17 Jul 2016

Hewitt opts out as Olympic coach

6:26 pm on 17 July 2016

Two-times grand slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has opted out of his role as coach of the Australian men's tennis team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for "personal reasons".

Lleyton Hewitt.

Lleyton Hewitt. Photo: AFP

Hewitt's withdrawal is another blow for Australia's prospects at Rio after top-ranked players Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic withdrew themselves from consideration.

Former professional Mark Draper is a possible replacement.

Thanasi Kokkinakis and John Millman are representing Australia in the men's singles at Rio, with John Peers and Chris Guccione in the doubles.

- Reuters

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