Lleyton Hewitt

Country: Australia
Residence: Adelaide, South Australia Sydney, NSW Nassau, Bahamas
Date of birth: 24 February 1981 (1981-02-24)
Place of birth: Adelaide, South Australia
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Lleyton Glynn Hewitt born on 24 February 1981 is an Australian professional tennis player and former World No. 1.

In 2000, Hewitt had won ATP titles on all three major surfaces (hard, clay and grass) and reached one final on carpet. By 2001, he became the youngest male ever to be ranked number one, at the age of 20. His career achievements include winning the 2000 US Open men's doubles, the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men's singles, and back-to-back Tennis Masters Cup titles (2001 and 2002). In 2005, TENNIS Magazine put Hewitt in 34th place on its list of the 40 greatest tennis players since 1965.


* 2001–ATP Player of the Year
* 2001–Most Popular South Australian
* 2002–ATP Player of the Year
* 2002–Australia's Male Athlete
* 2002–ESPY Best Male Tennis Player
* 2003–Young Australian of the Year
* 2003–Vogue Australia Sportsman of the Year
* 2003–Most Popular South Australian

Personal life

Hewitt is a keen supporter of Australian rules football, having played the game earlier in his career and is the No.1 ticket holder for the Adelaide Crows. He once had a close friendship with Crows star Andrew McLeod, but this broke down over much public controversy.

Following his win of the 2001 US Open, Hewitt flew out of New York just prior to the September 11 attacks. The attacks took place when he was en route to Sydney. A clearly shaken Hewitt was interviewed as soon as he departed from his flight amid heightened security at Sydney Airport.

Hewitt and Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters started a relationship in January 2000, during the Australian Open. The two announced their engagement just before Christmas 2003, but separated in October 2004, cancelling a planned February 2005 wedding.

On 30 January 2005, shortly after losing the 2005 Australian Open final to Marat Safin, Hewitt proposed to Australian actress Bec Cartwright after they had been dating for just six weeks. They married on 21 July 2005 and have three children. Their first child, a daughter named Mia Rebecca Hewitt, was born on 29 November 2005. Their second child, a son named Cruz Lleyton Hewitt, was born on 11 December 2008. Their third child, a daughter named Ava Sydney, was born on October 19, 2010.

In late 2008, to extend his tennis career and reduce the amount of travel, the couple relocated for the European and North American season to their future holiday home in the Old Fort Bay estate, in Nassau, Bahamas.

Hewitt is currently sponsored by the Japanese sports manufacterer Yonex, with whom he signed a "Head to Toe" deal in late 2005. Yonex provides all of Hewitt's clothing, racquets, shoes and accessories. Hewitt's Yonex shoes (SHT-306) are inscribed with his nickname "Rusty" along with an image of an Australian flag. As of 7 August 2007, his first appearance with a new racquet at the Montreal Masters, Hewitt used to use the Yonex RQiS 1 Tour. He used to use the Yonex RDS tour 90 Model, but switched to the Yonex RDiS 100 mid in 2009.

Hewitt's sister, Jaslyn Hewitt, is a former tennis player, and currently a bodybuilder.

Hewitt maintains a second residence in Nassau, Bahamas where he stays during off-time in the American hard court season.

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