Peers selected for Davis Cup

Doubles specialist John Peers has been included in the Australian Davis Cup team that will compete against the United States in a first round fixture at Kooyong next month.

Peers, who will team up with Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth and Nick Kyrgios, is currently the number nine ranked doubles player in the world. His doubles performances at the 2015 Wimbledon and US Open tournaments both caught the attention of the tennis fraternity, and clearly the attention of Hewitt.

"He has earned this right," Hewitt told Australian journalists this week.

Australia will enter the 2016 Davis Cup as the number eight seed. However, Hewitt is under absolutely no illusions about the enormity of the task that lies ahead of him, against a highly competent United States outfit. That team will feature the Bryan brothers, who will once again assume full responsibility in the doubles contest. The doubles rubber is probably where this particular tie could be won and lost.

"Obviously the doubles is always a crucial match, but I feel at the moment we're going to be slight underdogs no matter who we put in, purely [because] we're expecting the Bryan are going to be on the other side of the net," said Hewitt.

"But John has played them in a lot of matches and a lot of big matches over the last two or three years now and I think he'll feel comfortable playing against those guys, and then obviously we have options with the doubles, depending on which way we go and which team we pick," added Hewitt.

While the doubles pick was a fairly big call on the part of Hewitt, the singles selections were a little more straightforward, as it can be argued that the two leading players in that country select themselves.

Commenting on the recent form of Kyrgios, Hewitt said: "The way he served [in Marseilles], if he can go out there and serve that way he's going to be tough for anybody to beat him on any surface, because he was getting so many cheap points, and then he can actually open up on his return of serves and take it to his opponents a little bit more."

"We all knew he was going to win a title at some stage, it was a matter of time, but the way he did it and the guys he beat, especially from the quarter-finals onwards, was very impressive," added an excited Hewitt.

Speaking about the singles rubbers in particular, Hewitt said: "They're both going to be really tough matches for both our guys, but I still believe our guys can go out there and get the job done."

"I believe in both of them. I think the match-ups work in our favour, but it's going to be tough tennis, and pressure and expectations always plays a massive part in Davis Cup. But Bernie, in particular, has got a really good Davis Cup record and it's taken absolute quality players and quality tennis to beat him in Davis Cup."