Australia ATP Cup Lleyton Hewitt is extremely excited about to have the ATP Cup staged in Sydney as he is hoping his guys will do a good job in front of their home fans.
“To get out there, especially on Ken Rosewall Arena now with the roof, it’s going to be a great atmosphere for these boys”, said Hewitt, who is Australia’s captain for the third straight year. “I think it’s a great opportunity for these guys to represent and wear the green and gold proudly in their background.”
Alex de Minaur, a former world No. 15, is looking forward to starting his season for the third year in a row at the ATP Cup.
“I think this is the beauty of the ATP Cup at the start of the year,” said De Minaur. “I’ve experienced it before, and it’s a great way to kind of see where I’m at. These are the kind of matches I want to be playing. It’s a great challenge for me, which I’m looking forward to.”
Hewitt and Co. all in good spirits
James Duckworth, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2021, is set to make his ATP Cup debut.
“I didn’t think I’d be here, but I had a pretty good year and I’ve been really happy with how I played,” said Duckworth, who broke into the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings in 2021. “I’m really looking forward to getting out and playing.”
Australia won’t have an easy job as they were drawn in Group B with Italy, Russia and France.
“I was so impressed the first year with the crowds here in Australia, and it wasn’t just the Australian matches,” said Hewitt. “Every single country has one standout elite player, no matter the depth of their team. I think the Australian crowds really enjoy coming out and seeing that calibre of players on our shores.”