Hewitt was the only non-US athlete to make list, published by GQ magazine.
While the magazine pokes fun at Hewitt’s renowned obsession with the Rocky movies, it was the South Australian’s alleged racist remarks during his 2001 US Open tie against African American James Blake that “sealed the deal”. After being foot-faulted several times by a black linesman, Hewitt approached the chair umpire and said “Look at him and you tell me what the similarity is”.
Blake later forgave his opponent and Hewitt has always maintained he meant the “similarity” was that the same linesman kept foot faulting him.
The magazine quotes Argentine player Guillermo Coria saying Hewitt is hated by every other player on the circuit and insinuates he deserved being spat at by another Argentine player, Juan Ignacio Chela. US athletes filled the other nine places on GQ’s list, with popular golfer Phil Mickelson coming in eighth and basketballer Kobe Bryant listed fifth most hated.
Controversial gridiron player Terrell Owens topped the poll for his inappropriate touchdown celebrations and threats to teammates and management.