01/29 02:00 CST Lleyton Hewitt says next Australian Open likely his last
Lleyton Hewitt says next Australian Open likely his last
By JUSTIN BERGMAN
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) --- Lleyton Hewitt is predicting next year's
Australian Open will likely be his last and, after he retires, he'll take over
the country's Davis Cup captaincy.
Hewitt, who turns 34 next month, was knocked out in the second round of this
year's Australian Open, his 19th, by Benjamin Becker.
The two-time major winner and former world No. 1 said he will play sparingly in
2015, with his focus on Wimbledon and the Davis Cup. He said he will "most
likely" skip the French Open.
"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,"
Hewitt said, adding that it would "obviously be special" to finish his playing
career after his 20th Australian Open.
Australia, which won its last Davis Cup in 2003, opens its 2015 campaign with
an away match against Czech Republic in March.
After struggling with injuries in recent years, Hewitt said he's feeling fit
and believes he can have a strong season.
"I think I trained harder probably than anyone in the off-season," he said.
"The body feels great at the moment. That's the only reason why I want to keep
Current Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter is stepping down to become Tennis
Australia's new director of performance. Former Australian player Wally Masur
will take over as interim captain until Hewitt is ready to assume the role when
he's done playing.
Hewitt has been Australia's most committed Davis Cup player, leading all
Australians in most wins (56), ties played (38) and years played (16).