Melbourne - Lleyton
Hewitt may break his short-lived retirement as a replacement for Nick Kyrgios
in Australia's Davis Cup World Cup tie against the United States at Kooyong in
Melbourne on Friday.
The veteran nominated
himself in a playing capacity Thursday for his countryman, who has been
battling illness and a back injury and was unavailable, in the singles draw
alongside Bernard Tomic.
But when the draw was
made his name was missing with Sam Groth nominated as the second singles player
Groth will face John
Isner and Tomic was drawn against Jack Sock.
Hewitt was also not
nominated for Saturday's doubles, preferring doubles specialist John Peers and
Groth against Bob and Mike Bryan.
There is still an
opportunity for Hewitt to play in the tie in Sunday's reverse singles,
depending on the state of play.
If the 35-year-old
warhorse does participate he will be the first playing captain for Australia
since Norman Brookes in 1919.
Hewitt announced his
retirement at this year's Australian Open in Melbourne when he bowed out to
Spain's David Ferrer in the second round.
He has played in a
record 41 Davis Cup ties for his country, with a 58/20 win-loss record in
singles and doubles.
Hewitt remains the
youngest player to reach world number one, in 2001, aged 20 years and eight
He won two Grand Slams
- conquering Pete Sampras in the 2001 US Open final in straight sets, and
Argentina's David Nalbandian at Wimbledon the following year.