Why versatile team is Australia’s secret weapon

“We see each other all year round and don’t get to talk much, but when we get together for this week it’s like we’ve never really been away. There’s definitely something in the culture.”

Australia’s co-captain Sam Stosur has already signaled the same green-and-gold environment, getting the most out of Kyrgios as his Davis Cup exile continues.

Jason Kubler, Zoe Hives, Alex de Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic kick off Australia's United Cup campaign.

Jason Kubler, Zoe Hives, Alex de Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic kick off Australia’s United Cup campaign.Credit:Stefan Siewert

As playing captain, Stosur is eligible to take part in the mixed doubles matches which round out any tie after two singles matches for men and women.

Headlines have hyped the prospect of Kyrgios and his former girlfriend Tomljanovic reuniting on the pitch as a mixed doubles pairing, but Australia are expected to pair De Minaur and Tomljanovic while Kyrgios joins forces with Zoe Hives.

Tomljanovic will be eager to “take my revenge” when she takes on Britain’s Harriet Dart as expected after being upset by world No. 98 in the Billie Jean King Cup semifinals.

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With a career-high number 33, Stosur said Tomljanovic’s game is more complete than ever after a landmark 2022 season that included quarter-final appearances at Wimbledon and the US Open.

“She kept that level from start to finish and has gotten better. I watch her and I have a firm belief that she will get through a situation,” Stosur said herald and Age.

“Her confidence is so much better now watching her play than it may have been in times in the past when unwanted mistakes crept in or concentration slipped.

“She really eliminated all of that from her game this year. Hopefully, in the next month or so, she can take the next step toward turning 32 and getting back on track.

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