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- Pronounced: LAY-ton HYOO-it
- Age: 32 (24.02.1981)
- Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
- Residence: Nassau, Bahamas
- Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
- Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1998
- Coach: Tony Roche
As of 09.12.2013
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Full name is Lleyton Glynn Hewitt...Played Australian Rules Football until age 13, then decided to pursue tennis career...In brief junior ranks, ranked as No. 1 Aussie in 18-under division in 1996 and captured Australian National Grasscourts 18s that year...Also Australian National Hardcourts 18s champion...Enjoys golf and Australian Rules Football (Adelaide Crows fan)...His father, Glynn, is a former Aussie Rules Football player and his mother, Cherilyn, was a physical education teacher...Has one younger sister, Jaslyn (born Feb. 23, 1983), who was No. 1 junior in Australia in 2000, and won her first Challenger title in Canberra in 2004.
Good friend of fellow Aussie golfers Greg Norman and Aaron Baddeley...Supporter of many children’s charitable foundations in Australia - the Starlight Foundation and the McGuinisses-McDermott Cancer Foundation, among others...In August 2002, made Special Olympics his primary charitable cause by becoming a global ambassador for the organization with the primary mission of helping Special Olympics double their international membership by 2005 via clinics and public appearances as he travels the world; launched Special Olympics Tennis Program in Shanghai during 2002 Masters Cup; took part in Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin in 2003; and invites Special Olympics athletes to tennis tournaments, commercial shoots, and other personal appearances around the world.
The Australia Post launched a commemorative Lleyton Hewitt stamp in January 2002 prior to the Australian Open and in 2004 featured a Lleyton Hewitt Limited Edition post card during the Australian Open...Named Young Australian of the Year in Jan. 2003 as part of annual Australia Day honors...Vogue/GQ (Australia) Sportsman of the Year in 2003...Also named Australia’s male athlete of the year in 2002 at the Australian Sports Awards...Voted Most Popular South Australian athlete by the public for three consecutive years (2001-03)...In December 2003, Caddied for Greg Norman at Australian PGA event...Wife, Bec Cartwright (married July 21, 2005 in Sydney) is an Aussie actress...Daughters, Mia Rebecca (born Nov. 29, 2005), Ava Sydney (born Oct. 19, 2010), Son, Cruz (born Dec. 11, 2008)...
Lleyton Glynn Hewitt is a screaming, fist-pumping, chest-thumping firebrand on court. “C’mon!” he yells at himself, finding inspiration in his obsession with the movie “Rocky” about an underdog boxer. At 5-foot-11, he is a solid 170 pounds. The leanness is deceptive, for he grew up playing breakneck Aussie Rules Football and hurls his body with abandon at shots others would let pass. Such intensity made him, at 20 in 2001, the youngest men’s No. 1 ever, 69 years after Wimbledon champ Ellsworth Vines (USA) was at the top, a slightly older 21 in 1932.
He is also the youngest since ATP Rankings began in 1973. Hewitt has won two major championship singles titles—the 2001 U.S. Open over Pete Sampras (USA), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, 6-1, and 2002 Wimbledon over David Nalbandian (ARG), 6-1, 6-3, 6-2—as well as the US Open doubles in 2000 with Max Mirnyi (BLR), as of 2008. He has also won 25 other ATP singles titles since turning pro in 1998 at age 16. He was again No. 1 for 2002.
The Australian’s passing shots and especially, his return of serve, are strengths. Hewitt himself is enamoured with his topspin lob. Critics of Hewitt—and he has many—suggest he lacks the tools to become a dominant player, missing a booming serve, a killer return or a crushing groundstroke. All he does is win. Pat Rafter, his compatriot, called Hewitt a “little mongrel” for his refusal to be beaten. He has also been called an “undersized, overcharged kid,” a “racquet-wielding Energizer Bunny,” and “Bart Simpson with a Yonex.” For his part, Hewitt has called Australian fans “stupid”; called a chair umpire a “spastic”; made an insensitive remark about a black line judge at the US Open; dismissed coaches in controversial fashion; and had a long public spat with the ATP after being fined $103,000 for refusing to do a television interview.
Hewitt was born in Adelaide on Feb. 24, 1981. His father Glynn played Australian Rules Football for Richmond and his mother Cherilyn was a professional netballer. Neither sport is for the fainthearted. Their son learned tennis early, and they took him to his first Australian Open as a spectator at age five. Hewitt qualified for the Australian Open in January, 1997, a month before his 16th birthday, the youngest qualifier in the 108-year-old tournament.
He debuted that month on the ATP Rankings at No. 797. Four years later, at 20 years, nine months, he was No. 1, undercutting Jimmy Connors (USA), No. 1 on the ATP computer in 1974 at 22 years, three months in 1974. Vines, at 21, was three months older than Lleyton.
