By Jaylee Sapias – EMTV Sport, Port Moresby
Australian professional tennis player, Lleyton Hewitt, is set to formally resign from his playing career after 20 years.
Hewitt, who was first ranked world number 1 at age 20, has come a long way since. He not only attracted attention through his obvious love for the sport, he also managed to divide opinions on-court with his unfitting behaviour.
Either way, Hewitt’s ability and passion for the game has never been questioned. His former Coach, Darren Cahill, once said about him, “The one thing that defined him and why he’s earned so much respect is that they know when he played for his country that he would leave everything he had on the court.”
Hewitt’s final Australian Open campaign will start against fellow countryman, James Duckworth, a 23-year-old from Sydney, ranked 134th in the world.
The former world number 1 will bow out at Melbourne Park, where he made his grand slam debut in 1997.