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Lleyton Hewitt’s coach quits, says report

Sydney: Lleyton Hewitt’s coach Jason Stoltenberg has reportedly quit, throwing the world no. 1’s Wimbledon defence into a spin.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported that Stoltenberg has decided to return to Melbourne to spend more time with his wife and two children.

“For me it’s time to move on,” Stoltenberg was quoted as saying. “I believe Lleyton is poised to defend his Wimbledon title, which I know he holds so dear.

“It’s been a pleasure and honour to have worked with Lleyton for the past 18 months.”

Stoltenberg replaced Darren Cahill as Hewitt’s coach after the Australian became the youngest year-end no. 1 in tennis’ professional era in November 2001. Cahill later teamed up with Andre Agassi.

Roger Rasheed, who has known Hewitt since he was a teenager, will take over from Stoltenberg. “Jason’s been great for my game. It’s a lifestyle decision and I respect that,” Hewitt said.

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