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AFP
February 26, 2021

Aussie Hewitt named to Tennis Hall of Fame

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AFP
February 26, 2021

NEW YORK: Two-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt was named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame class of 2021 on Wednesday, along with the Original 9 of the women’s professional tour.

The honour for former world number one Hewitt came on the Aussie’s 40th birthday.

Hewitt, who amassed 30 tour-level singles titles in his 18-year career, will be inducted in the Player Category.

Not only was he elected by the Hall of Fame’s official voting group of media, historians and Hall of Famers, he came first in a global fan vote that took place last year.

Hewitt beat Pete Sampras in the final of the US Open in 2001 and ascended to No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Hewitt captured the Wimbledon title the following year and was a finalist at the Australian Open in 2005.

“I am hugely honored to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” said Hewitt.

“When you are competing, you’re so focused on training and your results that week or that year, you don’t really look ahead to something like this,” he added.

“But when that is all compiled up and deemed deserving of becoming a Hall of Famer, well, it’s just the ultimate recognition for a player, and I’m so honored,” Hewitt said.