54 Facts About Lleyton Hewitt

1. 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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2. Lleyton Hewitt used to use the Yonex RDS tour 90 Model, but switched to the Yonex RDiS 100 mid in 2009.

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3. In July 2000, Lleyton Hewitt signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Nike.

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4. Early in their careers, Lleyton Hewitt dominated Federer, winning seven of their first nine meetings, including a victory from two sets down in the 2003 Davis Cup semifinal, which allowed Australia to defeat Switzerland.

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5. 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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6. Lleyton Hewitt was the only Australian in any tennis event to progress past the first round.

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7. Lleyton Hewitt would return for his second Olympic Games in Beijing for both the singles and doubles competitions.

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8. Lleyton Hewitt recorded two singles victories over Albert Costa and Marcelo Rios but fell to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in his last group stage match.

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9. 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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10. Lleyton Hewitt came out of retirement to play the first round match against the United States at the 2016 Davis Cup as a player-captain, where he and partner John Peers lost to the Bryan brothers in a five-setter.

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11. Lleyton Hewitt played doubles with Sam Groth losing in five sets to brothers Andy and Jamie Murray.

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12. In 2012, Lleyton Hewitt won his single and doubles match against China in February, which allowed Australia to return to the playoffs where they lost to Germany.

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13. Lleyton Hewitt would taste his first defeat in Davis Cup in the 1999 final against France but would become a Davis Cup champion anyway.

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14. 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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15. Lleyton Hewitt was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the awards announced on Australia Day.

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16. 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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17. Lleyton Hewitt was awarded a wildcard into the Men's Doubles where he partnered compatriot Matt Reid.

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18. At a media conference, Lleyton Hewitt mentioned plans to retire after the 2016 Australian Open to become the captain of the Australian Davis Cup team after Pat Rafter moved on from the position, becoming the seventh man to captain the team.

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19. In July 2014, the book "Facing Lleyton Hewitt" was published by author Scoop Malinowski, the book contains over 50 interviews with ATP players about their experiences of playing Hewitt.

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20. Lleyton Hewitt won his first round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets.

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21. Lleyton Hewitt beat Evgeny Donskoy in the third round to set up a fourth round match with Mikhail Youzhny.

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22. Lleyton Hewitt was then defeated by German qualifier Dustin Brown in the second round in four sets.

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23. Lleyton Hewitt lost to Denis Istomin, again in the second round.

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24. Lleyton Hewitt faced Yen-Hsun Lu in the opening round, saving two match points to edge Lu in three sets.

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25. Lleyton Hewitt claimed a wild card to play in doubles with fellow Aussie Marinko Matosevic, beating the No 1 American duo Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan in the quarterfinals, before losing to Xavier Malisse and Frank Moser in the final.

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26. Lleyton Hewitt went on to lose his second round encounter against the American qualifier Rajeev Ram.

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27. Lleyton Hewitt was scheduled to face top seed Roger Federer in the opening round.

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28. Lleyton Hewitt made his comeback at the 2011 Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, where he returned as defending champion.

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29. Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the second round against Adrian Mannarino.

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30. Lleyton Hewitt defeated his first-round opponent Bjorn Phau, and proceeded to the second round against Brian Dabul.

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31. Lleyton Hewitt started the tournament solidly, taking out third seed Mikhail Youzhny.

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32. Lleyton Hewitt pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto in order to recover, and returned in Cincinnati.

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33. At Wimbledon, Lleyton Hewitt was seeded 15th and lost to third seed, Novak Djokovic in the fourth round.

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34. 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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35. 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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36. At the US Open, Lleyton Hewitt progressed into the third round, where he played Federer for the 23rd time of their decade-long rivalry.

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37. Lleyton Hewitt reversed a two-set deficit to defeat Radek Stepanek in the fourth round.

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38. Lleyton Hewitt lost to No 1 Rafael Nadal in the third round.

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39. 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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40. Lleyton Hewitt lost in the second round to Argentine Agustin Calleri.

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41. 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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42. 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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43. 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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44. Lleyton Hewitt defeated Richard Gasquet in five sets to advance to the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year.

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45. 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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46. Lleyton Hewitt was the first Australian player to reach the final since Pat Cash in 1988.

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47. In 2005, Lleyton Hewitt won his only title at the Sydney Medibank International defeating little-known Czech player Ivo Minar.

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48. At the year ending 2004 Tennis Masters Cup, Lleyton Hewitt defeated Andy Roddick to advance to the final, but was yet again defeated by defending champion Federer.

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49. 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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50. In 2003, Lleyton Hewitt defeated former No 1 Gustavo Kuerten for the championship at Indian Wells.

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51. 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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52. Lleyton Hewitt finished his professional tennis career on January 24, 2016 after 20 straight Australian Open appearances.

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53. Lleyton Hewitt was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.

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54. Lleyton Hewitt became one of the youngest winners of an Association of Tennis Professionals tournament when he won the 1998 Next Generation Adelaide International, defeating Jason Stoltenberg in the final, having defeated Andre Agassi in the semifinals.

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