21 Aug 2008

Lleyton Hewitt pulls out of US Open

5:16 am on 21 August 2008

Former US Open tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt has withdrawn from next week's tournament in New York after having surgery to his hip.

The former world No.1 says he had exhausted every other possibility before succumbing to the need for surgery.

At the Beijing Olympics last week, Hewitt was a second-round loser to new world No.1 Rafael Nadal.