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Hewitt's appeal held up

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THE withdrawal of John Fitzgerald and Patrick McEnroe from the panel to hear Lleyton Hewitt's appeal against a heavy fine for not doing a television interview is believed to be delaying a resolution of the issue.
Nearly two months have passed since Hewitt was fined almost $200,000 for not doing the interview before the Cincinnati Masters tournament on August 5-11.

His case will go to the ATP appeals committee once replacements can be found for Fitzgerald and McEnroe, who pulled out because of conflicts of interest.

Fitzgerald cited his role as Hewitt's Australian Davis Cup captain while McEnroe withdrew because he works for ESPN, the network with which Hewitt was supposed to do the interview.

The ATP has been unable to confirm replacements to join Frenchman Guy Forget on the committee.

"Some players have been approached but no players have been confirmed as yet," an ATP spokesman said.

Hewitt's manager Rob Aivatoglou's only comment on the appeal delay was that it was up to the ATP to set the date.

In late August, ATP chief executive Mark Miles said he hoped the appeal would be heard soon after the US Open, which ended on September 8.

Hewitt has been enjoying a week of relaxation after Australia's 5-0 win over India in last weekend's Davis Cup qualifying tie.

"He's downed tools and he's just enjoying it," Aivatoglou said.

Hewitt's next assignment is the Japan Open, starting in Tokyo on Monday, when the world No.1 and top seed will also be the defending champion
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