What : Retired
Who : Lleyton Hewitt
When : January 21,2016
An emotional Lleyton Hewitt brought the curtain down on his 18-year singles career as he lost to David Ferrer in the second round of the Australian Open.
Farewelling with no regrets, Lleyton Hewitt says he “left nothing in the locker room” after his storied 20-year, 878-match professional tennis career came to a close with a sapping second-round loss at the Australian Open.
Spaniard David Ferrer ended an era in Australian sport with a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory over the wounded warrior in a gripping encounter that ended in controversial fashion.
Rod Laver Arena was again packed, with Pat Rafter and wife Lara, along with countless other tennis luminaries, celebrities and sports stars including triple world surfing champion Mick Fanning.
They’d been hoping to see the former world No.1 and dual grand slam champion wind back the clock at least one more time.
But with little care for the occasion, the eighth-seeded Ferrer showed his class to put away Hewitt – who battled a thigh strain throughout – in two hours and 32 minutes.