Hewitt Hints Retirement Is Near

Lleyton Hewitt has finally hinted that the day of his retirement is not too far away. After losing to Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round of the Aegon Championships yesterday, when he was asked if he could be expected to come back here next year to have a shot at his fifth title, he was unsure.

The Australian legend who was the no. 1 player in the world about a decade back said, “Let’s see. I can’t assure you at this point in time. It has always been one of the venues where I have liked travelling to and playing. I have some very sweet memories to this venue.”

Hewitt has won the Aegon Championships 4 times in his career so far, but, the last one of those titles had been clinched by him 8 years ago in 2006 when he had defeated Blake in the final.

After that season, Hewitt’s performance kept going down more and more. However at the start of the ongoing season, the Aussie’s career seemed to be getting revived a little bit when he won a title in the form of Brisbane International Tennis tournament.

That title also helped him make his way back into the top 50 players in the world. It seemed he would give his fans a lot to cherish about in the remaining part of the season, but, that wasn’t the case to be. He struggled in the tournaments that followed and it has slowly started to get converted into another disappointing season for him.

When asked about his thoughts on the match against Lopez, Hewitt said, “I think my rhythm was not there. On the other hand, he was just fluent and he served better than me too. So, yeah, he played better tennis overall.”

Hewitt is presently at the 44th position in the world rankings.