Hewitt determined to play in Beijing Olympics

March 14th, 2008 - 1:44 pm ICT by admin  

Indian Wells, California, March 14 (DPA) Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt has re-confirmed his plan to compete at the Beijing Olympics after missing the games in Athens four years ago. Hewitt also supported American Andy Roddick’s decision to skip the Beijing Olympics to concentrate on the US Open which begins immediately afterwards the Olympics.

“At this stage, I am planning on playing,” Hewitt said Thursday on the sidelines of the Indian Wells Masters. “It’s exciting to play in the Olympics and to play for Australia whenever possible.”

The 27-year-old Aussie, two-time winner of the Californian desert event which began Thursday, said that at this stage of his career, the Olympics is an important goal.

“You can totally understand Andy’s reasons. I didn’t play in Athens due to the schedule lead-up to the US Open. I thought it was the best preparation for me,” said Roddick.

He said the decision to skip Athens edition of the games four year ago had later resulted in titles at Washington and Long Island, prior to reaching the US Open final against Roger Federer.

Hewitt said for tennis players the four majors which takes place each season is more important than the Olympics.

Hewitt will either face Luis Horna of Peru or American Sam Querrey, winner of the Las Vegas title last weekend, in the second round of the tournament here after he got a bye in the opening round.

“I feel pretty good. You all always have little niggles and injuries and small stuff that you have to play through most of the time.

“It’s just a mater of getting through my first match or two to build confidence and match toughness, and then I definitely can make a run,” he noted.

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