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Lleyton Hewitt

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Lleyton Hewitt
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Country: Australia
Residence: Adelaide, AUS
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs. (77 kg)
Plays: Left
Turned pro: 1998
Highest singles ranking: 1 (11/19/2001)
Singles titles: 24
Career Prize Money: $15,259,975
Grand Slam Record
Titles: 2
Australian Open F (2005)
French Open QF (2001, '04)
Wimbledon W (2002)
U.S. Open W (2001)

Lleyton Hewitt (born February 24, 1981), is former World No.1 professional tennis player from Australia and the winner of the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men's singles titles. Hewitt is known for his fierce competitiveness on the court.

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Tennis career

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Hewitt may well have followed in the footsteps of his Australian rules football-playing father. Instead, he became the youngest winner of an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament when, as an almost unknown youngster, he won the 1998 Adelaide Invitational, defeating Andre Agassi along the way.

In the next two years he quickly progressed up the world rankings and was world number one for two consecutive years.

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Lleyton Hewitt at the Wimbledon championships, 2004.

Hewitt's first grand slam tournament win was at the US Open in 2001, where he defeated then-four time champion Pete Sampras in straight sets. He followed this with a victory at Wimbledon in 2002, showing the world that though the tournament is dominated by serve-and-volleyers, a baseliner like Hewitt could still perform at the highest level on grass.

He was part of the Australian team which won the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003, and reached the finals in 2000 and 2001. At the age of 22, he had recorded more wins in Davis Cup singles than any other Australian player.

After his 2002 Wimbledon victory, Hewitt's game and his ATP ranking began to slip as he was engaged in a legal fight with the organization and began playing more Davis Cup matches instead of ATP events. Recently, however, he has reshaped his game and returned to the ATP. In 2004, he became the first man in history to lose in each Grand Slam to the eventual champion. In the Australian Open, he was defeated in the fourth round by Swiss Roger Federer; in the French Open he was defeated by Argentine Gastn Gaudio in the quarterfinals; at Wimbledon, he was defeated by Roger Federer in the quarterfinals; and at the US Open, he was defeated in the finals, again by Roger Federer. Hewitt defeated Andy Roddick to advance to the final of the 2004 Tennis Masters Cup, but was defeated by defending champion Roger Federer. Hewitt reached his first Australian Open final in 2005 by defeating World No. 2 Andy Roddick, but was defeated by Marat Safin.

Hewitt's intense demeanour on court and characteristic shouts of "Come On!" when scoring a crucial point have won him detractors as well as fans, however his tennis-playing abilities and on-court fighting spirit have earned him a begrudging respect amongst even the most unfavourable of views.

Hewitt dated highly-ranked Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters. The two announced their engagement just before Christmas 2003, then split in October 2004. His current girlfriend is Australian actress Bec Cartwright. Shortly after losing the final of the 2005 Australian open, Hewitt proposed to her. A date for marriage has not yet been announced.

It was reported on the 5th May, 2005, that Lleyton Hewitt and fiance Bec Cartwright were expecting their first child. The baby is due to be born in October.

Awards

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Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis confer during a doubles match at the 2005 Queen's Club Championships
  • 2001 - ATP Player of the Year
  • 2001 - Most Popular South Australian
  • 2002 - ATP Player of the Year
  • 2002 - Australia's Male Athlete
  • 2002 - Most Popular South Australian
  • 2002 - ESPY Best Male Tennis Player
  • 2003 - Young Australian of the Year
  • 2003 - Vogue Australia Sportsman of the Year
  • 2003 - Most Popular South Australian

Titles (26)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (2)
ATP Masters Series (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (2)
ATP Tour (18)

