25 January 2017 | Alex Sharp

Jordan Thompson is raring to go for his “special” Davis Cup debut.

Lleyton Hewitt’s squad team takes on Czech Republic in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group opening round tie on hardcourt at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club next week.

“It means the world, you know, to be playing for Lleyton (Hewitt) as well it’s even more special,” said Thompson, who has been named alongside world No.13 Nick Kyrgios, big-serving Sam Groth and world No.9 doubles specialist John Peers in the four-man side.

Thompson’s endeavours off and off the court have earned the 22-year-old the call-up.

“I had big pre-season. Six to seven weeks long,working hard on every aspect of my game and it paid off. Quarter-final in Brisbane, won the doubles with Thanasi (Kokkinakis), did ok in Sydney and won a round here (Australian Open) so it’s going pretty well,” said the Aussie youngster, having built confidence from his fine recent performances.

“Definitely (confident), played plenty of matches this year and been playing at a high level.”

The Sydneysider is grateful for guidance from national sporting hero Hewitt and his coach.

“I guess Lleyton’s a bit of a mentor, but I’ve been mainly working with my coach Des Tyson. We’ve been working together for two years and the progress has been pretty good.”

The home crowd will hopefully cheer on the Aussies down at Kooyong from February 3-5.
You can buy tickets to join in the fun HERE.