SYDNEY, April 24 Former world number one
Lleyton Hewitt has been confirmed in Australia's Davis Cup team
for next month's Asia-Oceania second round tie against Japan in
Brisbane, Tennis Australia said on Saturday.
Hewitt is on the comeback trail from hip surgery following
his fourth round exit at the Australian Open in January.
The 29-year-old former U.S. Open and Wimbledon winner was
knocked out of the Barcelona Open by Argentine Eduardo Schwank
on Wednesday. He also played the U.S. Clay Court championships
in Houston earlier this month.
"I think it is a mighty effort for Lleyton to make it
back," Australia's Davis Cup captain John Fitgerald said in a
"It speaks volumes about his commitment to Australia and to
Davis Cup that he has put such a focus on playing this tie and
getting us back into the World Group."
Fitzgerald and Australian Davis Cup coach Todd Woodbridge
are still deliberating on the rest of the team for the May 7-9
tie on clay in Brisbane.
The winner advances to the World Group Playoffs in
(Writing by Greg Stutchbury in auckland, Editing by Patrick
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