Lleyton Hewitt bids Wimbledon adieu

For the final time, Australian Lleyton Hewitt salutes to the Wimbledon crowd as a singles player after losing in five sets 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 11-9 to Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

Both players have announced their plans to retire from the sport: Hewitt at the 2016 Australian Open and Nieminen at the Stockholm Open this October.

A two-time grand slam champion (2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon), Hewitt is a former world number one but is currently outside of the 100 ranking. He came in to the tournament as a wild card entry.

Nieminen, who has never defeated Hewitt in their five previous meetings, will face Wimbledon defending champion and current world number one Novak Djokovic in the 2nd round.

Hewitt is still entered in the gentlemen's doubles along with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

For now, relive the closing moments of his last Wimbledon singles match by listening below:

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Dexter Matilla decided to take up tennis lessons in late 2009 and has been addicted to the sport ever since. Follow him on Twitter: @dxmatilla and on Instagram: @fedxmatilla
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