I guess the Australian media is in a tizzy about whether or not Lleyton Hewitt ordered and received the proper court surface for his home practice sessions. This is somewhat of a big deal because hewitt has been spending much of his interview time in the past bashing the surface at the Australian Open.
Hewitt said media reports claiming he had ordered Plexicushion - the new Melbourne Park surface — but had mistakenly been given a generic hardcourt were false.
“It’s totally wrong,” Hewitt said yesterday.
“I’m very happy with the court I have at my house. It’s a hardcourt, which is exactly what we ordered.
“For me, it was about putting down a hardcourt surface similar to what we have at the US Open and what we’ll have at the Australian Open. I need a hardcourt I can train on all year because there are so many tournaments on hardcourt. It’s pointless to have a court to train on for just one surface.
“It was never planned to have Plexicushion laid.
“I’ve been practising on the hardcourt every day with ‘Rochey’ (coach Tony Roche) and I’m very happy with the way my preparations are going for the Australian Open.”
Not that I am defending Hewitt, but there were quite a few complaints from several players last year about the Australian Open surface contributing to injuries. We’ll see what the new surface has in store for us.