Sydney - Australian number one Nick Kyrgios played down
concerns over his hip injury on Tuesday and said he felt ready to play this
week's Davis Cup World Group play-off against Slovakia.
The injury forced Kyrgios, the world number 15, to quit the
US Open third round in tears just a week ago. But he said in Sydney: "I
wouldn't be here if I didn't want to play."
"I feel ready. I'm playing probably the best tennis I
have," added the 21-year-old.
"I've hit twice since I've been here and been going for
about an hour to an hour-and-a-half, so it's feeling good and I'm feeling
confident with it.
"I just got a niggling injury that came out of nowhere
almost. (But) I feel I've been going pretty well. I've been on the rise the
whole year. I've been playing well. I feel confident and I think we can do
Kyrgios - who made his Davis Cup debut in the doubles as an
18-year-old in 2013 - has only played four ties, with a 3-4 win-loss record in
Bernard Tomic and doubles specialists John Peers and Sam
Groth complete the team to face Slovakia from September 16-18, where both
countries are trying to secure a place in next year's World Group.
Kyrgios, who like Tomic has a chequered reputation, praised
his team-mates, saying: "It means a lot to me being... alongside these
guys trying to get back into the World Group."