He­witt ends cur­tain call

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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