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Top 10 greatest Australian tennis players of all time

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Rod Laver
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Australia has always been blessed with loads of tennis talent. from the early part of the 20th century itself. It is no surprise than that the Australian Open, formerly the Australasian Open, has played a huge part in nurturing quality tennis players.

Australian athletes have dominated the Australian Open ever since its establishment. Australian men and women lead all nations with 50 and 43 victories respectively at the event.

Australian men have won 11 French Open titles and its women have won 8 at Roland Garros. At Wimbledon too, the story is very much the same, with Australian men combining for 21 titles - to be ranked third among all nations - and women combining for five titles. Australian men and women rank second in US Open titles by country, with 18 and 6 trophies respectively - only behind hosts USA.

Australia along with Great Britain and United States of America have been the three most successful nations in Grand Slams.

Here, we take a jog down memory lane to look at Australia's 10 greatest Grand Slam champions of all time:

#10 Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt poses with his family after winning the Newcombe Medal
Lleyton Hewitt poses with his family after winning the Newcombe Medal

Aussie Lleyton Hewitt, nicknamed 'Rusty', was a relentless baseline hitter who is most famous for his five-set duels and remarkable come-from-behind victories. Hewitt, who made his Grand Slam debut at he 1997 Australian Open aged just 15, became the ATP Tour's youngest ever World Number 1 in November 2001.

The last Australian to win a Grand Slam title, Hewitt was the darling of the Aussie crowd every time he stepped on to the court. There would be chants of 'Rusty!' and 'Let's go Rusty!' reverberating across all the arenas in the country when Hewitt played.

Much was expected of the youngest ever player to rise to the top of the ATP rankings, and he certainly didn't disappoint. Winning the US Open in 2001 at the age of just 20, Hewitt became the first Australian since Pat Cash to win Wimbledon when he did so in 2002.

Hewitt has made Australia proud on many occasions, including helping the country win the Davis Cup twice - in 1999 and 2003.

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