Hewitt, Roanic Withdraw from US Open
by Staff | August 23rd, 2011, 9:41 am
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After losing last night to Blaz Kavcic in Winston-Salem, Lleyton Hewitt has announced that has withdrawn from the US Open because of continued soreness in his foot.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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8 Comments for Hewitt, Roanic Withdraw from US Open

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Devastating. Such a promising start to a year and career, derailed by one injury after another.
Here’s hoping to a better 2012 for Another Game Fer. He’ll have a tough go to match his Oz points, so I’d expect a ranking-stagnation for a while, but I bet he’ll be top 16 or better by end of next year.


jane Says:

Awww, this is too sad news, especiailly for Milos, as I have never seen him play at the USO, and his game is ideally suited to fast hard courts.

For any other Milos fans, there is a good article and some nice pictures of him in the September issue of American Vogue. The article features other young talents, like Tomic and Harrison, as well.


Patty Says:

Poor Hewitt! Seems like his body is telling him to “quit” which is really unfortunate!!!


Eric Says:

Boo… USO just got a lot less interesting for me.


Kimberly Says:

just curious eric, why? its not like either were real title contenders IMO. Plenty of intersting players I think but few real contenders

Top Tier Contenders
Djokovic

Second Tier Contenders
Nadal Fed Murray

Third Tier Contenders
Tsonga Fish Del Potro Berdych

cannot see anyone else taking the title


Eric Says:

Kimberly,

True, but Raonic is the most promising of the 2011 Young Guns. Of course his story got eclipsed in a big way by Djokovic back in March, plus he hasn’t done anything that outstanding since then. But USO would have been interesting to see after FO and Wimby disappointments (of different kinds).

And Hewitt is one of my favorite players, and the past 12 months – since last year’s USO – have been an unrelenting stream of misfortune for him, with injuries continually preventing him from playing well (even at the level of which we saw flashes this year, such as when he won Kooyong).

Definitely agree with your ranking/assessment of the situation, though (except, I wouldn’t bother putting Berdych in the contender column — no more so than Monfils or Soderling, for sure).


scoreboard66 Says:

Unfortunate situation for Hewitt. i love his tenacity. Hewitt, IMO, is one of those players whos gets his confidence from his movement and speed. Once the speed goes for a player whose confidence hinges on mostly movement, then things begin going downhill. In some ways, I think that’s what is happening with Rafa and his battles with Novak. Novak is now much more speedier than Rafa, reason why Rafa can’t beat him easily nowadays.


Umer Malik Says:

US Open would be a big event not to miss.

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