Australians are well aware of Lleyton Hewitt’s prolific injury history. It’s been a struggle for him to get around the court from a while now, but his latest loss may be the greatest indication yet that it’s time to put down the racquet.
The former world No.1 suffered another crushing loss yesterday, this time while wearing the nation’s green and gold. Hewitt recently scraped back to be the 100th ranked player in the world (he was nearing the 200 mark a few months back), but his low ranking has a lot to do with the injuries that have severely limited him the last two years. Regardless, Hewitt bowed out in straight sets against world No.127 Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in a vital Davis Cup World Group play-off, losing 6-4 6-1 6-4, the biggest win of the young German’s career.
Hewitt’s loss meant Germany won the international meet 3-2. A win would have sent Australia on its way too their first World Group appearance since 2007.
Hewitt's career hasn’t aged gracefully like that of Roger Federer’s. Rather than competing for Grand Slams, it is more like he’s desperately holding onto a sport that he loves so much. He experienced a bit of resurgence in recent Grand Slams, but has failed to make a significant mark in the tennis landscape for a number of years now.
Despite his career being called once again into question after the Davis Cup loss the 31-year-old announced he would now be turning his attention towards the summer tennis circuit, presumably with the intention of playing another, and possibly his last, Australian Open in January 2013.
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