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01-05-2010, 01:46 AM #1
Lleyton Hewitt To Start 2010 With Hopman Cup
Lleyton Hewitt will start his new year at the Hopman Cup mixed team event on Saturday. The two-time Grand Slam champion is due to put five weeks of training in Sydney before the commencement of his Australia campaign.
The former number one is to team up with French Open semi-finalist Samantha Stosur as the host nation bids for only its second title at the eight-nation team event.
Australia, the top seeds, begins on the opening day at the Burswood Dome against Romania with Victor Hanescu and teenage talent Sorana Cirstea, ranked 45th on the WTA.
Hewitt said on his website,"The Australian summer is obviously the main priority, trying to get ready for the Hopman Cup and then obviously Sydney leading into the Australian Open in Melbourne.”
"That's where we want to get the damage done. I'd love to get back into the top five as soon as possible. Obviously the four majors for us is the priority."
Stosur is coming off a record-setting 2009, winner her first singles title in the autumn in Japan after reaching a career-first singles semi-final at Roland Garros. She had crushed the 19-year-old Cirstea twice in 2009 to earn straight-set victories.
Andy Murray is all set to make his debut at the event along with Laura Robson, junior Wimbledon finalist six months ago after winning that event in 2008.