Lives: Adelaide, Australia
Plays: Right-handed, double-handed backhand
Grand slam titles: Two (US Open 2001, Wimbledon 2002)
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One of the most determined players to have picked up a racket, Hewitt has built a champion's game around a classic counter-punching style. If grit and guts are enough to win grand slams, Hewitt should be there come the final weekend.
The dynamic Australian has barely played on clay in the build-up to Roland Garros after a year disrupted by a row with the ATP, the governing body of men's tennis, and a viral illness.
But the world number one's ultra-competitive nature, electric speed around the court and crunching baseline shots give him an excellent chance at English Lawns, although his lack of patience counts against him.
Hewitt is bound to lift himself for the second Grand Slam of the year and will hope at least to match his best French Open showing to date -- reaching the quarter-finals in 2001.