Hewitt comes out of retirement to play Australian Open

Hewitt comes out of retirement to play Australian Open

Lleyton Hewitt is making a tennis comeback at this year's Australian Open.

"It is going to be a bit of fun", Hewitt said. I'm going to really enjoy it. "We want to give it a fair crack", the Guardian quoted Hewitt, as saying.

Former world number one Hewitt stepped away from the sport in 2016, given a hero's farewell from an adoring Melbourne Park crowd.

He, however, made a return to the tennis court twice more previous year in Davis Cup for Australia and at Wimbledon.

Groth, who is retiring after the season-opening grand slam and is hoping for a wildcard for the singles draw, will also play mixed doubles with Sam Stosur. "I was there when "Rusty" retired in 2016 and it is great that he will be there with me when I bow out".

Still, he will be able to play doubles, probably on a show court, to give farewell to tennis in the best possible way, next to a great friend like Hewitt.

It is worth pointing out that Hewitt has not officially submitted retirement papers to the International Tennis Federation, which is why he will be able to play Down Under.

The 2018 Australian Open will be be staged at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park between January 15-28.

epa06207021 Australia's team captain Lleighton Hewitt reacts during the second singles match for the Davis Cup World Group semifinal between Belgium and Australia, in Brussels, Belgium, 15 September 2017. "We've seen some tough battles over the years and I'm looking forward to watching all the boys in action next week".

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