Hewitt and Tomic Not Great In Wimbledon Warm Ups

A couple of first round losses halt the pair's Wimbledon preparation.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Neither was great a fortnight ago at the French Open and with Wimbledon right around the corner neither showed any signs of improvement this week.

Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt both bowed out in the first round of their Wimbledon lead ups, however it could be argued both have reasonable excuses.

Tomic, playing at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, had to retire from his first round matchup against German Tommy Haas and a virus was apparently to the blame. A spokesperson for the young star has confirmed that Tomic is recovering and will play at Wimbledon.

Tomic made his name at last year’s Wimbledon tournament when reached the quarter-finals, becoming the youngest finalist since Boris Becker in 1986.

Haas led the first set 5-2 before Tomic said goodbye but health permitting, should make another runner on his preferred grass surface.

Hewitt, playing at Queen’s, has been denied some much needed Wimbledon lead up practice after an old nemesis once again eliminated him in the first round.

Croatian Ivo Karlovic, the same man who made Hewitt the first Wimbledon defending champion to be eliminated in the first round way back in 2001, once again gave the little battler troubles with his service game.

The 2.08-meter Karlovic registered 22 aces in nine service games and it appears as if Hewitt still hasn’t learned what it is to be gracious.

It was Hewitt's second game since making a remarkable comeback for the French Open after further surgery earlier this year. He was also eliminated in the first round in Paris two weeks ago.

After the famous first round loss to Karlovic in 2001, Hewitt compared the Croatian’s serve to be like someone "serving out of a tree".

After this week’s loss Hewitt added, "It's not really a tennis match in some ways when you're playing against a guy like that."