Lleyton Hewitt life and biography

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Lleyton Hewitt biography

Date of birth : 1981-02-24
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality : Australian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-06-02
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, ATP tour, Australian Open

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Lleyton Hewitt 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.

CAREER:

Singles Titles:
2010: Halle
2009: Houston
2007: Las Vegas
2006: London / Queen's Club
2005: Sydney
2004: Long Island, Washington, Rotterdam, Sydney
2003: Indian Wells, Scottsdale
2002: ATP Championships, Wimbledon, London / Queen's Club, Indian Wells, San Jose
2001: ATP Championships, Tokyo, US Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, London / Queen's Club, Sydney
2000: London / Queen's Club, Scottsdale, Sydney, Adelaide
1999: Delray Beach
1998: Adelaide

Doubles Titles:
2000: US Open, Indianapolis

2011:
Hewitt began his 15th season on the ATP Tour at the Hopman Cup in Perth. He defeated his Belgian opponent Ruben Bemelmans 6–4 6–3, and went on to win the tie for Australia with a three set victory in the mixed doubles, partnering Alicia Molik. He next played World Number 3 Novak Djokovic but lost in straight sets. For his final singles match of the tournament, he played Kazakhstani Andrey Golubev, defeating him in straight sets, 6–3 6–3.

After the Hopman Cup Hewitt competed in the AAMI Kooyong Classic, an exhibitional tournament. He started the tournament solidly, taking out 3rd seed Mikhail Youzhny 7–6 4–6 6–4. In the second round, he defeated Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6–3 7–6. In the final, he defeated Frenchman Gaël Monfils 7–5, 6–3. It was the first time that Hewitt had played in the tournament.

Hewitt was defeated in the first round of the Australian Open 3–6 6–4 3–6 7–61 9–7 by David Nalbandian, Hewitt was up two sets to one in the fourth and had the chance to finish off the game when the scores were 3–1 and 0–40, but failed to capitalise. Hewitt had two match point opportunities, one of which was met with a lucrative drop shot from Nalbandian.

After Australian Open Hewitt participated in the SAP Open, an ATP 250 World Tour tournament. He defeated his first opponent Björn Phau 6–3 6–3 and proceeded to the second round against Brian Dabul. Hewitt had some problems with Dabul, losing the first set, but managed to defeat him 3–6 7–5 6–3. In the quarter-finals Hewitt played against former US Open champion Juan Martín del Potro, who was on a comeback from a wrist injury. In a weak performance, Hewitt lost 2–6 3–6 to Del Potro.

The next tournament that Hewitt took part in was the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup, an ATP 500 World Tour. Hewitt played Lu Yen-Hsun in the opening round which he won 6–4 7–6. He proceeded to the second round against Adrian Mannarino. Despite losing the first set, Hewitt defeated Mannarino 6–7 7–5 6–0 . In the quarter-final Hewitt played top seed Andy Roddick. Despite being a set up, Hewitt lost the match 6–4, 3–6, 4–6.

Hewitt then played in the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, an ATP World Tour Master 1000. His first round opponent was Lu Yen-Hsun. This was the second time in a row the two had played each other in the first round, and he suffered a shock 6–2, 6–3 defeat.

PERSONAL:

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
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 (born Feb. 23, 1983), who was No. 1 junior in Australia in 2000, and won her first Challenger title in Canberra in 2004
Good friend of fellow Aussie golfers Greg Norman and Aaron Baddeley
Supporter of many children’s charitable foundations in Australia - the Starlight Foundation and the McGuinisses-McDermott Cancer Foundation, among others
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 featured 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 38-11 career Davis Cup record (32-8 in singles) in 26 ties since 1999 and member of winning teams in ‘99 and 2003
Wife, Bec Cartwright (married July 21, 2005 in Sydney) is an Aussie actress
Daughter, Mia Rebecca (born Nov. 29, 2005)
Coached by countryman and former great Tony Roche (since July 2007).

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