“I don’t know. You have to ask him. I can’t try anymore,” Hewitt said, adding that “of course” she had tried to convince him.
“I try to come here with the best possible team that we can field.” De Minaur offered an equally frustrated response: “I’ve tried that too. It just wasn’t meant to be.”
A social media user this week also questioned where Kyrgios stood in thinly veiled criticism of an Instagram post by De Minaur, where he praised Australia’s Davis Cup team and described representing his country as “a great honour”. Kyrgios’ response was simple: “Actually, I’m about to go to Saudi Arabia for 6 figures.”
The sport’s greatest showman has tournament directors from around the world clamoring for him to play in their events.
He ended his competitive season at the ATP Finals, playing doubles alongside Kokkinakis after they earned their spot with a shock triumph at the Australian Open in January. Kyrgios also played an exhibition match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie in Mexico City in mid-November.
Norrie is also participating in the Saudi Arabia showcase event, along with Daniil Medvedev, Alex Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Andrey Rublev.
Felix Jakens of Amnesty International UK accused Norrie of taking part in “the latest Saudi sportswear washing spree” and asked him to use his platform to condemn human rights issues in the country.
But Norrie said it was not his role to get involved in “individual government politics” and that the exhibition tournament would be an ideal preparation for the Australian Open.