Like father, like son. Former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt’s son Cruz has added more silverware to the family’s already loaded collection.

On Sunday, Cruz won the Under-12s Australian Claycourt Championships title. Held in Canberra, the youngster did not drop a set in five matches played.

“So proud to take home the title in the Claycourt Nationals. Had a great week in Canberra,” the 12-year-old posted on his Instagram account, which boasts more than 15,000 followers.

His proud papa also shared the news on social media:


“National Claycourt champ,” he wrote.

“Canberra best place,” echoed compatriot Nick Kyrgios, a Canberra native.

Cruz also took home the under-12s doubles trophy, alongside “mate” Asher Brownrigg.


Hewitt the Elder burst into the tennis scene when he handily took out Pete Sampras in the finals of the 2001 US Open. He backed up that victory 10 months later, toppling David Nalbandian at the 2002 Wimbledon Championships. At just 20 years old, the feisty Aussie became the youngest world No. 1 in the history of the ATP rankings in November 2001.

This July, he will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Cruz may yet join him in the coming decades.