Former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt is now on target to play in the French Open in Paris, set to start in less than two weeks.
Tennis Australia will tomorrow issue two wildcard spots for the Grand Slam tournament and if Hewitt decides he can play one will almost definitely go to him.
Hewitt returned to training last week after three months recovery from surgery on his left foot in an attempt to fix the nagging toe injury he suffered last year. He wasn’t expected back until May where he was set to begin with a few pre-Wimbledon events.
He received screws and a plate into the foot but has recovered faster than expected. Hewitt was a special commentary guest calling AFL games last weekend and impressed with some decent insight. If he can’t get back into top-25 men’s singles rankings he at least will have options in his post-tennis days.
In other Aussie tennis news, Bernard Tomic has won his first round matchup at the Rome Masters. He defeated Santiago Giraldo, winning the final two sets after dropping the first.
It is Tomic’s first time at the tournament in Rome but unfortunately he moves on to face World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the next round. They have met just once before, at the Wimbledon semis last year, in which Tomic was able to steal a set before eventually losing to the Serb sensation.
Tomic’s preparation has been up and down leading up to the French Open. He made the quarter-finals in Munichh two weeks ago, a clay surface, but was knocked out in the opening round of the Madrid Masters six days ago by Czech Radek Stepanek, the 34-year-old World No. 25.