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Lleyton Hewitt looks on (Photo: Adelaide Crows FC)

Crows Hall of Fame administrator Bill Sanders and No 1 ticketholder Lleyton Hewitt have been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day honours list.

Hewitt, who has retired from tennis after competing in his 20th Australian Open, was the youngest man (aged 20) to become world No 1. He won the US Open in 2000 and the next year claimed the Wimbledon title.

But he says his proudest moments were representing Australia in Davis Cup and at the Olympics.

 “It’s great to think that the country would honour me in this manner,” Hewitt said.

Sanders, recognised for significant service to Australian football, was involved in South Australian football for 50 years.

The arrival of the Adelaide Football Club at the end of 1990 provided a new full-time opportunity for the former bank manager.

Fresh from brokering a merger between SANFL clubs Woodville and West Torrens, the Woodville Chairman took on the Crows’ General Manager role. It was the start of two satisfying decades with the Crows as the General Manager, CEO and, later, Director and Chairman.

“It was a complete surprise when I was advised,” Sanders said. “Now that I’ve had time to reflect, I feel deeply honoured.”