10/17/12 8:53 PM | Johan Lindahl
Australian tennis hero Lleyton Hewitt heads the field at a decidedly low-key AAMI Classic as the eight-man special event in Melbourne prepares for its 25th edition.
A pre-Australian Open tuneup, which formerly relied on the likes of Roger Federer and--back in the day--Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, must be hoping to lift the excitement factor when the last four names are eventually announced.
Hewitt, still an Aussie tennis hero, sits outside the Top 100 at 102nd as his career inevitably winds down as he approaches his 32nd birthday next February.
The two-time Grand Slam winner a decade ago, who has had his spats in the past with tournament promoter Colin Stubs, has returned to the event in recent years, winning it in 2011.
Also in the first wave of announced competitors are Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, Japan's breakthrough ace Kei Nishikori, and former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis.
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