Youngest n°1 in history at 20 years, 8 months and 26 days in November 2001, winner of two Grand Slam titles (US Open 2001 and Wimbledon 2002) and 30 ATP titles as well as the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003, Lleyton Hewitt well deserved to be honored by his peers. It’s been chosen for 41 years, Australia was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The ceremony, which had been postponed following the Covid-19 pandemic which had prevented Hewitt from leaving Australia, took place on Saturday in Newport, on the sidelines of the ATP 250 tournament, as usual.
“I think I needed that extra year to find the right wordsa joked Hewitt. It’s an incredible honor for me. The presence of my family and friends made the ceremony even more special. I feel lucky to have been able to play with several generations, to have been able to play against my heroes like Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, or legends like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. »
Without a real strong hit, Hewitt was renowned for his enormous mental strength which allowed him to fight on all the balls without ever admitting defeat. Very versatile, he was formidable on all surfaces and his “come on!” had become legendary.