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Lleyton Hewitt to come out of retirement at Australian Open 2018

Lleyton Hewitt had previously retired in 2016 at Melbourne Park but the former world number one is set to take part in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open next year.

tennis Updated: Dec 14, 2017 16:39 IST
Lleyton Hewitt had previously retired in 2016 at Melbourne Park during the Australian Open, but the former world number one is set to make a comeback in the 2018 edition of the tournament.
Lleyton Hewitt had previously retired in 2016 at Melbourne Park during the Australian Open, but the former world number one is set to make a comeback in the 2018 edition of the tournament. (Reuters)

Lleyton Hewitt has confirmed he is to come out of retirement to feature in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open next year.

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

The 36-year-old made a brief comeback in the Davis Cup in March of that year, stepping in alongside John Peers to take on theUnited States in a first-round doubles clash.

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It was confirmed on Thursday the two-time major winner and 2005 Australian Open finalist would return for one final hurrah in January, whenhe will partner good friend Sam Groth- himself due to play for the last time at Melbourne Park.

“It’s going to be a bit of fun, that’s what the Australian Open is about,” Hewitt told Channel 7 News.

“It’s the ‘happy slam’ to be around and for me going out there in a different way, I’m going to really enjoy it.”

“We’re not just going out there to make up the numbers, we want to give it a fair crack,” added Groth.