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Lleyton Hewitt was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on February 24, 1981.
His parents are Glynn Maxwell Hewitt and Cherilyn Rumball. His mother, Cherilyn Rumball, was a teacher of physical education, while his father, Glynn Hewitt, was an Australian rules football player.
Lleyton Hewitt has a younger sister named Jaslyn Hewitt, who used to be a tennis coach and is a bodybuilder. Lleyton Hewitt played Australian rules football until he was 13 years old. Later, he went to Immanuel College but dropped out to concentrate on pursuing a career in tennis. Then, Lleyton Hewitt received a scholarship from the Australian Institute of Sports. He played with Henley Beach's Seaside Tennis Club, a junior tennis club. Peter Smith coached him while playing at Denman Tennis Club in Mitcham.
Lleyton Hewitt is a former professional Australian tennis player. In 1998, he commenced his professional tennis career. He was the youngest tennis player to bag the Next Generation Adelaide International Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament. In 2000, he played in his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. In 2001, during the US Open, he won his first Grand Slam. He was knocked out during the first round of the Olympics, but later won in 2001 and 2002.
Lleyton Hewitt then returned to compete in the Olympics in 2008, in Beijing. He was the first teenager in the history of ATP to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup. In his tennis career, he won 30 singles and three doubles titles. In 2001, he won Medibank International in Sydney. In 2002, he won the Wimbledon Singles title at the US Open. In 2000, he won the doubles title at US Open and Wimbledon mixed doubles title. On January 21, 2016, he played his last match in the Australian Open. Lleyton Hewitt was trained by Peter Smith, Nathan Healey, Brett Smith, Scott Draper, Tony Roche, Jason Stoltenberg, Roger Rasheed, Darren Cahill, and Peter Luczak during his ATP tour.
Keep reading to learn more about former professional tennis player, Lleyton Hewitt, including his birthday, net worth, and career highlights!
The estimated net worth of Lleyton Hewitt is around $25 million.
Lleyton Hewitt earned approximately $19.4 million per year at the peak of his career. His annual earnings as of 2022 are not known.
Lleyton Hewitt is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall.
Lleyton Hewitt was born on February 24, 1981, so he celebrated his 41st birthday in February 2022. His zodiac sign is Pisces.
Lleyton Hewitt was born on February 24, 1981, in Adelaide, South Australia. His parents are Glynn Maxwell Hewitt and Cherilyn Rumball. His father, Glynn Hewitt, was a player of Australian rules football, and his mother, Cherilyn Rumball, was a teacher of physical education. He has a younger sister named Jaslyn Hewitt, who is a bodybuilder and former tennis coach.
Lleyton played Australian rules football until the age of 13. Later, he went to Immanuel College, but dropped out to pursue a career in tennis. He then received a scholarship from the Australian Institute of Sports. He played with Seaside Tennis Club in Henley Beach, a junior tennis club. Hewitt was trained by Peter Smith while playing at Denman Tennis Club in Mitcham.
Lleyton Hewitt is married to Bec Cartwright, an Australian actress and singer. They got engaged just six weeks into their relationship and married on July 21, 2005, at Sydney Opera House. They have three children, named Cruz Lleyton Hewitt, Mia Rebecca Hewitt, and Ava Sydney Hewitt.
Previously, Hewitt was in a relationship with Kim Clijsters, a Belgian tennis player. They were engaged in 2003, but ended their relationship in October 2004.
Lleyton Hewitt is popular for being a prominent Australian tennis player, with two US Open and two Wimbledon titles.
Lleyton Hewitt was the youngest player to win the Next Generation Adelaide International Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament, in 1998. He made his Davis Cup debut in 1999, and won at the Olympic Games of 2001 and 2002. Hewitt played his very first Grand Slam final in 2000, at Wimbledon, but did not win. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2001 US Open.
Hewitt became the first teenager in the history of the ATP to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup. He won Medibank International in 2001, in Sydney, followed by the Wimbledon singles title at the US Open in 2002. He has won 30 singles and three doubles titles. In 2000, Lleyton Hewitt won the US Open doubles title. In 2001 and 2002, he won the Tennis Masters Cup title.
In 1999 and 2003, he won the Davis Cup, and has the most wins of any Australian tennis player. He went to the quarter-finals in the French Open in 2001 and 2004. In 2013, he won at ATP San Jose. He has played over 13 matches against Marat Safin. During the ATP tour, his coaches were Scott Draper, Tony Roche, Nathan Healey, Brett Smith, Peter Smith, Jason Stoltenberg, Darren Cahill, Roger Rasheed, and Peter Luczak.
In 2001, he became the youngest player since 1973, to end the year at the top of the ATP World Rankings. He led Australia to the World Team Cup in 2001 by defeating Marat Safin. Lleyton Hewitt has three Grand Slam titles to his name including two singles titles and one doubles title.
Lleyton Hewitt was appreciated for his contributions to helping Australia win the Davis Cup in 1999. In 2000, Lleyton Hewitt registered a win percentage of almost 75 percent, by winning 61 out of 80 matches that he played. During the same year, he managed to become the first teenager to win four singles titles in one year, after the great Pete Sampras.
In 2016, Lleyton Hewitt announced his retirement. His last tournament was the Australian Open on January 21, 2016. During his career, he was sponsored by Nike, Yonex, Asics, Adidas, and Fila Shoes.
Lleyton Hewitt gained fame across the world with his defensive counterpuncher playing style. He has stated that he liked to stay back around the baseline while a rally was in progress and would typically rush towards the net, only to drop a shot from his opponent or to catch a short reply. Lleyton Hewitt's groundstrokes lacked penetration, especially his forehand, which usually is a dominant shot for several leading male players. This forced him to be more dependent on his placement rather than being able to dominate the point straight away. A renowned commentator once stated that Hewitt is extremely difficult to ace, as compared to Andre Agassi, as he can bring multiple returns back into the game.
In 2005, Lleyton Hewitt released a DVD titled 'Lleyton Hewitt: The Other Side'.
Lleyton Hewitt supports various charity foundations, including Cure Our Kids.
Lleyton Hewitt has won several awards in his career. This includes Young Australian of the Year, Vogue Australian Sportsman of the Year, ATP Player of the Year, Most Popular South Australian, Newcombe Medal Spirit of Tennis Award, and Member of the Order of Australia.
He has also won ATP Player of the Year Awards, Australia's Male Athlete Awards, ESPY Best Male Tennis Player honors, Newcombe Medal Most Outstanding Australian Player Award, and Davis Cup Commitment Award.
Lleyton Hewitt was the number one tennis player in the world in 2001, and has won 30 ATP titles, including two Grand Slams.
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