Lleyton Hewitt denies tennis match-fixing claims

LLEYTON Hewitt has slammed as "an absolute farce" his name being put on a list of players linked with match-fixing claims after bowing out of his final Australian Open.

The dual major champion and former world number one reacted with fury after an online blog linked him to match-fixing allegations that have rocked the sport.

Hewitt went down in three sets to Spaniard David Ferrer in a second round match to end his playing career in his 20th and last Australian Open campaign.

The feisty Australian went on the attack during his post-match press conference, calling the claims "absurd" and a "farce."

"I think it's a joke to deal with it. Obviously, there's no possible way. I know my name's now been thrown into it," he said.

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