The first sizable blow to the men’s draw at the U.S. Open was revealed today, as Lleyton Hewitt announced via his website (click here) that he is pulling from New York and the rest of the season to undergo surgery in the hopes to improve his near career-ending hip injury.
Lleyton Hewitt today revealed that he has had to withdraw from the US Open next week after having surgery to his troubled hip area.
After exhausting every other possibility, other than surgery, recently at the Olympics Hewitt found it impossible and frustrating not being able to continue to play and be competitive at the highest level. “ Surgery was always the last resort, but unfortunately that’s what it came down to.” Hewitt said.
The surgery consisted of a hip arthroscopy and repairing of a hip labral tear.
Hewitt explained that he was extremely disappointed at missing the US Open, a grand slam event where he has enjoyed much success in the past.
“I am also shattered that I can’t lead the Australian Davis Cup team in Chile in our bid to rejoin the world group, and hope that the boys can still come through with a great win”.
Hewitt will now focus on his rehabilitation before commencing training for the Australian Summer Circuit. “I am looking forward to playing again in January in my home country, and using that as a springboard to compete at my best again on the world stage for at least a couple of more years”.
We all knew that Lleyton was ailing, but the big question for me is “who’s next?” Jo-Wilfried Tsonga? David Nalbandian? Andy Roddick? With some big question marks on the womens’ side (including a definite no show by Maria Sharapova) I shudder to think of what may lay ahead for both draws.
All the best to Hewitt – I’m glad to hear he wants to stick around.