Nick Kyrgios (left) jokes with his teammates in Sydney.
Nick Kyrgios (left) jokes with his teammates in Sydney. DAVID MOIR

Rain fails to dampen Aussie spirit

TENNIS: Australia will find out tomorrow who it plays after a return to the Davis Cup World Group.

Rain in Sydney washed out the final day's play of the tie against Slovakia but with the Aussies 3-0 up, they had already secured a return to the higher echelons of the competition.

Australia has not won the Davis Cup since 2003 and lost out in a tight clash in last year's quarter-finals to eventual winner Great Britain.

Captain Lleyton Hewitt said with the likes of Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic in the team, Australia had a good chance of ending the drought in the competition.

"So much depends on the draw, but we're not there just to make up numbers, we expect that we can go deep,” he said. "And I know from experience - I'd love these boys to have that experience of going out there and playing for Australia. It's one of the greatest honours you can have playing a Davis Cup final.

"We were awfully close last year, but hopefully this is the start of 2017 right now for us.”

Australia had been hoping to complete a clean sweep over the Slovakians on the grass in Sydney. But the weather had other ideas.

Play was scheduled to start at 11am yesterday at the Ken Rosewall Arena..

After numerous delays, organisers finally announced the day three reverse singles matches would not take place.

In Saturday's doubles Sam Groth and John Peers beat Martin and Igor Zelenay 6-4 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-2).

That came after day one when Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic both swept to straight-sets singles wins as Australia retained their place in the 16-team World Group.



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