Lleyton Hewitt has laughed off suggestions he is ready to retire from the game
Last Updated: 14/12/13 11:36am
Lleyton Hewitt: Faces a race against time to be ready for the Australian Open
Former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt has dismissed speculation he is preparing for his final Australian Open appearance in January.
Hewitt is preparing for the Brisbane International, which starts on December 29, and speculation in the media suggests the 32-year-old might call time on his career following next month's first major of 2014.
However, the two-time grand slam winner laughed off the thought he is ready to hang up his racket, adding he expects to return to Melbourne Park in 2015 as well.
"No I don't think it'll be the last (Australian Open appearance) because I can't see myself finishing at the end of the year at the European indoor tournaments."
"No I don't think it'll be the last (Australian Open appearance) because I can't see myself finishing at the end of the year at the European indoor tournaments," Hewitt said.
"So I'm definitely playing all this year.
"You know, I've got Davis Cup this year and I plan on being back.
"Obviously, though, you get to my age and one serious injury and that can pull up the stumps, but right at the moment the body feels good, so you just enjoy it. Go out there and enjoy it."
Hewitt, who has battled foot injuries in recent years, now faces a race against time to be ready for the Australian Open, which begins on January 13.
"You know, we only get two weeks to get any kind of matches under our belt before one of the toughest tournaments, down in Melbourne in the Australian Open," Hewitt said.
"So, physically, it's important for everyone, even those top guys, to get tough matches."