The heretofore apparently indefatigable former World No.1 and proprietor of certain C’mon™ trade marksLleyton Hewitt, has this afternoon announced his intention to retire from tennis after next year’s Australian Open, his 20th.

Hewitt, who last week fell to Germany’s Benjamin Becker in five sets, announced his decision to call it a day, eventually, while speaking at a press conference with Pat Rafter and Wally Masur. Rafter also use the opportunity to announce that he would be standing aside as the captain of Australia’s Davis Cup team effective immediately – a role Masur, then Hewitt, will assume responsibility for. 

“I had thought long and hard and I plan to play the Australian Open next year and then finish,” said Hewitt, before continuing that his focus now is strengthening the Davis Cup side in any capacity, and then “looking towards the grass court season and finishing here in Melbourne, which would be special to play 20 Australian Opens.”

Now seems like as good a time for a #tbt than ever.

via Grandstand

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