ADELAIDE: Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt yesterday launched legal action against the the sports governing body, the ATP Tour, claiming US$1.5mil in damages, his manager said here.
Lawyers for Hewitt lodged papers in the South Australian Supreme Court suing the Association of Tennis Professionals for defamation, Hewitts manager Rob Aivatoglou said.
The legal action comes just days before the world number two begins the defence of his Wimbledon crown and stems from a long and acrimonious battle between Hewitt and the ATP.
Hewitt is claiming US$1mil for lost international endorsements and sponsorship contracts, as well as US$500,000 for his Australian losses.
It was sparked by an ATP decision to fine Hewitt US$103,000 for failing to do a television interview in the lead-up to a US tournament in August last year. AFP