Cruz Hewitt has added more tennis silverware to the family’s stash, breezing to the Australian under-12 clay court title.
The 12-year-old was watched on by his dad, former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt, and “proud mama” Bec in Canberra over the weekend.
Cruz didn’t drop a set in five matches, while he also partnered with Asher Brownrigg to win the under-12 doubles.
Hewitt’s early success is no surprise given the form he’s shown while hitting with his father, who captains the Australian Davis Cup team and remains in the corner of many Aussies on the ATP Tour.
There are plenty of similarities, too, Cruz’s style and on-court demeanour strikingly like that of his father.
“So proud to take home the title in the claycourt nationals. Had a great week in Canberra. #claydog,” Cruz wrote on his Instagram after the win.
Lleyton celebrated the achievement with a picture of himself with Cruz – competing as a Victorian but proudly wearing a NSW State of Origin jumper in the family photo – and Bec.
“#TeamCruz,” the two-time grand slam champion wrote.
World No.4 Dominic Thiem congratulated Cruz on Instagram, joined by Austrailan tennis players Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid, Olympic runner John Steffenson and AFL veteran Taylor Walker.
“Congrats Cruz, unreal mate,” Walker wrote.
Lleyton’s former coach Tony Roche added: “Well done mate, enjoy the victory then back to the hard training.”
Australian social media sensation Sabre Norris commented with a fire emoji.
Bec, who will appear on Channel 7’s new season of Dancing with the Stars, wrote: “What a week for the little fella.
“@cruzhewitt winning the National Claycourt singles and doubles titles!
Cruz will have to keep moving fast if he wants to replicate his father, who became the youngest men’s world No.1 as a 20-year-old.
Lleyton spent 80 weeks in total at the top, winning the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon the following year.
Cruz, the second of three children, rushed to join his dad on the tennis court as a child, and it wasn’t long before he was taking part in exhibition events with the likes of Roger Federer.
Other winners at the national championships under-12 girls champion Tahlia Kokkinis (Queensland) and under-14 champions Charlie Camus (ACT) and Lily Taylor (Queensland).
Cruz and Camus congratulated each other on Instagram.