Posted: 30 June, 2015
Aussie battler has played his last game at home of tennis
Lleyton Hewitt farewells the crowd at Wimbledon (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/AAP)
Tennis veteran Lleyton Hewitt has fallen painfully short of moving through to the second round of his final Wimbledon campaign losing to Finn Jarkko Nieminen.
Hewitt saved three match points before succumbing 3-6 6-3 4-6 6-0 11-9 to Nieminen in a pulsating encounter lasting one minute shy of four hours.
Three times Hewitt enjoyed a service break in the epic deciding set only to falter and effectively pass the baton to Kyrgios, Tomic and Kokkinakis after a horoic 17-year professional career.
The 34-year-old plans to retire after making a record 20th success Australian Open appearance next January and will likely play only Davis Cup before the Melbourne Park major.
The former world No.1 promised to empty the tank in his Wimbledon swansong- and he did.
The father-of-three's 17th and last tilt at the All England Club featured vintage backhand top spin lobs and a series of remarkable Boris Becker-like diving volleys.
And of course a ton of courage.
Fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios moved through to the second round after a straight sets victory over Argentine Diego Schwartzman, but the 20-year-old has attracted more attention for his on-court behaviour.
The 26th seed's biggest concern in a 6-0 6-2 7-6 (8-6) victory was the chair umpire, with Kyrgios threatening a mid-match strike during a dispute with Mohamed Lahyani during the third set.
Soon after Kyrgios regained his composure to advance to a second-round meeting with unseeded South American Juan Monaco.