- Youngster did not drop a set over five matches in Canberra
- Parents, former world No 1 Lleyton and wife Bec, watch on
Cruz Hewitt has added more tennis silverware to the family’s stash, watched on by his dad, former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt, as he breezed to the Australian under-12 clay court title.
The 12-year-old did not drop a set in five matches in Canberra, while he also partnered with Asher Brownrigg to win the under-12 doubles.
Hewitt’s early success is no surprise given the form he has shown while hitting with his father, who captains the country’s Davis Cup team and remains in the corner of many Australians on the ATP Tour.
There are plenty of similarities too, Hewitt’s style and on-court demeanour strikingly similar to that of his father’s.
“So proud to take home the title in the claycourt nationals. Had a great week in Canberra. #claydog,” he wrote on his Instagram after the win.
Cruz’s Instagram account is is filled with photos of himself training and competing in tennis tournaments.
He will have to keep moving fast if he wants to replicate his father, who became the youngest men’s world No 1 as a 20-year-old and spent 80 weeks in total at the top, winning the US Open and Wimbledon.
Both parents made their own proud Instagram posts, with Lleyton using the hashtag #TeamCruz and Bec writing “what a week for the little fella @cruzhewitt winning the National Claycourt singles and doubles titles! Proud mama!!”