After losing last night to Blaz Kavcic in Winston-Salem, Lleyton Hewitt has announced that has withdrawn from the US Open because of continued soreness in his foot.
Hewitt had foot surgery earlier in the season, and was playing just his second hardcourt match of the summer.
The 30-year-old won the US Open in 2001.
“It was a gut-wrenching decision for Lleyton, particularly given it is the 10-year anniversary since he won the tournament,” Hewitt’s manager David Drysdale told the Herald Sun.
Hewitt is ranked No. 165 this week.
Yesterday also saw the withdrawal of promising 20-year-old Milos Raonic. Still recovering from a Wimbledon hip injury, the Canadian announced he was still not ready to return to competition.
“After extensive deliberation with my doctors + team, I have decided to delay my tournament return until after the US Open at DC vs Israel,” he tweeted. “Thanks to everyone for the concern and support, I am happy and doing well, looking forward to coming back a stronger and better player.”
American Sam Querrey (elbow) will also be unable to play.
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