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Hewitt turns to Roche again

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Originally published on: 26/11/10 16:30

Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt is to reunite with veteran coach Tony Roche in an attempt to climb back up the rankings.

“I have been discussing this with Rochey for a few months now prior to him accepting the job as Australian Davis Cup coach, and when he asked me about taking that role with Pat [Rafter], I thought that would work in well with what we were planning for myself,” said Hewitt.

Hewitt, who previously worked with Roche between 2007 and 2009, will also work with former professional Josh Eagle – one of the Davis Cup squad coaches.

“I am really looking forward to working with both guys and feel that if I can keep the body performing then I can climb back up the ranks again,” admitted Hewitt, who is back in training after recovering from a hand injury sustained in September.

Since the split with Roche, the former world No.1 and two-time Grand Slam champion has fallen outside the top 50, largely due to a series of injuries that have led to questions over his future in the sport.

But Roche believes the tenacious 29-year-old is not done yet and remains a feared competitor among the tour’s leading players.

“He is constantly working on his game to improve, which is always a good sign that his focus and desire is still there,” said Roche, former coach to Grand Slam champions Ivan Lendl, Pat Rafter and Roger Federer before first teaming up with Hewitt.

“If the past week is any indication, the body is feeling good, the mind is fresh and by January I will be ready to go for my 15th year on the Tour,” insisted Hewitt.

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