Lleyton HEWITT

aka Rusty, the Adelaide tiger

"Come on!"

His battle cry echoed on courts around the world, intimidating his opponents and sometimes turning the crowd against him. Throughout his career, Hewitt remained put together, grounded with exceptional mental toughness. The Adelaide Tiger who could hit any shot also set records for youthful achievements: first ATP title at age 16 (at home in Adelaide), first Grand Slam title at 20 at the U.S. Open, and world number one two months later, November 2001. Hewitt was also on hand in Nice in 1999 when Australia won in the Davis Cup finals. Despite two singles losses, he was already showing off his "Aussie forever" side. Born the same year as Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, who was more precocious than Federer, probably helped to build the legend, winning seven of their first nine encounters. The GOAT himself even said, "[Hewitt] helped me improve." A fighter on the court, Lleyton Hewitt was all smiles off the court, delighting the tabloids who could not get enough of his romance with Kim Clijsters. He broke up with her in 2005, which was also the year of his final appearance in a Grand Slam final. Hewitt retired in 2016 and is now captain of the Australian team.

Current projects

Captain of Australia's Davis Cup team







Higher ranking


ATP Singles, 19/11/2001

grand slam


  • Wimbledon (1): 2002
  • U.S. Open (1): 2001


  • Australian Open (1): 2005
  • U.S. Open (1): 2004



  • Davis Cup (2): 1999, 2003
  • Masters (1): 2002


  • Davis Cup (2): 2000, 2001
  • Masters (1): 2004