Davis Cup 2016: Australia v US: Lleyton Hewitt to play doubles rubber with John Peers

Playing captain Lleyton Hewitt will make his comeback in Saturday's doubles rubber against the US, partnering debutant John Peers in place of Sam Groth.Hewitt and Peers will play Mike and Bob Bryan at Kooyong, where the tie is level at one-all after John Isner and Bernard Tomic's singles wins in Friday.

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Australia has not had a playing captain since the 1940s, while the last international to combine the roles in world group competition was Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in 2006.

Hewitt officially retired after this year's Australian Open, but the first-time captain named himself in Australia's four-man squad for the first-round contest against the visiting Americans after Nick Kyrgios was ruled unfit on Thursday morning.

Lleyton Hewitt on the opening day of the Australia-US Davis Cup clash.
Lleyton Hewitt on the opening day of the Australia-US Davis Cup clash. Photo: Getty Images

He and Peers, a doubles specialist, have never teamed previously, but the decision to include the veteran for Groth - who lost the opening singles match to Isner in straight sets - would leave Groth fresh for a return appearance against Jack Sock on Sunday if needed. Hewitt, too, would be considered for a live final match, just as he played and won so famously in Darwin last July.

Tomic and Isner will meet in the first reverse singles on Sunday morning, a match between the respective sides' No.1s that could decide which country progresses to a quarter-final against either Croatia or Belgium, who were also square at 1-1 after the opening day in Liege.