Lleyton is without a doubt one of Australia’s greatest ever tennis players. His name is synonymous with attributes of determination and commitment, previously winning the 2001 U.S. Open singles title and conquering Wimbledon in 2002, becoming the youngest player in men’s singles history to earn the ATP number one ranking. He also led his country to famous Davis Cup victories in 1999 and 2003.
As the curtain closes on his tremendous tennis career, Lleyton is eager to pursue various opportunities off the court, as evidenced most recently in his appointment as Australia’s new Davis Cup Captain.
Aside from tennis, Lleyton regularly appears as a guest commentator for Channel 7 during live coverage of the Australian Open.
in tennis folklore
Secured his maiden Wimbledon crown, defeating Argentinean David Nalbandian in the 2002 final. Won four ATP titles in 2004, including the 20th of his career at the Sydney International. Reached his first Australian Open final in 2005, losing to Marat Safin in four sets. Represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic. Won more Davis Cup rubbers than any other Australian Davis Cup player
Won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets in the final. Youngest player, and first Australian, to finish the year ranked No.1 on the ATP World Rankings. Claimed his career-best sixth title of year at the Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney.
Won his first Grand Slam doubles title at the US Open. First teenager to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup.
Member of the Australian Davis Cup winning team that defeated France 3-2 in the final.
Won the Adelaide ATP event, becoming the lowest ranked winner in ATP history to do so at world No.550.
Qualified for the Australian Open aged 15 years and 11 months, the youngest in the tournament’s history.
Ranked No.1 Australian in the Under-18 division. Captured the Under-18 Australian National Grasscourt title.
The stuff that Lleyton took to the top of the game — being prepared, being mentally tough, fighting every time — those are all things that you can teach someone and show someone, and he's the example I always use. I don't know that I could have more respect for Lleyton as a player.
I had to turn around the series because he had got the better of me many times in the beginning ... Lleyton was something special, no doubt about it. Lleyton made me figure out my game and made me definitely a better player as well. I enjoyed the battles with him. I always admired his work ethic, his on-court fighting spirit, even though it annoyed me sometimes because in the beginning it was more crazy than now.
For a little guy, when I saw him as a junior, I didn't think he had much more than some of the other players. But then again his determination, his never-say-die attitude and the speed that he had around the court was phenomenal, and of course his backhand cross-court return is amazing.
For me he is a great inspiration. He should be a great example of passion for what he's doing and for the new generations too.
What a competitor Lleyton was, and so committed to what he did on the court. On and off the court I feel like so many people around the world appreciated his efforts, appreciated his commitment and the daily grind; so focused and enthusiastic about this one passion that he had is really inspirational.
What can you say about Lleyton? It's always been there to see. He's always put everything out on the court. The very first point I saw him play was as a junior in the US Open and he hasn't changed a bit since then. He's full of enthusiasm. He's like electricity. He loves the team environment, and he's been a good mentor to young Australian players. He's had a great career; he's left a great legacy and his records will stand for a long time.