There’s no real surprises here as news comes from Paris that Lleyton Hewitt has withdrawn from Roland Garros. Hewitt was really pushing himself to be ready in time for the second Slam of the year after having foot surgery earlier this year.
A few days ago Hewitt’s coach Tony Roache said it would have been nice for the Australian to have a few extra days to adjust to clay having not played in some months.
It always seemed ridiculous to try and force his comeback when he has no real chance of winning the French Open. It would have been more sensible, if he were to play at all in this situation, to head straight to the UK to practice on grass where he has a better chance of doing well at Wimbledon rather than risking further injury by making a premature comeback.
Despite it being, you would think, common sense to try and ensure he avoids further injury in these last moments of his career it has been revealed that it is Hewitt’s left ankle that is causing him problems.
Hewitt has left it to the last minute to withdraw and will be replaced by Marc Gicquel.