The International Tennis Hall of Fame induction of Australian tennis great Lleyton Hewitt will be deferred until 2022.
The Hall of Fame will still host an Induction Ceremony in Newport, RI this summer for the other inductees, but Hewitt and his family will not be able to attend due to current COVID-19 travel restrictions from Australia to the United States.
“I’m deeply honored to become a Hall of Famer. While I am very much looking forward to the ceremony and the celebration, everyone’s health and safety is the rightful priority for us all to focus on right now. Due to the circumstances around Covid this year, my family and I won’t be able to make it over to Newport, but we are really looking forward to being there in 2022. I wish all the very best to everyone who is being inducted this year,” stated Hewitt.
The Induction Ceremony remains scheduled for Saturday, July 17 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The ceremony will honor Class of 2020 inductees Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez, whose ceremony was cancelled last summer, alongside the other Class of 2021 inductees. In addition to Hewitt, the Class of 2021 honorees are the Original 9, the group of trailblazing women who launched the women’s pro tennis tour, and Dennis Van der Meer, a legendary tennis coach who is being inducted posthumously.
Virtual and in-person ticket packages for the Hall of Fame Weekend are now available on tennisfame.com/enshrinement