Former world No.1 and two-time grand slam winner Lleyton Hewitt will come out of retirement again to play doubles at the Estoril clay-court tournament, organisers said Wednesday.
Hewitt, 37, will play doubles with Australian compatriot Alex de Minaur, who was born in February 1999 – well after his new teammate had turned professional.
"We have a wild card, we have ex-number 1 Lleyton Hewitt...who will break his 'retirement' to play at the Estoril Open alongside countryman Alex de Minaur," organisers tweeted.
Temos wild card, temos ex-número 1 mundial! Lleyton Hewitt, que no currículo conta com 2 títulos em torneios do Grand Slam e a chegada a número 1 do mundo, vai interromper a 'reforma' para jogar pares no Millennium #EstorilOpen ao lado do compatriota Alex de Minaur. pic.twitter.com/yL2CyxZ8xc
— Estoril Open (@EstorilOpen) April 25, 2018
Hewitt, who won the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon titles, retired in 2016 but played doubles this year in Brisbane and at the Australian Open, where he made the quarter-finals with Sam Groth, before returning to his full-time occupation of Davis Cup coach.
The tennis great was lured out of retirement to take part in Groth's farewell tour, with the Victorian now retired from tennis.