His precocious talent was displayed at age 16 when he captured his hometown title at Adelaide over Jason Stoltenberg (AUS), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in 1998. The five men he beat (including Andre Agassi in the semis) had a combined total of 1,108 career victories; Hewitt had none until then. He became the lowest-ranked player, at No. 550, to win in tour history. In 1999, Hewitt won his first clay-court title (Delray Beach), his only victory in four finals.
He made his Davis Cup debut that July against the United States, launching the successful drive to the Cup with a leadoff win over Todd Martin, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 6-0. Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov promised to administer a “tennis lesson” to the brash upstart in the semi-final.
Instead, the Russian was humbled in straight sets. Lleyton led his nation to three more finals, losing to Spain (2000) and France (2001), defeating Spain in 2003 as he set the pace, downing Juan Carlos Ferrero, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2.
Hewitt won four titles in 2000, the first teenager to win that many since Pete Sampras a decade earlier. He got his first major championship title, a doubles at the U.S., youngest male, at 19 years, 6 months, to win a major doubles in the Open era. At Flushing Meadow the following year, he defeated No. 7 seed Kafelnikov in the semis, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1, and Sampras in the final, 7-6 (4-7), 6-1, 6-1, to claim his first singles major championship.
Hewitt won five other tournaments in 2001, including the year-end Masters, over Sebastien Grosjean (FRA), 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, appropriately in Sydney, and was at the top of the class. Some thought him a caretaker in the top spot until a more skilled player arrived to succeed the likes of Sampras and Agassi. But not only did he hold the ranking, he added a second major, Wimbledon, defeating David Nalbandian ARG, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 and defended his Masters title in Shanghai over Ferrero, 7-5, 7-5, 2-6, 2-6, 6-4. He dropped only two sets at Wimbledon to become the first Australian in 15 years to win on Centre Court. Pat Cash was the last. His dream of being the first Aussie to rule his country since Mark Edmondson in 1976 was squashed in the 2005 final, a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 triumph for Russian Marat Safin.
MAJOR TITLES (3) — Wimbledon singles, 2002; U.S. singles, 2001; U.S. doubles, 2000.
- Bio Courtesy Bud Collins, written 2008.
2012 -- The Adelaide native returned from early season toe surgery to reach final in Newport (l. to Isner) and finish No. 82 after dropping to No. 233 in July...His best Grand Slam result came at home event at Australian Open, posting wins over Stebe, No. 16 Roddick, who retired with a leg injury, and No. 25 Raonic before losing to No. 1 Djokovic in 4 sets in 4R...Underwent left toe surgery in February and was sidelined for over 3 months before returning at Roland Garros in late May...Competed at London Olympics and defeated Stakhovsky and No. 14 Cilic before losing in 3 sets to No. 2 Djokovic in 3R...Played in Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in Hamburg in September and lost in straight sets to Germans Mayer in 2nd rubber and Stebe in 5th and decisive rubber (Australia lost 3-2)...Compiled records of 0-3 on clay, 9-7 on hard and 7-4 on grass...Went 1-4 vs. Top 10 opponents, defeating No. 10 Monaco in Valencia...
2011 -- The Aussie reached 3 QF during season, in San Jose (l. to del Potro), Memphis (l. to Roddick) and Halle (l. to Kohlschreiber)…Last match came Sept. 19 in 5th and decisive Davis Cup rubber in Sydney (l. to Wawrinka)...Underwent left foot surgery on Mar. 19 and was sidelined for nearly 3 months before coming back in June…Played in 5 events, last in Winston-Salem prior to US Open where he withdrew...
2010 -- The top Australian finished just outside Top 50 for only second time since ‘99…Underwent right hip surgery on Jan. 29 after 4th RD showing at Australian Open and returned Apr. 12 in Houston…In June, captured his 28th career title in Halle, breaking a 15-match losing streak against Federer in final…Has won at least one title for 12 of past 13 years (except ’08)…Reached another 4th RD at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic)…Last tournament was 1st RD at US Open (l. to Mathieu) and then suffered a right hand injury during Davis Cup tie vs. Belgium on Sept. 17…Did not play rest of year…In doubles, advanced to Madrid* final (w/Knowles)...
2009 -- The top Aussie returned from a hip injury in previous season to finish in Top 25 for 10th time in 11 years… Won his 27th career title, and has at least one title for 11 of past 12 years…Slipped out of Top 100 at No. 108 on Feb. 2 for first time since Jan. 1999 but returned on Feb. 23 after reaching SF in Memphis (d. Blake, l. to Roddick)… Went from No. 103 to No. 78…In April, captured his first ATP World Tour title since Mar. 4, 2007 (Las Vegas) by winning Houston (d. Odesnik)…It was his second career clay-court title, the first since Delray Beach in May 1999… Afterwards, jumped from No. 88 to No. 57…Recorded 500th tour-level singles win in Munich first round — saved two match points in three-set win over Philipp Petzschner and went on to reach QFs (l. to Berdych)…
At Wimbledon, advanced to first Grand Slam QF since ‘06 US Open as he ousted World No. 5 del Potro in straight sets in 2nd RD and recovered from two-set deficit against Stepanek in 4th RD before losing to No. 6 Roddick in five sets…Reached QF in Cincinnati* (l. to Federer) and 3rd RD at US Open, falling to Federer in four sets…Finished season with three week stretch in Asia highlighted by SF in Tokyo (l. to Youzhny)…Went 1-8 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled marks of 19-15 on hard, 9-3 on clay and 6-2 on grass.
