I DISAGREE with all 3 of them!!!
First of all, Lleyton is not one of those people who's afraid to speak his mind. If he was withdrawing from the Madrid tourney coz of his problems with the ATP, I believe he'd have said so. He doesn't give a shit about what anyone thinks (which is one of many things I love about him
) and is always honest.
Secondly, I don't think he withdrew to be with Kim. That's just silly. They've both been seeing each other since Jan 2000. They both understand that they can't see each other every week. Besides Lleyton is in Filderstadt already!
Here's an excerpt and a quote from Lleyton about that from his recent interview :
He says he doesn't resent the obvious restrictions on his high-profile relationship with fellow tennis star Clijsters.
Hewitt and Clijsters are often apart as they follow their respective tours. They meet regularly in Belgium between tournaments.
``I don't really think, `If we both weren't tennis players, what would we be doing?' '' he said.
``We wouldn't have met (if not for tennis). It doesn't really worry me."
And a quote from Kim :
" We can't be together every week, but that is what makes it so special."
Let's throw this conspiracy out the window shall we?
And finally, I'm pretty sure that he's not doing this because he performs better under pressure. He is hands down the most competitive, intense and focused player on the tour right now. He'd never miss a tourney on purpose ever!
I have to comment on suggestions that he's lying about being sick. How many of you actually know about his illness? He had an infection for the first time back in 2000. He's someone who'll play even if he's sick unless the doctors ask him not to. Example for ya : He was to play DC finals in spain and got sick. During his 1st rubber against Costa his condition got worse. It was a nightmare.
He couldn't breathe and he was shaking. Newk would ask him to let go of his negative energy and he'd get up and play the next 2 games. Amazingly, he went on to win that match in 5 sets!
It was a heroic effort!
His infection comes and goes. He's been to doctors all over the world to figure out why it happens but they haven't been able to. He lives through that. And looks like the chicken pox has affected his immune system to add to that.
Please stop making accusations if you don't know the facts.
And the chicken pox was "probably" real?
He DID have chicken pox ! Day before he was diagnosed , he fought off a severe fever to help guide Australia to a second-round win against Argentina at the hopman cup but had to withdraw the next day. He was sick before this year's US Open too. That's why his accomplishments are so incredibly special!
I hope this newest virus has nothing to do with that one and he recovers soon. I know he will! He's a fighter!
Come on Lleyton!
GET WELL SOON sweetheart!