Hewitt’s All England Club Career ends


London: Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, finally said farewell to Wimbledon on Monday as he bowed out of the men`s and mixed doubles.

Playing as a wildcard, the 34-year-old Australian was playing one last Wimbledon before he retires after the next Australian Open in January.

He was beaten by fellow veteran Jarkko Nieminen last Monday in the singles first round, meaning he missed out on a Centre Court swansong against defending champion Novak Djokovic.

But he battled on in the men`s doubles with Australian youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis, and in the mixed doubles with compatriot Casey Dellacqua, again playing on wildcards.

However, his run in both came to an end within a matter of hours on Monday.

Firstly he and Kokkinakis lost to fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) in a third round match out on the humdrum Court 17.

Then his Wimbledon career finally came to an end with a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat with Dellacqua to ninth seeds Juan-Sebastian Cabal of Colombia and Zimbabwe`s Cara Black in the mixed second round on the Court 18 show court.