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Hewitt out for three months after yet another hip surgery

Nidhogg
01-30-2010, 06:48 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-30/201001301264832279750.html?fpos=r5


"Hewitt set to sit after surgery


Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt has had surgery on his right hip in Hobart this week following his loss to world No.1 Roger Federer at Australian Open 2010.

Hewitt said he sustained the injury the day before his first match at the Hopman Cup while practicing, but refused to let it derail his Australian Open campaign after coming back from a similar injury to his left hip last year.

“I did one movement at the Hopman Cup in practice the day before my first match, and I felt something straight away. I knew it wasn't that good,” Hewitt told a packed press conference at Melbourne Park on Saturday afternoon.

“At that time, I wasn't 100 per cent sure whether I was going to be able to play any of the Australian summer. At least I gave 100 per cent and tried to block it out as much as possible. [I] was able to get through the summer.”

After having scans on the troublesome hip and discussing various options with his team, Hewitt elected to have surgery in an attempt to return in time for the French Open in May.

He will, however, miss Australia’s Asia-Oceania Zone Group I Davis Cup tie against Chinese Taipei at Melbourne Park in early March and some hardcourt tournaments in the US, including Indian Wells (which he has won twice) and Miami.

Hewitt said this injury is slightly different to the problem he experienced with his left hip that kept him out of the game from August 2008 to January 2009.

“I had a tear in my labrum, which is around my hip joint. So I pretty much had torn that off the bone. I had a few issues with my ligament, as well, in there.”

Despite yet another injury setback and his 29th birthday fast approaching, Hewitt says that retirement hasn’t crossed his mind.

“I thought maybe if I retire now and come back in 12 weeks, you know, Kim [Clijsters] and Justine [Henin] do that, then come back and win slams. Could have been an omen for me,” he said.

“I've worked too hard to come back. I feel like I'm hitting the ball as well as I've nearly ever hit it … the bloke I lost to the start of this week (Federer), he's as good as you get right at the moment.”

Hewitt said that after having gone through a similar experience with his left hip, he knows what’s in store this time round.

“It's kind of easier to know what to expect. Even when I come back, you might have some good days and some bad days.

“But you put up with that. At least I know the kind of pain that I'm going through at the moment. [In] a few weeks, it will go away.”

After completing his rehabilitation at a yet-to-be-decided location, Hewitt will set his sights on returning to the Grand Slams, where he thinks he is still a chance.

“For me the obvious goal, the next one will be Wimbledon. It's a place where I feel comfortable at. It's a place I played extremely well last year. [I] was only one or two points away from making the semis there. I feel like if I can get back and play some matches before Wimbledon, I have an outside chance of doing well.

“I don't feel like I'm that far away, my ball striking, from doing some damage in the Grand Slams.”"



Well, you gotta admire the guy for his positive attitude on his career.

Mecir
01-30-2010, 06:54 AM
Difference between Hewitt and Clisters/Henin is style of play. Hewitt will never be able to crack top 10 again let alone win a grand slam.

save ausdecline
01-30-2010, 06:56 AM
fk im pissed. Ive given up on the remaining 10% of hope for Hewitt after reading this. What a joke. Another yr goes by.

Luinir
01-30-2010, 06:57 AM
Hewitt is done.

Smoke944
01-30-2010, 07:03 AM
Difference between Hewitt and Clijsters/Henin is that Clijsters/Henin play on the WTA.

fixed

Stensland
01-30-2010, 07:19 AM
whoa, this is quite a blow for lleyton. i remember watching him doing a presser last week where he was all pumped for those very 3 months. hardly any points to defend, feeling good physically, motivated to do well on american hardcourts and so on.

i wonder if he's really coming back. could definitely see the surgery (and all the work he'll need to put into recovery) as the sort of setback that might make him go "for what?" and just let it go. got a wife, got a kid, let the atp be the atp.

Kolya
01-30-2010, 07:21 AM
Get a new hip old man.

L James
01-30-2010, 07:23 AM
Time for Tomic to play Davis Cup :yeah:

save ausdecline
01-30-2010, 07:24 AM
time to retire Hewitt

Horatio Caine
01-30-2010, 08:22 AM
Feel sorry for Hewitt there...hopefully the surgery will be a success and that he comes back when he is ready. Obviously an injury like this doesn't do a player any favours with his ranking, but for Hewitt it is perhaps especially unlucky as he had good scope to improve on his IW and Miami results from last year, and a handful of wins in the clay Masters/'500' events and RG would have consolidated his current ranking.

Now, he will lose the Houston title and other useful points (Memphis SF) and make his comeback at the time when he amassed his more significant points last year. Always seems to be battling against a strong current these days.

