves. That will be a big point this weekend because the U.S. team serves well, too. It will come down to a few points here or there.”

Injuries are also a question mark for the secluded Kyrgios, who weeks back in Dubai suffered from back and hips problems.

U.S. captain Jim Courier is preparing for the best from the Aussies who have framed themselves as the “underdogs” in the home tie.

“It doesn’t matter one bit,” Courier said of any underdog status. “We are the away team and we traveled to get here. The crowd will be behind them. We are here to play whether it is as an underdog or overdog. None of that matters, which I wish it did. We have to go to battle and play.”


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53 Comments for Kyrgios Missing Davis Cup Practices at Kooyong; Illness, Possible Injury?

Green Lady Says:

Well he did retire against Stan,so does sound like an injury.


RZ Says:

Nick had said he was getting his hip checked before DC. http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2016/02/kyrgios-have-hip-examined-davis-cup/57745/#.VtW-F_krKWg

I’m not sure how much of a blow it would be to have to have Sam Groth play singles. Last year Groth and Hewitt were the players who got Australia to the semis.


ratcliff Says:

Oops, Tennis-x. Nick Kyrgios didn’t retire in Acapulco mid-event.

Kyrgios was on a tear in Europe. Took down: Pospisil, Gabashvili, Gasquet, Cilic, and won his first ATP title in Marseille! He was ailing from his first match in Dubai but got hilarious wins over Klizan and Berdych to make the SF there where he retired vs Stan the Man.

It was an injury – back and hip – that made him cease and desist his campaign in Dubai. :D The virus was starting in Dubai also, iirc. Unbelievable that he didn’t retire earlier versus Klizan or Kukushkin or Berdych – to my eyes, it appeared all three should have beat him but those guys were under his spell. He’s firmly in Klizan;s and Berdych’s heads lol…

It took Stan the Man to make it stop and Nick to slow down. :)

Now – I hope if there’s any hint of an issue that he skips DC before he wrecks himself for half the season or more.


jalep Says:

Oops again, Tennis-X staff. My browser posted me under a username used on another website.

That 11:28 am post is just me, jalep. email the same.


jalep Says:

RZ – I think if Nick was fresh like he was in Marseille, it would be fantastic to have him play DC! He has no fear – plowed through Gasquet like a boss – Berdych too!

I’m more concerned about Nick’s health after watching him in Dubai.

Groth would be fine :) It’s Canada that will suffer without Milos.


elina Says:

And long time doubles specialist Daniel Nestor, the only player in doubles history to record 1000 wins, also out for the Canadians.


jalep Says:

That’s right, elina. Disaster in Guadeloupe for Canada.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – I agree that a healthy (and sane) Nick is the best player on the Aussie team for singles. I was just pointing out that they could do a lot worse than have Sam Groth as a backup. In the DC quarterfinals last year, Nick fizzled in his singles match but Groth won his doubles and the reverse singles.


Van Persie Says:

Nick boy, get well soon. Tennis world needs you!


jalep Says:

It’s cool, RZ. My enthusiasm for Kyrgios has returned after his performances in IPTL, Hopman Cup (I know exho’s but…), Marseille and Dubai.

Australia’s ‘bench’ is getting deeper all the time. Groth will be fine. I’m happy with Nick taking a break – hoping he’ll be okay.

Canada has no ‘bench’ to fall back on with Milos and Nester out. Guess it will be Pospy, Bestor and Dancevic?


RZ Says:

Yikes, that’s a lot on Pospy’s shoulders. He’s capable of winning 2 singles matches (since you never know what to expect from the French players) and doubles, but it would be tough and he’s injury prone.


Wog Boy Says:

Nice analyses why Kyrgios is suddenly winning:

“According to a statistics analysis from lastwordonsports.com, Kyrgios’ recent rise can be attributed largely to one thing: his improved return game.”

http://www.foxsports.com.au/tennis/secret-behind-nick-kyrgios-winning-run/news-story/6f3172fc6419d1878b06eda0748a1f81


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ forget about the link, you won’t be able to open it up, but anyway, he practiced today but kept low profile and didn’t say anything, I doubt he will play on friday, maybe on sunday if it comes to be or not to be.


Van Persie Says:

Sorry for mentioning Thiem on this tread. He will play DC this weekend against Portugal, even if his coach advised, that it would be better for him, to skeep it, in order to be fresh for IW. Would gladly post the article, but it is in German. Could not find anything in English.


skeezer Says:

Wow a tennis post, amazing.


Wog Boy Says:

We realize that TX fashion guru is falling into depression so want to cheer him up..


Van Persie Says:

^^ the same guy appointed Nole as a potential vice president for America ;)


Wog Boy Says:

No way VP, we won’t settle for anything less than President of the greatest nation on Earth..he is not just any tennis player, he is the greatest tennis player on Earth, no?

Disclaimer
We are talking present time, not past time, all time, part time, casual time..etc.


Van Persie Says:

Exactly WB :)


Okiegal Says:

I hate to admit this ……but again I am the one who started the political discussion on the another thread by mentioning the USA had a St. Bernard running for president…..that got the ball rolling. I apologize again for getting something started that took the focus off of tennis…..not my intentions…..


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal

Why apologise….it was better than the ramblings on about nothing that happens in the lulls of tennis….certainly better than the Oscars…


RZ Says:

@Okie – no need to apologize. I had fun envisioning Tomic, Fognini, Kyrios, and Gulbis as politicians.


