Sydney, 15 November 2011 |

Australia’s greatest tennis legends and stars from television, music, sport and politics will all team up for a great cause on Sunday 27 November in the inaugural Apia International Sydney Lleyton Hewitt Charity Day.

Hewitt, along with a host of the country’s most recognisable faces, will take to the courts at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre to raise much-needed funds for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

The Apia International Sydney Lleyton Hewitt Charity Day is a key component of the two-time Grand Slam champions’ Ambassadorial role with the event and is a great opportunity for tennis fans to experience the light-hearted side of the sport.

Lleyton and his wife Bec, will team up to take on a host of players and celebrities including Kate Ritchie, Bernard Tomic, Patrick Rafter, Shannon Noll, John Newcombe, Brett Lee, John Alexander, Tony Roche, Lote Tuqiri and Corey Brown in a round robin format.

“Hosting the Charity Day is an idea I have had for a while now and it is fantastic that the Apia International Sydney and Tennis Australia have partnered with me to make it a reality,” Hewitt said.

“We will have the biggest names in Australian tennis taking part and they will each partner with a celebrity for an afternoon of entertaining and fiercely competitive doubles action.

“Fans could potentially see our Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter teaming up with Gold Logie winner Kate Ritchie or Bernard Tomic and Lote Tuqiri towering over their opponents at the net.

“Along with all the action on the court, there will be loads of interactive games including ‘Ace the Gooch’, as well as MLC Tennis Hot Shots and a live performance from Shannon Noll.

“There will also be a raffle on the day with two major prize winners taking part in a tie break with myself and Pat on Ken Rosewall Arena.

“All the proceeds from the day will go to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, which is a very worthy cause that Bec and I have supported for a number of years.

“With tickets costing just $10, what better way to spend a sunny Sydney afternoon ahead of the Australian summer of tennis.”

Tickets to the Apia International Sydney Lleyton Hewitt Charity Day are just $10 for adults, $5 for children and $15 for a family of four. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Tickets to the Apia International Sydney Lleyton Hewitt Charity Day are on sale through Ticketek and can be purchased online at or 1300 888 104.

The Apia International Sydney Lleyton Hewitt Charity Day will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on Sunday 27 November. Gates open at 11.00am, with the action getting underway at 12.00pm.

Full details on the day can be found at