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Hewitt to lead Australia against Belgium

sports Updated: Sep 06, 2010 13:55 IST

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Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt will spearhead Australia's bid against Belgium in the Davis Cup World Group playoff in Cairns later this month, Tennis Australia said on Monday.

Hewitt heads the Australian team which also includes Carsten Ball, Peter Luczak and Paul Hanley.

"We are confident that we have a good strong team capable of winning our way back into the World Group," team captain John Fitzgerald said.

"We have been building toward this tie all year and will be well and truly ready to go by the time we hit Cairns."

Hewitt, who was bounced out of the current US Open by Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the opening round, is looking for a new coach after splitting with Nathan Healy.

The winner of the World Group playoff in Cairns in north Queensland on September 17-19 will be in the competition's elite for next year.

The Australian Davis Cup team defeated Japan 5-0 in the Asia Oceania Group tie in May to progress to the World Group playoff.