Relaxed Rafter ready for a bit of fun
Pat Rafter has described his doubles pairing with Lleyton Hewitt at the 2014 Australian Open as "like eating chocolate and then eating broccoli."
“It is like eating chocolate and then eating broccoli”
That is how Davis Cup Captain Pat Rafter described the likely contrast between the doubles games of Lleyton Hewitt and himself.
Rafter and Hewitt will team up at in the doubles the 2014 Australian Open, the first time Rafter has played since 2001.
“I know I’ll definitely be the worst player in the competition, but I’ll have fun, I’m playing with one of the best players in the competition,” Rafter said.
“It’s just a bit of fun. Doubles, half a court, I think I can do that.”
A relaxed and jovial Rafter explained that his role as Hewitt’s partner is more about Hewitt’s singles campaign than their doubles.
“Lleyton wanted to play another match, depending on how he goes in the singles,” Rafter said.
“If he played with Gooch (Chris Guccione) or someone like that and he had a tough match in the singles and had to back up again, he may want to pull out of the doubles.
“If he does, I’m the guy.”
Rafter said it would not concern him in the slightest if that scenario presented itself
“Oh it would beautiful,” Rafter joked.
Recalling the last time the pair played together in a doubles match didn’t conjure up fond memories for Rafter.
“I was really bad; actually my mate has just sent me a text saying I need to work on my returns.”
Rafter was quick to dismiss speculation that this may be a precursor to a Davis Cup comeback later in the year.
“I hope not. There would have to be food poisoning, sicknesses. That would be my worst nightmare.”
Rafter’s press conference also included a light-hearted intervention from Hewitt.
“This is a joke. What are you doing here?” A smiling Hewitt said.
“This is why you wanted to play. There should be two chairs, we’re playing doubles. Look at this.”
Rafter and Hewitt will play American Eric Butorac and South African Raven Klaasen in the first round at Melbourne Park this week.