For the final time in his professional career, Lleyton Hewitt will make an appearance in the main draw of the Wimbledon Championships, a tournament he won 13 years ago.
The former world No. 1 and 2002 Wimbledon champion has been awarded a wildcard entry into the singles tournament at the All England Club. The news was announced last week when Hewitt appeared on social media to confirm.
”Thx (at)Wimbledon for the Wildcard,” Hewitt said on Twitter. ”An honour to play 1 more time at such a great place! Great memories. (hash)OneLastTime.”
Currently on a five-match losing streak, Lleyton Hewitt has played selective tournaments this season. Following his loss at the Australian Open, he suffered opening round losses in Miami, Houston and then at the Topshelf Open. Most recently, Hewitt played a solid match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, and while he was a few points away from a straight sets victory, Anderson rallied back to deny Hewitt entry into the second round of his final Aegon Championships.
Another player who was awarded a wild card was Nicolas Mahut, who is one half of the longest match in Wimbledon history. Mahut recently defeated David Goffin in the Topshelf Open final to lift the title for the second time in his career. The Frenchman has now won three titles throughout his professional career, all of which he secured on grass.
Other wild card announcements will be made over the coming weeks.