Sydney NSW, Australia, 12 September 2016 | AAP/

Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt rates Nick Kyrgios a 50-50 chance of playing in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Slovakia in Sydney.

Australia’s highest world-ranked player at No.16, Kyrgios suffered a hip injury which forced his withdrawal from the US Open.

Hewitt spoke to the media following an Australian team practice sessionĀ on the temporary grass court installed on Ken Rosewall Arena at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

“I was a lot more positive today than I probably had been when I was in New York,” Hewitt said.

“It was a good hit-out today for Nick … hopefully the hip pulls up well but we’ve just got to take it day by day and sort of weighing up how much grasscourt practice he needs to be able to go out there and play as close to 100 per cent as possible come Friday.

“But it was very encouraging today.”

Both Kyrgios and Australia’s No.2 Bernard Tomic are currently ranked inside the world’s top 25 and considerĀ grass as their favourite surface.

The duo have declared themselves available for the 16-18 September tie.