Lleyton Hewitt Australian Open 2016
Lleyton Hewitt bid goodbye to tennis after a second round loss to David Ferrer in the Australian OpenReuters

Lleyton Hewitt was hoping for a nice serene goodbye after seeing his stellar career come to an end following a straight-set loss to David Ferrer in the second round of the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne. But that serenity was hampered after an online blog published 15 names of players whose matches have been brought under suspicion of fixing, with Hewitt's one of them.

The fallout of the BBC and Buzzfeed reports shows no sign of abating, after Show Legend published 15 names of the players, who the original report had claimed were under suspicion. The report in blog, though, insisted all they have done is publish the names relevant to the Buzzfeed story, and that doesn't mean any of them have been or are involved in match-fixing.

With Hewitt hoping for a nice laugh with the reporters and maybe a tear or two as the emotions took hold with his kids sitting next to him, the match-fixing issue brought out the fighter in the Australian, something all tennis fans have seen every time he has stepped onto the court.

"I think it's a joke to deal with it," Hewitt, with his kids sitting next to him, told reporters after his 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Ferrer on Thursday. "You know, obviously, yeah, there's no possible way.

"I know my name's now been thrown into it. I don't think anyone here would think that I've done anything corruption or match fixing. It's just absurd.

"For anyone that tries to go any further with it, then good luck. Take me on with it. Yeah, it's disappointing. I think throwing my name out there with it makes the whole thing an absolute farce."

Novak Djokovic, the best men's singles player in the world, has seen his name also brought into the controversy, after an Italian newspaper claimed he deliberately lost a match at the Paris Masters in 2007.

The Serbian also rubbished the claims, while most of the leading players have insisted match-fixing, while impossible to stop, is not as prevalent as the BBC and Buzzfeed reports have suggested.

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