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Lleyton Hewitt to return to Wimbledon 2016 as a wildcard

The former World No. 1 retired from professional tennis following the 2016 Australian Open.

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Hewitt is the youngest ever World No. 1 in tennis

Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who retired from the sport in January following the 2016 Australian Open, is set to return to the Grand Slam stage with an entry to Wimbledon.

The singles champion will play with Great Britain’s Jordan Thompson in the men’s doubles this year, with the pair selected as a wildcard. The 33-year-old, who won two Grand Slams singles titles, also has a Grand Slam title in the men’s doubles, winning the 2000 US Open title with Belarusian doubles champion Max Mirnyi. 

Hewitt’s loss to David Ferrer of Spain at the 2016 Australian Open was the final match of the Australian ace’s glittering singles career, which saw him become the youngest ever World No. 1 in ATP history in 2001, when he was 20 years old

He also holds two Davis Cup titles and has played successfully across surfaces in the game. 

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