Australian Davis Cup Team

Lleyton Hewitt

Former World no.1, Lleyton Hewitt, will probably be best remembered for his competitiveness on the tennis court and the fact that he has been dogged by controversy for most of his professional career. Nominated as one of the ’10 Most Hated Athletes in Sport’ by GQ Magazine in 2006, Hewitt has never really reached the heights of his earlier career.

Although he has won 2 grand slam titles, the 2001 US Open and the 2002 Wimbledon final, he has not fired on the world’s stage for the past 2-3 years. Since then most of the records he has broken have not been ones that he will want to remember.

In 2003 he became the first defending Wimbledon men’s champion in the open era to lose in the first round, and in 2004 he became the first man in history to lose in each Grand Slam singles tournament to the eventual winner.

As a member of the Australia Davis Cup Team, Hewitt has had resounding success. He was a member of the winning team in 1999 and 2003 and was part of the hunt that got Australia into the finals in 2000 and 2001. By the age of 22, Lleyton had recorded more wins for the team than any other Australian player.

Chris Guccione

Relative newcomer to the centre stage, Chris Guccione, is yet to prove that he is able to take on the best in men’s tennis.

The 22-year-old made news when he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero, previously ranked world no.1, on two occasions. He is particularly well known for his humdinger of a serve, and he claimed 50 aces in a qualifying match at Wimbledon in 2005.

In 2007 he set new standards for himself by beating three of the Top 100 players in succession, reaching a career high ranking of 107 in the world. He beat World no.2, Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Medibank International, but not due to his outstanding game, Nadal had to withdraw due to injury!

Guccione joined the Australia Team in 2006, and had a very successful start – he defeated Switzerland’s George Bastl and then went on to beat fancied opponent, Max Mirnyi of Belarus. Even though he won all his matches he was dropped from the Davis Cup Australia Team to make way for Mark Phillipoussis. He is currently a member of the 2007 Team Australia.