Open-Hewitt to play through knee pain

Updated: August 26, 2006, 3:00 PM ET
Reuters

By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK, Aug 26 - Former champion Lleyton Hewitt said he would go through the pain barrier to compete at the U.S. Open which starts on Monday.

Hewitt pulled out of the Toronto Masters Series event earlier this month with a knee injury and has still not fully recovered.

"I had patella tendinitis and then a little issue with my patella tendon as well," the former world number one told reporters on Saturday.

"It's definitely not 100 percent yet. Hopefully if I don't aggravate it any more during the tournament, it will just get better and better."

Hewitt, the 15th seed, is keen to maintain his excellent record at the last major of the season, where he has reached at least the semi-finals in five of the past six years.

"I've been able to play with niggling injuries in the past," he said.

"There's no doubt my ankle wasn't 100 percent during the French Open but I was able to get through a few rounds and push (Rafael) Nadal in the fourth round.

"I definitely know how to play with pain, at least. That could be something that's going to get tested again here in the next fortnight," added Hewitt, who is chasing the third grand slam title of his career.

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