Nick Kyrgios’ late United Cup withdrawal surprises Australia teammates


Nick Kyrgios’ late withdrawal from the inaugural version of the United Cup took his personal teammates abruptly on Wednesday as they have been left at the hours of darkness till minutes earlier than their pre-tournament information convention.

Kyrgios, who’s ranked twenty second on this planet and reached this 12 months’s Wimbledon remaining, was set to guide Australia within the joint ATP and WTA occasion, which is being held in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and gives rating factors and $15 million in prize-money.

Organisers stated the 27-year-old, who was attributable to face Britain’s Cameron Norrie in his first singles match on Thursday in Group D, withdrew attributable to harm.

“We literally just found out 10 minutes ago. Obviously it’s news to all of us and we just move forward now,” co-captain Sam Stosur informed reporters.

Kyrgios, who opted out of Australia’s Davis Cup workforce this 12 months, later posted a video on Instagram the place he was seen out within the sunshine at a harbor with the caption ‘Beautiful day’.

Alex de Minaur, who will now transfer into the primary males’s place for Workforce Australia, needed to keep away from discussing Kyrgios and give attention to the upcoming occasion.

“I think it would be great if we just talk about this great team,” he stated. “We are all here, we are all happy to be here, we are about to play an exciting new event, something new for all of us – the United Cup.”

Australia can even play Rafa Nadal’s Spain in Group D.

The event, which runs from Dec. 29-Jan. 8, options 18 nations cut up into six teams of three, with groups enjoying two males’s and two girls’s singles matches and a combined doubles match.