Nick Kyrgios at centre of sad announcement amid family heartache

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Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) during the Canadian Open and (pictured right) Lleyton Hewitt during a press conference.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) opted out of the Australian Davis Cup tennis team, named by Lleyton Hewitt, in order to return home and see his family after a long overseas tour. (Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios has understandably opted out of the Davis Cup tournament in Europe so he can return home and see his parents who are currently unwell.

Kyrgios has been in career-best form ever since his run to the Wimbledon final, which he lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets.

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The Aussie has also enjoyed a remarkable run after Wimbledon, winning 15 of his last 17 matches and claiming the title at the Citi Open in Washington earlier this month.

He also won the doubles title in Atlanta, before taking out both the singles and doubles crowns in Washington.

His strong run only came to an end with a quarter-final loss to Hubert Kurkasz at the Canadian Open last week.

Before the match, Kyrgios admitted he was exhausted after the grass and hard court campaigns with the US Open two weeks out.

And having been away from home for months, Kyrgios has opted out of the upcoming Davis Cup in Spain to go home and see his parents.

Kyrgios hasn't played in the team event since 2019 and would have been a strong addition given his sparkling singles form plus grand slam-winning doubles combination with Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Nick Kyrgios, pictured here in action for Australia in Davis Cup in 2019.
Nick Kyrgios in action for Australia in Davis Cup in 2019. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Team captain Lleyton Hewitt has still included Kokkinakis as a singles option for the group stage, alongside Australia's top-ranked player and World No.20 Alex de Minaur.

Wimbledon men's doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell have also been named, while Alexei Popyrin and Jason Kubler will also travel to Germany in the six-man squad.

Australia is drawn in Pool C alongside Germany, France and Belgium and will compete at the Am Rothenbaum from September 13-18.

In other Davis Cup news, Rafa Nadal was also not named for Spain.

While he was also expected to take part in the Davis Cup, Spain did not name the 35-year-old for their group stage encounters.

Spain did named an incredibly strong team however, which will be led by teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz.

Nick Kyrgios' family admission after Canadian Open loss

Following his loss at the Canadian Open, Kyrgios admitted he wasn't dwelling on the upset considering the dramas going on back in Australia with his family.

"I honestly don't care [about losing the winning streak]," Kyrgios said after the match.

"I've been away from home, away from my mum, away from my dad.

"They're not very well at the moment. So I don't really care about 'no winning streak'.

"I got two more tournaments [Cincinnati and the US Open] left before I can go home."

Kyrgios opens his Cincinnati singles campaign against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round on Tuesday (local time).

with AAP

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