Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hewitt says goodbye to professional tennis

Hewitt says goodbye to professional tennis

Lleyton Hewitt has retired from professional tennis on Thursday night in Melbourne after David Ferrer defeated him1 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Australian Open.

This was his 20th successive Australian Open.

As expected, Hewitt left it all out on the court, but Ferrer held off the Aussie’s challenge to claim victory in two hours and 32 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. Hewitt was watched from his box by his family, Tony Roche and Thanasi Kokkinakis among others.

“He was too good tonight,” Hewitt said. “He’s a Top 8 player in the world, couple of times a semi-finalist here. He plays extremely well in these conditions and is at the top of his game at the moment.

“I came out and gave everything I had like always. I left nothing in the locker room. That's something I can always be proud of. My whole career I've always given 100 per cent. I love coming out here and competing. It's never hard to come out playing in front of such great spectators every time I play out here on Rod Laver Arena. It's like a second home for me and I'm just so fortunate to have this opportunity 20 years in a row.

“It’s a weird emotion; I don't think it will fully set in for a couple of days' time. As I've always said, I'm such a competitor, I try and push myself all the time to get the most out of myself. Obviously it was in the back of my mind coming into every match this week, but I have had a fantastic last month. I feel honoured to have this support and this love from these crowds. It means so much to me. I’ve had so much success and big matches on this court; I feel fortunate to finish here.”

Ferrer admitted, “I was nervous because it's a different day. Finally I won the match, but if I'd lost, it might have been my last match! He gave a very good performance. He's one of the best players in history. I have a shirt signed by him from seven years ago, the only shirt from another player I have in my house.
“It’s a sad day, because Lleyton is finishing his career. He's an idol for me and an amazing player. In my career, tonight is going to be very special for me, playing in Lleyton's last match. The match was tough. Lleyton fought until the last ball. He's unbelievable. He deserves everything coming.”

Congratulations Leeytn Hewitt for your amazing career!


Ferrer [8] bt Hewitt 6-2 6-4 6-4


Ferrer - 4

Hewitt - 2


Ferrer - 34/36

Hewitt - 27/43


Ferrer - 5/15

Hewitt - 1/10


Ferrer - 70

Hewitt - 50


Ferrer - 68/58

Hewitt - 67/39


Ferrer - 114

Hewitt - 91