Lleyton Hewitt made his first appearance at a Grand Slam event in 1997 when he was given a wildcard into his home slam the Australian Open.
It would be the start of a fantastic career that is still going strong over 16 years later.
In 2000 he started to make his break through. At the age of only 19 he got to the semi-final of the US Open. A year later everything would change when he went onto beat American legend Pete Sampras in front of his home crowd 7-6, 6-1, 6-1 and win his first Grand Slam singles title.
That year he would also go on to become world number one and take the end of year Masters series championships. A year later he went onto win the Wimbledon title and capture his second Grand Slam title.
Hewitt has always been one of the best players in the history of tennis to watch. He is brash, loud, exciting and with his trademark “Come on!” shouted out at every opportunity, he is never dull.
After 2001 Hewitt failed to add to his Grand Slam titles in a career that has been plagued with multiple surgeries on his feet and hips. It is a surprise that he is even able to continue at the top level anymore.
Every year people write off Hewitt and say he should maybe slip into retirement but then as soon as the grass season starts, he reminds us all why he is still going.
This year he made the semi-final of The Aegon Championships at the Queens club and was only knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round because he came up against Dustin Brown who played like a man possessed. Lleyton had already knocked out a much higher ranked Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round.
His ranking has been on the slide for a number of years now. With so many injuries it is hard to get anything going and improve his ranking. It also makes it hard to go deep in slams as he is often unseeded and comes up against top seeds too early. Recent reports say that he is finally fit and has no intention of retiring yet.
He has the ability to hurt most of the players on tour. He fights for every point like nobody else and if he can stay injury free there is no reason why he couldn't have one more run at a slam and end his career on a real high. Whether he is going to carry on much longer only he knows but one thing is for certain, the day he quits will be a very sad day for tennis.
He has been great for the game and nobody on the tour today can match him for personality and heart.
He fights and fights for every point and you always end up rooting for him to win.
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