Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt ended speculation by announcing that he will hang up the racquets for good after the 2016 Australian Open. After which Hewitt will assume the role of Davis Cup captain, replacing interim coach Wally Masur who will step in immediately after Pat Rafter announced he will dedicate more time toward player development.
“I’ve thought long and hard,” Hewitt said Thursday. “I plan to play the Aussie Open next year and most likely finish then. Obviously for me the Davis Cup is something we’ve worked extremely hard to put ourselves in a position in the World Group where we have a genuine shot. I believe with the guys now we have a lot more options, a lot more depth.
“Personally I’ll be looking towards the grass court season and most likely finishing here in Melbourne, which for me would obviously be special to play 20 Australian Opens.”
Hewitt added that he’ll play on because he feels his body is in great shape. But, he said, most likely he would not play at the French Open.
Hewitt and the Australians will play the Czech Republic in March.
The 33-year-old Hewitt is a 2-time Grand Slam champion and reached the finals at the 2005 Australian Open.
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