After being named Australia's Davis Cup captain, Lleyton Hewitt has pledged to help Nick Kyrgios shake off his bad boy image.
Lleyton Hewitt says he will use his 17 years of experience on the ATP Tour to help Nick Kyrgios fulfil the potential he has shown in his fledgling career.
Kyrgios has enjoyed wins against the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka since making his first appearance in 2013, but it is his on-court behaviour that has attracted attention of late after altercations with match officials, opponents and Australia's national governing body.
The 20-year-old was given three code violations in a week earlier this month and faces a one-month ban if there are any further misdemeanours.
Kyrgios is also serving a six-month suspended sentence for sledging French Open champion Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in August, while he was dropped from Australia's Davis Cup semi-final with Great Britain " a tie they lost 3-2.
Hewitt, who was named Australia's next Davis Cup captain on Monday, has belief in Kyrgios' ability, though, and has vowed to do everything he can to mentor the 20-year-old.
"For me, it's about instilling my experience in these younger guys," said Hewitt.
"He's [Kyrgios] got to be who he is to a certain extent. I don't think Nick realises how powerful his image can be.
"He is so good for the sport of tennis in so many ways if he can control it to a certain line because he brings so many different people to watch our great sport, and he does it not just in Australia but across the globe.
"And in some ways he is like a basketball player trying to play tennis, and it's a great image for our game as long as he does it in the right way, and that's obviously what we're trying to put in place with him."
Hewitt added: "When I came out on tour I didn't always have the best image out there, either, so it's about dealing with that and learning from the mistakes that you've made over time.
"Nick, I think, is really finding himself at the moment.
"But he has massive upside, as well, and I think with the right people around him and the right team around him I think he can really improve the next year or two in leaps and bounds and hopefully hold up a grand slam trophy."