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Team spirit fires Kyrgios

Reuters
Thursday, September 14, 2017

MELBOURNE - Two weeks after declaring he lacked any dedication to tennis, Nick Kyrgios has pledged to fire up for Australia's bid to reach the Davis Cup final.

Australia play Belgium in the semi-final in Brussels this weekend, looking to secure their first trip to the decider since their 2003 win over Spain.

An injury-hampered Kyrgios bowed out of the opening round of the U.S. Open with an assortment of fines, a smashed racket and a tantrum, while burnishing his reputation as the tour's most talented slacker.

"I'm not dedicated to the game at all," he told reporters at Flushing Meadows, describing an off-court regimen of milkshakes, ice creams and walk-up basketball games.

"There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I'm not that guy."

Following on from his admissions of video game marathons at a previous tournament, it was another confessional to elicit groans back home where exasperated fans still hope the 22-year-old can knuckle down.

In Davis Cup, they can at least be confident of something approaching a full-blooded performance from Kyrgios.








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