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Hewitt support for breakaway body

Indian Wells (California): World number one Lleyton Hewitt says he supports the idea of a breakaway International Men’s Tennis Association (IMTA).

“For sure,” Hewitt said after reaching the third round of the Pacific Life Open with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov on Wednesday.

“With my experiences with the ATP Tour, I’ve got to look at it in a very positive way. Any way things can be helped, that’s great for everyone. At the end of the day, I know with my dealings with the ATP that there’s a lot of room for improvement.”

Hewitt was the first top-10 player to say the men needed a new organisation to better serve their interests. The proposed IMTA is headed by South African Wayne Ferreira and Laurence Tieleman of Belgium.

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