Van Persie Says:

Okie, you get also a like from me. I have learnt new things. And like JK mentioned, it is the real world. We cannot only talk about tennis, ceremonies and pretending, that other things do not matter


Green Lady Says:

Politicians are full of codswallop,say one thing and do the exact opposite.


J-Kath Says:

GL – next time you change your Tennis X name…I’d love it to be “Codswallop”.. Think about it…you wouldn’t need to say another word unless you wanted.

.hurray up and decide or I’ll grab it myself (just joking.)


Green Lady Says:

J-Kath lol ;),but they all have to be in keeping with my real life persona im afraid.


J-Kath Says:

@ GL

Th effect of you saying Codswallop at the end of your comments is terrific…hence the thought. However, it was a joke with a core of reality in it. Obviously you must do what is comfortable for you…but if you suddenly see a commenter using “Codswallop” you’ll know who it is – and hope nobody else remebers.

On Tennis/Davis Cup, Kyle Evans has withdrawn with back injury replaced by Dan Evans…not that certain UK will win now. How match-ready is Andy who will again probably have to play 3 possible 5-setters.?


RZ Says:

@J-Kath, I think in this tie Andy sits out the doubles. Jamie/Dom are a much stronger team than the Japanese doubles players.


J-Kath Says:

RZ – You know Andy – He will only sit out the doubles if Dom wins his singles match…otherwise he won’t risk it.


RZ Says:

J-Kath, I have a different view. With the reverse singles being against Nishikori, I don’t think Andy would play doubles unless Dan Evans somehow wins his singles match, in which case it would be more likely as it would presumably lead to the reverse singles being dead rubbers. But if Nishikori wins today, I predict that Andy sits out the dubs to be ready for his singles match.


J-Kath Says:

RZ – You want to bet?


Green Lady Says:

J-Kath he does seem to always have to do it the hard way in DC, although no disrespect to his fellow team members,with no fellow top 10 players theres nobody to help him out,yes another 2 5 setters to play,happy team GB won the DC,but wish Andy would now concentrate on winning more GS and other titles.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – gentlewoman’s agreement? Loser has to post that the other was correct. (I know, not very interesting but easy within the confines of the internet).


J-Kath Says:

RZ..Definitely. Hope you’ve got your draft apology started. I expect it to drip with honey. I shall look for it approx. 1.00pm…. PS: I promise I won’t gloat (much).


RZ Says:

@J-Kath, haha. I probably won’t be on the web tomorrow so I will look for your apology on Sunday. :-)


J-Kath Says:

RZ

It being Sunday, I may take pity on you and not gloat.


J-Kath Says:

@ RZ

Prepare your apology – Andy confirmed he is playing doubles. Seriously, has been announced in several UK papers and confirmed.

Have a good day tomorrow.
K


RZ Says:

@J-Kath, I believe you but still think they might change the line-up. Don’t worry, I’ll give you a proper concession on Sunday if needed. :-)


J-Kath Says:

@ RZ

Kei Nishikori is also playing doubles. I seriously don’t need a concession …I just want Andy to win even though he is a daft “b-gg-r”.


Okiegal Says:

Thanks to all who did not mind the political talk…..some were against it, but we can’t please all of the people all of the time! My coffee is brewing……time for a cup…..Hazelnut…yummy…smells so good!!


RZ Says:

@J-Kath I honor my bets so here goes:

I hereby proclaim that I was wrong in my prediction that Andy Murray would not play doubles in the Davis Cup tie against Japan, and so I lost the gentlewoman’s agreement I had made with J-Kath.

Go Team GB!


Van Persie Says:

Okie, do you work in advertising area? After mentioning the coffee, I had to make an espresso ;)


J-Kath Says:

Thank you @ RZ

I shall honour your dignity and abstain from a wise-crack.

Shall we ever know why Kei with-drew at last minute? Maybe after tomorrow.


RZ Says:

I still think there was no need for Andy to play that I.. Would have done fine. But maybe he wanted the practice before his singles match tomorrow. Guessing Nishikori is worried about possible injury.


RZ Says:

Oops, that I… was supposed to say that I think Dom would have had done just fine. I’ve gotta remember to check my posts when using speech to text


J-Kath Says:

@ RZ
Perhaps Dom would have been fine…but I can understand where Andy is coming from…(plus Kei was supposed to play).

Leon knows that if GB does not win this particular contest Andy will not continue to participate. The reason being GB would have qualify again to return to that group – requiring a greater commitment by Andy, one that would jeopardise his individual career.


Okiegal Says:

VP……..No, I don’t. My Dad owned and operated a grocery store……My parents loved coffee and a had a pot on the stove morning, noon and night…hence my love for it as well…..Folgers was their choice. I worked at the Pontotoc County Court House for years…..I retired as an elected official. I served as the court clerk and retired in 2006…..hence my mention of politics! I never had an opponent. I always wondered if I could have won a political race but was very glad I didn’t have to find out! Campaigning door to door in the hot summer time is not fun!! I had two bosses that did get opponents and I had to beat the streets for them, so I knew what it was all about. Yes, I was blessed not to have to go through it…….


Okiegal Says:

Still waiting for IW……I don’t follow Davis Cup that much. I would if it was televised. I bet the atmosphere of DC is a blast!! It would be a fun venue.


Van Persie Says:

Okie, was nice to hear all this about you. I hope you took my words as compliment, because you convinced me with one post to prepare for myself a coffee….no commercial was needed :)…or I was out of coffein, and I was overreacting ;)


Okiegal Says:

Thanks, VP. I love to learn about the posters here on TX…..very interesting to me. The only thing we know for sure is who they love to hate! LOL


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