The British doubles specialist missed the whole of last season after being diagnosed with the cancer Hodgkin's lymphoma in December 2012.
This time last year he was beginning six months of chemotherapy, but, after being told he was in remission in July, Hutchins immediately began the long road back to fitness.
Partner Colin Fleming had promised the pair would pick up where they had left off as soon as Hutchins was ready to come back, and they played their first match of the season in Brisbane earlier this month.
They go into the first-round clash against Australia's Marinko Matosevic and Pole Michal Przysiezny still looking for their first win, and, while that may seem secondary, it is not so for Hutchins.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph this week, Hutchins said: "It's been nice to catch up with a few people, especially the guys I played juniors with and haven't seen for a year, like John Isner, Marcos Baghdatis and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Everyone's been so supportive. But it'll be a bit of a novelty for about a month and then it's back to actually 'Come on and win some matches'.
"I don't want to be thought of as the guy people are feeling sorry for. I want to get my ranking back to where it was or higher, and keep my end of the deal with Colin by playing well.
"Colin and I will have to be ruthless on court, just like everyone will be against us. We've got goals this year, we want to qualify for the (ATP World Tour Finals at the) O2. We're aiming to get it right for the next two weeks."
Hutchins' highest ranking was 26 in May 2012, and he and Fleming finished that season as alternates for the World Tour Finals, which feature the year's best eight pairs.
The duo are also hoping to represent Britain in next month's Davis Cup tie against the USA in San Diego.