Tennis

Hewitt in double duty for Australia vs China

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GEELONG, Australia (AP)

Former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt has been selected to play singles and doubles against China in his record-equaling 32nd Davis Cup appearance for Australia this weekend.

Australia captain Pat Rafter announced his combination Tuesday for the Asia-Oceania Group 1 match, with Hewitt and Bernard Tomic to play singles and Hewitt to combine with Chris Guccione in doubles at the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club.

Hewitt fell out of the top 100 after an injury-plagued 2011, but his run to the fourth round at the Australian Open - where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic - was enough to convince Rafter that he'll be as competitive as usual.

Rafter says, ''To me he is back in the top 20 in terms of how he is hitting the ball.''

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