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Australian Open: Lleyton Hewitt says farewell

Updated 1239 GMT (2039 HKT) January 21, 2016
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Lleyton Hewitt bid a fond farewell to the Australian Open crowd as he left the stadium with his family. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The 34-year-old bowed out of the tournament -- and the game -- after losing his second round match against David Ferrer. Hewitt was gallant in defeat and embraced his opponent, congratulating him on his victory. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The stadium was packed full for the occasion, with Hewitt supporters keen to witness the final foray of a true legend of the game. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The trademark fist pump was seen more than once, but Hewitt was ultimately unable to overcome his opponent, losing in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-4. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Whatever the result, the home setting made this a fitting exit for the player. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Lleyton Hewitt calls time on his tennis career, 20 years after appearing in his first Australian Open. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hewitt was always proud to play for his country, and led Australia to Davis Cup success in 1999 and 2003. He will take up the role of team captain in March 2016 after retiring from playing. Nick Wilson/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Hewitt's trademarks included wearing his baseball cap the wrong way around and endlessly fist-pumping during matches. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hewitt's former coach Darren Cahill says the Adelaide native's greatest victory came against Gustavo Kuerten during a 2001 Davis Cup tie in Brazil, where Australia won 3-1. Gary M. Prior/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hewitt's big breakthrough moment came in 2001 when he defeated Pete Sampras to win the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows. Hewitt won in straight sets to stun the home crowd in New York. Matthew Stockman/ALLSPORT/Getty Images
A year later, Hewitt was at it again, this time winning Wimbledon. On this occasion, he defeated Argentina's David Nalbandian 6-1 6-3 6-2 in the final. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hewitt married actress/singer Rebecca Cartwright in 2005, and they have three children: Mia, Cruz and Ava. He was previously engaged to fellow tennis star Kim Clijsters.
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Hewitt reached his only Australian Open final in 2005 but was beaten by Marat Safin. The Russian came from behind to win 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4. Sean Garnsworthy/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Since making his Davis Cup debut in 1999, Hewitt has played 78 matches in the competition, winning 50 of them. As well as winning two titles, he was on the losing side in two finals. Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Hewitt has enjoyed great support wherever he's played, courtesy of the "Aussie Fanatics" who follow their favorite players across the world. Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images