Lleyton Hewitt pulls out of Kooyong Classic

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has cited fatigue for the decision. Australia's 19-year-old Jordan Thompson, ranked 320, replaced Hewitt in the eight-man field.

updated: January 07, 2014 19:37 IST
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Melbourne: Lleyton HewittHeadliner Lleyton Hewitt on Tuesday withdrew from his defence of the Kooyong Classic title, opting instead for a practice match against world number four Andy Murray on Friday.

Australia's Hewitt, back inside the world top 50 after upsetting Roger Federer 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, in the final of the Brisbane International at the weekend, cited fatigue for the decision.

"It's obvious that this week is all about Australian Open preparation and about getting in as a good nick as possible," said Hewitt, ranked 43. "For the last four days in Brisbane, I played some tough matches in extreme heat.

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