For a little while at least.
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt will play an Australian Rules football game instead of his reverse singles Davis Cup match against India on Sept. 22 if the Australians have clinched the best-of-five meeting going into the final day.
Davis Cup coach Wally Masur said he had no problem with Hewitt, a passionate Australian Rules fan, playing for the Adelaide Crows in the charity match if Australia wins both opening singles and the doubles match.
John Fitzgerald, Australia's non-playing Davis Cup captain, already consented to Hewitt missing the reverse singles if Australia has won.
``I'm just happy he's available,'' for Davis Cup, Masur said Wednesday, ``If it's a live tie he'll play. That's what we want him for.''
Hewitt was part of Australia's Davis Cup championship team in 1999 and played in both losing finals in 2000 and 2001. The Australians were knocked out in the first round against Argentina in February, forcing them into a Sept. 20-22 playoff against India.
A loss for Australia would mean relegation to the zonal competition.
Hewitt, ranked No. 1 in the world, won Wimbledon last Sunday in a straight sets romp over Argentina's David Nalbandian
Wow! And they talk about VENUS and SERENA attending college.
Those wacky Aussies LOL