Lleyton Glynn Hewitt was born on 24 February 1981 and is an Australian former world No 1 tennis player.
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Lleyton Glynn Hewitt was born on 24 February 1981 and is an Australian former world No 1 tennis player.
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Lleyton Hewitt is the most recent Australian man to win a major singles title, with two at the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon Championships.
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Lleyton Hewitt won 30 singles titles and 3 doubles titles, with highlights being the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon singles titles, the 2000 US Open men's doubles title, back-to-back Tour Finals titles in 2001 and 2002, and the Davis Cup with Australia in 1999 and 2003.
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Between 1997 and 2016, Lleyton Hewitt contested twenty consecutive Australian Open men's singles tournaments, his best result being runner-up in 2005.
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Lleyton Hewitt's father, Glynn, is a former Australian Rules Football player, and his mother, Cherilyn, was a physical education teacher.
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Lleyton Hewitt played Australian Football until the age of 13, when he decided to pursue a tennis career.
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Lleyton Hewitt then left Immanuel College to concentrate on his tennis career.
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Lleyton Hewitt was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
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Lleyton Hewitt finished his professional tennis career on 24 January 2016 after 20 straight Australian Open appearances.
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In 2022, Lleyton Hewitt was inducted into the 'International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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In 2000, Lleyton Hewitt reached his first Grand Slam final at the Wimbledon mixed doubles partnering Belgian Kim Clijsters, his then girlfriend.
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Lleyton Hewitt later won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open when he along with Max Mirnyi claimed the men's doubles championship, thus becoming the youngest male to win a Grand Slam doubles crown in the open era.
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Lleyton Hewitt then went on to defeat Sebastien Grosjean in the final to take the title and gain the No 1 ranking.
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Year 2002 was a solid year for Lleyton Hewitt, winning three titles in San Jose, Indian Wells and London.
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Lleyton Hewitt followed his 2001 US Open win by capturing the Wimbledon singles title.
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Lleyton Hewitt's victory reinforced the idea that, although the tournament had tended to be dominated by serve-and-volleyers, a baseliner could still triumph on grass.
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Lleyton Hewitt's win helped him finish the year ranked No 1 for a second straight year.
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In 2003, Lleyton Hewitt defeated former No 1 Gustavo Kuerten for the championship at Indian Wells.
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Lleyton Hewitt became the first defending Wimbledon men's champion in the open era to lose in the first round.
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In 2004, Lleyton Hewitt became the first man in history to lose in each Grand Slam singles tournament to the eventual champion.
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In 2005, Lleyton Hewitt won his only title at the Sydney Medibank International defeating little-known Czech player Ivo Minar.
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Lleyton Hewitt spent much time in the late stages of 2004 working with his former coach and good friend, Roger Rasheed, on bulking up his physique.
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Lleyton Hewitt was the first Australian player to reach the final since Pat Cash in 1988.
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At Wimbledon, Lleyton Hewitt reached the semi-finals, but lost to eventual champion Federer.
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Two months later, Lleyton Hewitt again lost to Federer in the US Open semi-final, although this time he was able to take one set from the Swiss.
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Lleyton Hewitt had at this point lost to the eventual champion at seven consecutive Grand Slam tournaments he played,.
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Lleyton Hewitt was defeated in the second round of the 2006 Australian Open by Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina.
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At the 2006 French Open, Lleyton Hewitt reached the fourth round, where he lost to defending champion and eventual winner Rafael Nadal in four sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt won his first tournament of 2006, when he beat Blake in the final of the Queen's Club Championships.
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At the 2006 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, DC, Lleyton Hewitt was defeated by Arnaud Clement in the quarterfinals, after defeating Vincent Spadea in the second round and Denis Gremelmayr in the third round.
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Lleyton Hewitt participated at the 2006 US Open, despite having an injured knee.
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Lleyton Hewitt defeated Richard Gasquet in five sets to advance to the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year.
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At the 2007 Australian Open, Lleyton Hewitt lost in the third round to tenth-seeded Chilean and eventual runner-up Fernando Gonzalez.
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At the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Lleyton Hewitt won his first three matches, including a four-set third round victory over Guillermo Canas.
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Lleyton Hewitt then faced fourth seed Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, which he lost.
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Lleyton Hewitt was seeded 16th at the 2007 US Open, but for the first time in eight consecutive appearances at Flushing Meadows, he did not reach the quarterfinals or further.
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Lleyton Hewitt lost in the second round to Argentine Agustin Calleri.
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Lleyton Hewitt lost his fourth-round match in straight sets to third-seeded and eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
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Hip injury Lleyton Hewitt acquired in March 2008 affected his preparation for the French Open and forced the loss of 300 rankings points as Lleyton Hewitt was unable to defend his semi-final appearance at the Hamburg Masters, as well as compete in supplementary tournaments.
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However, Lleyton Hewitt made the third round at Roland Garros, before losing a five-set thriller to fifth seed David Ferrer.
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Lleyton Hewitt then went on to play in the 2009 Australian Open, where he was unseeded in a Grand Slam for the first time since 2000.
