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C’mon! Why Tennis Hero Lleyton Hewitt Can’t Lose In Melbourne

Tennis Hero Lleyton HewittCan't Lose In Melbourne

The retiring Aussie champ marks his final grand slam tournament with a series of candid personal videos for Industry Super Funds screening around the court action on Seven.

Lleyton also appears in a new video campaign for vitamin giant Swisse which also features home video of Lleyton as a youngster and reflecting on his many career highlights.

Mumbrella says Lleyton, now 34, has never been shy about sharing his private life, selling exclusive coverage of his wedding to New Idea and publication rights to personal diaries by his wife, Bec, on the birth of their first child to rival Woman’s Day.

Lleyton Hewitt Can't Lose In Melbourne

But the new retirement pieces are a first for the sports star, taking a look back at his career and pondering what the future will be without the pressures of playing.

The three-part series includes chats with Lleyton’s parents, Glynn and Cherilyn, and his sister Jaslyn, who share heart-warming anecdotes.

Lleyton says he’s always been passionate about the Open, from those early days of hanging over the rafters to try and nab a Pat Cash headband.

But he admits the 2005 staging will always hold a special place in his heart.

“It was just amazing two weeks of my life. I had my best ever result…I went on to lose an epic four set tight match to Marat Safin in the final.

C'mon! Why Tennis Hero Lleyton Can't Lose In Melbourne

“That evening, I’d already bought an engagement ring to ask Bec the question, I wasn’t planning on doing it then.

“We were back in the hotel room…I actually had ice nearly all over my body; I was in a bit of pain sitting next to this couch.

“She was sitting on this couch. It was really strange because I’m a guy that spends a lot of detail in preparing things to get the right outcome.

Lleyton Hewitt and daughter

“This was just an absolute spur of the moment thing. I lost the tennis match, but obviously I won in life – the last 11 years have been absolutely fantastic.”

After the party ends in Melbourne, Lleyton says his priority will switch back to his family.

Lleyton Hewitt and children

“Our main priority has always been the kids and to work out the best possible way for them realise what they want to do in life…and that’s going to be the biggest thing now, working out what their passions are moving forward.”

Written by James Graham

With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, The Carousel Editor James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum.

James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens.

He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea.

Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media.

When not in the Ed’s chair, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.

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