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Lleyton Hewitt
, 1998

by Robin Sellick

type C photograph (sheet: 61.6 cm x 50.7 cm, image: 47.5 cm x 40.5 cm)

Lleyton Hewitt AM (b. 1981) was ranked world number 1 at tennis for eighty weeks between 2001 and 2003, and retired with two Grand Slam titles and 30 career titles. His many victories include Wimbledon (2002) and the US Open (2001); he was a member of Australia's winning Davis Cup team in 2003 and 1999. He won the Queen's Club tournament in London in 2006, 2002, 2001 and 2000. He was Most Popular South Australian in 2001, South Australian Young Australian of the Year in 2002, and Young Australian of the Year in 2003. Renowned as a fighter and a dogged self-motivator on court, as of November 2009 he was 20th in the ATP world rankings; despite various injuries, he was still in the top 100 players worldwide in 2011 and again in 2013. He retired from playing in 2016, but has since made various comebacks and wildcard appearances.

Robin Sellick saw the young Hewitt playing in Adelaide and recognised his talent and ambition. He invited him to his home, an old North Adelaide mansion in which Hewitt relaxed by hitting some balls at the photographer in the hallway. They went out onto the balcony, Sellick asked Hewitt to sit and look like he was thinking about how to win a game, and this shot was the result.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Accession number: 2004.178