Originally Posted by erik-the-red
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.