Hewitt and Clijsters plan permanent mixed doubles
Friday 26 December 2003
Lleyton Hewitt, the former world men's No 1, asked Kim Clijsters, the women's No 2, to marry him as they took a romantic boat ride around Sydney Harbor.
"He invited me for dinner on a boat and suddenly unveiled a ring and earrings," Clijsters, who is Belgian, told her official web site. "I didn't know what hit me, but I'm very happy about it. In Australia, being engaged means a lot. I'm extremely happy with my early Christmas present."
Hewitt's management company, Octagon, has confirmed the engagement but said no date had been announced. "Lleyton did surprise me a bit but I couldn't be happier," Clijsters, 20, said. "He has always been one to pay great attention to detail but I think he out-did himself this time."
Hewitt, 22, said: "It was a special evening together in one of the most beautiful cities in the world." The pair announced they were dating in the middle of 2000 at the French Open and two weeks later played the final of the Wimbledon mixed-doubles.
They have been drawn to play against each other for their respective countries at next month's Hopman Cup in Perth. That tournament is part of their preparation for next month's Australian Open.
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre