Hutchins on track for January comeback
Ross Hutchins has set his sights on a place at the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as he prepares to make his comeback in January
Hutchins, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December last year, announced he was in remission this summer after six months of chemotherapy treatment.
The 28-year-old is back in training and will spend the off-season in Miami as he targets a return to action at the start of next season with partner Colin Fleming.
"I hit some balls the day I was told I was clear at the end of July but up until then I’d done nothing,” Hutchins told tennishead. “My body was exhausted and I didn’t feel like I wanted to train but even if I did I was told I wasn’t allowed because my immune system was low and that could set me back and that could put a dent in my chemotherapy plan.”
Hutchins, who enjoyed the most successful year of his career in 2012, finishing the season ranked No.28 in doubles, has slipped to No.141 in the world having not played since last November.
However, he has been training at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton and at the All England Club and believes he is getting back to his best.
“I feel good, I feel strong again and even though I’m probably not my mind says I’m close to where I was before,” said Hutchins, who is yet to decide whether he will play in Brisbane or Doha in the opening week of the new season.
“There’s no reason why I can’t get back to that kind of fitness and that’s my goal – I’ll be pushing myself to be as fit as I was back then.
“It’s something I’ve really looked forward to. When I was out I really missed doing that training block it’s something that as a player that you enjoy; the team atmosphere and training hard together.”
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