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Australian Open: Cruz Hewitt in control

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Bridie Smith

Lleyton Hewitt has a light moment with his son Cruz at a training session ahead of the Australian Open.

Lleyton Hewitt has a light moment with his son Cruz at a training session ahead of the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images

At No.43 in the world, his dad is once again Australia's top-ranked male player. And young Cruz Hewitt is looking every bit like he is set to follow in his father's footsteps.

The five-year-old joined his father on court yesterday as Hewitt prepares for his 18th consecutive appearance at the Australian Open next week.

Having pulled out of this week's Kooyong Classic after his unexpected victory over Roger Federer in Brisbane last Sunday, the 32-year-old has been concentrating on recovery.

Cruz Hewitt takes to the court as his father, Lleyton, takes a break at training.

Cruz Hewitt takes to the court as his father, Lleyton, takes a break at training. Photo: Getty Images

Taking out the Brisbane International on Sunday prompted an upgrade in Hewitt's ATP rankings, placing him ahead of his younger compatriots; 21-year-old Bernard Tomic (52) and 28-year-old Marinko Matosevic (56).

Australian Open tournament chief medical officer Tim Wood said Hewitt appeared in good form before the Open.

''His performances speak for themselves,'' he said. ''He's had great match practice in Brisbane and he's enjoying an injury-free period.''

The Australian Open, the first of the year's four grand slams, gets under way at Melbourne Park on Monday.

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