Injuries force Kyrgios, de Minaur out of Davis Cup clash against Brazil

Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur won't play in Australia's Davis Cup tie against Brazil next week because of injury.

Kyrgios has been battling a wrist complaint while de Minaur has aggravated an abdominal injury which sidelined him for last month's Australian Open.

Nick Kyrgios.Credit:AAP

Both Kyrgios and de Minaur were included in Australia’s squad which was announced prior to the Acapulco tournament.

‘‘Both guys wanted to be named hoping that they would be fine to play,’’ Hewitt said. ‘‘But as it has turned out, with Nick pulling mid-match, he has been struggling for a couple of weeks.

‘‘And Alex, as that first match went on, he had probably come back a week or two too soon.’’

Hewitt was uncertain how long either would be sidelined for, but expected Kyrgios to be out for at least a fortnight.

‘‘For at least the next week, two weeks, he shouldn’t be picking up a racquet,’’ he said.

The winner of Australia’s tie against Brazil will qualify for the Davis Cup finals in Spain in November.

Kyrgios withdrew from this week's Mexico Open to boos from the crowd. He accused them of "disrespect" after being jeered following his retirement against Frenchman Ugo Humbert due to the  injury.

The 24-year-old defending champion, who was on court for 32 minutes, later vented his anger in an expletive-laden news conference.


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