Andy Murray has revealed he loved Lleyton Hewitt so much growing up that he named one of his dogs after him.
Former world No.1 and Wimbledon winner Hewitt was knocked out of his 20th and final Australian Open earlier today, following a straight sets defeat to Spaniard David Ferrer and he has gone on record to say he won’t compete in another grand slam.
The 34-year-old has enjoyed a stellar, trophy-laden career and there’s no question he’s influenced the lives of so many players over the years – just ask Andy Murray.
It seems Hewitt had such a profound affect on a young Murray that the now world No 2 named his dog after the Aussie veteran.
After ending the campaign of Hewitt’s compatriot Sam Groth in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena this afternoon, Murray was asked during his post-match media conference about the effect 34-year-old Hewitt has had on him.
He said via The Metro: “He was someone I loved watching growing up.”
“His attitude towards the competition is something I love.
“This is his 20th Australian Open and he still has the same fight and passion as ever…I actually named one of my dogs after him.”
Nice touch from Andy, although we’re not entirely sure how Hewitt will feel about being named after a dog.