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Hewitt Signs to Play Newport





April 6, 2012



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Recovering Lleyton Hewitt has locked in what he hopes will be his comeback program from foot surgery after entering the Hall of Fame ATP event in the US the week after Wimbledon. The 31-year-old former No. 1 is hoping that the Rhode Island stop will be a mere continuation of play after aiming to get back onto the courts in June in time for Wimbledon.

He is also keen to play Davis Cup and the London Olympic Games this summer. The grass of the American event should be easy on the player's damaged body which has compromised his last few seasons.

Hewitt has not played the HOF since 1998, one of the first events of his budding career. He will be joined in the grass-court field by No. 11 defending champion John Isner and Canadian Milos Raonic.

Hewitt has not played since winning a February Davis Cup tie against China after making a fourth-round appearance at the Australian Open. But the specter of a nagging toe injury finally required a second round of surgery, which the two-time major winner hopes will have ended his days of playing in constant pain.


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