Hewitt to return from hip surgery in Sydney tourney

SYDNEY, Australia -- Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt will make his comeback from hip surgery at the Sydney International tournament in January ahead of the Australian Open.

Hewitt said his recuperation from an operation after the Beijing Olympics was going well.

"My recovery is going well and I am really looking forward to the Australian summer," he said in a statement Tuesday. "It is an exciting time for me. I am already feeling refreshed, reinvigorated and excited about the challenge ahead."

Hewitt has won the Sydney title on four occasions, most recently in 2005.

"Sydney is a happy hunting ground for me," he said. "Some good hard matches in Sydney will certainly help me in my preparation for the 2009 Australian Open."