Lleyton Hewitt named Australia Davis Cup captain
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been named captain of Australia's Davis Cup tennis team.
The 34-year-old takes over from interim captain Wally Masur, who led Australia in their semi-final defeat by Great Britain in Glasgow last month.
Hewitt announced earlier this year that he will end his playing career after the Australian Open in January.
He was a member of victorious Davis Cup teams in 1999 and 2003, and played in a record 41 ties over 16 years.
His first tie as captain will be a World Group first-round match at home against the United States from 4-6 March.
|Top five Australians|
|1. Bernard Tomic (ranking 18, age 23)|
|2. Nick Kyrgios (ranking 30, age 20)|
|3. Sam Groth (ranking 53, age 28)|
|4. John Millman (ranking 74, age 26)|
|5. Thanasi Kokkinakis (ranking 76, age 19)|
Among Hewitt's tasks will be to get the best out of Nick Kyrgios, the 20-year-old world number 30 who was left out of the team in Glasgow due to " focus on his personal and professional development" following disciplinary issues.
"When I came on (tour) I didn't always have the best image out there either, so it's about dealing with that and learning from the mistakes that you've made over time," said Hewitt.
"Nick's, I think, really finding himself at the moment.
"But he has massive upside, as well, and I think with the right people around him and the right team around him I think he can really improve the next year or two (in) leaps and bounds and hopefully hold up a Grand Slam trophy."