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Lleyton Glynn Hewitt

Birth date: February 24, 1981

Place of Birth: Australia National Flag Australia, Adelaide

Plays: Right-handed

Titles won:
Grand Slam (2):
US Open 2001
Wimbledon 2002
Master Series (2):
Indian Wells 2002, 2003
International Series (17):
Adelaide 1998, 2000
Delray Beach 1999
London / Queen's Club 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
Scottsdale 2000, 2003
Sydney 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
's-Hertogenbosch 2001
San Jose 2002
Long Island 2004
Washington 2004
International Series Gold (3):
Tokyo Outdoor 2001, 2002
Rotterdam 2004
Others (3):
Tennis Masters Cup 2001
Davis Cup 1999, 2003
Grand Slam (1):
US Open 2000
International Series Gold (1):
Indianapolis 2002

Career highlights:
1997- Became youngest (15 years, 11 months) qualifier in history of Australian Open and lost to former Top 10 Bruguera in 1st RD. Afterward, made debut on ATP Rankings at No. 797 on Jan. 27. Won first Challenger match in Perth (d. Crabb, l. to Susnjak in 2nd RD). Played two Australian Satellites and picked up total of 24 points. In doubles, reached his first Challenger final in Perth (w/L. Smith).
1998- Captured hometown title in Adelaide and became youngest tour winner (16 yrs., 10 mons.) since Chang in 1988 and lowest-ranked (550) winner in tour history. En route, defeated Draper, Woodforde, Spadea, Agassi and Stoltenberg in final. His opponents had combined to win 1,108 career matches to none for Aussie.
1999- Jumped 91 ranking positions and won 34 more matches from previous year. Appeared in four finals, winning once, and helped his country to Davis Cup title (d. France) with 4-2 mark in his debut during year. Captured his first clay court title in Delray Beach, defeating Malisse in first all-teenager final since October 1995 (Rios d. Philippoussis). Played well on grass, reaching SF at Queen's, QF in Nottingham and 3rd RD at Wimbledon, losing to Becker on Centre Court. In July, made Davis Cup debut in QF tie in Boston, defeating Martin and O'Brien (dead rubber). Compiled 6-3 record vs. Top 10 opponents and played well on all surfaces - 22-10 on hard, 10-3 on grass, 6-2 on carpet and 6-3 on clay.
2000- Became first teenager to win four titles in a season since Sampras in 1990 and finished as No. 1 Aussie for first time. Also first teenager to qualify for season-ending Tennis Masters Cup and finish in Top 10 since Andrei Medvedev in 1993. Led his country to a second straight Davis Cup final, only to lose 3-1 to Spain (d. Costa in five sets, l. to Ferrero). Began year with 13-match winning streak with titles in his hometown of Adelaide (d. Enqvist) and Sydney (d. Stoltenberg) before losing in 4th RD to Norman at Australian Open. On clay, reached SF at AMS Roma and 4th RD at Roland Garros (l. to Costa). Won title at Queen's Club in London with victories over Wheaton, Ivanisevic, Pioline, Pozzi and "King of Grass" Sampras in final. Did not lose a 1st RD match in first 10 events of year until losing to Gambill at Wimbledon. Capped an 8-2 mark on grass with two Davis Cup victories over Brazil in SF to lead Australia into final for second straight year. Captured his first Grand Slam doubles title at US Open (w/Mirnyi), defeating E. Ferreira-Leach in final. By winning title, became youngest male (at 19 years, 6 months) to win a Slam doubles crown in Open Era. Qualified for his first Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon and in opening match defeated Sampras 7-5, 6-0, handing American his first bagel set lost since 1996. Finished 1-2 in round robin play. Played well on all surfaces: 37-11 on hard, 11-5 on clay, 8-2 on grass and 5-1 on carpet. Went 15-0 against left-handers.
2001- Finished as youngest player (20 years, 8 months) and first player from his country to finish No. 1 in history of ATP Rankings (since 1973). The previous youngest was Jimmy Connors (22 years, 3 months) in 1974. He accomplished feat by winning his career-best sixth title of year at Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney (d. Grosjean). Became first Aussie to win year-end championship and first player to win title undefeated (5-0) since Michael Stich in 1993. Came into tournament 48 points behind No. 1 Kuerten but Brazilian went 0-3 in round robin play and Aussie compiled a 3-0 mark to clinch No. 1. Led ATP with 80 match victories and was co-leader (w/Kuerten) with six titles, including his first Grand Slam singles crown. Also compiled an ATP-best 17-match winning streak. Finished year with a 23-3 record from beginning of US Open through Davis Cup final. In 21 tournaments, lost in opening round only once. The mainstay of Aussie Davis Cup team led his country to final for third straight year, only to lose 3-2 to France. In January, repeated title in Sydney (d. Norman). Had 22 match wins in AMS play (22-7), second to Kuerten's 23. Followed with heroic Davis Cup performance on clay in Brazil, winning two singles matches and one doubles match (w/Rafter) to lead Aussies to a 3-1 victory. His biggest Cup victory came over Kuerten in QF tie in April in Brazilian's hometown of Florianopolis. Led Australia to ATP World Team Championship title in Dusseldorf (d. Russia). In June on grass, repeated his title at Queen's (d. Sampras in SF, Henman in F) and followed with title in 's-Hertogenbosch without dropping a set (d. Cañas). Continued success at Wimbledon where he reached 4th RD for first time, only to have his 13-match winning streak snapped by Escude in five sets. His biggest moment of year came at US Open where he broke through to capture his first Grand Slam singles title with five-set victories over Blake in 2nd RD and