Lleyton Hewitt will play in the doubles at the Brisbane International.
Lleyton Hewitt will play in the doubles at the Brisbane International. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Hewitt set for return to competition

TENNIS: Lleyton Hewitt will roll back the years when he partners fellow Australian Jordan Thompson in the first round of the men's doubles at the Brisbane International.

Hewitt, a late addition to the tournament, will take the court on Tuesday with Thompson against last year's singles champion Grigor Dimitrov and his American partner Ryan Harrison.

"I'm excited to play with Jordan in the doubles,” Hewitt said.

"He had such a great Brisbane International last year, both in the singles and the doubles.

"There's always such a great atmosphere at this tournament, and we're looking forward to a tough match against Grigor and Ryan.”

epa06039619 Australia's Jordan Thompson in action against Britain's Andy Murray during their tennis match at the Aegon tennis championships  at the Queens Club in London, Britain, 20 June 2017.  EPA/WILL OLIVER
Australia's Jordan Thompson lines up a forehand return. WILL OLIVER

Women's top seed and Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza will open the Day 3 session on Pat Rafter Arena when she launches her season against Serb Aleksandra Krunic.

It will be the pair's first meeting.

Following that match, Brisbane fans will get their first glimpse of fast-rising Canadian 18-year-old, Denis Shapovalov, when he faces Brit Kyle Edmund.

Brisbane local John Millman is one of the highlights of the night session when he takes on Canadian qualifier Peter Polansky.

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios and his girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic, also a tennis player, are seen during practice at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Kyrgios will compete in the Brisbane International tournament which runs from December 31 to January 7. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING
Ajla Tomljanovic with boyfriend Nick Kyrgios at practice at the Brisbane International tournament. DAN PELED

First on court on Tuesday night will be Aussie wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic, who will continue her comeback from injury when she meets the winner of Monday night's clash between No.5 seed Konta and US Open finalist Madison Keys.

Tomljanovic defeated fellow Aussie wildcard Destanee Aiava in the first round.

Tomljanovic has split her two meetings with the big-hitting American Keys, while she has never played Konta, Britain's top-ranked player.