Sydney - World number 17 Nick Kyrgios was on Wednesday named in
Australia's team to face Belgium in their Davis Cup semi-final, despite
crashing out of the US Open with a right shoulder injury.
The combustible 22-year-old's availability was under a cloud
after his first round exit at Flushing Meadow, but captain Lleyton Hewitt
included him along with Thanasi Kokkinakis, Jordan Thompson and John Peers.
The tie, in Brussels from September 15 to 17, will be played
on indoor clay.
"We've been working towards this moment all year, and
the whole team has made Davis Cup a priority in their schedules," said
"They've all had it at the back of their minds and we
are so close now."
Kokkinakis returns to Davis Cup duty after a frustrating 18
months out of the game due to injury, replacing Sam Groth who featured in their
quarter-final win over the United States.
"Thanasi has always shown commitment to the Davis Cup
team and his performances in 2017 speak for themselves," Hewitt said.
Since being back on tour, Kokkinakis has risen steadily in
the rankings, posting big wins over top 20 players including Milos Raonic and
Tomas Berdych, while reaching his first singles final at Los Cabos.
Australia last reached a Davis Cup final in 2003 when Hewitt,
Mark Philippoussis, Todd Woodbridge, Wayne Arthurs and captain John Fitzgerald
defeated Spain 3-1 on grass at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
A win over Belgium would see them host the Davis Cup final
at home in late November against the winner of France and Serbia.