Roddick in QF before posting straight-set wins over Kafelnikov in SF and Sampras in F. Finished season with a 5-3 record in five-set matches. Returned home for Davis Cup SF tie vs. Sweden and led Aussies into final with four-set victories over Bjorkman and Johansson. It is first time Australia reached three straight Cup finals in World Group format since they appeared in four consecutive finals from 1965-68. Returned to tournament play Oct. 1 in Tokyo and had little trouble capturing his first career Asian title (d. Kratochvil in F). Suffered his only opening round loss of year at AMS Paris (l. to Lapentti). Then closed out year at TMC in Sydney by winning all five of his matches and dropping only one set, that coming to Grosjean in opening round robin match. It was his first career indoor title and fifth in his homeland. With Rafter finishing No. 7, it marked first time since 1975 two Aussies ranked in year-end Top 10. Played well on all surfaces, compiling a 50-10 record on hard, 16-2 on grass and 14-5 on clay. Led ATP in return games won (33 percent) and points won returning 2nd serve (55 percent).
2002- Became only fourth player to rank No. 1 for every week during calendar year, joining Connors, Lendl and Sampras. Was No. 1 on ATP Entry Ranking every week since he first took over top spot on Nov. 19, 2001 after winning Tennis Masters Cup title in Sydney. Also seventh player to finish No. 1 for at least two straight years (Sampras-6, Connors-5, McEnroe-4, Lendl-3, Borg-2, Edberg-2). Captured five titles in seven finals and won at least 60 matches for a third straight season. Co-leader in titles (w/Agassi) and led circuit with 61 match wins, highlighted by his second career Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon and repeat title at Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. Went 2-1 in round robin play, then defeated Federer in three-set SF and Ferrero 6-4 in fifth set in final (after trailing 1-3 in last set). The 50-game final was longest on tour during season. Became first player to win back-to-back year-end titles since Sampras in 1996-97. Had a streak of 10 consecutive finals won come to an end with his runner-up effort at AMS Cincinnati. After overcoming a bout of chicken pox in first month of season, captured his first title in San Jose where he saved four match points in a 2nd RD win over Srichaphan and two more match points over Agassi in one of most exciting finals of year. He followed with his first career ATP Masters title in Indian Wells (d. Sampras in SF, Henman in F), losing one set in six matches. The 14-game final was shortest of year. Had his season-best 15-match winning streak snapped in SF of Miami (l. to Federer). On clay, compiled a 10-5 mark. In June, became first player to win Queen's title (d. Henman) three straight years since John McEnroe from 1979-81. Became first Aussie to capture Wimbledon title since Pat Cash in 1987. Dropped only two sets during fortnight, both coming in QF five-set win over Schalken. Then beat Henman in SF and surprise finalist Nalbandian 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Compiled a 14-0 record on grass for season. Helped Australia back into 2003 Davis Cup World Group by posting a singles and doubles victory in 5-0 decision over India. In final AMS event of season in Paris, reached final (l. to Safin). Had most TMS match wins (23) on circuit. Compiled records of 33-9 on hard, 10-5 on clay and 4-1 on carpet. Led circuit in return games won (33 percent) for third straight year and points won returning first serve (35 percent). Finished No. 10 in aces with a career-best 536. Earned a career-high $4,619,386.
2003- Finished as No. 2 Aussie (behind No. 9 Philippoussis), winning two ATP titles and leading his country to Davis Cup final for fourth time in five years (vs. Spain). Led Australia to 3-1 win and its first title since 1999. Held No. 1 on INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking for 75 straight weeks from Nov. 19, 2001 to Apr. 27, 2003. Played in fewest tournaments (13) and matches (47) since rookie year in 1998. Lifted his country to Davis Cup final with wins over Switzerland's Kratochvil and Federer (in five sets from 0-2). Did not play again until Davis Cup final vs. Spain in late November and beat Ferrero in five sets in opening tie. Compiled records of 26-6 on hard, 8-2 on clay and 3-2 on grass.
2004- The Aussie finished in Top 3 by capturing four ATP titles in seven finals and reaching QF or better in three of four Grand Slam tournaments. The two-time Tennis Masters Cup champion and two-time No. 1 (in '01-02) began season by capturing his 20th career title in Sydney (d. Moya). One month later, posted impressive wins over Schuettler (QF), Henman (SF) and Ferrero (F) in Rotterdam to win his first European indoor title and jump off to a 14-1 start in first two months. Played well on clay by reaching SF at AMS Hamburg (l. to Federer), helping his country to final of ATP World Team Championship in Dusseldorf. During summer hard court circuit, compiled a 16-match winning streak (second-longest of career) with titles in Washington (d. Muller) and Long Island (d. Horna) before losing to Federer in US Open final. Closed season by reaching QF at AMS Paris (l. to Safin) and final at Tennis Masters Cup in Houston where he he lost to Federer in round robin and again in final. Compiled records of 45-9 on hard, 13-6 on clay and 8-2 on grass and was undefeated against left-handers (13-0). Recorded over 500 aces (523) for second time in three years, finishing No. 9. Also No. 3 in return games won (32 percent) and points won returning first serve (34 percent). Had an 8-9 mark against Top 10 opponents.