Just to reply to the article...would be nice if he comes back strong again, but he has 0.0001% chance to win a Slam against the likes of Federer, Nadal, Murray, Djokovic, Del Potro etc. He'd be doing well just to get back, and sustain, a top 30 ranking. Pretty much sums up the (lack of) depth in standard of the WTA Tour.

Time to bleed Tomic in Davis Cup as well, yes.

xohxmyx
01-30-2010, 08:31 AM
hewitt really should just give up, his putting his body through all this and for what? his past his prime he's best tennis is behind him:shrug: unless a miracle happens he'll never be what he was

JuliC
01-30-2010, 10:05 AM
This really sucks :sad:

Commander Data
01-30-2010, 10:12 AM
Just let it go old man.

Andre♥
01-30-2010, 10:15 AM
Just let it go old man.

He was born in 1981, just like Federer! :lol:

buzz
01-30-2010, 10:18 AM
He was born in 1981, just like Federer! :lol:

Federer is a different story

n8
01-30-2010, 10:34 AM
I'm sick of reading that Hewitt thinks he can still maybe win more Grand Slams. He is a top 30/20 player only now, you don't hear the likes of Kohlschreiber, Robredo, Ljubicic, Wawrinka or Ferrero saying they're chances at Slams.

paseo
01-30-2010, 10:35 AM
hewitt really should just give up, his putting his body through all this and for what? his past his prime he's best tennis is behind him:shrug: unless a miracle happens he'll never be what he was

He's #22 in the world and he's not even 30. He's still very competitive. So what if he's past his prime? He still love the game, he's still seeded at the GS, he still can make extra $$$.

Look at the names outside the top 30. A lot of very good players, and Hewitt is still better than them despite his injuries. Do players outside the top 10 should retire if they get an injury that can be fixed in 3 months, too?

oematoema
01-30-2010, 10:52 AM
A hip surgery, now THAT's an excuse for losing a match. Much better than mono-fed, "boohoo my little knee is hurting again, uncle" or "I think I have to puke now, must be the heat, or the food, or Kosovo".

Ivanatis
01-30-2010, 11:03 AM
:tears:

Goldenoldie
01-30-2010, 11:15 AM
hewitt really should just give up, his putting his body through all this and for what? his past his prime he's best tennis is behind him:shrug: unless a miracle happens he'll never be what he was

I'll never be what I was either, should I go jump off a cliff?

Goldenoldie
01-30-2010, 11:17 AM
I'm sick of reading that Hewitt thinks he can still maybe win more Grand Slams. He is a top 30/20 player only now, you don't hear the likes of Kohlschreiber, Robredo, Ljubicic, Wawrinka or Ferrero saying they're chances at Slams.

That isn't actually what he said - he said he could do damage at slams i.e. beat higher ranked players. Read the words in quotes"" not the journalist's introduction.

tennisace
01-30-2010, 11:32 AM
Henin and Clijsters had no hip surgery..and they are younger than Hewitt...

DartMarcus
01-30-2010, 12:04 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:
I believe he'll still have smth in his tank when he comes back. Otherwise, he'll become like Mark Phillippousis.

StevoTG
01-30-2010, 02:13 PM
Lleyton should not come back at the French Open, as expected. He should come back and play the Nottingham challenger, then Halle and Wimbledon. He'll be short of practice and match fitness at the French and wouldn't be able to compete. As well as that the change from clay to grass could aggravate the body.

It would be much better for him to try and get some form going on grass and hopefully get a bit of momentum and match sharpness on the surface. His game doesn't match up well enough against the big strikers on the hardcourts for him to win without mammoth performances, and his body can't tolerate a whole load of them over a two week period. On clay, he is improving but isn't likely to cause much damage. The grass is where he plays his best stuff, it suits his game well and it's his best chance of a big win. Shame for him that the grass season is so short, but he should just focus on the grass as much as possible for the rest of his career.
Come on Lleyton :D

Goldenoldie
01-30-2010, 02:28 PM
Lleyton should not come back at the French Open, as expected. He should come back and play the Nottingham challenger, then Halle and Wimbledon. He'll be short of practice and match fitness at the French and wouldn't be able to compete. As well as that the change from clay to grass could aggravate the body.

It would be much better for him to try and get some form going on grass and hopefully get a bit of momentum and match sharpness on the surface. His game doesn't match up well enough against the big strikers on the hardcourts for him to win without mammoth performances, and his body can't tolerate a whole load of them over a two week period. On clay, he is improving but isn't likely to cause much damage. The grass is where he plays his best stuff, it suits his game well and it's his best chance of a big win. Shame for him that the grass season is so short, but he should just focus on the grass as much as possible for the rest of his career.
Come on Lleyton :D

Agreed, but Nottingham might be too easy. Depending on the entry list he might try Eastbourne.

