Australian Open: Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt to play doubles

Pat Rafter hasn't played since Australia's Davis Cup final loss to France in Melbourne in 2001. He and Lleyton Hewitt, both two-time Grand Slam singles champions, were drawn to play American Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen of South Africa in the first round of the doubles.

updated: January 12, 2014 13:38 IST
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Melbourne: Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt have entered the doubles competition at the Australian Open as a wild-card entry, with both players admitting they're planning to have "a bit of fun." (Click here for latest on Australian Open)

It comes less than a month after John McEnroe criticized the current state of the doubles game, saying the standard of players is poor and the money would be better spent on struggling singles players. (Also read: I can knock off Rafa, Djoko, says Federer)

On Sunday, the 41-year-old Rafter said he would come out of more than a decade of retirement to play with Hewitt, although how far they go in the doubles draw might depend on how long Hewitt stays active in singles.

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