Andy Murray was 10 when Lleyton Hewitt first played the Australian Open. Growing up, Murray idolized the Australian stalwart. But he also named his dog after Hewitt!
After defeating Australia’s Sam Groth in straight sets, Murray was asked about the influence Hewitt has had on him.
Murray, the world No 2, revealed that he named one of his dogs after Hewitt. “His attitude towards the competition is something I love. This is his 20th Australian Open and he still has the same fight and passion as ever.
“I actually named one of my dogs after him (Hewitt), he was someone I loved growing up,” the Scot revealed after his 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 win which saw him through the third round of the ongoing Australian Open 2016.
On Thursday, Hewitt finished his career after bowing out of his 20th consecutive Australian Open. Tributes have been pouring in for the Aussie, who finished his career with an impressive singles record of 616–262, 30 career titles and two Grand Slam victories (the 2001 US Open and the 2002 Wimbledon).
Hewitt, a former World No 1, is popularly referred to as Rusty. This isn’t the first time Murray has opened up about his dog. “Rusty is black and grey and I just thought it worked (to name him after Hewitt). I don’t think I’ve told him (Hewitt) that,” Murray said prior to the grand slam.
Murray and his pets…
If you follow his Instagram account, you’d know that Murray has a host of animals in his home. In fact, his first pet was a hamster named Whiskey, which he got at the age of 10.
Murray revealed that he idolized Hewitt while growing up. “Hewitt was an idol for me but when I came on the tour he was always very nice to me…. you remember that as you get older.”
What’s more? One of Hewitt’s friends named his pooch after him. Andy Murray isn’t alone!
One of the downsides to travelling is I don't get to see these guys… pic.twitter.com/Tkpp2TvJuX
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) August 1, 2013