**Updated on 4/15/03**
Well, looks like it's going to be a long summer, folks
Tennis-Embattled Hewitt pulls out of ATP event
Tue Apr 15, 8:37 AM ET
By Ossian Shine
LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) - World number one Lleyton Hewitt has pulled out of next week's Barcelona Open -- just hours after threatening to sue the tournament's overseers -- the player's management said on Tuesday.
The news of the Australian's withdrawal from the Spanish claycourt event comes after it was revealed he could be set to sue the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for 2.5 million Australian dollars ($1.51 million).
Hewitt's agents at Octagon said he would miss the Barcelona event because the player's doctor has advised that he continue to take several weeks rest
following two tournament wins in the U.S. on hard courts in March at Scottsdale and Indian Wells and Australia's quarter-final Davis Cup victory in Sweden earlier this month.
Hewitt also technically withdrew from the ATP Masters Series event that is being held in Monte Carlo this week.
"Lleyton was forced to withdraw from an event that was never included in his schedule this year," Hewitt's representative, Tom Ross of Octagon, said referring to Monte Carlo.
"The ATP automatically enters all top players in Masters Series events, regardless of their individual intentions."
Hewitt's schedule does include ATP events in Rome and Hamburg next month in the lead-up to the French Open (news - web sites), which begins in Paris on May 26.
His relationship with the organisers of men's tennis hit a new low earlier on Tuesday with the world number one threatening to sue the governing body for allegedly damaging his reputation.
The threat, reported in Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper, involved Hewitt's legal team telling the ATP they will sue for A$2.5 million (US$1.5 million) unless they agree to drop a fine imposed on him for failing to do a television interview last year.
Hewitt alleges the ATP breached its contract with him and defamed him in media statements. He also claims the ATP "intentionally and without justification" interfered in his business affairs by withholding part of his prizemoney.
Hewitt's lawyers said they would begin proceedings in the South Australian Supreme Court in June unless the matter can be resolved privately.
Hewitt, 22, was fined US$106,000 for failing to attend a television interview shortly before he was due to play a match in Cincinnati last year.
The fine was reduced to US$20,000 on appeal in January.
The ATP confirmed that it had received "