Australian tennis player Lleyton Glynn Hewitt was a former World No.1 tennis player. He became the youngest male ever to be ranked number one. His successful attainments include winning the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men’s single titles. Tennis Magazine has placed Hewitt in the 34th place on the list of 40 greatest tennis players since 1965. Currently, Hewitt is ranked number 55 in the world.
Lleyton Glynn Hewitt was born on February 1981 in Adelaide, Australia. Since he was young boy, Hewitt was a sports aficionado and especially loved football and tennis. At the age of 13, he played on the Australian Rules football League but later on, he realized that his love for tennis was overwhelming.
With the help of his daily training, Hewitt was ranked number 1 in Australia under 18 divisions on the year 1996. Hewitt became a pro on the year 1998. Hewitt had won 28 singles titles and 2 double titles since he became a professional player. Right before his 17th birthday, he had won the first professional tournament in Adelaide.
During the year 2001 at the age of 20, Lleyton Hewitt became the youngest and only Australian player in history who ever made it to the top of the ATP rankings. Hewitt was on the heat of breaking up many records and had defeated several opponents like Pete Sampras and David Nalbandian in the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon, respectively.
Hewitt is a competitive player and wins his matches with persistent aggression, consistency in shots, and great footwork. He is known to be a baseline defender and has a signature shot called the offensive topspin strike which Patrick Mcenroe, the Captain of the US Davis Cup Team has described as the best lob in the world. Hewitt carries out this shot powerfully on both wings when his opponent approaches the net. His determination led him to the finals in the 2004 US Open opposite Roger Federer and in the 2005 Australian Open where he played against Marat Safin. He ended up a runner-up on both tours.
Hewitt defeated Roger Federer at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany. This was Hewitt’s first victory against Federer since 2003. It also broke a 15 game losing streak to Federer.