2008 -- The top Aussie finished out of Top 25 for first time since his rookie season in 1998...His streak of winning at least one ATP title for 10 consecutive years came to an end...Played his last tournament at Beijing Olympics in August when he lost to eventual gold medalist Nadal in 2nd RD...Was hobbled most of season with a left hip injury and underwent surgery Aug. 16 in Melbourne...Opened year with QF in Adelaide (l. to Tsonga) and followed with 2nd RD in Sydney (l. to Guccione) and 4th RD at Australian Open (l. to eventual champ Djokovic)...Finished his 3rd RD win against Marcos Baghdatis after four hours and 45 minutes at 4:34 a.m...In March, turned in his best AMS result of 4th RD at Indian Wells (l. to Fish)...In his only clay tournament at Roland Garros, reached 3rd RD (l. to No. 5 Ferrer in five sets)...Moved on to grass and advanced to QF at Queen's (l. to Djokovic) and followed with 4th RD at Wimbledon (l. to Federer)...Then ended season at Beijing Olympics...His last four losses came to Top 5 opponents and was winless (0-5) vs. Top 10 during year... Compiled marks of 12-8 on hard, 6-2 on grass and 2-1 on clay.
2007 -- Finished in Top 25 for a ninth consecutive season and extended his streak of winning at least one ATP title for 10th straight year, both bests among active players... Failed to reach at least one Grand Slam QF for first time since 1999 with best results 4th RD at Roland Garros and Wimbledon....In March, captured his 26th title in Las Vegas, dropping only one set, defeating Safin in SF and Melzer in F...Then suffered a back injury in his opening round loss at AMS Indian Wells (l. to Tipsarevic) and withdrew from AMS Miami...Returned nearly two months later at AMS Rome and lost in 1st RD to Hernandez...Then advanced to back-to-back SF at AMS Hamburg (l. to Nadal in 7-5 in third set) and Poertschach (l. to Monfils) before getting to 4th RD for second straight year at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal)...Reached 4th RD at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic in four sets)...During summer hard court circuit, reached QF at AMS Montreal (d. Ferrero in 1st RD) and SF at AMS Cincinnati (d. Gasquet in 2nd RD, Moya in QF), losing to Federer both times....Played in Davis Cup World Group playoff tie vs. Serbia and defeated Tipsarevic in five sets although Australia lost 4-1...Then advanced to back-to-back QF in Mumbai (l. to Schuettler) and Tokyo (l. to Karlovic)...Compiled marks of 20-9 on hard, 12-5 on clay and 3-2 on grass but struggled in tie-breaks (7-14)...Went an ATP-best 4-1 in five-set matches (25-10 in career).
2006 -- Won his 25th career ATP title at Queen's (d. Nadal, Henman, Blake)...Reached back-to-back finals in San Jose and Las Vegas...Reached QF at Wimbledon (l. to Baghdatis)...Injured right knee at AMS Toronto and played in last tournament at US Open, reaching the QF (l. to Roddick)...
2005 -- Won sole title in Sydney...Followed with his first final at Australian Open (d. Roddick in SF, l. to Safin)...Finalist at AMS Indian Wells (l. to Federer)...Injured his right big toe there and underwent surgery on Mar. 24...Then fell at his home in Sydney on May 9 and cracked a rib...Returned June 7 at Queen's with QF, then SF at Wimbledon (l. to Federer)...Also reached SF at AMS Cincinnati (l. to Roddick) and US Open (l. to Federer)...It was seventh straight Grand Slam event (2004-05) he lost to eventual champion...Reached Bangkok QF, but withdrew due to a left groin injury...Underwent left big toe surgery in early October...Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai but withdrew due to arrival of first child...
2004 -- Won four titles, including 20th of his career in Sydney...Fell to eventual champion No. 1 Federer at Australian Open (4th RD), Wimbledon (QF) and US Open (F)...Also lost to eventual winner Gaudio in QF at Roland Garros...Won his first European indoor title in Rotterdam...Reached AMS Cincinnati final (l. to Agassi)...Compiled a 16-match winning streak with titles in Washington and Long Island before US Open loss to Federer...Runner-up at Tennis Masters Cup in Houston (l. to Federer)...Recorded over 500 aces (523), finishing No. 9...
