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Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than [the] French Open."

The surface saga continues...

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Q. What about the court speed? Obviously, you clearly are upset by the slow nature of it. I mean, how much did that play into Juan Ignacio's hands tonight?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, you know, it definitely helped him out, there's no doubt about that. You know, he still played extremely well, and, you know, he didn't give me a lot of opportunities out there.

But, you know, the court surface, it's very hard to dictate play out there. You know, and it's slower than last year, there's no doubt about that, whether it's the balls or not. They say changing to Wilson balls is, you know, to make it quicker or whatever for using a US Open ball, but the facts are this is a totally different top surface to a US Open. You can't compare two balls. This ball fluffs up on this court because it's so rough. It leaves a lot of fur out there on the court. Whereas the US Open is a painted surface on a hard court that's a lot slicker out there so the ball's going to get smaller.

I don't think there's been a lot of homework done how the balls play on this surface for some reason. It's bouncing a lot higher and playing a lot slower even this year from last year.

Q. Last year you said it was playing like the French Open. Do you stand by that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Mate, it could be slower than French Open.

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Q. The struggles you've had with sort of the surface here and the sort of questions that's raised, does it take away the fun or the challenge you have here? Does it sort of make it ‑‑ I know you look forward to coming here, but does it detract from that a bit?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's a bit disappointing purely because I feel like I'm fighting with ‑‑ you know, fighting with people that, you know, we should be working together to try to make Australian tennis better. I know Flip feels exactly the same way. I know Wayne feels the same way. Yeah, I really don't know when some of these people are going to wake up to themselves.


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Re: Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than French Open."

oh please, the other day he said the surface was playing about the same as last year. He beat Chela last year and made the FINAL.

This is seriously getting old. None of the other players who are better on faster courts with lower bounces are having trouble.

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Re: Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than French Open."



enough of the bitchin already!!..its gettin incredibly tired now.
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Re: Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than French Open."

So perhaps we shoud make the clay quicker in FO in order to help a frenchie to win it

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Re: Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than French Open."

Here we go again.

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Re: Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than French Open."

I fail to see why the Australian Open should be adapted to suit the Australian players.

All that Australia does is host the slam event, but that's it.
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I fail to see why the Australian Open should be adapted to suit the Australian players.

All that Australia does is host the slam event, but that's it.

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Re: Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than French Open."

How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview?
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So perhaps we shoud make the clay quicker in FO in order to help a frenchie to win it
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How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview?
haha i didnt even notice the first time i read it.i was too full of rage at his moaning!!!..but yea ur rite...way too many!
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Re: Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than French Open."

I just went through the whole interview, and it seems as though Hewitt has taken up the "you know" habit that Clijsters has.
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How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview?
Shucks, you beat me to it.
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How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview?
Isn't that Kim's trademark?
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Re: Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than French Open."

i sometimes think no matter what Hewitt says people are going to be no his throat
as for favoring home players in slams it has happened before & will continue
Agassi made the US open change the schedule so he can have more rest than his other semis opponent , who was none other than Federer
as for the courts & balls
I fail to see why they would keep changing it so much

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