Australian Open set to honour Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt will play in his last grand slam when he walks out in Melbourne at the 2016 Australian Open.

It will mark the Australian legend's 20th straight appearance at his home slam, the first of the year.

Craig Tiley, the tournament director, is eager to give the former world number one a good send off.

"We want to celebrate the great career Lleyton's had, but we need to sit down and talk with him because he will also want to focus on doing the best he can at the Open," he said.

The 34-year-old last reached the Australian Open final in 2005, where he lost to Marat Safin. Since then, the two-time grand slam winner has not got past the fourth round.

Tiley also revealed that the total prize money for the tournament will increase 10 per cent to $32 million.

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