Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt has admitted that he may have played at Wimbledon for the last time after being knocked out by 15th seed Jerzy Janowicz in the second round on Friday, according to the Daily Mail.
Hewitt lost a five-set thriller 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, in a match that was played over two days, and the former world number one broke the Open Era record for the number of five set matches in Grand Slams.
Five set record
It was the 42nd time that the 33-year-old has gone the distance in a major, beating Andre Agassi’s previous record of 41.
The 2002 champion at SW19 said after the match that his body is in good shape, but he doubts whether he will be able to play again at the All England Club if he picks up an injury.
“I don't know if I'll be back, you never know,” said Hewitt.
“I'm one injury away from hanging up the racket at any time.
“The body felt fine out there, which is obviously a positive thing.
“But, you know, still frustrating to walk off the court feeling fine, feeling like you could have bounced back and played another five-setter tomorrow.”
The two-time Grand Slam winner required surgery on his foot in 2012, and he has regularly suffered from hip injury problems.
It has been five years since the world number 48 reached his last quarter-final at Wimbledon, and he has not made it to the same stage of any Grand Slam since then, while his last major semi-final came at Wimbledon in 2005.
His career is now a stark contrast from when he topped the ATP world rankings for all but two weeks between November 2001 and June 2003, before he became the first reigning Wimbledon champion to be knocked out in the first round since Manolo Santana in 1967, when he lost to Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.
Coming to an end
Hewitt has not enjoyed the same level of success in recent years as he did when he won the US Open in 2001 a year before winning his Wimbledon title, but he still enjoys playing on the tour.
“I still enjoy it, I still enjoy doing the hard work: for moments out there like today, to play five-setters against the best guys in the world.
“When I've had the surgeries, I've missed it as well when I've been out.
“The last couple of years I've been grateful I've been able to come back, especially after the last surgery where I didn't really think I'd be able to go out there and compete against the guys again.
“There's satisfaction in doing that.”
His achievements on grass also include winning three consecutive Queen’s Club titles between 2000 and 2002, as well as winning the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in 2010.
While he may not have been among the favourites in recent years, Hewitt has still served up some exciting action at the tournament, such as five-set losses to Andy Roddick in 2009 and Robin Soderling in 2011.
It has been a mixed year for the Australian number one, as he has seen his ranking rise by 12 places since the start of 2014, and won his first tournament of the year in Brisbane in January, though he has not managed to win back-to-back matches since then.
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