LLEYTON Hewitt has rejected a wildcard for Rosmalen in the Netherlands next week, confident his claycourt form will propel him to Wimbledon.
Dutch officials yesterday sounded out Hewitt, who was eliminated in the second round at Queen's Club by French qualifier Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday.
Hewitt won on grass at Rosmalen in 2001 and reached the quarter-finals there before withdrawing in 2002, when he went on to win Wimbledon.
But the world No. 16 seems likely to participate in one of the two London exhibition events next week to gain more match practice on grass.
"We are not sure yet what we are doing," Hewitt's manager David Drysdale said. "But we won't be going to (Rosmalen). We are still waiting to hear more about the exhibitions and we'll take it from there."
Hewitt will almost certainly be invited to the Boodles Challenge exhibition at Stoke Park from Tuesday.
Stoke Park organisers are sweating on the fitness of Nicolas Kiefer and David Nalbandian after the withdrawal yesterday of Andy Murray.
Hurlingham Club also stages an exhibition and is closer to Hewitt's base in Wimbledon Village.
By playing in either event, Hewitt could still practise at the All England Club, where as a former champion he has membership and increased access to practice courts.
Hewitt yesterday partnered Tim Henman to a 4-6 6-3 10-6 (match tiebreak) win against Czech pair Frantisek Cermak and Leos Friedel.
Triple Queen's champion Andy Roddick dodged a bullet in a 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win against Britain's Alex Bogdanovic.
"First round I played great," said Roddick, who was within two points of defeat.
"Today, I probably didn't have my best stuff."
Hawk-Eye technology saved Roddick at 5-all in the second-set tiebreak when a linesman ruled a forehand wide, giving Bogdanovic match point.
Roddick challenged the call and it was overturned.
"I'm a big supporter of Hawk-Eye. There's a big difference between being down match point and up set point," Roddick said.
The second seed plays 18-year-old Croatian wildcard Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals. Cilic, the top junior in the world last year, defeated Tsonga 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Former world No. 1 Marat Safin was another casualty, edged out 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) by Croat danger Ivo Karlovic.