Singles (24)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1998-01-05 Adelaide, Australia Hard Jason Stoltenberg (Australia) 3-6 6-3 7-6(4)
2. 1999-05-03 Delray Beach, USA Hard Xavier Malisse (Belgium) 6-4 6-7(2) 6-1
3. 2000-01-03 Adelaide, Australia Hard Thomas Enqvist (Sweden) 3-6 6-3 6-2
4. 2000-01-10 Sydney, Australia Hard Jason Stoltenberg (Australia) 6-4 6-0
5. 2000-03-06 Scottsdale, USA Hard Tim Henman (UK) 6-4 7-6(2)
6. 2000-06-12 London / Queen's Club, Great Britain Grass Pete Sampras (USA) 6-4 6-4
7. 2001-01-08 Sydney, Australia Hard Magnus Norman (Sweden) 6-4 6-1
8. 2001-06-11 London / Queen's Club, Great Britain Grass Tim Henman (UK) 7-6(3) 7-6(3)
9. 2001-06-18 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Guillermo Canas (Argentina) 6-3 6-4
10. 2001-08-27 US Open, USA Hard Pete Sampras (USA) 7-6(4) 6-1 6-1
11. 2001-10-01 Tokyo, Japan Hard Michel Kratochvil (Switzerland) 6-4 6-2
12. 2001-11-12 Tennis Masters Cup (Sydney, Australia) Hard Sebastien Grosjean (France) 6-3 6-3 6-4
13. 2002-02-25 San Jos, USA Hard Andre Agassi (USA) 4-6 7-6(6) 7-6(4)
14. 2002-03-11 Indian Wells, USA Hard Tim Henman (UK) 6-1 6-2
15. 2002-06-10 London / Queen's Club, Great Britain Grass Tim Henman (UK) 4-6 6-1 6-4
16. 2002-06-24 Wimbledon, Great Britain Grass David Nalbandian (Argentina) 6-1 6-3 6-2
17. 2002-11-11 Tennis Masters Cup (Shanghai, China) Hard Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) 7-5 7-5 2-6 2-6 6-4
18. 2003-03-03 Scottsdale, USA Hard Mark Philippoussis (Australia) 6-4 6-4
19. 2003-03-10 Indian Wells, USA Hard Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) 6-1 6-1
20. 2004-01-12 Sydney, Australia Hard Carlos Moya (Spain) 4-3 RET
21. 2004-02-16 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) 6-7(1) 7-5 6-4
22. 2004-08-16 Washington, USA Hard Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) 6-3 6-4
23. 2004-08-23 Long Island, USA Hard Luis Horna (Peru) 6-3 6-1
24. 2005-01-10 Sydney, Australia Hard Ivo Minar (Czech Republic) 7-5 6-0

Singles Finalist (12)

  • 1999: Adelaide (lost to Thomas Enqvist)
  • 1999: Scottsdale (lost to Jan-Michael Gambill)
  • 1999: Lyon (lost to Nicolas Lapentti)
  • 2000: Stuttgart Indoor (lost to Wayne Ferreira)
  • 2002: Cincinnati AMS (lost to Carlos Moya)
  • 2002: Paris AMS (lost to Marat Safin)
  • 2003: Los Angeles (lost to Wayne Ferreira)
  • 2004: Cincinnati AMS (lost to Andre Agassi)
  • 2004: US Open (lost to Roger Federer)
  • 2004: Tennis Masters Cup (lost to Roger Federer)
  • 2005: Australian Open (lost to Marat Safin)
  • 2005: Indian Wells AMS (lost to Roger Federer)

Performance Timeline

Tournament 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 Career
Australian Open F 4r 4r 1r 3r 4r 2r 1r 1r 0
French Open - QF 3r 4r QF 4r 1r - - 0
Wimbledon QF 1r W 4r 1r 3r - - 1
U.S. Open F QF SF W SF 3r - - 1
Tennis Masters Cup F - W W - - - - 2
Tournaments played 3 19 12 20 21 19 19 10 1 N/A
Finals reached 2 7 3 7 6 5 4 1 0 N/A
Tournaments Won 1 4 2 5 6 4 1 1 0 24
Win-Loss 13-2 68-18 37-10 61-15 80-18 61-19 44-20 10-9 0-1 N/A
ATP Race points 183 718 290 897 873 525 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Year End Ranking 3 16 1 1 7 25 100 722 N/A

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External Links

  • LleytonHewitt.biz (http://www.lleytonhewitt.biz/)
  • ATP Profile (http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/default2.asp?playersearch=Hewitt,+L/)

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