Bouncing baby will keep Lleyton, Bec on the ball

AN ecstatic Lleyton Hewitt fired off text messages to friends and family in the middle of the night after his wife Bec gave birth to their first child, a daughter.

The former Home and Away actor most know as Bec Cartwright delivered the healthy girl at about 1.45am (AEDT) yesterday in Sydney's exclusive Royal North Shore Private Hospital. "Lleyton and Bec Hewitt are pleased to announce the overnight arrival of their first child, a healthy baby girl,'' the Hewitts' manager Rob Aivatoglou said.

"At this stage Lleyton and Bec have not announced a name for their new arrival. Lleyton and Bec are absolutely thrilled. "Most importantly, everything went smoothly and mother and daughter are well.

"Bec and Lleyton very much look forward to taking their daughter home in the coming days.'' Friends of the tennis ace and his wife of four months were woken by text messages in the middle of the night.

One friend said the message announced a baby girl, that mum and bub were doing well and that dad was very happy.

Dawn Hewitt also received an early morning phone call from her delighted grandson.

"About half past one (Adelaide time) he rang and said yes, it's all happened ... and then I couldn't go back to sleep anyway because I was thinking about that,'' Mrs Hewitt told the Nine Network in Adelaide.

"So I haven't had any sleep. Apparently he's the same.''

Bec's former Home and Away castmates heard the news on set early yesterday morning.

"Everyone was just so pumped and excited for her,'' said Jason Smith, who plays Robbie Hunter on the popular soap. "It's been a long time coming and the whole Home and Away set is buzzing at the moment and so happy for her and Lleyton.'' Hewitt's coach Tony Roche was believed to be among the first to see the newborn.



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