Hewitt back for Hopman Cup assault

Retiring great Lleyton Hewitt will feature at this year’s Hopman Cup, with the mixed-teams tournament set to boast two Australian teams for the first time.

Hewitt, who will retire after January’s Australian Open, will play with Casey Dellacqua for Australia Gold, with an Australian Green team to be named at a future date.

World No.3 and dual grand slam winner Andy Murray will team with Heather Watson for Great Britain.

Hewitt will be making his eighth and final appearance at the mixed-teams event, which will be held from January 3-9 at Perth Arena.

The Hopman Cup announcement comes just days before the Davis Cup semi-final between Australia and Britain in Glasgow.

Hewitt and Murray are expected to play key roles in the tie for their respective nations.

Murray said his upcoming appearance in Perth would give him the ideal preparation for the Australian Open.

“The thing I like most about it from a preparation standpoint is that the conditions are extremely hot there,” Murray said.

“And you’re guaranteed to play three singles, three mixed matches, so you get time on court.”

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