Hewitt has faith in Kyrgios

Recently appointed Australia Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt thinks that Nick Kyrgios has a considerable amount to offer the game, in team competition and on the ATP Tour.

Kyrgios, who has yet to win a title on the ATP Tour, has shown glimpses of the player that he could be on the professional circuit and many are of the opinion that his attitude has been an impediment to his success thus far.

Hewitt is not quite as pessimistic about the so-called Bad Boy of men's tennis.

"He's got to be who he is to a certain extent," Hewitt told journalists.

"I don't think Nick realises how powerful his image can be," added the two-time Grand Slam singles champion.

In an era when the players in the top echelons of the sport have worked so hard to create a good image for the game, Kyrgios' antics on and off the court have sparked some discontent and disapproval. 

Hewitt does not see Kyrgios' demeanor as a negative if he can just find a way to make it work for him.

"He is so good for the sport of tennis in so many ways if he can control it to a certain line because he brings so many different people to watch our great sport, and he does it not just in Australia but across the globe," explained Hewitt.

"And in some ways he is like a basketball player trying to play tennis, and it's a great image for our game as long as he does it in the right way, and that's obviously what we're trying to put in place with him."

"When I came on (tour) I didn't always have the best image out there, either, so it's about dealing with that and learning from the mistakes that you've made over time," he said.

"Nick's, I think, really finding himself at the moment. But he has massive upside, as well, and I think with the right people around him and the right team around him I think he can really improve the next year or two (in) leaps and bounds and hopefully hold up a grand slam trophy."