Hewitt comes out of retirement to play doubles at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt is to come out of retirement quickly and play doubles with compatriot Sam Groth at next month’s Australian Open, native media pronounced on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Davis Cup – Semi-Finals – Belgium vs Australia – Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium – September 17, 2017 Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt celebrates all over the healthy between Belgium’s David Goffin and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Yves Herman

Hewitt, a U.S. Open and Wimbledon singles champion, officially retired from top-level tennis after his residence grand slam in 2016, the place he additionally played doubles with Groth. He did, then again, play doubles all over the Davis Cup and Wimbledon remaining yr.

“It’s going to be a bit of of enjoyable. That’s what the Australian Open is ready,” Hewitt informed News Corp Australia on Friday.

”I‘m going to truly enjoy it. We’ve been hitting various balls, hitting each day, and we’re now not simply going in the market making up the numbers.

“We want to give it a fair crack.”

Groth, who is retiring after the season-opening grand slam and is hoping for a wildcard for the singles draw, can even play combined doubles with Sam Stosur.

“Its something Lleyton and I Have pointed out and it’s perfect for me,” Groth stated.

“I used to be there when Rusty retired in 2016 and its nice that he’ll be there with me once I bow out. He’s not simply someone I Know thru tennis, he’s an excellent mate.”

Reporting with the aid of Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by way of Toby Davis

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