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Lleyton Hewitt

  • Age35
  • Born24 February 1981
  • Birth PlaceAdelaide, Australia
  • LivesSydney, Australia
  • Height180 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1996
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“He's still going to be touch and go for the Aussie summer and it's going to be a tough road for him early on. I don't think we can come back and expect him to pick up where he took off.”

— Lleyton Hewitt, 2 Dec 2016

» Kokkinakis’ battle of mind and body

On court

  • Played AFL until the age 13, however, decided to pursue a tennis career.
  • Ranked No.1 Australian in the Under-18 division in 1996.
  • Captured the Under-18 Australian National Grasscourt title in 1996.
  • Qualified for the 1997 Australian Open aged 15 years and 11 months, the youngest in the tournament’s history.
  • Won the 1998 Adelaide ATP event, becoming the lowest ranked winner in ATP history to do so at world No.550.
  • Member of the Australian 1999 Davis Cup winning team that defeated France 3-2 in the final.
  • Finished 2000 as the No.1 ranked Australian.
  • First teenager to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup in 2000.
  • Won his first Grand Slam doubles title at the 2000 US Open.
  • Youngest player, and first Australian, to finish the year ranked No.1 on the ATP World Rankings in 2001.
  • Claimed his career-best sixth title of year at the Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney in 2001.
  • Won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2001, defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets in the final.
  • Secured his maiden Wimbledon crown, defeating Argentinean David Nalbandian in the 2002 final.
  • Won four ATP titles in 2004, including the 20th of his career at the Sydney International.
  • Reached his first Australian Open final in 2005, losing to Marat Safin in four sets.
  • Represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  • Took three months off to recover from a hip ailment following his third-round exit from Australian Open 2010.
  • Claimed the 2010 Halle title in Germany, defeating Roger Federer in the final.
  • Represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Has won more Davis Cup rubbers than any other Australian Davis Cup player.
  • Defeated Roger Federer in Brisbane International 2014 final.

Off court

  • Favourite food is Japanese.
  • Favourite band is Cold Chisel.
  • Enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
  • Married his wife Rebecca in 2005. They have three children.
  • One day hopes to captain the Australian Davis Cup team.
  • Devout Adelaide Crows fan and his sporting hero is Tyson Edwards of the Crows. Plays Australian Rules recreationally.
  • Good friend of Aussie golfers Greg Norman and Aaron Baddeley.
  • Caddied for Greg Norman at Australian PGA event.
  • Supports many children’s charitable foundations in Australia.
  • His father, Glynn, is a former Aussie Rules Football player and his mother, Cherilyn, was a physical education teacher.
  • Has one younger sister, Jaslyn, who was No.1 junior in Australia in 2000.

Year-end singles ranking history

2014 50
2013 60
2012 83
2011 187
2010 54
2009 22
2008 67
2007 21
2006 20
2005 4
2004 3
2003 17
2002 1
2001 1
2000 7
1999 22
1998 113
1997 722

Titles/Finals

Titles

2014 Brisbane International, Newport

2010 Halle

2009 Houston

2007 Las Vegas

2006 London/Queen’s Club

2005 Sydney

2004 Long Island, Washington, Rotterdam, Sydney

2003 Indian Wells, Scottsdale

2002 Tennis Master Cup, Wimbledon, London/Queen’s Club, Indian Wells, San Jose

2001 Tennis Masters Cup, Tokyo, US Open,‘s-Hertogenbosch, London/Queen’s Club, Sydney

2000 London/Queen’s Club, Scottsdale, Sydney, Adelaide

1999 Delray Beach

1998 Adelaide, Perth Challenger

Finals

2013 Newport

2012 Newport

2006 Las Vegas, San Jose

2005 Indian Well, Australian Open

2004 Tennis Masters Cup, US Open, Cincinnati

2003 Los Angeles

2002 Paris, Cincinnati

2000 Stuttgart

1999 Lyon, Scottsdale, Adelaide

1998 Hong Kong Challenger

Lleyton Hewitt in the news

Kokkinakis’ battle of mind and body
Thanasi Kokknakis in action during his sole competitive outing of the year at the Rio 2016 Olympics; Getty Images
2 December, 2016

Lleyton Hewitt says Thanasi Kokkinakis remains only a "touch and go" prospect to make a comeback this summer despite the 20-year-old's eagerness to return.
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Davis Cup tennis back in Melbourne
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Bernard Tomic of Australia (L) talks to Captain of Australian Lleyton Hewitt (R) in his singles match against Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia during the Davis Cup World Group playoff between Australia and Slovakia at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on September 16, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
30 November, 2016

Kooyong will host Australia vs Czech Republic in February 2017.
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Alcott awarded 2016 Newcombe Medal
2016 Newcombe Medallist Dylan Alcott (R) wht John Newcombe; Getty Images
28 November, 2016

Paralympic gold medallist and Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott has completed an incredible 2016 season by winning the Newcombe Medal.
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Gallery: blue carpet glamour at the Newks
Australian Davis Cup captain and former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt with wife Bec; photo credit Fiona Hamilton
28 November, 2016

The 2016 Newcombe Medal kicked off at Crown Palladium in Melbourne with the stars of Australian tennis stepping out for the cameras on the blue carpet.
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