Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt will make his 16th appearance at the Wimbledon Championships on Tuesday afternoon, where he will begin his campaign against Michal Przysiezny, whom he has never encountered before on the tour. The Australian has expressed interest in a strong showing this year at his favourite Grand Slam, and it will be interesting to see how he begins that run.
The world No. 48 earned his first title of the season early in the year in Brisbane, where he defeated longtime rival and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the final. While he looked to be in the best form in recent memory on hard court, the Australian was unable to translate that effort onto clay, where he crashed out in the opening round of the French Open. Although it was an unceremonious ending to Hewitt’s aspirations in Paris, he will look towards a 6-week period on a surface he has reigned victorious on before – grass. He would begin that portion of the season in at Queen’s Club, where he is a three-time champion, but would only reach the second round of the tournament before losing to eventual Eastbourne champion Feliciano Lopez.
Now 11-10 overall this season, Hewitt, with his 44-14 record at SW19, will look to make another deep run at the event.
His opponent, No. 120-ranked Michal Prysiezny, is 1-15 on the ATP World Tour this season, and holds a 2-2 record at The Championships. He is also 76 spots below his Australian opponent in the rankings, which does not bode well for his chances tomorrow.
This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and it is unlikely to be an overly compelling match, apart from the interest surrounding Hewitt’s form for this event. A strong showing could offer him the confidence necessary to aim for the second week of the tournament.
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