Lleyton Hewitt & Pat Rafter’s Australian Open Doubles Comeback Cut Short In First Round Loss

Following his crushing loss to Italian 24th seed Andreas Seppi in five sets on centre court, Lleyton Hewitt’s Australian Open dreams were dealt another fatal blow last night when he and newly-exhumed doubles Pat Rafter bowed out in the first round of the men’s doubles at Hisense Arena in Hell.
The highly-anticipated comeback was brought to a decisive end in two sets against American Eric Butorac and man with the most South African name ever, Raven Klaasen, 6-4, 7-5. It was Rafter’s first ATP tour event in almost a decade, and the legendary golden boy conceded in post-match reflection, “I didn’t want to make an idiot of myself and I thought I got through it okay… I thought I could serve okay and volley okay but the return was awful and I lived up to expectation.” 

As per Tuesday’s singles match, the real winner again was the radiant Bec Hewitt[‘s complexion]. Cute kid though!

via The ABCThe Age

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