Lleyton Hewitt awarded wild card for Australian Open
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been awarded a wild card to play at next month's Australian Open.
Persistent injuries have seen Hewitt drop to 188th in the rankings, meaning the former Wimbledon and US Open champion would have had to qualify for the tournament or be awarded a wild card.
Tournament director Craig Tiley said 30-year-old Hewitt deserved to be awarded the wild card.
"Lleyton is a former world number one, twice a grand slam champion and Australia's most successful Davis Cup player," Tiley said.
"He reached the Australian Open final in 2005 and his passion and commitment to the game is second to none. We are delighted to offer him a wild card for 2012.
"Lleyton has had some bad luck with injury recently, which has seen his ranking drop, but he has proved time and time again he can never be discounted, particularly in a big match. We look forward to welcoming him to the Australian Open in January."
The Australian Open begins in Melbourne on January 16.
A tight game could be in prospect here. Northampton have been keeping things very tight of late and ...
by Gareth Purnell
18 May 2013 02:01 AM
I can’t ever watch games of football or rugby without wistfully wondering what it must be like to be...
by Martin Ayres
16 May 2013 05:10 PM
Since PSG’s exit to Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League quarter-final in April, PSG have been sur...
by Matthew Riding
15 May 2013 02:37 PM
Match reports from every Premier League game: Heartbreak for Tottenham as Arsenal clinch fourth place
The Last Word: As David Beckham bows out, spare a thought for the ordinary players facing a crueller end
Arsène Wenger: 'We need stability and to strengthen in the summer'
Sam Wallace: The second coming of Mourinho will be a reunion that can only end in tears
James Lawton: For all Arsenal's dreams and prettiness there must be nagging sense of futility
- 1 Asteroid nine times the size of the QE2 liner to sail pass Earth
- 2 Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
- 3 British business: We need to stay in the EU - or risk losing up to £92bn a year
- 4 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.