Lleyton Hewitt has confirmed that he will not play anymore tournaments this year after sustaining a thigh injury during the Davis Cup according Australian media. The announcement was made by Hewitt’s manager, David Drysdale.
The former world No.1 experienced a ‘little niggle’ in his right leg following the US Open, which was aggravated during Australia's recent loss to Great Britain in the semi-final of the Davis Cup. Drysdale discussed the decision with Australian News website ‘The Age’.
"He still played extremely well, but he just thought it was best not to play again this year and get his body right so he can play well in January - Drysdale said - It's just pulled up a little bit sore, so he's having a little bit of a rest at the moment and he'll get back into training in November.
With the thigh strain he needed rest, so we've made sure he's having that rest now so that he can be fit for January, for the final hurrah. He's looking forward to it". The decision end’s Hewitt final full year on the ATP Tour as he prepares for his farewell tour at the start of 2016.
This year Hewitt played in 13 main draw matches with a win-loss of 4-9. He reached the second round of both the Australian and US open in 2015. This year he has won $212,068 in prize money. The Age has also reported that the 34-year-old will submit an application for the captaincy of the Australian Davis Cup team this week.
Hewitt is a strong contender to take over from Wally Masur. Hewitt is set to end his career in January at his home Grand Slam, the Australian Open. He has played 50 singles matches at the tournament since 1997, winning 31 of them.
He never won the championship but was a runner-up to Marat Safin in 2005. Throughout his career, he has never missed the tournament and 2016 will be his 20th consecutive appearance.