Andy Murray Reveals He Named His Dog After Lleyton Hewitt

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterJanuary 21, 2016

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia (L) shakes hands with Andy Murray of Scotland (R) after Hewitt won their exhibition match at the invitational Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 10, 2014.  The top male players are using the round-robin tournament as a warm-up for the Australia Open which starts January 13, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/William WEST    -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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Andy Murray has revealed the amusing extent of his admiration for Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt.

Murray was talking after beating Hewitt's compatriot, Sam Groth, in straight sets in the second round of the Australian Open, when he admitted he had named one of his beloved pets after the Aussie favourite.

"He was someone I loved watching growing up," Murray said. "His attitude towards the competition is something I love."

So far, so normal.

The Scot added: "This is his 20th Australian Open and he still has the same fight and passion as ever...I actually named one of my dogs after him."

The admission was met by rapturous laughter from the home crowd, who clearly appreciate the high esteem in which Hewitt is held by his fellow pros.

The 34-year-old is set to retire after the Australian Open, bringing an end to a fine career in which he has won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

[h/t Yahoo Sport]