Hewitt back on court with Alex de Minaur

Aaron Bunch

Lleyton Hewitt will come out of retirement again to play doubles at the ATP Estoril clay-court tournament in Portugal with emerging Australian talent Alex de Minaur.

"We have a wild card, we have the ex-world-number-one Lleyton Hewitt ... Who will break from 'retirement' to play at the Millennium Estoril Open alongside countryman Alex de Minaur," tournament organisers tweeted.

Davis Cup captain Hewitt retired from professional tennis in 2016 but made a cameo appearance alongside Sam Groth at the Australian Open where the duo made the quarter-finals.

Hewitt, the youngest man to be ranked No.1 in world singles, won the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon titles just a few years after his doubles partner de Minaur was born.

De Minaur, 19, turned professional in 2015 and is ranked 114 in the world.

The rookie made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in 2018 but lost his singles rubber against German world No.5 Alexander Zverev in five sets.

Earlier in the season he defeated Canadian Milos Raonic at the Brisbane International before being defeated in the semi-final by American Ryan Harrison.