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He?s temperamental, talented and quite good at tennis.

But now Aussie racquet whippet Lleyton Hewitt is going to turn his hand to acting, in beach and surf soap, Home and Away.

However, when we say acting, he will be playing himself, alongside fianc?e Bec Cartwright, as a ?mysterious? man in the Summer Bay diner, according to Aussie showbiz tittle-tattlists, News.com.au.

Appearing in two episodes to be aired later this summer, head of drama at the programme-makers, John Homes said: "When he's in front of the camera, there's a quality there that comes at you and you obviously see that when he is in his element on the court.?

He's full of confidence and that confidence comes straight through."

And that comes with career earnings of over five million quid, being ranked world number two and have a spanking new actress girlfriend by the age of 23, we reckon

Home and Away are hoping the role will become permanent, although it?s unclear how many storylines can be squeezed out of a ?mysterious? man in the Summer Bay diner.

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Lleyton aces Summer Bay

Sunday Herald Sun

10 April 2005

THIS is the moment tennis ace Lleyton Hewitt made his acting debut on soap Home and Away.

He might have conquered Wimbledon, but Hewitt admitted he was nervous to swap his racquet for a script.

But he had some expert help on hand to coach him.

It was a case of art imitating life at this week's filming as Hewitt played a "mystery man" who is captivated by the charms of Summer Bay's resident bubbly beach babe Hayley, played by his fiancee Bec Cartwright.

But fans of the popular soap will have to wait until June to see whether the tennis star should give up his day job.

In the first scene, he sits in the Summer Bay diner gazing intently at Cartwright. He has a speaking role in the second scene, exchanging pleasantries with Cartwright.

Hewitt's acting debut came after he jokingly said he would like to play an extra, drinking a milkshake and sitting in the diner on Home and Away during a courtside interview at the Australian Open.

Channel 7 wasted no time extending the offer of a cameo role.

Seven's head of drama John Holmes said Hewitt had a quality about him on camera that commanded attention.

"The story has it engineered so they both meet in the diner and I have to say when they do meet it is electric," Holmes said.

"We obviously wanted to have him play alongside Bec and I think that is what the fans want to see as well."

Holmes said if Hewitt wanted to swap centre court for Summer Bay there would be a job waiting for him.

"If Lleyton Hewitt wanted to be on Home and Away I think we could probably squeeze a role for him, yes," Holmes said.

While Hewitt has supported Cartwright with her acting, the Gold Logie nominee will be courtside when the he chases his second Wimbledon crown later this year.

Cartwright has been granted special leave by the producers of Home and Away to attend the tournament.

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