An emotional Lleyton Hewitt has mirrored on what progressing to the 2022 Davis Cup remaining means to him.
Malaga, Spain, 26 November 2022 | Leigh Rogers
Lleyton Hewitt is thrilled to have guided Australia into the 2022 Davis Cup remaining.
The Australian captain couldn’t conceal his pleasure after his crew clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory in opposition to Croatia in right this moment’s semifinals in Spain.
This propels Australia right into a forty eighth Davis Cup remaining – and first in 19 years.
“It’s nice. Clearly Australia has a very wealthy historical past on this competitors, and we have now been lucky sufficient to win it on plenty of events, again a very long time in the past,” Hewitt stated.
“I understand how a lot it meant for me as a participant to get the chance to play in finals. So I’m thrilled that these boys get that chance on Sunday.
“I simply couldn’t be prouder of those guys and the guts and the fervour and the delight that they’re enjoying with on the market.”
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Hewitt performed a starring function in Australia’s most up-to-date Davis Cup finals look in 2003. The then 22-year-old defeated world No.3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in Australia’s 3-1 victory in opposition to Spain, which was performed in entrance of a capability crowd at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Area.
“I’d find it irresistible to be in Australia,” Hewitt stated of tomorrow’s remaining. “I’m dissatisfied the boys don’t get to play in entrance of 15,000 at Rod Laver Area.”
|Australia’s most up-to-date Davis Cup finals appearances
|12 months||End result||Opponent||Group||Captain|
|2022||TBC||TBC||Alex de Minaur, Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Matt Ebden, Max Purcell||Lleyton Hewitt|
|2003||WON||Spain||Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs, Todd Woodbridge||John Fitzgerald|
|2001||LOST||France||Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Rafter, Wayne Arthurs, Todd Woodbridge||John Fitzgerald|
|2000||LOST||Spain||Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Rafter, Sandon Stolle, Mark Woodforde||John Newcombe|
|1999||WON||France||Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Todd Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde||John Newcombe|
|1993||LOST||Germany||Richard Fromberg, Jason Stoltenberg, Todd Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde||Neale Fraser|
|1990||LOST||USA||Richard Fromberg, Darren Cahill, Pat Money, John Fitzgerald||Neale Fraser|
|1986||WON||Sweden||Pat Money, Paul McNamee, John Fitzgerald, Peter McNamara||Neale Fraser|
Earlier this week, Hewitt mirrored on the ‘full circle’ alternative of presumably profitable a prestigious Davis Cup title once more as a captain.
“It might be very satisfying and particularly in the event you do it with plenty of my good mates round within the teaching workers as nicely, it will imply so much,” he stated.
The Australian crew is aiming to win a twenty ninth Davis Cup title – and solely their fifth prior to now 44 years.
The 2022 Davis Cup remaining shall be broadcast stay in Australia on the 9 Community from 11pm AEDT on Sunday 27 November. Australia’s opponent shall be determined tonight when Italy faces Canada within the second semifinal.
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