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Other interesting information: Full name is Lleyton Glynn Hewitt… Played Australian Rules Football until age 13, then decided to pursue tennis career… In brief junior ranks, ranked as No. 1 Aussie in 18-under division in 1996 and captured Australian National Grasscourts 18s that year… Also Australian National Hardcourts 18s champion… Considers topspin lob as best shot and Rebound Ace (hard courts) as favorite surface… Enjoys golf and Australian Rules Football (Adelaide Crows fan)… 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, and won her first Challenger title in Canberra in 2004… Good friend of fellow Aussie athletes, Greg Norman, Andrew McLeod, and Aaron Baddeley… Featured alongside Rafter and Philippoussis in People Magazine's "Awesome Aussies" section in the "Sexiest Man Alive" issue in November 2000… Supporter of many children's charitable foundations in Australia… In August 2002, made Special Olympics his primary charitable cause by becoming a global ambassador for the organization with the primary mission of helping Special Olympics double their international membership by 2005 via clinics and public appearances as he travels the world; launched Special Olympics Tennis Program in Shanghai during 2002 Masters Cup; took part in Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin in 2003; and invites Special Olympics athletes to tennis tournaments, commercial shoots, and other personal appearances around the world … The Australia Post launched a commemorative Lleyton Hewitt stamp in January 2002 prior to the Australian Open and in 2004 will feature a Lleyton Hewitt Limited Edition post card during the Australian Open … Named Young Australian of the Year in Jan. 2003 as part of annual Australia Day honors… Vogue/GQ (Australia) Sportsman of the Year in 2003 … Also named Australia's male athlete of the year in 2002 at the Australian Sports Awards… Voted Most Popular South Australian athlete by the public for three consecutive years (2001-03)… In December 2003, Caddied for Greg Norman at Australian PGA event… Has a 28-6 career Davis Cup record (25-5 in singles) in 18 ties since 1999 and member of winning team in '99 and 2003.


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