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Kudos to Lleyton

I applaud Lleyton for his mature approach to the whole scheduling debacle. A lot of people here will never admit it, but he's matured tremendously in recent years, and he should be given credit for it. Here's a portion of his interview after his loss:

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Q. I know it's a difficult subject, but the lateness of the hour in your previous match, do you think, all things being taken into consideration ‑ it's always easier with hindsight ‑ but do you think Grand Slam tennis should start, matches should start that late in the day, taking all the elements out of it? A big match in a big tournament like this...

LLEYTON HEWITT: At the French and Wimbledon obviously you don't have to worry, so it's only here and New York, two out of the four, that it's even possible.

Yeah, it's not ideal. But then again, you know, backing up the next day's not ideal either. So, you know, what's better? I don't know.

Yeah, obviously Ferrero and Ferrer had to back up and play two days in a row. We've done that at Wimbledon. It's not the easiest thing to do.

So, yeah, obviously it throws your body clock out a little bit more, you know, finishing so late. But, you know, what's better? I'm not sure.

Q. Do you blame the late night for the loss? Simple as that.

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, absolutely not. He was too good tonight.
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Re: Kudos to Lleyton

He has always been this good of a sport really...I never get all the fuss about his non-sportmanship...He is the classiest guy on tour, and he has been since probably his 3rd year on tour (of course as a youngun he had to be more arrogant etc)

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suck shit i say leyton you sore loser who swears far too much on court. Take that coach roach. I only wish he had won so he oculd face roger in the semis

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suck shit i say leyton you sore loser who swears far too much on court. Take that coach roach. I only wish he had won so he oculd face roger in the semis
Others behave (and swear) a lot worse on court these days.
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.He is the classiest guy on tour, and he has been since probably his 3rd year on tour (of course as a youngun he had to be more arrogant etc)

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Others behave (and swear) a lot worse on court these days.
Agreed, but Hewitt hates only look at his behaviour when he was a teenager and haven't forgotten. They need to grow up, Hewitt clearly has and it's why I'm such a huge fan.
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Give credit where credit is due. Not sure I'd go as far as saying the classiest guy on the court but he has matured considerably. He is still extremely intense and now not a jerk on court - that's hard to do.
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I don't like Hewitt's behaviour on court at all, but off court he has always been a quiet and pleasant guy I remember meeting him a few years ago (when he was with Kim), and thinking what a decent, nice, ordinary guy he really was, even back then. Just a pity this doesn't always translate onto the court. I'm sure that marriage and fatherhood have made him mature tremendously too, because he has other things in his life now more important than tennis.

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Re: Kudos to Lleyton

Hmm...Lleyton doesn't appear to be as PO'd by the decision as some here are. At least he brought up the fact that Ferrer and Ferrero had to play two days in a row because of the rain.

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I have always thought Lleyton Hewitt was a very good sport, he almost always embraces at the net with his opponent as if he has won the match, I think he is a good guy, who cares what bullshit others are spouting.

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Re: Kudos to Lleyton

Agree with most of the people who posted on this thread.
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Agreed, but Hewitt hates only look at his behaviour when he was a teenager and haven't forgotten. They need to grow up, Hewitt clearly has and it's why I'm such a huge fan.
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Hmm...Lleyton doesn't appear to be as PO'd by the decision as some here are. At least he brought up the fact that Ferrer and Ferrero had to play two days in a row because of the rain.
Yes, I'm glad Lleyton brought that up. On court he's a warrior but in interviews he's often very thoughtful towards fellow players. And I think he has matured very much as a person since he got married and became a father.

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