Cruz Hewitt, the 11-year-old son of former World No. 1 tennis star Lleyton Hewitt, looks set to follow in the footsteps of his father and play professional tennis. The junior Hewitt has taken part in the Australian under-12 Championships, December Showdown, in the singles & doubles events.
In the singles draw, Hewitt, who qualified for the main draw, defeated another qualifier Nemanja Savic 6-7(3),7-5, 6-4. In the second round, he took on the top seed in the draw, Gautham Santosh and lost 0-6, 0-6. In the doubles draw, Hewitt and his partner Michael Smith were seeded No.
8. They defeated Josh Hinton/ Lucas Martin 6-1, 6-2 in the first round and Aiden Lim Shi Feng/ Minh-Duc Nguyen 7-6(4), 2-6, 11-9 in the second round before going down to top seeds Heremana Courte/ Gautham Santhosh 1-6, 3-6.
Cruz Hewitt is no stranger to the Australian tennis public. He was often seen as a child cheering his father from the stands and later hitting the practice courts with him. He cuts a familiar figure on the tennis courts; with a sweatband on his wrist, his cap turned backward and his fist-pump technique showing remarkable similarities to his father.
His father, Lleyton was the youngest male ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles at the age of 20 years, 8 months and 26 days. He won 30 singles titles and 3 doubles titles, including the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men's singles titles, the 2000 US Open men's doubles title, back-to-back Tennis Masters Cup titles in 2001 and 2002, and the Davis Cup with Australia in 1999 and 2003. Hewitt is also currently the captain of the Australian Davis Cup team and the Australian team for the ATP Cup.