Let's celebrate Hewitt, share favorite memories
Two of the most memorable matches were the near triple bagel of Corretja at the Aussie Open. Those two did not like each other as Corretja started the fued with the negative comments about Hewitt's come on yelling and fist pumping which he deemed too aggressive and provocative. And of course the Coria Davis Cup match where they were both openly mocking each other.
I always admired Hewitt's fire and passion, he competed so hard it looked like he wanted to fistfight the opponent. His neck veins bulging, his eyes beaming death stares, it was so much more than just a tennis match when Hewitt was at his best, he was the most intense player of all time. He was a mere welterweight in stature but he could destroy all the Heavyweights with his iron will and desire and smarts. Just an amazing warrior. If he had forty more pounds he would have crushed Rafa. Hewitt at his best weighed 150 (now he's gained 20 lbs). Rafa is over 190.
Hewitt is pound for pound the best player in history IMO.
"I don't play against Federer. I play against the most perfect tennis player." --Benoit Paire quote in "Facing Federer" book.