Rivals Roddick/Hewitt to Play Doubles at AEGON Championships

Michael Ann McKinlayContributor IIIJune 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09:  Leyton Hewitt of Australia and Andy Roddick of the United States of America talk during a practice session ahead of the AEGON Championships at Queens Club on June 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Former world No.1 players Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt will team up in doubles this week at the AEGON Championships. This will be the first time the two will play doubles together in an ATP event, and each will also be competing in singles. 

Hewitt spoke to the ATP Tour about teaming up with the American.

"There's a lot of mutual respect, Andy is a great competitor. We're going to have a lot of fun out there on the doubles court."

Both players hope to compete in quality grass court matches before Wimbledon. In the past decade, Roddick and Hewitt have dominated the AEGON Championships in singles, winning a combined eight titles from 2000-07 (four each). Both players have enjoyed some of their best wins on grass, including Hewitt's Wimbledon title in 2002.

Roddick told the AEGON Championships back in March that he was looking forward to good results after a tough six months.

"There's so much history and it's one of my favorite tournaments on the tour. I feel like something good is coming."

Each player has been on the ATP Tour for 10-plus years, and their unexpected partnership after years of rivalry should breathe new interest into their lengthy careers.

Roddick and Hewitt's quest for the doubles title begins Tuesday against Yen-Hsun Lu and Sam Querrey, and if they win, they will meet world No.1 and recently crowned French Open doubles champions Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor.