Jul 18, 2016

    Gerrans, Hewitt out of Games


    AUSTRALIA'S Olympic hopes were dented on Sunday as road cyclist Simon Gerrans withdrew from the Rio Games with an injury and Lleyton Hewitt was set to pull out as tennis coach.

    Gerrans, 36, was due to ride in his third Games, but was forced to quit the Tour de France

    on Thursday after breaking

    his collarbone in a crash.

    Meanwhile, Tennis Australia

    said it would be applying to Olympic chiefs to replace coach and former world number one Hewitt with

    Mark Draper at the Games.

    No explanation was given

    but the Sydney Morning Herald

    reported that veteran Hewitt's

    withdrawal was due to

    "personal reasons".

    The news is a setback for

    the tennis team, with troubled

    stars Bernard Tomic and

    Nick Kyrgios already missing

    from the line-up after pulling

    out from the Games.