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Rafael Nadal says Nick Kyrgios can win a grand slam, Wimbledon finalist, United Cup preview, Kyrgios withdraws

Nick Kyrgios stunned his teammates by pulling out of the United Cup Wednesday on the eve of the tournament, soon after Rafael Nadal said the Australian had “all the weapons” to win a Grand Slam.

The temperamental star withdrew ahead of the new mixed-teams event in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, depriving fans of a scheduled clash between him and the Spanish great.

Instead, Alex de Minaur will face Nadal in a round-robin singles match. Australia co-captain Sam Stosur said they only learned about Kyrgios’ withdrawal minutes before a scheduled team press conference.

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“We literally just found out,” she said. “We move forward now and do our best on the day.” The Sydney Morning Herald cited the Kyrgios camp as saying he…

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