Tennis: Australian Open; Nick Kyrgios; Lleyton Hewitt; Follow all the news and results

Nick Kyrgios accused Lleyton Hewitt of throwing him under the bus but the Australian tennis legend has resisted the temptation to shoot back.

Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt refuses to engage in recent public feud with Nick Kyrgios.

Hewitt was accused by Kyrgios of “thrown him under the boss” after questioning his lack of communication about his withdrawal from the Australia team at the United Cup and resisted the temptation to fire back.

Instead, the Australian co-captain kept his lips locked and told reporters: “I’m not going to get into that tonight.”

Asked if he would be in touch with Kyrgios to clear the air in the near future, Hewitt again gave a wide berth, saying he didn’t want to divert attention from Alex de Minaur’s stunning win over Spain’s Rafa Nadal.

“This is Alex’s night,” Hewitt said.

It’s no secret that Hewitt and Kyrgios didn’t always see eye to eye, especially when it comes to representing Australia.

As a player, Hewitt always put his country first and continues to do so after being named captain of Australia’s Davis Cup and United Cup teams.

While exercising great restraint around Kyrgios, Hewitt was livelier as he witnessed De Minaur’s breakthrough on the sidelines for his first win over Nadal on Monday night, shouting encouragement from the first point to the last

“Obviously Alex has so much respect for Rafa,” Hewitt said.

“He’s one of the greatest, if not the greatest, to ever play this game. So it’s scary for anyone to go out there and play against these players.

“Alex was lucky, he’s done it a few times now. He got the same opportunity three years ago and it was terribly close that night too.

“For him to actually have faith in finishing it, that’s the confidence he’s going to take from it to be able to do it against the best players in the world and Rafa is obviously the defending champion going to Melbourne in a week Time.

“He (De Minaur) deserves to be confident and really happy with his performance.

“I think he’ll take a lot of confidence from that, not just this summer but all year.”

De Minaur was not asked about the public row between his captain and his teammate, but made it clear that he was all-in whenever he got the chance to play for his country.

“It’s a huge win for myself, one that I really needed. I’m going to appreciate it and use it, get all that confidence from it and hopefully be able to take it to have a good Australian summer,” he said.

“It’s still pretty raw, I’d say. Look I’m very happy. I’m sure I can really let it rest for the next few days. But I don’t want to go into that either.

“It’s an incredible win and it will do a lot for me, my confidence and my form at the Australian Open.

“But the big picture is still the Australian Open. I’ll go back to the training ground and work on a few things that I could have done better. You know, hopefully you get to the Australian Open in the best possible shape to go out there and have a couple of weeks of good tennis there.

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Ryan Sederquist

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