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Lleyton's other side
From Sydney Confidential
October 04, 2002

NOT many people know it, but Lleyton Hewitt has another side to his competitive on-court personality.

Not only is the best player in the world giving his time to charity, but also taking his girlfriend, Kim Clijsters along for the day.

The hottest item on the international circuit are giving time for one of their favourite charities – The Starlight Foundation tennis tournament to be held at the Sydney International Tennis Centre, Homebush, on November 24.

It will be like a Davis Cup reunion, with doting dad Patrick Rafter finding out if he is still a true believer about his awesome talent.

"It's just fantastic to get three Australian players who have been number one to support our charity – Lleyton is currently the best, while Patrick and John Newcombe have been on top of the tennis mountain," a spokesman for the charity told The Daily Telegraph's John Thirsk.

"This is our 14th Starlight Cup and we've raised in excess of $4 million.

"This year we hope to donate $500,000 to the Westmead Children's Hospital Starlight Express Room."

Other celebrities and sports stars taking part include Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton, Sydney Swans coach Paul Roos, Olympic gold medallist Kieren Perkins, Davis Cup coach Wally Masur, Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette, former Water Rat Jay Laga'aia and Samuel Johnson from The Secret Life of Us.

Hewitt is also involved with the Special Olympics, assisting the organisation to increase numbers for the 26 winter and summer events.

The Daily Telegraph

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