This is what awaits Australia today to headline the evening session with Alex de Minaur in the men’s singles against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Zoe Hives to take the court in the women’s rubber against Great Britain’s number 2 Katie Swan.
It was supposed to be Nick Kyrgios’ first match in Australia since his Wimbledon exploits, but the world number 22 withdrew on Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the event began, with an ankle injury he hopes to heal sooner than later. of the Australian Open.
It was a frosty reception from his Australian teammates when asked about it at the team’s press conference on Wednesday. They said they only found out about Kyrgios’s withdrawal 10 minutes before facing the media.
I don’t think Kyrgios’ Instagram post from Darling Harbor a couple of hours later would have gone down too well in the Aussie locker room.
You can read Michael Chammas’s story here.