And Hewitt fights back
Lleyton hits one back
By CHRIS TINKLER
LLEYTON Hewitt has taken aim at former best friend Andrew McLeod over the Adelaide football star's move to block the tennis ace releasing a DVD.
Hewitt yesterday called the legal action "mystifying", saying McLeod had long known about the DVD and had not raised any concerns previously.
But Hewitt added that he still considered the Crows midfielder a friend and hoped they could overcome the dispute.
McLeod lodged a Federal Court injunction on Friday to stop Hewitt distributing the DVD Lleyton Hewitt: The Other Side and is seeking damages.
The row centres on Hewitt using footage from the pair's tour of the Northern Territory in October 2004.
In his claim, McLeod states he and Hewitt visited sacred sites, witnessed Aboriginal events including bushwalking in restricted areas, dancing and fishing.
Hewitt did not ask for permission from traditional landowners or the land council to use restricted segments in filming, he alleges.
But a spokesman for Hewitt hit back yesterday, saying the footage involving McLeod was just one part of the DVD.
The DVD was conceived by Hewitt and his marketing team several years ago to show aspects of his life away from the tennis court, the spokesman said.
McLeod had watched the footage with Hewitt last Christmas and was happy with it, he said.
The close relationship between McLeod's wife, Rachael, and Hewitt's former fiancee, Belgian Kim Clijsters, has been blamed for the breakdown of McLeod and Hewitt's once seemingly indestructible bond.