This Saturday, Australian Lleyton Hewitt, former world number one, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
He was honoured. This Saturday, on the occasion of a ceremony which took place near Newport in the United States, on the sidelines of the ATP 250 tournament organized there, Lleyton Hewitt was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Basically, this famous ceremony should have taken place last year, but it was finally postponed, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian, a precocious talent in his discipline and now 41 years old, is a tennis legend. Former world number one, the native of Adelaide has notably won no less than two Grand Slam titles. And more precisely the 2001 edition of the US Open then the 2002 edition of Wimbledon. In all, Hewitt has a total of 30 ATP titles to his credit, during his entire career.
Youngest world number one in history at the time
In addition, Australia was also one of the great architects of his country’s victory in the Davis Cup, whether during the 1999 season, but also during the 2003 season. After this induction, and in remarks reported by theAFP, Hewitt said, “I think I needed that extra year to find the right words. It’s an incredible honor for me. The presence of my family and friends made the ceremony even more special. » As a symbol, this ceremony took place on the court where the Australian had won his very first ATP match on grass. At the time, he was still a teenager. It was during the year 1998. Thereafter, he had continued to progress in the hierarchy, even becoming the youngest world number one in the history of tennis, during the month of November 2001. He was aged 20 years, 8 months and 26 days. A position he then retained at the end of the 2001 season, then at the end of the 2002 season.