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Hewitt Given Wild Card Boost

Bonus for Aussie at home competition

Posted Dec 08, 2011 by Chris White

Lleyton Hewitt has been given a wild card entry to the Australian Open

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been given a boost ahead of his home competition, by being handed a wild card entry to the Australian Open, sparing him from the qualification process.

A host of injury problems have seen Hewitt fall from world number one to 188th in the world, and he would have had to qualify to take part in Australia, but tournament director Craig Tiley said that the former Wimbledon and US Open winner deserved a place in the Grand Slam tournament.

“Lleyton is a former world number one, twice a Grand Slam champion and Australia’s most successful Davis Cup player,” Tilley told the media. “He reached the final here in 2005 and his passion and commitment to the game is second to none, so we are delighted to offer him a wild card for 2012.

“He’s had some horrible luck with injuries in recent years which is why his ranking has dropped. It is nothing to do with the quality of his tennis, and for that reason we have no hesitation in inviting him to take part.”

The tournament gets under way in Melbourne on 16th January.

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