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.