Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt will begin his week at the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships against American youngster Ryan Harrison, whom he holds a losing record against. Hewitt lost their only meeting last year in Washington and it will be interesting to see if the two-time Grand Slam champion can avenge the loss on grass.
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.
At Wimbledon, the former champion reached the second round of the tournament, where he rallied form 2 sets down against Jerzy Janowicz but failed to close out the match.
World No. 144 Ryan Harrison has only played one main draw match on grass this season, which was his opening round match at the Wimbledon Championships. The American would lose that contest to eventual semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov. Prior to that, he had gone 5-2 in qualifying matches on grass between Nottingham, Queen’s Club and Wimbledon.
This is the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the Harrison leading the head-to-head series 1-0. This is the first time they will meet on the grass, which is a surface that favours the Australian.
Prediction: Lleyton Hewitt in Three Sets