Australia tennis star bows out24 January 2016 by News Desk
Australia tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt marked the end of his singles career with a spirited performance at the Australian Open.
Hewitt, a former world number one player, gave 100% in his match against David Ferrer in the second round of the competition but was eventually beaten in three sets by the Spaniard.
Hewitt, 34, who won two Grand Slam titles, has one more doubles match to play before becoming captain of Australia’s Davis Cup team. He says he’ll play no more singles matches.
Lleyton Hewitt has been one of Australia’s best-loved and most successful tennis players.
He won 30 singles tour titles; he beat all-comers at the US Open in 2001 and was Wimbledon singles champion in 2002. He also helped Australia to win the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003. He won 58 singles and doubles matches for his country between 1999 and 2015, an Australian record.
“My whole career I’ve given 100%. Playing for Australia has always been my biggest honour,” Hewitt told reporters. “It’s the perfect place to finish.”