Melbourne, Australia - Australian Tennis Open - Groth (AUS) & Hewitt (AUS) Vs Pospisil (CAN) & Sock (USA) - 24 January 2016
We were fortunate to be at Australian Lleyton Hewitt's final Australian Open Match and videod portions of the match in the links below:
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Posted January 24, 2016 17:34:58
Lleyton Hewitt has received a thunderous send-off after his 20-year professional tennis career officially came to an end with a third-round Australian Open doubles loss at Melbourne Park.
Canadian Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock, the 2014 Wimbledon doubles champions, beat Hewitt and fellow Australian Sam Groth 6-4, 6-2 at Margaret Court Arena on Sunday.
The defeat follows Hewitt's second-round exit from the singles last Thursday and frees the 34-year-old former world number one and dual grand slam champion to focus on his new role as Australia's 19th Davis Cup captain.
Typically, Hewitt's last match was not without drama.
The showcourt contest was halted for almost half an hour at 4-1 to Pospisil and Sock in the second set while an unwell spectator was escorted from the arena.
But the stoppage merely served as a stay of execution as Hewitt's decorated playing career was all over after just 78 minutes of on-court action.
The crowd afforded the retiring great a standing ovation as he left the court, never to return as a competitor following a record 20 consecutive Australian Open appearances.