Tennis star Lleyton Hewitt announced that he is planning to retire after next year’s Australian open at Melbourne Park.  The 2001 US Open champion is not going to play much in 2015 but will concentrate on the grass-court tournaments. He said, “it’s where I have my best opportunity because not that many players are contenders for the big tournaments on that particular surface.”

Aegon Championships at Queen’s will be his last grass-court season. Hewitt has been given a wildcard entry, what, as the tournament director, Stephen Farrow, said, was “a little unconventional to award wildcards before the entry list has been finalised”. In spite of the doubts, it did not take much time to give in to the two-time Grand Slam winner. Mr. Hewitt is hoping to have a good game at the tournament. According to him, “If the draw opens up, you never know what might happen. I’ll be going in to do some damage.”

Lleyton HewittAlso, the ex-world champion gave notice that he will be welcoming emerging Australian players to practice and learn at his Bahamas base.

“I’ve told the younger guys that, especially after Wimbledon, they can come through the Bahamas (where Hewitt is based with his family) to train with me. “

“With the guys coming to the Bahamas, it will be great for the future and also great preparation for me for the Australian Open.”

33 years old Lleyton Hewitt is currently standing on the 83th place in the tennis world and is the youngest male ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, at the age of 20.