Lleyton Hewitt paused for a second and the phrase simply got here to thoughts when he was requested how he wished to be remembered.
“Competitor,” the 41-year-old Hewitt mentioned in an interview earlier than his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday night time (Sunday AEST).
“For me, someone that loved to lay it on the line day after day, and got the most out of themselves, I competed as hard as I possibly could on the court every time I took to the court,” mentioned the previous Australian star. “The fans deserved for us to give everything and go out and compete, and that’s something I prided myself on.”
Hewitt was elected into the corridor at half of the 2021 class, however attributable to journey restrictions as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was unable to attend the enshrinement ceremony final summer season. There was nobody elected for 2022, so the second was his alone. He’s the thirty fourth participant from Australia to be inducted.
The enshrinement ceremony was held on Newport’s grass facet courts after the semi-finals of the Hall of Fame Open. Eight corridor of famers, together with Andy Roddick (2017) and Tracy Austin (’92), attended the occasion.
A two-time grand slam champion (Wimbledon 2002, US Open 2001), Hewitt completed ’01 and ’02 because the No.1 participant on the earth and spent 80 weeks prime ranked. In 2001, he turned the youngest at 20 years, eight months and 26 days to turn out to be the highest males’s participant.
During his profession, he gained 30 singles titles and was an element of two Davis Cup championship groups, in 1999 and 2003.
One of his most memorable moments was being on his first Davis Cup staff in ’99.
“I was only 18, I think, at the time. I had Pat Rafter as our top singles player and I was playing No.2 behind him,” he mentioned. “For me that was a really proud moment, to be standing beside all those great Australians that I always idolised and looked up to.”
Hewitt gained his final ATP title at Newport in 2014. It was then that the thought of being elected to the corridor crossed his thoughts.
“I was here playing the tournament and I had the career that I had, and I was coming toward the end of my career,” he mentioned within the interview. “A lot of people that I would bump into me would say: ‘I can’t wait to see you back here in a few years.’ That was probably the only time that you actually start thinking about it.”
He was a runner-up on the Australian Open in 2005. Despite no regrets, he mentioned that it’s the one factor lacking in his profession – a slam title in his personal nation.
“There’s nothing that I would change,” he mentioned. “But something that I wish, obviously, that I was able to achieve. I felt, obviously, I was good enough to do.”
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