Lleyton Hewitt Bio

  • Full name is Lleyton Glynn Hewitt
  • Played Australian Rules Football until age 13, then decided to pursue tennis career
  • In brief junior ranks, ranked as No. 1 Aussie in 18-under division in 1996 and captured Australian National Grasscourts 18s that year
  • Also Australian National Hardcourts 18s champion
  • Enjoys golf and Australian Rules Football (Adelaide Crows fan)
  • His father, Glynn, is a former Aussie Rules Football player and his mother, Cherilyn, was a physical education teacher
  • Has one younger sister, Jaslyn (born Feb. 23, 1983), who was No. 1 junior in Australia in 2000, and won her first Challenger title in Canberra in 2004. Good friend of fellow Aussie golfers Greg Norman and Aaron Baddeley
  • Supporter of many children's charitable foundations in Australia - the Starlight Foundation and the McGuinisses-McDermott Cancer Foundation, among others
  • In August 2002, made Special Olympics his primary charitable cause by becoming a global ambassador for the organization with the primary mission of helping Special Olympics double their international membership by 2005 via clinics and public appearances as he travels the world; launched Special Olympics Tennis Program in Shanghai during 2002 Masters Cup; took part in Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin in 2003; and invites Special Olympics athletes to tennis tournaments, commercial shoots, and other personal appearances around the world. The Australia Post launched a commemorative Lleyton Hewitt stamp in January 2002 prior to the Australian Open and in 2004 featured a Lleyton Hewitt Limited Edition post card during the Australian Open
  • Named Young Australian of the Year in Jan. 2003 as part of annual Australia Day honors
  • Vogue/GQ (Australia) Sportsman of the Year in 2003
  • Also named Australia's male athlete of the year in 2002 at the Australian Sports Awards
  • Voted Most Popular South Australian athlete by the public for three consecutive years (2001-03)
  • In December 2003, Caddied for Greg Norman at Australian PGA event
  • Wife, Bec Cartwright (married July 21, 2005 in Sydney) is an Aussie actress
  • Daughters, Mia Rebecca (born Nov. 29, 2005), Ava Sydney (born Oct. 19, 2010), Son, Cruz (born Dec. 11, 2008)
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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