Melbourne - Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt will come
out of retirement to play doubles at next month's Australian Open in Melbourne,
reports said on Friday.
The 36-year-old will partner Sam Groth, 30, who has
announced that the January 15-28 Grand Slam will be his last tournament.
"It's going to be a bit of fun - that's what the
Australian Open is about," Hewitt told the Melbourne Herald-Sun newspaper.
"I'm going to really enjoy it. We've been hitting a lot
of balls, hitting every day, and we're not just going out there making up the
numbers. We want to give it a fair crack."
Hewitt, a US Open and Wimbledon singles champion, retired
from top-level tennis after his home Grand Slam in January last year.
It is not the first time he has has returned to action
since. In last year's Davis Cup tie with the United States, Hewitt and John
Peers, came close to upsetting Bob and Mike Bryan in an epic doubles
Groth said: "It's something Lleyton and I have talked
about and it's perfect for me.
"I was there when 'Rusty' (Hewitt) retired in 2016 and
it's great that he'll be there with me when I bow out."