Australia Host US At Former Grand Slam Venue Kooyong

But Hewitt confessed to AAP that he has been distracted prior to wrapping up his innings when he exits the Open next month; he then takes over as Australian Davis Cup captain, with a tie in March against the USA already bearing down.

Kooyong has since hosted a warm-up tournament for the Australian Open on the same hard-court surface used at Melbourne Park, but its showcourt will revert to grass for the Davis Cup tie from March 4-6.

“Kooyong provides the flawless setting for the team to kick start our Davis Cup campaign on grass and no doubt the home crowd will be right behind us”. “The tie against the United States is going to be tough”, he added.

“It will be my first tie as captain and I’ll be looking to help the boys build on the momentum and progress of 2015”. The U.S. has won the Davis Cup a record 32 times, with Australia in second place with 28. Australia’s most recent tie against their arch-rivals was in 1999 where Hewitt made his Davis Cup debut.

“To play Davis Cup in Melbourne, the home of tennis in Australia, at a club like Kooyong with so much tennis history is a privilege”, Australia’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said in a media release on Thursday.

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt during a practice session. Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff