Lleyton Hewitt, the former world number one, will return to professional tennis at the Australian Open next year. The Australian veteran, who retired in 2016, has already come out of retirement twice. He made an appearance at the Davis Cup and at the Wimbledon. Lleyton Hewitt will come out of retirement for the third time, to partner his compatriot Sam Groth. The duo will look to draw in the support from the home crowd and go deep into the tournament.
Sam Groth, will be playing in his last Australian Open, as he looks to retire this year. The Australian, aged 30 is also participating in the singles as well as mixed doubles bout. His Mixed Doubles partner is compatriot Sam Stosur.
Groth said, “It’s something Lleyton and I have talked about and it’s perfect for me. I was there when ‘Rusty’ retired in 2016 and it’s great that he’ll be there with me when I bow out.“He’s not just someone I know through tennis, he’s a great mate”, Groth added.
Hewitt, who has won singles titles at both Australian open as well as Wimbledon and the doubles crown at the US open, insists that he is here just to have some fun. Lleyton Hewitt said, “It’s going to be a bit of fun – that’s what the Australian Open is about. 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 and Groth have discussed a doubles collaboration since the Herald Sun exclusively revealed the Australian Open would be Groth’s swansong. The duo have been preparing on the practice courts throughout the past couple of months. The Australian open will begin on the 15th of January, and the draws are yet to be decided.