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Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic named in Australian Davis Cup team

AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016 Darren Walton

Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios during a doubles match in 2014. © Julian Finney/Getty Images Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios during a doubles match in 2014. Lleyton Hewitt is hoping to reunite Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic in Australia's Davis Cup team for the first time in three years.

Hewitt today named Kyrgios and Tomic alongside Sam Groth and John Peers for Australia's World Group playoff with Slovakia in Sydney next week.

But Kyrgios is racing the clock to be fit for the grasscourt tie at Olympic Park from September 16-18 after being forced to quit his third-round US Open match with a hip injury.

John Millman is on standby, with James Duckworth also in the six-man squad as an option given his ability to play both singles and doubles.

Hewitt, though, is giving Kyrgios every chance to recover in time.

If he does, the skipper will have top-20 stars Kyrgios and Tomic teaming up for the first time since an 18-year-old Kyrgios made his Davis Cup debut in Australia's 4-1 World Group playoff win in Poland in September 2013.

Various injuries, illnesses and suspensions have prevented Kyrgios and Tomic from representing Australia together over the past three years and six ties.

"Obviously I'd love to have those two boys leading us in the singles," Hewitt told AAP.

"Hopefully we'll have Nick. But if we don't, we still think we can put out a good outfit and we want to get back in the World Group.

"We've just got to focus. We're not taking the Slovaks lightly whatsoever.

"But we think we can get the job done."

Slovakia are likely to be led by world No.29 Martin Klizan and the 99th-ranked Lukas Lacko.

With Kyrgios in doubt, Millman is suddenly in the frame for a Cup call-up.

"He wasn't part of it initially purely because we had to look at doubles options as well," Hewitt said.

"So John Peers, Grothy and Ducks were the original squad.

"But Millman is certainly the next best singles player and so I'll be speaking with him and working out how Nick's going and then I'll have to make a plan on that.

"I'm definitely covering all my bases and giving ourselves the best opportunity."

After a series of devastating injuries, Millman has rebuilt his career and ranking with a fine 2016 season and was unlucky to draw eighth seed Dominic Thiem in the first round at Flushing Meadows.

Millman lost in five sets and Hewitt is backing the world No.66 to do the job for Australia if asked to make his debut.

"I thought he played really well in New York. He would have beaten a lot of players if he didn't draw a guy like Dominic Thiem," Hewitt said.

"That was a really high-quality match."

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