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Ailing Hewitt To Rest for Wimbledon

June 20, 2000

DEN BOSCH, Netherlands (AP) _ Lleyton Hewitt, who beat Pete Sampras to win Queens Club, has an injured ankle and withdrew from the Heineken Trophy tournament Tuesday to save his strength for Wimbledon.

``My ankle is sore,″ said Hewitt, who is seeded seventh at Wimbledon. ``I have been advised to take some time off to let it heal. I hope I will be 100 percent for Wimbledon next week.″

The Australian said he would stay in the Netherlands for treatment until Thursday, then go to London to prepare for Wimbledon. He has been on anti-inflammatory medication since last week.

Hewitt, seeded No. 1 in the Dutch tournament, was to play a first-round match against Magnus Gustafsson. The grass-court Heineken Trophy is a tuneup for Wimbledon, which starts Monday.

Hewitt sprained his ankle several times last year and again this year, as recently as the French Open.

He apparently twisted it again during the match with Sampras on Sunday. But he did not say whether the ankle was injured when he made a diving drop volley to retrieve a cross-court pass.

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