Hewitt Tomic Head In Different Directions At Roland Garros

An Australian winner and a loser on day two of the French Open.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Bernard Tomic is through to the second round of the French Open while Lleyton Hewitt has made an early exit.

Aussie tennis legend and former World No.1 Hewitt hasn’t exactly set the world on fire over the past couple of years but his first round exit shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering what his foot is currently looking like.

He put up a fight but eventually went down to Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 after making a speedier than normal return to the court following surgery.

Hewitt played earlier in the year but was still being troubled by the big toe on his left foot, the same toe that devastated his 2011 season, and had two screws and a metal plate inserted into the area recently to help solve the problem.

He was a surprise entrant into the tournament a week and a half ago via wildcard and eventually his fitness or lack thereof, appeared to fail him. It was just his second match since the Australian open in January.

Kavcic goes on to face Novak Djokovic in the next round.

The former Wimbledon champ wants to play until the end of 2013 and the packed attendance at Court 7 showed he has more than a few fans still believe in him.

Another Aussie tennis star, Bernard Tomic, is probably happy he’s on the other side of the age spectrum. The 19-year-old received his first Grand Slam seeding last week heading into the French Open and made the most of it, winning his opening round matchup against Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer.

Tomic took the first set tiebreaker 7-6  (7-5) before winning the final two sets with relative ease, 6-3 6-3.

The youngster hadn’t had much luck on clay before this month but has since competed in the European lead-up tournaments which has resulted in seven victories over the last month on the unfamiliar surface.

Surely, he’ll be loving the seeding system; he now plays Santiago Giraldo in the second round, a opponent he beat last week.