Article found in the Herald Sun. Leo Schlink seems to assume that Mark will play also, but then he gives Sebastien Grosjean's name too. hmmm...does he know something we don't? or something less than we do?...
Edit: oh and at the headline--trying to grab viewers and alarm lleykis.
Hewitt back on the singles scene
STUNG by Davis Cup disappointment, Lleyton Hewitt embarked yesterday on a search for grand slam glory and a single-figure ranking.
Hewitt flew out of Adelaide bound for the ABN/AMRO tournament in Rotterdam from Monday, when he will renew acquaintances with teammate Mark Philippoussis.
Hewitt's Australian Open conqueror Roger Federer heads a star-studded field, which also includes Juan Carlos Ferrero, Rainer Schuettler, Tim Henman and Sebastien Grosjean.
Hewitt, 22, is ranked 13th after ending a fractured 2003 at No. 17.
But he is only 30 rankings points behind 10th-placed Paradorn Srichaphan and, with a decent showing next week, can make significant inroads.
Hewitt will face another rankings challenge next month when he tries to maintain his position despite, at this stage, having no plans to defend the title he won in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The South Australian also won the Indian Wells Masters Series event last year, meaning he again needs to excel in the Californian desert to hold his ground.
"My main goal this year is to do well at the slams," Hewitt said. "My schedule is a little bit different, but the aim is to peak at the slams."
Hewitt is expected to break back into the top five by the end of the year, given his moderate form at the majors last year and the fact he played only 13 tournaments.
After Indian Wells, Hewitt has only a modest amount of rankings points to defend.
Hewitt has been relaxing and practising in Adelaide following Australia's 4-1 first-round Davis Cup loss to Sweden.
The right-hander, shattered at the team failure, was nevertheless content with the form that carried him to a straight-sets victory over teenager Robin Soderling.
Hewitt will contest the Miami Masters event next month before preparing for the claycourt season, encompassing possible appearances in Barcelona, Rome, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Paris.