Lleyton Hewitt will put an end to his injury-ridden career at this year’s Australian Open, Hewitt told in his last media conferences reports FOX Sports.
In a career spanning three decades of tennis, this year’s Australian Open will be his 20th appearance, one which he has never managed to win.
“That’s what’s pushed me the last few years: I don’t struggle for self-motivation, to get up early and do the hard work that no one sees,” Hewitt told at the news conference, reports FOX Sports.
‘”There’s no crowds or cameras around there. It’s just you in the gym or on the practice court. That’s one of the things I will miss, not having to go out there and push yourself day in and day out.”
The conference was also attended by Hewitt’s wife, Bec and their three children.
Hewitt had troubles with officials and opposing players in his earlier years but over time he has mellowed down and is now mentor to some of the younger Australian players and does a credible job as a television commentator. He also recently became Australia’s Davis Cup captain.
Hewitt who won his first tournament title in his hometown at Adelaide, South Australia, in 1998 at the age of 16 and went on to capture 29 more titles, including the two majors is set to lead Australia into a World Group match against the United States in Melbourne in March.
He will play his first-round match at the Australian Open which is starting from Monday against fellow wild-card entry and countryman James Duckworth on Tuesday.
Fox Sports reports that at the conference, Hewitt was all praise for Federer and called him his inspiration.
“I think it’s very hard to ever have a better ambassador than Roger for our sport.”