Lleyton Hewitt to play doubles with Jordan Thompson at Sydney International

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Lleyton Hewitt to play doubles with Jordan Thompson at Sydney International

Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt will team up with fellow compatriot Jordan Thompson to play doubles at the Sydney International. Hewitt, 37, and 24-year-old Thompson are set to play doubles for the fourth time together at an ATP event.

The 37-year-old retired from the game at the Australian Open three years ago in 2016. However, former world No. 1 Hewitt has since occasionally played doubles with several Australian partners. Hewitt made the headlines before the 2016 Wimbledon when he announced that he would come out of retirement to play doubles with Thompson at The All England Club.

Back then, the Australians won their Wimbledon opener before they were beaten in the second round. Hewitt and Thompson also teamed up twice last year -- at the Brisbane International and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport -- but failed to make it past the opening round at both events.

Hewitt teamed up with Alex de Minaur in Brisbane this week -- where the two lost to Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff in the opening round. Hewitt and Thompson haven't been handed an easy opener as they are due to open their Sydney campaign against doubles specialists Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.

Ram and Salisbury are a win away from winning their first title of the season as they have reached the Brisbane International final. Also read: ATP Pune: India's Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan make sure titles stays home