Former US Open Champion Lleyton Hewitt has been granted a wildcard into the 2011 US Open main draw. Hewitt is currently ranked 165 in the world and could make the main draw without this wildcard. It is good to see that he is getting a chance, but are they wasting this wildcard when they could be bringing new talent through the ranks?
“I’m really looking forward to New York. It’s 10 years on since I won there and I’ve still got the passion and hunger which is great,” Hewitt said.
Tennis Australia Head of Professional Tennis Todd Woodbridge said Hewitt was fully deserving of a spot in the main draw.
“Lleyton has achieved some of his best results in New York and it is ten years since his victory,” Woodbridge said.
“He’s had a tough run with injuries over the past few months but his fighting spirit is undiminished and we are very pleased to be able to grant him a wildcard into the US Open.”
I believe that Hewitt deserved a chance to play the US Open, but why doesnt he have his ranking inside the top 100, when he hasnt been injury for some time now? Serena Williams didnt take long to get her ranking back up there, but Hewitt hasnt even got close!