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Lleyton Hewitt

  • Age34
  • Born24 February 1981
  • Birth PlaceAdelaide, Australia
  • LivesSydney, Australia
  • Height180 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1996
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“The last three or four years, Davis Cup has been as big as any Grand Slam for me personally.”

— Lleyton Hewitt, 20 Jul 2015

» Australia dreaming big in Davis Cup

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

Biggest movers: Smith vaults to career high
John-Patrick Smith in action during his quarterfinal victory over Blake Mott at the Australian Open 2015 Play-off; Mae Dumrigue
21 July, 2015

John-Patrick Smith's career-best ATP performance in Newport was rewarded with a new best ranking, while Lleyton Hewitt and Storm Sanders came charging back up the ladder.
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Australia dreaming big in Davis Cup
Lleyton Hewitt (R) celebrates his victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov with Nick Kyrgios following the decisive fifth rubber of the Australia v Kazakhstan Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal in Darwin; Getty Images
20 July, 2015

Lleyton Hewitt admits it will be tough for Australia to win this year's Davis Cup, but he's ready to give his heart and soul to try to achieve it.
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Davis Cup: Great Britain next for Australia
Andy Murray (R) and Lleyton Hewitt shake hands after their Kooyong Classic exhibition match in 2014; Getty Images
20 July, 2015

Andy Murray sealed a 3-1 victory for Great Britain over France at the weekend and is relishing the prospect of taking on Australia in September's Davis Cup semifinals.
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Gallery: historic day for Australia
Lleyton Hewitt (L) celebrates his victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov with teammates following the decisive fifth rubber of the Australia v Kazakhstan Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal in Darwin; Getty Images
19 July, 2015

For the first time since 1939, Australia has recovered from 0-2 down to win a Davis Cup tie; re-live the jubilant scenes that followed Lleyton Hewitt's win that clinched the…
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