Australia's Hewitt out of retirement to play Davis Cup

 03 Mar 2016 - 7:49

Australia's Hewitt out of retirement to play Davis Cup
Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt is seen at a media conference ahead of this week's Davis Cup against the United States at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne, Australia, 01 March 2016. EPA/JULIAN SMITH

Melbourne: Lleyton Hewitt will come out of a short-lived retirement to replace Nick Kyrgios in Australia's Davis Cup World Cup tie against the United States at Kooyong in Melbourne on Friday.

The veteran takes over from his countryman, who has been battling illness and a back injury, in the singles draw alongside Bernard Tomic.

The 35-year-old warhorse, who will be a playing captain for Australia for the first time since Norman Brookes in 1919, 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 months.

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.

AFP