Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt inducted into Hall of Fame


The ceremony took place on the field where Hewitt won his first ATP match on grass as a teenager in 1998.

Lleyton Hewitt waves to the applause as he walks to the podium during the International Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. AP Photo

Newport: Two-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, a ceremony delayed from 2021 by Covid-19.

Hewitt won the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon titles among 30 career ATP triumphs and helped Australia win the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003.

The 41-year-old from Adelaide was unable to make it to the Hall of Fame last year from Australia, so his induction was postponed for a year and held after the ATP semi-finals Saturday’s Hall of Fame Open.

“I think I needed that extra year to find some proper words,” Hewitt said. “It’s an incredible honor for me. It’s even more special to be able to have my family and friends here.”

The ceremony took place on the field where Hewitt won his first ATP grass match as a teenager in 1998.

Hewitt was a year-end world no.

Hewitt finished with a career-high 616-262 in ATP singles.

The Australian icon won his first ATP title in Adelaide in 1998 and his last in 2014 at the Hall of Fame Open, beating Ivo Karlovic.

“I feel lucky to have been able to play across generations,” Hewitt said, “to play against my heroes like Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras” as well as legends Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

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