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If Lleyton Hewitt were not Australian, and say, American, would you like him?

It seems like the majority of his fans are Aussies, and their blind love for him is mostly due to national pride, not necessarily because they enjoy his game, attitude, etc.

I may be wrong, however. Please speak truthfully.

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It seems like the majority of his fans are Aussies, and their blind love for him is mostly due to national pride, not necessarily because they enjoy his game, attitude, etc.

I may be wrong, however. Please speak truthfully.[/QUOTE]

OK, I'm Australian. It's not blind love by any stretch but there's an element of national pride in one's enjoyment of what is a very good game. The attitude does not bother and remarks like the celebrated "dissing" one appeal because of the built-in Australian idiomatic usage. Maybe if I changed nationality, I'd start to appreciate Roddick's on-court antics.
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I remember when Pat Rafter was coming to the latter stages of his career, the Aussies absolutely loved him and weren't that fond of Hewitt. I suppose now that he's retired and Hewitt is the only Aussie with a shot of winning a slam his popularity has gone up. It's understandable that people get behind a player because of his nationality. Take Henman for example, if he wasn't British I'd probably dislike him quite a lot. But since he's British I have a bit of a soft spot for him and want him to win all the time (unless he faces Rafa).
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I remember when Pat Rafter was coming to the latter stages of his career, the Aussies absolutely loved him and weren't that fond of Hewitt. I suppose now that he's retired and Hewitt is the only Aussie with a shot of winning a slam his popularity has gone up. It's understandable that people get behind a player because of his nationality. Take Henman for example, if he wasn't British I'd probably dislike him quite a lot. But since he's British I have a bit of a soft spot for him and want him to win all the time (unless he faces Rafa).

Yes, indeed. Pat "sorry mate" Rafter charmed even more. I miss him. He played a magnificent game and always kept a sensible perspective on fame and celebrity.
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I'm Aussie and not that fond of Hewitt at all. Alot of people here don't like him and I think it is because his behaviour and attitude is actually very much like that stereotypical "American Sportstar" behaviour that irks many people. It is interesting to note that on his fansite there are almost equal numbers of americans and aussies that support him. I think he is a jerk and I think if he was American you guys would love him and most of us would still think he was a Wanker.
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I agree with spottygoose. I noticed even during the Aussie final this year that many fans seemed to be a bit turned off by Hewitt's antics and even gave Safin quite a bit of support, whereas you never would have seen that with Rafter.
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I agree with spottygoose. I noticed even during the Aussie final this year that many fans seemed to be a bit turned off by Hewitt's antics and even gave Safin quite a bit of support, whereas you never would have seen that with Rafter.

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I'm pretty sure you guys know he disgusts me.
Sure, he has an awesome talent and that's great. Off court I'm sure he's a nice enough guy. He's (tennis) great for the country, whatever. But I don't appreciate his on court behaviour/attitude. You can do what you have to do to win your matches, but there's a line...and he crosses it :-/

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It's true, alot of people were put off by his carry-on that day. Safin is also very popular in Australia and many people were happy for him to win. I stopped cheering for LLeyton once his antics started and I never thought I would do that against an Aussie in a Final!
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I am Australian and I can not stand Lleyton Hewitt as a player - and I only like seeing him do well because he is Australian because yeah,. us Aussies are known for blind patriotism.

Hopefully now he will jsut get whipped around his famewhore fiances little finger and she will push him to sing a lame duet with him and they will go to number 1 in Kazakstan* or somewhere and we will never have to see him play tennis again. Except for Davis Cup because we need him. I can admit that.

*No offense directed at anyone in Kazakstan.

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I'm a naturalized Aussie, so I do have some nationalism behind my liking of Hewitt.

But, I like his competitive spirit. I don't think he ever tanks matches. He always gives 100%. And, it's not like he's a bad sport. He doesn't take ten minute bathroom breaks, no offense to Roddick, though.
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I'm a naturalized Aussie, so I do have some nationalism behind my liking of Hewitt.

But, I like his competitive spirit. I don't think he ever tanks matches. He always gives 100%. And, it's not like he's a bad sport. He doesn't take ten minute bathroom breaks, no offense to Roddick, though.

I agree. I really admire some of his qualities - the fact that he never quits, is very patriotic and that he isn't a bad sport. In fact, I think he has some awesome qualities and in interviews you get a sense that he really could be quite a "good bloke".

The thing that lets him down is that he can be hot-tempered when in intense situations and although he may not intend to be rude the fact is pure and simple he is rude.

Some of the things that have come out of his mouth and the choice of some of his words when dealing with linespeople in particular are just thoughtless and childish. It is these things that have made people dislike him and he just doesn't learn. The whole racist thing was a non-issue as i am sure this was a misunderstanding but to use the word spastic and pointing & threatening at a linesman is just ridiculous.

He needs to grow up. Unfortunately, with his parents hanging around all the time he will probably never get decent advisors. Shame as i think his public persona is quite different to who he really is.
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and she will push him to sing a lame duet with him and they will go to number 1 in Kazakstan
All the best songs go to number 1 in Kazakhstan.

I bet Tammin Sursomething's did.
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If he was American, I would probably stick up for him (somehow though i'm not quite sure how) and support him
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