One important fan was particularly eager to make sure tennis star Lleyton Hewitt knew he was supporting him all the way for the win.

Lleyton’s son, seven-year-old Cruz Hewitt sat court side cheering loudly for his Dad and waving a homemade sign emblazoned with his Dad’s photos.

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Image source: Facebook

Excitement and delight beamed from Cruz’s face, as he set about waving the sign to show his support as his Dad took to the court to face James Duckworth.  No one could doubt that this was a son extremely proud of his dad.

Support within the crowd for Lleyton was high and hotly anticipated.  Fellow sports stars were also in attendance to make sure they didn’t miss an inch of the court action.

Australian No.1 Bernard Tomic told the Daily Mail he’d ‘absolutely’ be court side to watch, adding: “Two Australians are playing.  We all want Lleyton to win. It’s going to be an amazing match.”

Nick Kyrgios added: ‘Lleyton, it’s his last-ever tournament. He’s going to be determined to give absolutely everything in the tank.’

Superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and Australian women’s No.1 Samantha Stosur have all led the tributes to Lleyton in the countdown to the Open.

‘He’s just a huge example for me and I think for the kids and everybody,’ said Spaniard Nadal, adding: ‘He should be a reference and an inspiration for a lot of new generations.’


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  • So cute!


  • Great achievement and a lovely dad !!


  • He will make a great commentator and motivator


  • ” …said Spaniard Nadal, adding: ‘He should be a reference and an inspiration for a lot of new generations.’” Well said Rafa. Lleyton has had his highs and low, but I’m so glad he’s ended his career on a high.


  • it is great when the ones that you love, support what you are doing. his family has always supported him.


  • Well done to Lleyton on the win. What an amazing achievement to have been playing at such a high standard for so long.


  • And it was lovely to hear Lleyton proudly talking about his children – he said he wanted to show them that their aged dad could still play good tennis on the big court. Let’s hope he keeps going as long as possible.


  • Very cute. I bet dad was proud to have his little cheer squad.


  • Such a cute thing to do. His dad must be very proud of him! :-)


  • Cruz is such a little cutie. His dad did him proud. Great match! Well done to James Duckworth too!


  • Such a great photo! Nothing like the support of close family.


  • Lke mu


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