MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Australian Davis Cup coach Jason Stoltenberg has indicated new team captain Lleyton Hewitt might play in this weekend’s first-round World Group Davis Cup match against the United States due to the possible withdrawal of a virus-affected Nick Kyrgios.
If so, it would rank among the shortest “retirements” of any sportsperson. Two-time Grand Slam champion Hewitt only called it quits after a 20-year career during the Australian Open in late January.
On Wednesday, Stoltenberg said “he (Hewitt) thought he was retired and he’s been hitting more than these guys. It’s probably the first time that a captain has actually had to get out and prepare as if he may play. We don’t expect that he’ll play, but we’ll have to wait and see over the next 24 hours.”