Australian Open: 5 things to know about Lleyton Hewitt

AFP
Published Jan 21, 2016, 7:16 pm IST
Updated Jan 21, 2016, 7:21 pm IST
The Australian legend called it a day after going down to David Ferrer on Thursday.
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) retired on Thursday after being knocked out of the Australian Open. (Photo: AP)
 Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) retired on Thursday after being knocked out of the Australian Open. (Photo: AP)

Melbourne: Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) retired on Thursday after being knocked out of the Australian Open.

Here is a look at his achievements.

 

Young achiever: He qualified for the Australian Open in January 1997, a month before his 16th birthday, the youngest qualifier in tournament history.

Adelaide title: Hewitt captured his first title, at his home town in Adelaide, over fellow Australian Jason Stoltenberg in 1998 after stunning Andre Agassi in the semifinals.

Top at 20: He became the youngest ever world number one aged 20 and nine months in 2001, breaking the 69-year-old record set by American Wimbledon champion Ellsworth Vines, aged 21, in 1932.

Grand Slam: Hewitt won his first Grand Slam title at the 2001 US Open, beating Pete Sampras 7-6 (7/4), 6-1, 6-1 in the final.

Wimbledon champion: He was crowned Wimbledon champion a year later, crushing Argentina's David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.





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