LLEYTON HEWITT admits his mind hasn’t exactly been on the job at hand ahead of his final Australian Open.
Hewitt, 34, said he has been preoccupied with Davis Cup plans as he settles in as captain of the Australian team.
He played an exhibition match against Sam Groth in Hobart last night, but conceded he has been distracted leading into his final home grand slam campaign.
“I’m so competitive that my main focus is still trying to prepare as well as possible,” Hewitt said.
“In some ways, my mind has been preoccupied with the other younger Australian boys and trying to work out the best thing for the rest of the Davis Cup squad to try and have a good result over the Australian summer.”
Young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis was forced to withdraw from the exhibition match with Hewitt due to a shoulder complaint, but his strength and conditioning coach Andrew Rondinelli insists there is no serious concern.
“It was more the fact that if he played in Tasmania, he would have had to rush a little bit,” he said.
“It’s not a big issue. It was a big year — he pulled up a little bit sore. His training load is slowly increasing, so we didn’t want to interrupt what we have planned.
“It was pretty small.”[Source:- news.com]