Hewitt Completes Wimbledon Shocker For Aussie Men

An historically bad day for Australian men's tennis.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

After Bernard Tomic played beneath himself in a first round loss, former tennis champ Lleyton Hewitt bowed out in predictable fashion.

In what was likely his last Wimbledon appearance, the again vet found himself pitted against fifth seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Losses to Matthew Ebden and Marinko Matosevic completed what was to be the worst appearance for Aussie men at a Wimbledon Grand Slam in the Open tennis era, with not a single bloke winning a game.

Hewitt fought hard but was no match for the Frenchman, losing 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. His preparation hadn’t been ideal. He returned to the sport earlier this month after recovering quicker than usual from foot surgery to play at the French Open and then bounced straight to London for the current Grand Slam.

Hewitt has fallen dramatically in recent years. Two years ago he was a top-10 ranked player, but now stands as just the world No.202.

Tsonga seemed to be under the impression that it was Hewitt's last Wimbledon.

“"I have a lot of respect for this guy, he did many things in tennis and now he is more than a tennis player, he is such a good man," he said.

"He has been a fantastic guy on the tour, he was fighting on every point and everyone remembers his (cries of) "come on", he is going to stay a long time in the memories."

Tomic faded after the first set of his Tuesday matchup with Belgian David Goffin, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 while Ebden fell in four seeds to world No.55 Frenchman Benoit Paire, 6-1 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-3.

If you’ve heard of Marinko Matosevic, put up your hand up. The 26-year-old is actually the nation’s second highest ranked player with a world singles ranking of 72. He, like Tomic, wasn’t 100 per cent due to illness and lost to world No.75  Xavier Malisse in straight sets.

Sam Stosur is Australia’s best hope at a Wimbledon Grand Slam, but the fifth seed hasn’t got a great track record on grass courts.