Rafter, Hewitt to team up for Australian Open

Last updated 17:25 12/01/2014

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Pat Rafter has come out of retirement to team up with Lleyton Hewitt in the men's doubles at this year's Australian Open.

Rafter, Australia's Davis Cup captain, hasn't played on tour since he teamed with another Australian, Josh Eagle, in the 2004 Australian Open doubles.

The 41-year-old and Hewitt have been given a wildcard into the doubles draw, and will play America's Eric Butorac and South Africa's Raven Klaasen in the first round.

Rafter, who plays regular matches on the veteran's tour, retired from the singles tour at the end of 2002, after a career that saw him win two US Opens (1997 and 1998).

He won the Australian Open doubles title with Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman in 1999.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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