Cruz Hewitt is known as “the million-dollar child,” and based on his sporting heritage, he is well on his way to being the next big thing in tennis.
Being 13 is difficult at the best of times, but when your father is tennis legend Lleyton and your mother is TV personality Bec, there’s bound to be some added pressure!
“He’s got the genes for sure – and a lot of determination like his father!” says a tennis insider to Woman’s Day.
“He’s the real deal, and he exudes confidence.” He’s been around tennis since he was a baby, and both of his parents will ensure that he stays grounded.”
Perhaps this is why the entire Hewitt family, including Cruz’s sisters Mia, 16, and Ava, 11, abruptly left Melbourne for the Gold Coast in quest of a better life.
“It’s all about Cruz,” says the narrator. The coast has a number of training facilities, including a cutting-edge facility where he is already training,” the informant claims.
The KDV Academy, with its 20 courts and million-dollar facilities, is just what Lleyton, a former Wimbledon and US Open champion, needs if his son is to reach world No. 1.
“Cruz only picked up a racquet a few years ago – he’s been kicking a soccer ball since he could walk.
“For Lleyton and Bec, they knew when he won the Australian under-12s clay-court title earlier this year that he’s something special.
“It’s now or never they thought – so let’s give this kid the best chance possible,” the insider reveals.
While there are many similarities between the pint-sized pocket rocket and his renowned father, if tennis experts are correct, the hard-hitting right-hander could be as good as, if not better than, the “old man”!
“On and off the court, he imitates his father. When he hits one of those merciless groundstrokes, he even sticks his tongue out! He hasn’t quite mastered the renowned Hewitt ‘come on’ catchphrase, but he’s still young!”
Lleyton, the current Australian Davis Cup captain, knows all too well the burden of being the kid of a famous sportsman – his dad was a champion Aussie Rules player in the 1970s.
“Glynn and mum Cherilyn gave their only son Lleyton every opportunity to be the best. Up until the age of 13, Lleyton played Aussie Rules but gave it up to pursue tennis.
“Turns out, he made the right decision, which is exactly what everyone hopes for now for the family’s latest protege.
“If Cruz was to win Wimbledon, considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of tennis, they could be the first father and son pair to achieve such a milestone.
“He stands to make a lot of money over the coming years if all goes to plan. He’s a great kid, and if anyone can be No. 1, it’s Cruz!”
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