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Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt is seen at a media conference ahead of this week's Davis Cup against the United States at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne Australia 01 March 2016. There was speculation that Hewitt could replace Groth in doubles if Groth was exhausted from his singles match.

"We are here to play whether it is as an underdog or not", Courier said, reports the ATP's official website. While some might argue that now is the ideal time for him to bring through younger players such as Thanasi Kokkinakis or Jordan Thompson (19 and 21 years old respectively, and both on the cusp of a world top 100 spot) that would be missing the point: The Aussies need a win to avoid a relegation play-off that might see them drop out of the World Group. They haven't clashed since 1999, when Hewitt and Pat Rafter led Australia to a 4-1 victory over an American team featuring Jim Courier - now the US captain. "But it's certainly not something coming down here that we were anticipating”. The Australian team, who are hoping to end their Davis Cup drought, will attempt to stick with their game plan albeit with a reshaped lineup after Nick Kyrgios was pulled out from the team.

Despite announcing, he would retire following the Australian Open, Australia's Lleyton Hewitt's career is not over just yet.

The draw for the first-round tie on grass at Kooyong, the former home of the Australian Open, was held Thursday morning.

Hewitt has promoted Sam Groth to play alongside Bernard Tomic in the first singles rubbers and in the doubles.

Kyrgios was affected by a virus while also struggling with a back injury which forced him to withdraw from his semifinal match in Dubai last week.

"I am extremely satisfied with that win". "I love this grass; it's not too quick and I move well on it so it suits my tennis".

The first set offered punters a tantalizing taste of what the match between two big-serving players could have been, but after Isner secured the first set in a tie break, the American was able to compound the pressure on the Australian. The U.S. has a leading 32 Davis Cup victories, with Australia second with 28.