Hewitt coming out retirement, again, for Australian Open

Davis Cup captain Hewitt will be returning to action with Sam Groth at the Aussie Open

Davis Cup captain Hewitt will be returning to action with Sam Groth at the Aussie Open

Lleyton Hewitt will lace up his tennis shoes once again in an Australian Open comeback next month.

What Hewitt said: It's going to be a bit of fun - that's what the Australian Open is about. The 30-year-old, who lost in the first round Play-Offs draw early this week, thinks they can be competitive: 'I am out there hitting balls every day and we're not just going out there to make up the numbers, we want to give it a good crack', said Groth, who is unlikely to receive a wild card for the singles draw.

Hewitt retired as a player at the Australian in 2016, but he has still remained heavily involved in tennis.

Groth announced recently that the Australian Open will be his final tournament.

Hewitt officially retired from tennis in 2016, but returned to the court twice previous year in the Davis Cup and Wimbledon.

"The support that the United Kingdom crowds give me whenever I'm here is incredible and to be recognized on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sports people of all time is extremely humbling". I was there when "Rusty" (Hewitt) retired in 2016 and it's great that he'll be there with me when I bow out.

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Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth at Melbourne Park.

And given he has found quitting tennis an nearly impossible task, it would be no surprise if he made another comeback in 2019.

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Hewitt and Groth have been practice court fixtures over the past month.

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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