Q. So why? How did it all come about?
Okay, I don't know. Lleyton wanted to play maybe another match here. Just depends on how he goes in singles. You know, if he played with Gooch or someone like that, he had a tough first‑round singles match, he had to back up the singles, he had to pull out of doubles, I'm the guy (smiling).
Q. You won't care if he pulls out?
Listen, no, I've had a great relationship with Lleyton over the years. Also Davis Cup, we've played a few practice matches in Davis Cup. Keep playing a little bit. Under pressure I'll probably choke. Expect that to happen.
Q. Are you nervous a bit?
Q. Do you remember the last time you played with him?
But I'll have fun. I'm playing with one of the best players in the competition. Figure it's like eating chocolate or having broccoli, sort of equal it out.
Q. Does that mean you have to keep up with the doping regulations?
Q. You have to stay within the structures.
LLEYTON HEWITT: This is a joke. What are you doing here? This is why you wanted to play. There should be two chairs, we're playing doubles. Look at this.
PAT RAFTER: It's about me. You can go away (laughter). Give me a little bit. That's what I have to deal with.
But, no, I never looked into that. Do I have to sign papers and all that sort of stuff again?
Q. You're not officially retired apparently, so you're not subject, otherwise you would have had to have given three months' notice.
Q. They started it in 2009, so they think you're fine.
Q. Edberg, Boris Becker, Lendl out there. Coaching something you're tempted by in the future?
The hardest part about being around 40 is keeping your body in shape. It's tough, I must admit. You don't look after yourself like you did. You're not in the locker room all the time.
It's just a bit of fun. Doubles, half a court. I think I can do that.
Q. What about coaching in the future?
You mean on the tour? That's not going to happen. Davis Cup is enough for me.
Q. Bernie and Rafa, what do you expect from that?
I hope that's a warning for him. You can't play one good game against these guys. If you give these guys a sniff, they'll jump all over you. Rafa is the best at that in the world, of not letting anybody back in the match. If you give him an opportunity, he'll take it.
Bernie in the past has been a little bit up and down in these matches, has these lulls. He can't afford to have them.
If Bernie plays and keeps that intensity, he's going be to be very difficult to beat. Rafa knows that. Rafa is not happy with his draw. Bernard is not seeded, but he's a potential seed, for sure. He's one of those guys you don't want in the draw.
Q. Were you surprised to win at Albert Hall?
Singles have gone okay. Doubles has changed since I played. We used to play first serve, first volley, sort of don't miss. Now they're jumping all over the place. They're serving just rocket ships down at you. I can't return the best of times. I don't know what I'm going to do out there (laughter).
Q. What did you make of Lleyton's performance in Brisbane and how do you think he'll be able to back it up here?
No, he was great. Lleyton of old, digging out matches. Second match against López, I thought he was getting stitched up there pretty hard. He found a way in true Lleyton fashion. Yeah, it was just great to see him reignite those old days, see the way he came out and handled himself in the final against Federer was impressive. They've got a lot of history. Thought he might be a little flat going against him.
He loves it. He loves the occasion. He loves being out here. He loves playing. It's impressive. For us in Davis Cup, so lucky to have him. He shows in leading the way for these young kids. They get to see the way we behaves and takes it all on. His professionalism, there's no one else out like there like him.
Q. He wins Brisbane, Bernie is in the finals of Sydney, Sam in the semis of Hobart.
These kids are our future, as well as with Bernard. If we can get these group of kids coming through now, it will be a very strong nation again.
Q. Del Potro played well. He served exceptionally well. That should give Bernie confidence that he can play well with the top guys. How important is it for him to believe that he can play with those guys?
DelPo just blew him away once he got that sniff, that bit of confidence. He just showed why he's 5 in the world and Bernie is 50 in the world.
Q. Do you think as he gets older, more experience, he'll get better?
It's the one simple thing now, for him to keep that same consistent hard work throughout the year and take this form throughout the year. You can have your one or two bad weeks, but he has to be able to keep this form going for a period I of time.
Q. Kokkinakis, is he fully fit?
Q. One theory going around was that you were maybe going to play in the Davis Cup doubles with Lleyton?