Lleyton Hewitt doesn't want to retire. The former world no. 1 has taken another wild card to play an ATP event in the doubles draw, this time at the Winston & Salem Open alongside his compatriot John Peers. Hewitt, who is the captain of the Australian Davis Cup team, will certainly play the US Open as well. He paired up with Alex Bolt at Wimbledon before losing in the opening round.
In singles, Kyle Edmund has taken a wild card in the tournament as well. The British player lost all the three last matches played (against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, Andy Murray in Washington and Diego Schwartzman in Toronto) so he will play Cincinnati and then the Winston Salem before US Open. The Tournament Director Bill Oakes said: 'We are excited to have Kyle return. He’s picked up a lot of fans through this tournament, and we enjoy hosting him. I expect he’ll have another great year in Winston-Salem'. About Hewitt's appearance, he added: 'It will be a treat to have Lleyton on the courts again. His passion for and dedication to the sport as well as for mentoring younger players speaks to his great character, and we are lucky to see him in action again.'
This year, Hewitt has already played eight events in doubles, starting in Brisbane with Jordan Thompson. He also teamed up with Sam Groth (Australian Open), Alex De Minaur (Estoril) and Nick Kyrgios (Queen's).