Lleyton Hewitt named Australia Davis Cup captain

Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt made his Davis Cup debut against the USA in 1999

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."