Jordan Thompson has withdrawn from the Davis Cup Finals because he still recovering from COVID-19 and Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt added world No. 135 Alex Bolt to the team.
Bolt, 28, is set to represent Australia for the second time as he made his Davis Cup debut in a qualifying tie last year.
Bolt admitted he didn’t expect to be a member of the Australian team at the Davis Cup Finals.
“To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting it at all,” Bolt said of his late call-up, per Tennis Australia.
“I was having dinner with my housemates when I saw I had an incoming call from Lleyton Hewitt and I wasn’t really sure what it was going to be about.
“As the phone call unfolded, he asked me if I wanted to be on the team. It’s something that as a young kid, I’ve always wanted to be part of the Davis Cup team and one day represent my country. Anytime I’m offered a spot on the team, I was never going to knock that back.”
Bolt thrilled to represent Australia
Australia will be battling Croatia and Hungary in the round Robin stage at the Davis Cup Finals.
“To play at the Davis Cup Finals, that’s where you want to be playing for your country,” Bolt said. “The best teams in the world are all there and everyone is fighting for the title.”
Bolt thought his season was over and he started preparing for 2022.
“I’ve been home in Australia for two weeks now. Just started to refresh the body and mind,” he said.
“Now having to fly back overseas is going to take a little bit of adjustment, but I’d go anywhere for Davis Cup. As soon as I got the call, I was ready to go wherever.”
Bolt joins an Australian team that features Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Alexei Popyrin and John Peers.