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Lleyton Hewitt faced Fernando Gonzalez in the first round and lost in five sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt then defeated fellow Australian Chris Guccione in the second round and Christophe Rochus in the quarterfinals.
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Lleyton Hewitt faced Andy Roddick in the semi-finals, but lost in a close match.
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Lleyton Hewitt then lost in the first round of Delray Beach to Yen-Hsun Lu, the eighth seed.
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Lleyton Hewitt lost the first set, before recovering to win the match.
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Lleyton Hewitt defeated Wayne Odesnik in the final, for his first title since 2007 and his first clay-court title in a decade.
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Lleyton Hewitt admitted to running out of energy in the second set.
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Lleyton Hewitt was 15th seed and drew Eduardo Schwank in the first round, who he easily dispatched.
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Lleyton Hewitt used his strong service game to advantage, losing only one service game the entire match.
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Lleyton Hewitt reversed a two-set deficit to defeat Radek Stepanek in the fourth round.
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At the USOpen, Lleyton Hewitt progressed into the third round, where he played Federer for the 23rd time of their decade-long rivalry.
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Lleyton Hewitt lost in the first round to Swedish player Joachim Johansson.
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Lleyton Hewitt began his 2010 season partnering Samantha Stosur at the Hopman Cup.
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Lleyton Hewitt was seeded fourth in the Medibank International and, like the previous year, reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Marcos Baghdatis.
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Lleyton Hewitt returned to the tour at the US Men's Clay Court Championships as the singles defending champion.
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Lleyton Hewitt won his first match since the Australian Open, partnering coach Nathan Healey in the doubles, defeating James Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin, but lost to top seeds the Bryan brothers in the semi-finals.
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Lleyton Hewitt received a first-round bye, as he was seeded fourth in singles.
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At the French Open, Lleyton Hewitt reached the third round, before losing to Rafael Nadal, who went on to win the title without dropping a set and take the No 1 ranking.
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At Wimbledon, Lleyton Hewitt was seeded 15th and lost to third seed, Novak Djokovic in the fourth round.
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Lleyton Hewitt defeated Yen-Hsun Lu in the opening round, before losing in three sets to fifth seed Robin Soderling.
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Lleyton Hewitt was 32nd seed at the US Open and lost his first-round match to Paul-Henri Mathieu in five sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt began his 15th season on the ATP Tour at the Hopman Cup in Perth.
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Lleyton Hewitt next played No 3 Novak Djokovic, but lost in straight sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt started the tournament solidly, taking out third seed Mikhail Youzhny.
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At the 2011 Australian Open, Lleyton Hewitt was defeated in the first round in five sets by Argentina's David Nalbandian.
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Furthermore, Lleyton Hewitt had two match point opportunities in the final set to close out victory.
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Lleyton Hewitt defeated his first-round opponent Bjorn Phau, and proceeded to the second round against Brian Dabul.
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Lleyton Hewitt had some problems with Dabul, losing the first set, but managed to defeat him.
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Lleyton Hewitt played Lu Yen-Hsun in the opening round, which he won.
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Lleyton Hewitt then played in the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.
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Lleyton Hewitt made his comeback at the 2011 Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, where he returned as defending champion.
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Lleyton Hewitt was scheduled to face top seed Roger Federer in the opening round.
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The following week, Lleyton Hewitt had to retire during a first round match at the Aegon International against Olivier Rochus.
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Lleyton Hewitt came into Wimbledon with doubts over his fitness and condition and was unseeded in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships draw.
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Lleyton Hewitt won the first set in a tiebreak and the second set.
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Lleyton Hewitt won his first-round match against the American qualifier Phillip Simmonds in straight sets to advance to the second round.
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Lleyton Hewitt went on to lose his second round encounter against the American qualifier Rajeev Ram.
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Lleyton Hewitt then was offered a wild card to play at the 2011 US Open, but was unable to play due to foot injury which ended his season.
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In singles, where he was awarded a wildcard, Lleyton Hewitt won his first round match defeating unseeded Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in almost four hours.
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Lleyton Hewitt returned with a wildcard at the French Open where he lost in the first round to Blaz Kavcic.
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Marin Cilic, seeded 13th, awaited in the second round and Lleyton Hewitt dispatched the Croat in two sets to advance to the third round.
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Lleyton Hewitt next participated in the US National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.
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Lleyton Hewitt faced Yen-Hsun Lu in the opening round, saving two match points to edge Lu in three sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt lost to Gilles Simon in the opening round at Roland Garros.
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Lleyton Hewitt followed this with victory over Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt then defeated Sam Querrey to book a place in the quarterfinals.
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Lleyton Hewitt played Marin Cilic in the semi-finals, but was beaten in three sets.
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At Wimbledon, Lleyton Hewitt beat top ten player Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round in straight sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt was then defeated by German qualifier Dustin Brown in the second round in four sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt played John Isner in the semi-finals, but lost in three tough sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt beat Evgeny Donskoy in the third round to set up a fourth round match with Mikhail Youzhny.
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Lleyton Hewitt kicked off the 2014 season as an unseeded entrant into the 2014 Brisbane International.
