Even though he ended his career in January, after competing in his last match at the Australian Open, Lleyton Hewitt is once again awaited by Australians to compete on the Tennis court at the Davis Cup, in the World Group first-round tie against the United States. Jason Stoltenberg, the coach of the Australian Davis Cup team, proposed Hewitt enter the field this week in case Nick Kyrgios is unable to participate, withdrawing from the match on account of a virus.

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Stoltenberg stated on Wednesday that despite the fact that Hewitt was retired, he had still been hitting the ball more than the other guys. At Kooyong, the Australia Davis Cup coach said "It's probably the first time that a captain has actually had to get out and prepare as if he may play. He's a great team man and he'll do whatever he needs to do — whether that's playing or sitting on the side. We don't expect that he'll play but we'll have to wait and see over the next 24 hours."

The problem with Kyrgios

After his 40-minute training session, Nick Kyrgios left the grass court at Kooyong, while holding a towel over his head.

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According to his mother, the Australian player of Greek origin had caught a virus the previous week while he competed in Dubai in the tournament where he got eliminated by Stan Wawrinka, the following winner, in the semifinals.

Beside Kygrios, the captain of the team Lloyton Hewitt also selected Bernand Tomic, Sam Groth and John Peers to compete in the match against the Americans.

When he was asked about Hewitt’s potential comeback on the tennis court, the American Mike Bryan stated that Hewitt’s return would not come as such a great surprise and that we should be ready for anything, given that Lleyton had recently been playing a lot of singles and doubles.

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Bryan also added: “But if he plays for Australia, it won't be a bad choice for the Aussies — he's a legend and he'll step up just fine."

Hewitt won the Davis Cup twice, in 1999 and afterwards in 2003. In total Hewitt has won 30 trophies and competed in 16 singles' finals, grossing over $20 million from competing in tennis matches.

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