Australian Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt is a recent defector from the 2016 Rio Olympics, opting out of his role as coach. Since he retired from professional tennis following the most recent Australian Open, he had pondered playing in the Olympics as a wildcard entry in the doubles competition.
Hewitt participated in the Games in 2000, 2008 and 2012. He did his best work in London in 2012, but he suffered the fate of many who have faced Novak Djokovic, but Hewitt did take a set from Djokovic in the third round. He made it to the quarterfinals in the mixed doubles alongside Sam Stosur.
Up-and-coming Australian Jordan Thompson has been promoted to the Rio team after a spot opened up for him after Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic joined the Rio Olympics exodus. Thompson has risen to the number 88 ranking in the world, due mainly to making it to the second round of the French Open in May.
Thompson will join Thanasi Kikkinakis and John Millman to represent the Australian men.
Australia’s top-ranked men, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, seemingly may have skirted the Zika issue by withdrawing from consideration for selection after engaging in some philosophical disagreements with the head of the Australian team chief, Kitty Chiller.