The former No. 1 player qualified for his first Australian Open when he was 15. He will turn 32 next month. Nobody in the Open era has played more consecutive Australian Opens than Hewitt, a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion.
The closest Hewitt has come to ending a drought for local men that dates to 1976 at the national championship was when he lost the 2005 final to Russia's Marat Safin.