Lleyton Hewitt plans to retire in early 2016 – Aussie star is former #1 and won Wimbledon and US Open
One of my big tennis crushes has announced he’s retiring from the ATP tour after next year’s Australian Open.
That gives Lleyton Hewitt the chance for a nice, long goodbye.
Lleyton is 33, the same age as Roger Federer who has overshadowed him throughout most of his career.
But Lleyton accomplished a lot before Federer’s rise. He won his first pro tournament at the age of 16 beating Andre Agassi and three years later shocked Pete Sampras in the final to win the US Open. He won Wimbledon the next year and was ranked number one for long stretches in 2001 and 2001 winning the ATP Championships both years.
Lleyton is currently ranked #84 but can never be counted out. He beat Federer a year ago to win the Brisbane tournament and also won Newport Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
In all, he’s won 30 titles and more than $20 million.
After he’s through playing, Lleyton will serve as captain of Australia’s Davis Cup team.