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Hewitt withdraws from Masters Cup - It's Official

from the official masters cup site
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TENNIS MASTERS CUP

Lleyton Hewitt Replaced by Gaudio

Impending fatherhood has forced two-time Tennis Masters Cup champion Lleyton Hewitt to withdraw from the circuit finale in Shanghai, which begins this Sunday. Hewitt and wife Bec Cartwright are expecting their first child within the next two weeks.

Hewitt won Tennis Masters Cup Sydney in 2001 and won a second consecutive title in Shanghai in 2002. He finished year-end No. 1 in both years.

Hewitt said: "I am extremely disappointed as I have always enjoyed playing Tennis Masters Cup and had a great time in Shanghai in 2002, winning the event and maintaining my year-end World No.1 status. With my baby due in the next two weeks, it is not possible for me to come. I wish the event well and am sure it will be a great success and I hope to qualify for next year’s Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai."

Tennis Masters Cup Tournament Director Brad Drewett said: "We're obviously all very disappointed that Lleyton can't be with us this year. He has had an amazing record at the Tennis Masters Cup over the years, but we understand his situation and wish he and Bec all the best for the birth of their first child."

Gaston Gaudio narrowly missed out on clinching a Shanghai berth last week at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris when he reached the quarterfinals. The Argentine, who qualified for Tennis Masters Cup Houston last year after winning Roland Garros, has won five titles in 2005: Vina del Mar, Buenos Aires, Estoril, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel.

Gaudio joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Guillermo Coria, Nikolay Davydenko, and Ivan Ljubicic in the eight-man field at the $4.45 million finale.

Tennis Masters Cup Doubles will be played concurrent with the singles final at the new Qi Zhong stadium. Teams competing are Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan and Jonas Bjorkman/Max Mirnyi – who are locked in a battle for year-end No. 1 honors - Wayne Black/Kevin Ullyett, Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor, Leander Paes/Nenad Zimonjic, Michael Llodra/Fabrice Santoro, Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley and Wimbledon champions Wesley Moodie and Stephen Huss.
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not that unexpected but it still sucks. good luck to him and his baby though

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So Hewitt waited until Ljubicic exhausted himself to get a place in TMC before he announced his withdrawl.
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So Hewitt waited until Ljubicic exhausted himself to get a place in TMC before he announced his withdrawl.
no entiendo. would it have made a difference to Lju's status if Hewitt had withdrawn earlier?

personally i like Hewitt's priorities.

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So gaudio gets to play All the best to lleyton and his family

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no entiendo. would it have made a difference to Lju's status if Hewitt had withdrawn earlier?

personally i like Hewitt's priorities.
please don't take it in a negative way. I actually agree Hewitt should wait until all tournaments are over before he announce the withdrawl.

and for whether it'll make a difference to Ljubicic, we'll never know
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please don't take it in a negative way. I actually agree Hewitt should wait until all tournaments are over before he announce the withdrawl.

and for whether it'll make a difference to Ljubicic, we'll never know
i didn't take anything in a negative way.

i was asking a genuine question for which i do not have the answer. would it have made a difference to Lju's status if Hewitt had withdrawn earlier? i am honestly asking.

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Not a surprise, but an early congrats to them . I love baby pictures, can't wait to see the happy family soon

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Now I won't see any of my favs players in Shangai

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Now I won't see any of my favs players in Shangai

but I wish all the best for Hewitt and his family
then i will at least 1 of my fav players here in shanghai cant wait to see him in Hilton Hotel n the stadium


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Now Puerta is oficially the first alternate. But in case Roddick withdraws, Nalbandian will take his spot, as he confirmed he will only travel to play the matches.
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personally i like Hewitt's priorities.
Me too. Very commendable.

I hope he and his wife are blessed with a healthy baby.

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for Lleyton knowing what's important in life. Best of luck to their family!
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