The event was held in Newport, Rhode Island, with Stan Smith, Andy Roddick, and Tracy Austin in attendance. An important milestone in Lleyton Hewitt’s tennis career has finally been reached: the Australian has officially been inducted into the International Hall of Fame six years after he decided to retire from the sport (it was 2016, at the end of the second round at the Australian Open).
On the official website of the Atp, he gave a warm welcome: “The prospect of joining felt like a long way off. As a player, I never gave it a second thought. the sport’s greatest luminaries have long been celebrated with this award “He went on to say.
The last Australian Grand Slam champion was an Adelaide high school student in 2002, when he took home the trophy at Wimbledon. It wasn’t long after that that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic took control of the sport, leaving the rest of the field with little hope of succeeding.
Hewitt has been fortunate to be a part of two of the most significant eras in the history of sports “I consider myself extremely fortunate. I had the opportunity to play on the same court as legends like Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, whom I looked up to, before going on to compete against three of our sport’s greatest players ever “he made a remark.
Hall of Fame induction is a long and arduous process.
Lleyton told tennis.com that his path to winning the prestigious honor was more difficult than most “It was a lengthier climb than others, but I also found it enjoyable.
Despite the pandemic and the events of the past few years, rushing to Australia would have been inappropriate. The fact that I’m here with friends and family means a lot more to me than if I were alone.
I’m honored to be surrounded by individuals who have played such a vital role in my professional development “he continued. His 13-year-old son, a tennis prodigy, is likewise making strides in the sport “He’s already Australia’s Under-12 national champion.
The Davis Cup lads, Alex De Miaur, Nick Kyrgios, and others, inspired him to take up tennis “She concluded.