2003 -- Finished as No. 2 Aussie (behind Philippoussis), winning two titles and leading his country to Davis Cup final...Lost No. 1 Ranking after 75 straight weeks on Apr. 27, 2003...Won back-to-back titles in Scottsdale (d. Philippoussis) and AMS Indian Wells (d. Kuerten)...Became first defending champion at Wimbledon to lose in opening round (l. to Karlovic) since Manuel Santana in 1967... Finalist in Los Angeles...
2002 -- Became only fourth player to rank No. 1 for every week during year and seventh player to finish No. 1 for at least two straight years...Co-leader in titles (w/Agassi) with five and led circuit with 61 match wins, highlighted by titles at Wimbledon (d. Henman in SF, Nalbandian in F) and Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai...Went 2-1 in round robin play, then defeated Federer in SF and Ferrero 6-4 in fifth set in final (had trailed 1-3 in last set)...Overcame chicken pox to claim San Jose title (d. Agassi)...Won first career AMS title in Indian Wells (d. Sampras in SF, Henman in F)...Won third straight Queen's title...Streak of 10 straight finals won come to an end with runner-up at AMS Cincinnati (l. to Moya)...Also finalist at AMS Paris (l. to Safin)...Had most AMS match wins (23)...Advanced to SF at US Open (l. to Agassi)...Led circuit in return games won (33 percent) for third straight year and points won returning first serve (35 percent)...No. 10 in aces with a career-best 536...Earned a career-high $4,619,386...
2001 -- Finished as youngest player (20 yrs., 8 mos.) and first Australian to finish No. 1 in history of ATP Rankings...Accomplished feat by winning his career-best sixth title of year at Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney (d. Grosjean), overtaking Kuerten who came in with 48-point lead...Became first Aussie to win year-end championship...Led ATP with 80 match wins and was co-leader (w/Kuerten) with six titles, including Sydney, Queen's (d. Sampras in SF, Henman in F), 's-Hertogenbosch and Tokyo...Won first Grand Slam title at US Open, defeating Roddick (QF), Kafelnikov (SF) and Sampras (F)...Led his country to Davis Cup final (l. 3-2 to France)...
2000 -- Became first teenager to win four titles in a season since Sampras in '90 and finished as No. 1 Aussie for first time...Also first teenager to qualify for Tennis Masters Cup (1-2 in round robin play) and finish in Top 10 since Andrei Medvedev in '93...Led his country to Davis Cup final (l. 3-1 to Spain)...Winner in Adelaide, Sydney, Scottsdale, Queen's...Finalist at AMS Stuttgart...Achieved first Grand Slam SF at the US Open (l. to Sampras)...Won his first Grand Slam doubles title at US Open (w/Mirnyi)...Youngest male (at 19 yrs., 6 mos.) to win a Slam doubles crown in Open Era...
1999 -- Helped his country to Davis Cup title (d. France) with 4-2 mark in his debut during year...Won Delray Beach title and runner-up in Adelaide...
1998 -- Won Adelaide title as youngest tour winner (16 yrs., 10 mos.) since Chang in '88 and lowest-ranked (550) winner in ATP history...
1997 -- Youngest (15 yrs., 11 mos.) qualifier in history of Australian Open (l. to Bruguera)...
Suffered his sixth Australian Open 1R exit, losing to World No. 9 Tipsarevic in straight sets…
Partnering Matosevic, the duo finished runner-up at San Jose (l. to Malisse-Moser 10-4 in Match TB)…They defeated Bryans in QFs and won three matches in Match TBs…Now 2-5 in doubles finals…
In Memphis 1R, saved 2 M.P. at 5-6, 15/40 in the 2nd set versus Lu before winning 64 in 3rd set…
Fell in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells 3R (l. to Wawrinka)…On 22 March, fell in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 2R (l. to Simon)…Fell in Roland Garros 1R, having led No. 15 seed Simon by two sets to love…
Beat Dimitrov, Querrey and No. 7 del Potro en route to Queen’s Club SFs, losing to Cilic in three sets…The four-time former titlist was trying to become the oldest player to the Aegon Championships title. The oldest winner remains Jimmy Connors, at 30 years, 284 days, in 1983…On 17 June, rose 12 spots to no. 70 in Emirates ATP Rankings…
On 14 July, finished runner-up at Newport for second straight year…Dropped to 28-16 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals…
Improved to 7-1 in night matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium with five-set win over del Potro in US Open 2R; it was his first Top 10 win at Flushing Meadows since 2001 final…In his bid to reached US Open QFs for eighth time, fell in 4R to Youzhny in four sets…
Helped Australia reach the Davis Cup World Group for the first time since 2007 after 4-1 win over Poland…Beat Kubot for 40th singles rubber victory…
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