“National Claycourt Champ”: Lleyton Hewitt’s Son Cruz Makes it a Cup Double at Under-12 Canberra Event

Published 04/14/2021, 11:06 AM EDT
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt stretches for a shot during his first round match against compatriot James Duckworth at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jason O’Brien


As far as following in the footsteps of his illustrious father goes, Cruz Lleyton Hewitt isn’t doing too bad! The boy wonder, who has honed his tennis skills under the watchful eyes of his father and two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt, has now gone where very few have at his age.

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The precociously talented son of the former World No.1 has lifted the Under-12s Australian Claycourt Championships title.

Lleyton Hewitt’s son Cruz Lleyton Hewitt didn’t lose a single set on the way to winning Under-12 claycourt title in Canberra

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It’s not just his championship win, but the manner in which young Cruz went about dismantling his opponents has also left the Hewitts hugely proud.

It turns out that the 12-year-old, who has similar long, blonde locks like his father, did not drop a single set in all five stages of the tournament.

What doubtlessly made his first-ever championship victory all the more sweet was that it came on home soil.

A delighted Cruz took to Instagram to share a picture of himself posing with the Canberra title along with his proud parents.

He tagged his post with a message saying, “So proud to take home the title in the Claycourt Nationals. Had a great week in Canberra.”

His father, too, proudly posted on social media, “National Claycourt champ.”

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios, who also happens to be a Canberra native, reacted to the post saying, “Canberra best place”.

Cruz Lleyton Hewitt later paired up his ‘mate’ Asher Brownrigg to win the doubles title as well

Young Cruz not only shone in the singles final but also paired up with “mate” Asher Brownrigg to clinch the doubles crown, making it a double delight for himself and his parents.

He also posted a smiling image with his doubles partner and captioned it as, “Claycourt National Doubles champs with my mate @asherbrownrigg (emojis)”.

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Papa Hewitt won his two Grand Slam titles in successive years – 2001 and 2002 – at the US Open and Wimbledon, respectively.

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Lleyton beat Pete Sampras, arguably at his peak at the time, to claim his only title at the Flushing Meadows.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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