Lleyton Hewitt was just beaten in the first round 6-4, 7-6 by Blaz Kavcic in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the last tournament ahead of the US Open. The problem is that Lleyton’s foot injury is struggling to cope with any competitive play.
Hewitt pushed his return after surgery for the French Open before hurting his ankle and then injuring his foot leading up to Wimbledon. It’s become difficult to keep track of Lleyton’s injuries, particularly with this recurring foot problem but it seems that, as usual, Lleyton refuses to admit that his body is no longer up to the task and retire.
According to David Drysdale, Hewitt’s manager, Lleyton will be reviewed by a surgeon in the coming days and that he was withdrawing to give a healthy player a chance. “It was a gut-wrenching decision for Lleyton, particularly given it is the 10-year anniversary since he won the tournament. He would have found it hard to back it up and wanted to give another Aussie, who is fully fit, a chance.”
Clearly Hewitt is, and always has been, a beast that thrives in competition. The problem is he’s barely competitive these days because his next injury is only moments away, his body seemingly breaking down with increasing regularity.
I think it’s time to start thinking about bowing out gracefully or doing what former fiance Kim Clijsters did and take a significant period of rest and hope that you get another good 1-2 years out of your body.