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Thumbs up Lleyton visits a couple of teens for the Make-a-Wish foundation.

all Lleykis! and everyone else....

I realised that lately there's been so much negativity here about our man I thought I'll post something wonderful about him.

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RCA Championships notebook
August 18, 2002

www.indystar.com

Wishes come true

For attendance and TV purposes, tournament director Rob MacGill no doubt wishes top seed Lleyton Hewitt had made today's final.

Hewitt lost in the third round to Greg Rusedski, but Hewitt made some other wishes come true earlier in the week.

In conjunction with the RCA Championships and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, teen-agers Evan West and Katie Collier got to meet Hewitt.

West, a Center Grove High School senior, is in remission from central nervous system lymphoma. Collier, a New Palestine sophomore, suffers from Hodgkin's disease. She completed chemotherapy and radiation earlier this summer and is awaiting a report from her most recent tests.

The top-ranked Hewitt, a 21-year-old Australian, met with Collier and West for about a half-hour on Tuesday. He asked about their interests and their tennis games and answered questions.

West plays tennis for Center Grove. Collier hopes to play this spring but missed last season because of her illness.

"It was so awesome," Collier said. "He talked directly to us. He wasn't looking around or in a big hurry. It was like he wasn't even a superstar. He was a normal person."

West agreed with that assessment.

"He was very down-to-earth," West said. "It was a great experience. I was happy he was so willing to do it."

West and Collier had no idea when they were invited to the tournament that they would get to meet Hewitt.

"They told us we probably would get to meet one of the players, but we didn't know who it was," said Jeff West, Evan's father. "It couldn't have been better."

Afterward, Hewitt posed for pictures with the teen-agers and their families and signed autographs.

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Kudos to Lley for doing this!! That's my boy!

Now if only the f***ing press would report the nice and wonderful things he does ( so quietly ) more often, people would see Lley as the warm, down to earth and kind person that us Lleykis (and Kimmy ) already know he is.

GO LLEYTON!!!!

GO KIM!!!
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That story put a big smile on my face!!! What a great guy!
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I wish the press would make stories about all the players charity work more public, I love reading the stuff.

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Wow nice article, thank you for posting

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Great article


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Cool stuff. It would be cool to get to know those things really. We have so little info on their good actions...

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Great!
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Theres a show here called Topspin where they highlight some of the players work off the court. Usually its just Americans of course, but there have been others. Haas, Safin, Henin to name a few. Why not add the good things Hewitt's done?

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Hewitt's charity work is not often publicised, but I have been assured by many people that he does a lot of it
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Thanks for the article

Lleyton does do a lot of charity work, even if we don't hear about it all the time Here he is talking with some kids.... aussie juniors I believe
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nice work by the media to report on hewitt's charitable acts.

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The press should better write more of these articles instead of saying that he's a racist!

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thats such a cute picture of him with those kids
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being from adelaide i get to see alot more of the real lleyton than that u see on court and that portrayed in the media....

...this story is much closer to the mark than the other trash
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