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Former Champion Hewitt Out Of US Open

New York, U.S.A.

Hewitt© Fred Mullane/Camerawork USA Lleyton Hewitt won the 2001 US Open by beating Pete Sampras in the final.

Former World No. 1 and 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt will not compete at the final Grand Slam championship of the year due to a foot injury.

Hewitt's manager, David Drysdale, confirmed to The Herald Sun, "It was a gut-wrenching decision for Lleyton, particularly given it is the 10-year anniversary since he won the tournament."

World No. 188 Hewitt had received a wild card, but it will now be handed to another Australian, Marinko Matosevic.

Asked if 30-year-old Hewitt would consult a surgeon about his injury, Drysdale said, "We'll look at those sorts of things in a few days' time."

Drysdale went on to confirm, "He'll definitely play next year. He wants to help Australia get back into the World Group."

Australia faces Switzerland in a Davis Cup World Group play-off on grass courts in Sydney from 16 September. Hewitt has not ruled out competing in that tie.

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