Logical
01-30-2010, 02:31 PM
It don't matter even if he plays, makes no difference to the circuit.

Gretchen.
01-30-2010, 02:33 PM
This makes me more angry than sad. :ras:

alfonsojose
01-30-2010, 02:44 PM
Hips don't lie, Lleyton :sad: I've always seen him like a male Hingis, without the drug thing, of course. These days the game is too hard without a weapon.

Logical
01-30-2010, 03:28 PM
Hips don't lie, Lleyton :sad: I've always seen him like a male Hingis, without the drug thing, of course. These days the game is too hard without a weapon.

Even drugs wouldn't help his game. Such a mug pusher.

Ariel
01-30-2010, 06:03 PM
whoa, this is quite a blow for lleyton. i remember watching him doing a presser last week where he was all pumped for those very 3 months. hardly any points to defend, feeling good physically, motivated to do well on american hardcourts and so on.

i wonder if he's really coming back. could definitely see the surgery (and all the work he'll need to put into recovery) as the sort of setback that might make him go "for what?" and just let it go. got a wife, got a kid, let the atp be the atp.


Lleyton has never seemed the type even during adversity to ever ask the question "what's it all for"? I read the article headlining this thread with shock, sadness, and admiration. What it tells me is that Hewitt, not unlike Ferrero and Moya who have scaled the slam heights and come back from numerous injuries, is clinging to that slight chance that he can approach (not achieve) the pinnacle of his past success. He clearly loves the sport and the process of working toward a goal, and to give that up right now might be more emotionally painful than anything he's got going on physically. I admire his drive and his positive outlook. At least he'll leave the sport with no regrets.

Ivanatis
01-30-2010, 08:57 PM
Even drugs wouldn't help his game. Such a mug pusher.

yeah fuck off now, this is no Hewitt bashing thread

Smoke944
01-30-2010, 09:10 PM
Lleyton has never seemed the type even during adversity to ever ask the question "what's it all for"? I read the article headlining this thread with shock, sadness, and admiration. What it tells me is that Hewitt, not unlike Ferrero and Moya who have scaled the slam heights and come back from numerous injuries, is clinging to that slight chance that he can approach (not achieve) the pinnacle of his past success. He clearly loves the sport and the process of working toward a goal, and to give that up right now might be more emotionally painful than anything he's got going on physically. I admire his drive and his positive outlook. At least he'll leave the sport with no regrets.

Great post, agreed :)

Audacity
01-31-2010, 02:20 AM
hewitt really should just give up, his putting his body through all this and for what? his past his prime he's best tennis is behind him:shrug: unless a miracle happens he'll never be what he was

Go die gloryhunter.

jcempire
01-31-2010, 02:23 AM
Hewitt is done.

Hate to say it. ... but His career is almost end as today

So.............

Smoke944
01-31-2010, 02:27 AM
Aside from people trolling, I think he will be fine. After the AO he will be 19 in the world I think. That is enormous considering where he was this time last year. Sure he can't beat the very best guys but he is still one of the most consistent players in the world.

xohxmyx
01-31-2010, 03:11 AM
I'll never be what I was either, should I go jump off a cliff?
maybe?

Go die gloryhunter.
yeah ok sure i'll try that next

swebright
01-31-2010, 03:18 AM
He has to/will keep on playing because he's getting +++ from sponsors!!!

Corey Feldman
01-31-2010, 03:28 AM
damn, where did this spring from

I'm sick of reading that Hewitt thinks he can still maybe win more Grand Slams. He is a top 30/20 player only now, you don't hear the likes of Kohlschreiber, Robredo, Ljubicic, Wawrinka or Ferrero saying they're chances at Slams.why shouldn he think it, he is allowed to aim high

even if he doesnt win a GS again he wont have let anyone down, he's had a career to be proud of

KarlyM
01-31-2010, 03:33 AM
Damn. :awww: Get well soon, Lleyton. ;)

Experimentee
01-31-2010, 04:10 AM
That isn't actually what he said - he said he could do damage at slams i.e. beat higher ranked players. Read the words in quotes"" not the journalist's introduction.

He always says he can still win Grand Slam tournaments with a bit of luck.

Arkulari
01-31-2010, 04:52 AM
He's not a factor in Slams any longer, but he could still have a very good career, 98% of the tour would kill to achieve what he has, so he doesn't have to retire if he doesn't want to

Auscon
01-31-2010, 02:25 PM
Gutted to hear the news, was really starting to come into some good form. I say don't risk it, forget the clay, focus on grass for the return.

Glad I finally got to see Lleyton play at the AO this year, and to see him playing so well. Who knows how many times he can keep coming back from surgery..

ChinoRios4Ever
02-01-2010, 05:29 AM
even if he doesnt win a GS again he wont have let anyone down, he's had a career to be proud of

very true ;)