Hamstring sidelines Hewitt from ABN Amro

2/20/2007 - Tennis

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Lleyton Hewitt pulled out of the
ABN Amro tournament with a hamstring injury Tuesday.

The seventh-seeded Australian, who won the Rotterdam tournament
in 2004, was due to play his opening singles match Wednesday.

Hewitt, a former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, injured his
right hamstring last week at the ATP tournament in Marseille,
France. He retired during his second-round match against Gilles
Simon, the Frenchman who went on to win the title.

"It is obviously extremely disappointing for me," Hewitt said.
"I was coming here for my first trip since 2004, when I won the

Hewitt said he had been having treatment on the injury three
times a day.

"It's improving, but it's improving slowly," Hewitt said.

Earlier this month, Hewitt played two five-set matches in
Australia's loss to Belgium in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Hewitt was replaced in the first-round draw by the Netherlands'
Dennis van Scheppingen, who plays Gael Monfils of France on