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Aussies anxiously await hometown hero

The Aussie fans have an unequivocal passion for tennis. But after all these years, they still agonize for a hometown Grand Slam champion. Is a revitalized Lleyton Hewitt the answer?

Updated: January 13, 2009, 5:17 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

The Aussies making the news this year before their home Grand Slam are certainly an interesting bunch. Lleyton Hewitt, who needed hip surgery in August to save his career, is on the mend, while the controversial Jelena Dokic attempts to resurrect her career yet again. A guy once tipped as the next big hope and a feisty baseliner round out the varied cast. Here's a closer look:

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