Hewitt backs Kyrgios to make storming return to action at AO 2021

Former Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt has high hopes from Nick Kyrgios at this year’s Australian Open. Hewitt did admit that Kyrgios will need a few matches under his belt before the tournament gets underway.

Kyrgios has not played a competitive game in almost a year since he sustained a wrist injury. Following that, he opted not to return to the circuit due to the coronavirus.

He is set to make a return at the ATP 250 Murray River Open. Hewitt believes that if all goes well and Kyrgios enters the Australian Open unhampered by injuries, there is every reason to be optimistic about his run.

“Nick, I think as a whole him having a bit of a breakaway from the sport where he’s positioned, for his body and mind I think is a good thing,” Hewitt said.

“Because he hasn’t played a match for so long, though, it’s not going to be easy for him just to come out and switch it on either.

“I think it’s perfect for him to hopefully get through a few rounds in one of the ATP tournaments that he’s playing this week.

“But from a whole, he looks to be hitting the ball well, clean, he relies on his serve and is serving big at the moment. He’s hitting the ball well enough to push deep in the Australian Open for sure.”

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