Perth WA, Australia, 12 September 2014 | ITF/

Lleyton Hewitt has been presented with a Davis Cup commitment award on the eve of Australia’s World Group Play-off tie against Uzbekistan in Perth.

The award was conceived as part of the International Tennis Federation’s 2013 Centenary celebrations, and is presented to Davis Cup players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition.

Each award recipient has competed in a minimum of 20 home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition – including week-long zone group events – over their career.

Hewitt is one of most decorated Australian Davis Cup players in history, holding national records for total rubber victories (54), singles wins (40), ties contested (37) and years played (16).

Also being awarded this weekend are India’s Rohan Bopanna, Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine and Romanian Victor Hanescu, as well as several former players including Brazilian Grand Slam champion and former world No.1 Gustavo Kuerten,

Hewitt will take to the court at Cottesloe Tennis Club for the second singles rubber on Friday against Farrukh Dustov.