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Hewitt won't rush to find a coach

The Australian top tennis player Lleyton Hewitt prefers to be alone, rather than rush into a decision he might regret later.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 15:00 IST

Lleyton Hewitt said on Tuesday that he won't rush to find a new personal coach and that he is prepared to go it alone until he finds the right mentor.

Hewitt, 25, has been on his own since his most recent coach, former tennis pro Scott Draper, resigned to concentrate on his professional golf career.

The Australian No. 1 said he preferred to be on his own, rather than rush into a decision he might regret later.

"I know how all my opponents are going to play and I'd like to think I'm pretty astute about the game and where my game's at and what I feel I need to do as well," Hewitt said.

"If I'm in the right frame of mind going out there, then I still think I can do damage in any tournament."

"It's something I'm not going to rush into," he said of his search for a new coach.

Hewitt was named on Tuesday to lead Australia in its Davis Cup first round tie against Belgium in Liege from February 9 to 11.

The absence of Cup regular Wayne Arthurs with a hip injury means Hewitt may play both doubles and singles in the tie, played indoors on clay.

"I'm prepared for that at every tie," he said, referring to the Davis Cup format of four singles and a doubles match. "Obviously, most of the (Davis Cup) ties that I've played in I concentrate mainly on my singles."

Then if (Australian captain John Fitzgerald) needs me (for doubles),then I've got to get ready quickly for it." Fitzgerald said he was confident Hewitt could cope playing both singles and doubles.

"He's been, in my opinion, the best Davis Cup player in the world over the past six years," Fitzgerald said. "He can handle the workload."

Chris Guccione, ranked 110, will likely fill the second singles role for Australia in Liege while Paul Hanley will form the other half of its doubles combination.

Hewitt's former coach Darren Cahill will make his first appearance as Australia's Davis Cup coach in the World Group clash. Australia: Lleyton Hewitt, Chris Guccione, Peter Luczak, Paul Hanley.