LLEYTON HEWITT is keen to represent Australia at the London “Wimbledon” Olympics this year, but says he won’t make a definitive call until he gets more time to assess how his troublesome left big toe holds up.
Hewitt successfully negotiated his way through three tough singles matches at Perth’s Hopman Cup this week, moving well in each contest despite spending the previous three months injured on the sidelines.
After pushing world No.19 Richard Gasquet and world No.24 Fernando Verdasco to three sets, he finally earned his first singles win of the tournament when he downed China’s Wu Di 6-3 6-2 on Thursday night.
Hewitt, a proud Davis Cup combatant for Australia who also represented his country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2008 Beijing Games, said his big left toe was “hanging in there”, and hoped his foot wouldn’t flare again this year.
“I’d like to play the Olympics,” Hewitt said.
“I enjoy playing on grass so if the opportunity comes up then I would love to.
“My fitness has been good, which is a positive.
“But I’m just focusing on the Aussie (Open) at the moment.
“That’s the priority and then we’ll worry about the others later on.”
The former world No.1 will play at the Sydney International starting on Sunday before this month’s Australian Open, where he was forced to rely on a wildcard invitation after his ranking slipped to 186.
“I still play the game for the big tournaments,” Hewitt said.
“You get an adrenaline buzz every time you step out there in a grand slam.
Meanwhile, world No.33 Jarmila Gajdosova has revealed a painful trip to the dentist was behind her 6-0 6-0 flop to world No.9 Marion Bartoli a day later.
Gajdosova was reduced to tears during the embarrassing defeat, but said a painful root canal procedure the day before had thrown her off her game.
“I had a few medications in me, but that doesn’t take (away) the fact that Marion was playing unbelievable and she would have beat me either way,” Gajdosova said after her 6-3 6-2 defeat to French Open champion Li Na on Thursday night.
“She played very well and unfortunately I just couldn’t get any rhythm.
“As I say, it’s one of those days that I just couldn’t do anything about it.
“I couldn’t stop it and unfortunately I got a beating the way I did and it was pretty embarrassing, but it happens and I try to forget it and learn from it and move on.” – AAP