Lleyton Hewitt, a former No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is stepping out of retirement to play doubles with compatriot Jordan Thompson at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.
“I’m excited to play with Jordan in the doubles,” said Hewitt, who will partner his fellow Australian against 2017 Brisbane singles champion Grigor Dimitrov and Ryan Harrison in the first round. “There’s always such a great atmosphere at this tournament, and we’re looking forward to a tough match against Grigor and Ryan.”
Hewitt's last tour-level match was also alongside Thompson, reaching the second round at Wimbledon in 2016. The former World No. 1 will also be playing doubles at the Australian Open with Sam Groth.
It will be a thrill for the Australian crowd to see the 2014 Brisbane champion in action four years after he stunned top-seeded Roger Federer at the event to win one of his 30 tour-level singles titles.
“It’s great to see Lleyton back in action. His Brisbane International win in 2014… was one of the most memorable moments in the history of the tournament. He is still such a tough competitor, and hasn’t lost his will to win,” Tournament Director Cameron Pearson said. "He’s a favourite with the Aussie crowds, so I’m sure there will be a great atmosphere on the court, especially with the defending men’s champion on the other side of the net.”
Nitto ATP Finals champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers are the top seeds in the Brisbane doubles draw. They will face another superstar pairing - Canadians Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov - in the first round.