Original 9, Hewitt elected to Tennis HOF

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(AP) -- Billie Jean King and the other members of the Original 9 who laid the groundwork for the women's professional tour are the first group elected together to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Lleyton Hewitt and Dennis Van der Meer in the Class of 2021.

In results announced Wednesday, Hewitt was the only one of five nominees in the Player Category who was voted in. He won Grand Slam singles titles at the U.S. Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002, reached No. 1 in the ATP rankings and helped Australia win a pair of Davis Cup championships.

"When you are competing, you're so focused on training and your results that week or that year, you don't really look ahead to something like this," Hewitt said. "But when that is all compiled up and deemed deserving of becoming a Hall of Famer, well, it's just the ultimate recognition for a player, and I'm so honored."

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