The 2016 edition of the Australian Openmarks the end of a career spread across almost two decades. The Australian Tennis playerLleyton Hewitt is to compete at a professional level for the last time in his career. Reaching the age of 34, Hewitt chose to put an end to his career in his home country. Following the retirement as a player, the former leader of the ATP ranking in singles is to remain in the world of top-notch tennis: he's to compete only as captain of Australia’s David Cup team.

Throughout his career, Hewitt won this trophy two times as player in Australia’s team back in 1999 and 2003. He holds a unique record in the history of men's tennis: he became the leader of the men’s singles ranking at the early age of 20, which represents an amazing performance. In 2001 when he reached the highest place in the ranking, tennis giants such as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Carlos Moya still competed as opponents in the circuit, making Hewitt’s performance all the more outstanding.

As a reminder, when Hewitt reached the highest place in the ranking Federer was struggling to make it to the ATP’s first 100, and Nadal or Djokovicstill competed as juniors.

Hewitt, ranking 308 in the ATP, participated in this year’s edition of the Australian Open thanks to a wild-card offered by the organizers. In the first tour he played against his compatriot James Duckworth who ranked 129 in the ATP.

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Hewitt surpassed his competitor in 3 sets which he decisively mastered. The following tour featured David Ferrer, ranking 7 in the ATP. Ferrer won the clash in three sets 6-2 6-4 6-4putting an end to Hewitt's career

Hewitt remains a role model in the 2000's tennis. His backhand hits where he used both hands made history. Although he used to be a genuine tennis phenomenon, Lleyton Hewitt only won a few major trophies, having gained a title in the US Open in 2001 and a second victory atWimbledon Grand Slam tours in 2002.

It was also in 2002 that he won the US Open men’s doubles. He also won two victories in the ATP World Tour Finals in 2001 and 2002 respectively.

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