Hewitt ends curtain call
LLEYTON Hewitt finally said farewell to Wimbledon on Monday as he bowed out of the men’s and mixed doubles. Playing as a wildcard, it was one last Wimbledon before he retires after the next Australian Open in January.
The 2002 champion, 34, was beaten by fellow veteran Jarkko Nieminen last Monday in the singles first round, meaning he missed out on a centre court swan song against defending champion Novak Djokovic. But he battled on in the men’s doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis, and in the mixed doubles with Casey Dellacqua, again playing on wildcards.
His run in both came to an end within hours on Monday.
First 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 thirdround match on 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 court 18.