Lleyton Glynn Hewitt AM was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He played football until the age of 13, when he decided to pursue tennis as a career. He commenced his tennis career in 1988. In November 2001, he became the youngest male ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles at a tender age of 20 years, 8 months and 26 days. He won the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men's singles titles, the 2000 US Open men's doubles title, one after the other, Tennis Masters Cup titles in 2001 and 2002, and the Davis Cup with Australia in 1999 and 2003.
Hewitt reached the final of the 2004 US Open, where he was defeated by Roger Federer in straight sets. Between 1997 and 2016, he contested twenty consecutive Australian Open men's singles tournaments, wherein he reached the 2005 final where he was defeated by Marat Safin in four sets. Hewitt retired from professional tennis in 2016. He will soon break out of his retirement to play doubles at the ATP Estoril tournament in Portugal with emerging Australian talent Alex de Minaur. De Minaur is 19 years old who turned professional in 2015, and is ranked 114 in the world. He made his Davis Cup debut in 2018, but lost his singles rubber against German world number 5 Alexander Zverev in five sets. Hewitt also made a cameo appearance with Sam Groth at the Australian Open, where the two made to the quarterfinals.
By: Anuja Arora