Australian Open: Didn't want to make an idiot of myself, Pat Rafter says after loss

Former US Open champion Pat Rafter broke a 13-year retirement to partner Lleyton Hewitt in the doubles.

Updated: January 15, 2014 18:15 IST
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Melbourne: Pat Rafter's Grand Slam comeback last just one match after he and Lleyton Hewitt lost in the first round of the Australian Open men's doubles on Wednesday.

The Australian pair went down 6-4, 7-5 to American Eric Butorac and South African Raven Klaasen.

Former US Open champion Rafter, 41, broke a 13-year retirement to partner Hewitt in the doubles. (Serena Williams 'paranoid' over Australian Open heat)

Rafter, Australia's Davis Cup captain, thrilled a large crowd at Hisense Arena with his touch around the net.

"I didn't want to make an idiot of myself and I thought I got through it okay," Rafter said. (Record number of pull outs as Australian Open swelters)

Hewitt was playing a day after losing a gruelling singles five-setter to Italian seed Andreas Seppi in intense heat.

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