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Lleyton Hewitt won his first round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt prevailed, thus setting the final match against seventeen–time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.
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In doubles action, Lleyton Hewitt partnered with retired and former Australian number one Patrick Rafter.
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Lleyton Hewitt then played at the US Men's Clay Court Championships where he lost in Round of 16 to Sam Querrey.
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Lleyton Hewitt next competed at the Newport Hall of Fame Tennis Championships where he was seeded third.
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Lleyton Hewitt went on to win the doubles title with countryman Chris Guccione later that same day.
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Lleyton Hewitt began his 2015 season as the defending champion of the Brisbane International.
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Lleyton Hewitt played the first Fast4 short-form tennis exhibition match against Roger Federer but lost in five sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt then played his 19th consecutive Australian Open appearance which is the fourth longest streak at any Grand Slam.
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Lleyton Hewitt then lost in five sets to his second round opponent Benjamin Becker despite winning the first two sets.
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Lleyton Hewitt was then awarded a wildcard to the 2015 US Men's Clay Court Championships where he lost in the first round to Go Soeda.
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Lleyton Hewitt skipped the remainder of the clay court season including the 2015 French Open, instead opting to focus on the grass season and Wimbledon.
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Lleyton Hewitt began his grass court season at the 2015 Topshelf Open where he lost to Nicolas Mahut in the first round.
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Lleyton Hewitt was awarded a wildcard into the men's doubles where he partnered compatriot Matt Reid.
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Lleyton Hewitt played in the mixed doubles with compatriot Casey Dellacqua on a wild card and lost in the second round, seemingly ending his Wimbledon career.
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Lleyton Hewitt lost in the second round of the US Open to Tomic in five sets despite having two match points.
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Lleyton Hewitt played doubles with John Peers against the Bryan brothers.
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Lleyton Hewitt was the subject of a book titled "Facing Lleyton Hewitt" which features fifty interviews with professional tennis players who competed against him.
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In December 2017, it was announced that Lleyton Hewitt would come out of retirement and accept a doubles wildcard with compatriot Sam Groth at the 2018 Australian Open.
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Hewitt's doubles comeback continued with Lleyton playing doubles at the 2018 Estoril Open with Alex de Minaur where they defeated second seeds Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen before losing in the quarterfinals.
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Lleyton Hewitt featured in the Australian summer of tennis, this time choosing to participate in the new Adelaide International, the first time he had played tour-tennis in his home town for over a decade.
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Lleyton Hewitt partnered Jordan Thompson but lost in the first round to Cristian Garin and Juan Ignacio Londero.
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Lleyton Hewitt caused a major upset over Martin and would go on to win his second singles rubber against Alex O'Brien as well.
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Lleyton Hewitt continued showed his commitment to the team by competing in the regional ties but the team fell in the playoff stages every year between 2008 and 2011.
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Lleyton Hewitt competed in the 2018 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs, again as a player-captain in doubles with Peers.
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Lleyton Hewitt is the sole holder of several Australian Davis Cup records, which include most wins, most singles wins, most ties played and most years played.
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Lleyton Hewitt made his World Team Cup debut for Australia in 2000 at the age of 19.
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Lleyton Hewitt made his third appearance at the tournament in 2003 where he entered as the No 1 singles player and went undefeated in his singles matches by recording wins over Jiri Novak, James Blake and Carlos Moya but it was not enough to send Australia through to the final.
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Lleyton Hewitt was the only Australian in any tennis event to progress past the first round.
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Lleyton Hewitt sent an application to the International Olympic Committee to enter the men's doubles competition with Chris Guccione but the application was rejected.
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Early on, Lleyton Hewitt dominated the rivalry, with six wins from their first seven meetings.
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At the 2004 Cincinnati Masters Final, commentator MaliVai Washington said that Lleyton Hewitt was even more difficult to "ace" than Agassi because he gets more returns in play.
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Lleyton Hewitt's signature shot is the offensive topspin lob, a shot that he executes efficiently off both wings when his opponent approaches the net.
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Lleyton Hewitt is a keen supporter of Australian rules football, having played the game earlier in his career, and is currently the joint No 1 ticket holder for the Adelaide Crows, alongside MP Kate Ellis.
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Lleyton Hewitt had once had a close friendship with Crows star Andrew McLeod, but this broke down amid much public controversy in 2005.
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On 30 January 2005, shortly after losing the 2005 Australian Open final to Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt proposed to Australian actress Bec Cartwright after they had been dating for six weeks.
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Lleyton Hewitt has a nickname, "Rusty", which was given to him by Darren Cahill who at the time thought Lleyton Hewitt resembled the character Rusty, from the National Lampoon film series.
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In December 2021, Lleyton Hewitt sold their family home in Toorak, and purchased a new house in Burleigh Heads where he and his family now live.
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Lleyton Hewitt was involved in a racism dispute while playing James Blake at the 2001 US Open.
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At the 2001 French Open Lleyton Hewitt twice called the Chair Umpire and net judge "spastics" and was forced to apologise following a public backlash.
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