The former Australian Open champion, Lleyton Hewitt, has denied the reports that he is going to announce his retirement pretty soon. The performance of Hewitt in 2012 has been pretty poor.
Hewitt has started this season pretty well and in the Australian Open, he had won his first three matches before being defeated by the current world no. 1 Novak Djokovic in the fourth round. But, as the season progressed, Hewitt’s form deteriorated.
The Australian tennis superstar didn’t manage to win even one match in the French Open and the Wimbledon Championship. His performance in the US Open was a bit better. In US Open, Hewitt won his first couple of matches and went to the third round, but, was defeated in the third round match by David Ferrer. Hewitt won two matches in London Olympics as well.
In the Campbell’s tennis Championship played at Newport, Hewitt’s performance was quite good and he managed to reach the finals of that tournament. However, he failed in winning his first title of the year. In the final, he was defeated by John Isner in the straight sets by 7-6(1), 6-4.
Hewitt played 33 matches in this season out of which he won 17 and lost 16. His performance in the previous season was also pretty similar. Out of the 26 matches that he had played in the last season, he had won 14 and had lost 12.
When asked about the retirement, Hewitt said, “I don’t think this is the right time for me to quit tennis. This is certainly not my last season. I can see myself playing throughout the next year and then, in the Australian Open in 2014. My body is still good enough to soak the pressure of playing at this level.”