More than 500 days after he learned he would be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Lleyton Hewitt will finally be honored in Newport.
The ITHF announced the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees on Feb. 24, 2021, but because of COVID restrictions, the ceremony was delayed. It will be held Saturday at 6 p.m., and can be watched on Tennis Channel or via streams on the official ITHF website and its Facebook page.
Hewitt, who is from Australia, started his professional career in 1998 and became the youngest player at the time (16 years, 10 months) to win an ATP tournament when he defeated Jason Stoltenberg at the Next Generation Adelaide International.
He won six titles in 2001, including his first Grand Slam at the US Open, and by the end of the year became the youngest player to be ranked No. 1 in the world — a record that still stands. In the years that followed, Hewitt…