A year ago, former tennis world number one Lleyton Hewitt announced that the 2016 Australian Open would be his last tournament, and he made good on his promise.
He pushed past fellow Australian James Duckworth in the first round by 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-4.
In the second round, as he played against Spaniard David Ferrer, the No. 8 seed he produced some vintage tennis but was defeated by 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
On court after the loss, Hewitt thanked the crowd after a video tribute was played, with messages from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and others.
“I left nothing in the locker room. My whole career I’ve given 100%,” said the 34-year-old.
“I love coming out here and competing. I’ve been so fortunate to have that opportunity 20 years in a row.”
“The support I’ve had on this court… This is the perfect place to finish,” Hewitt said.
Hewitt finished his career with over 30 singles titles and a runner-up performance here in 2005, as well as two grand slams: one U.S. Open and Wimbledon title.