Lleyton Hewitt

  • Age37
  • Born24 February 1981
  • Birth PlaceAdelaide, Australia
  • LivesSydney, Australia
  • Height180 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1996
“Tomorrow's going to be a big day and the boys will be up for it. We're going to look forward to this challenge.”

— Lleyton Hewitt, 3 Feb 2018

» DAVIS CUP: Germany grabs 2-1 lead

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



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


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

Hewitt’s belief in De Minaur paying off
Lleyton Hewitt (L) urges Alex De Minaur on during Davis Cup; Getty Images
14 March, 2018

Aussie young gun Alex De Minaur has enjoyed a stunning start to 2018. And he's clearly benefitting from having former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt in his corner.
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Davis Cup: Germany claim 3-1 win
Alexander Zverev secures Germany's win; Getty Images
4 February, 2018

World No.5 Alexander Zverev secured a 3-1 Davis Cup win for Germany as he overcame Nick Kyrgios in straight sets.
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DAVIS CUP: Germany grabs 2-1 lead
John Peers and Matthew Ebden fought for five sets before Germany claimed the important win; Getty Images
3 February, 2018

John Peers and Matt Ebden fought hard in their first-time doubles pairing, but it was Germany who claimed the 6-4 6-7(1) 6-2 6-7(4) 6-4 win.
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Davis Cup: Kyrgios levels for Australia
Australia have levelled the Davis Cup first round tie with Germany after Nick Kyrgios brushed aside Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets in Brisbane.

World No.14 Kyrgios - ranked 44 places higher than his opponent - overpowered the German No.2 6-4 6-4 6-4 in just over 90 minutes at Pat Rafter Arena.

Earlier, Germany drew first blood in the best of five hardcourt tie when world No.5 Alexander Zverev dug deep to hold out plucky rookie Alex de Minaur 7-5 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) in just under four hours.

Australian No.1 Kyrgios was in cruise control for much of the match, in an ominous sign for Zverev before they meet in Sunday's reverse singles.

Kyrgios was at his nonchalant best, oozing confidence after a stellar summer run which included a Brisbane International triumph last month - his first ATP tour win on home soil - and an Australian Open fourth round finish.

Australia will look to take a 2-1 lead in Saturday's doubles when Matthew Ebden and John Peers take on Peter Gojowczyk and Tim Puetz.

The winner advances to the quarterfinals from April 6-8, either hosting Great Britain or travelling to face Spain.

The losing nation will contest September's World Cup playoffs, to be drawn on April 10.

Australia - looking to end a 15-year Davis Cup title drought - have reached the World Group semi-finals twice in the past three years.
2 February, 2018

As Nick Kyrgios cruised to another victory for Australia, Alex De Minaur also impressed in his Davis Cup debut.
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