Lleyton Hewitt’s Wimbledon career came to a valiant end in the opening round at SW19, fittingly going down in a five-set epic to fellow veteran Jarkko Nieminen, 3-6 6-3 4-6 6-0 11-9.
The 34-year-old will play on until next year’s Australian Open, but the brave loss was Hewitt’s last outing at the scene of arguably his greatest triumph.
Too Good Tuesday relives that moment of glory 13 years ago that heralded Hewitt’s arrival as a world tennis powerhouse.
The Adelaide native was the reigning US Open champion when he arrived at the 2002 Wimbledon Championships. Breezing through the first four rounds without dropping a set, Hewitt was taken to five sets by Dutchman Sjeng Schalken in the quarters.
Hewitt then despatched local favourite Tim Henman in straight sets in the semi, before destroying Argentine David Nalbandian 6-1 6-3 6-2 in a one-sided final.
Here’s the final game of the ’02 Wimbledon decider, featuring emotional celebrations from the fresh-faced Hewitt that would become his trademark over a long and illustrious career.