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Rusty has foot surgery

Lleyton Hewitt is targeting a return to action in time for the French Open after undergoing surgery on his foot.

The former world No. 1, who lost to Yen-Hsun Lu in the opening round of the BNP Paribas Open last week, had the operation at the weekend.

It is the latest setback in a series of injury troubles for the 30-year-old, who has slipped to No. 64 in the world rankings.

Hewitt had surgery on both hips last year, and his form has also come under scrutiny, having crashed out of the Australian Open in the first round.

Hewitt could be out of action for over a month, but is expecting to be fully fit in time for the second grand slam of the year at Roland Garros at the end of May.

"My foot has been troubling me for some time and I needed the surgery to enable me to compete at my best with the two grand slams coming up soon," Hewitt said.

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Normally, the forums joke about suggesting players retire (even the 18 year old mugs) but I seriously think this guy should give it up. The reputation has been deluded a good 4,5 years now.
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he never gives up!
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Oh, why???

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I dunno, Lleyton. You've been on the tour for the better part of a decade and a half, man.

You've had every lower body injury there is. You're 30 and #64 in the world, not bad at all.

But come on, dude. You've got your FIIIINE ass wife at home down in Australia, 3 kids, is it really all worth it?

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I dunno, Lleyton. You've been on the tour for the better part of a decade and a half, man.

You've had every lower body injury there is. You're 30 and #64 in the world, not bad at all.

But come on, dude. You've got your FIIIINE ass wife at home down in Australia, 3 kids, is it really all worth it?
To him, yes it is worth it. And that's why we love him..

He'll never get the chance to live this part of his life again, better make the most of it while you still can.

His comeback will prob be the same as last year, gain some matches during the latter part of the clay season and try and hit some form for the grass.

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Just goes to show that perhaps we only think we understand how much these guys love the game and their work. I know the question of physical fitness comes into play, but look at the number of people who don't run off at 50 even if they can afford to retire, just because they love what they do



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As long as Rusty is still passionate about the game (which he obviously still is), I say let him compete for as long as he wants.

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Although his legacy may be dubious to begin with, to be fair we can say he was a fighter and did well for a few years during a weak time in the mens game and bagged a couple slams in a less than competitive era - he is now reaching the point where he is truly embarassing himself - all these years of failure only show how bad a player he always was compared to the top guys and how weak his short era was when he was winning. I mean this is a guy who only won in his teens and very early 20's, which proves the weak era point.

For whatever repuation he did have he now is truly embarassing himself - he needs to retire or else he will be remembered only for being a horribly mediocre player.

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Although his legacy may be dubious to begin with, to be fair we can say he was a fighter and did well for a few years during a weak time in the mens game and bagged a couple slams in a less than competitive era - he is now reaching the point where he is truly embarassing himself - all these years of failure only show how bad a player he always was compared to the top guys and how weak his short era was when he was winning. I mean this is a guy who only won in his teens and very early 20's, which proves the weak era point.

For whatever repuation he did have he now is truly embarassing himself - he needs to retire or else he will be remembered only for being a horribly mediocre player.
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Dude needs to hang it up.

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I don't even like him, but I really hope he can atleast compete healthily at London 2012. It's obvious that's all he's sticking around for, and Davis Cup.

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Dude needs to hang it up.
I think so too. I remember when he got back in top 20 in '09 briefly, but that seems like a lifetime ago now.

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Damn, not an injury again!
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Outside the top 3, every active player today can only dream to have Hewitt's achievements.
Oh please - Hewitt at his very very best would not even be top 10 today.
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