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Lleyton Hewitt deserves his own slide.
For those new to tennis, Hewitt once ruled tennis over a decade ago with a slight frame of 5'11" and about 160 pounds. He played with feisty grit and vocal fire, pumped his fist and turned his cap backwards as if to press his face into any challenge.
By age 24, Hewitt had won the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon. He'd competed in finals with other Grand Slam appearances. He held the No. 1 ranking for 80 weeks during the interlude between the Pete Sampras and Roger Federer years.
But he also paid the price with his body, suffering through injuries and surgeries that would have retired almost any other player.
Hewitt plays on with a 32-year-old body that has felt the torments of old age and limitations of his counterpunching style. He has had to accept the life of a journeyman and swallow his pride.
His victory over Juan Martin del Potro is his biggest win in years and a reminder of how much he just wants to play and win. The time is quickly coming when he will no longer be able to swing a racket as a professional, but his spirit will live on, always looking to scrap for one more big match win.
For his career efforts and never-say-die attitude, Hewitt deserves the Golden Breadstick award. Perhaps he could impart some of this to fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic when the younger player shows he is willing to listen and internalize what greatness can be.