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2-time major champion Hewitt out of French Open
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2-time major champion Hewitt out of French Open

Published May. 22, 2011 10:02 a.m. ET

Two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt pulled out of the French Open on Sunday, only hours before he was to play in the first round.

The tournament said the Australian withdrew because of a left ankle injury. He was scheduled to play Albert Montanes of Spain on Day 1 at Roland Garros.

Marc Gicquel of France, who lost in qualifying, replaced Hewitt in the draw and was to face Montanes.

The 30-year-old Hewitt won the U.S. Open in 2001, and Wimbledon in 2002, and spent a total of 80 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings. He also was the runner-up at the 2004 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open.

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Hewitt hasn't played on tour since March because of foot surgery.

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