Can Hewitt Make it Back into the Top 20?

Wynter

Legend
So just noting Hass's continued standing in that area, Hewitt's general play this year when fit, (Beat Del Potro every game, made Round of Sixteen at the US, beat wawrinka at Wimbledon etc;

Next year from Jan to Wimbledon he doesn't have many points to defend so if he stays healthy would we be able to see him climb back into the seedings?
 

Breaker

Legend
he never plays a full season anymore so unlikely, still more dangerous to top players than most guys in that 15-32 range though and almost certainly the most dangerous unseeded player out there.
 

jussumman

Professional
Whoitt?

I don't think he can make it back now at this point. Haas better chance of making top 10.

I remember when I watched tennis for the first time, it was when he won Wimbledon and this was followed by seeing him win the USO. I was like, wow, this guy is winning all these championships and only 20, guess he's going to be winning these for a long time.. then came Federer and game over.
 
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Deleted member 307496

Guest
He could make top 30 (maybe) but top 20? No way.
 

cjs

Professional
He could make top 20, but he has too many niggling injuries to play and practice regularly enough to get there.
 
So just noting Hass's continued standing in that area, Hewitt's general play this year when fit, (Beat Del Potro every game, made Round of Sixteen at the US, beat wawrinka at Wimbledon etc;

Next year from Jan to Wimbledon he doesn't have many points to defend so if he stays healthy would we be able to see him climb back into the seedings?
Haas has a game more condusive to still being a better player in advanced age. He is more a shotmaker than Hewitt, and probably has more power in his game. Hewitt relied heavily on outstanding speed and fitness, which is always something that goes down with age, but he relied more on that than most.

So top 20 isn't realistic. I would say top 40 would probably be his max.
 

equinox

Hall of Fame
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Gonzalito17

Banned
Hewitt is 20 pounds heavier now than his prime best years. If he can find a way to lose some weight and regain his incredible footspeed while also staying healthy, yes he could. But it might not be possible to regain the mobility which was one of his key weapons.
 
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JRAJ1988

Guest
I hope so but I doubt it's going to happen, he's improved this season compared to 2012 so you never know
 

chicagodude

Professional
Whoitt?

I don't think he can make it back now at this point. Haas better chance of making top 10.

I remember when I watched tennis for the first time, it was when he won Wimbledon and this was followed by seeing him win the USO. I was like, wow, this guy is winning all these championships and only 20, guess he's going to be winning these for a long time.. then came Federer and game over.
Funny, I remember thinking exactly the same, that Hewitt would dominate for years. Had the same thing with Hingis on the women's side.
 

rdis10093

Hall of Fame
he is my favorite atp player, but I feel like that would be almost impossible given his knees.

still feel like the home slam is in the cards with the right draw and a little bit of luck
 

Wynter

Legend
So, He's now moved up to 43 and if he makes it through to the 4th he could find himself in the top 30 maybe even 25

With no points to receive in France either, could he get back among the seeds? A lack of games won't be a problem, he's eyeing a full schedule. :)
 

westside

Hall of Fame
I don't think he has many points to defend from Indian Wells to the French Open, so I'd say he's a slight chance. Top 30 being more realistic though.
 
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