Australia's former world number one Lleyton Hewitt will play through the pain at this month's French Open as he returns to tennis after surgery, his coach Tony Roche said on Monday.

Hewitt, 30, is planning to contest the clay court Grand Slam at Roland Garros which starts on May 17 despite not playing for more than two months.

The two-time Grand Slam champion underwent foot surgery in March but the 66th-ranked Hewitt is once again prepared to play through the pain barrier.

"I think he's used to that. Look, he'd be the toughest competitor that I've seen," Roche told reporters.

"He's had a lot of setbacks over the last couple of years but he keeps bouncing back”.

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