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Lleyton Hewitt farewell: How the world reacted

Leyton Hewitt's last stand on the Rod Laver Arena may have ended in straight sets but the tributes have only just started rolling in.

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Lleyton Hewitt retires from ATP tour after being beaten by David Ferrer in straight sets as qualifier Zhang Shuai progresses into round three.

Nineteen years after his first match at the Australian Open, Hewitt's decorated and distinguished singles career finally came to an end at the hands of Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

The former world No.1 played his heart out, adding that he "left nothing in the locker room" for the 1 hour 52 mins in his swansong appearance.

David Ferrer, left, is congratulated by Lleyton Hewitt after his swansong.
David Ferrer, left, is congratulated by Lleyton Hewitt after his swansong. Photo: AP

Tributes from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios were flashed up on the courtside screen, while others took to social media to react.

We take a look at some of them.

Federer, Nadal, Murray and Kyrgios pay tribute to Hewitt after Thursday night's match:

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios offers his tribute.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova:

American tennis coach Nick Bollettieri:

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess:

Australian spin king Shane Warne:

Australian NBA star Matthew Dellavedova:

Pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons:

Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar:

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley:

Sports Minister Sussan Ley:

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