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Lleyton Hewitt has been given unprecedented security for Australia's Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina in Buenos Aires this month.
Hewitt, who has had several run-ins with Argentine players, will have two minders for the tie on 22-24 September.

"We have held several discussions with Lleyton," said Team Australia media manager John Lindsay.

"And we felt it was necessary to have this kind of arrangement in place to ensure he was part of the team."

Hewitt had expressed concerns about his safety during the match and was only confirmed in captain John Fitzgerald's team last week, despite carrying a knee problem.


The security guards will accompany Lleyton throughout the weekend
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"We've also had productive talks with the Argentine federation and are hopeful things will go smoothly," added Lindsay.
"The security guards will accompany Lleyton throughout the weekend and give him the assurance we felt he needed."

Mark Philippoussis, absent from Davis Cup tennis since 2004, Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley are also in the team.

Argentina captain Alberto Mancini named world number four David Nalbandian, Jose Acasuso, Juan Ignacio Chela and Agustin Calleri.

It is the same team that played in Argentina's victories over Sweden and Croatia in the previous rounds.

Chela was fined for spitting at Hewitt at the Australian Open last year, while the Australian also had a verbal spat with Guillermo Coria during an ill-tempered Davis Cup singles rubber in Sydney last July.

"The situation has got steadily worse for visiting teams and it takes only one whacker over there to turn things on its head," said former US Open and Wimbledon champion Hewitt in July.

Hewitt holds the Australian record for the number of Davis Cup wins with 28.

Philippoussis, meanwhile, will play his first Davis Cup tie since Australia's 2004 first-round loss to Sweden in Adelaide.


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/spo...is/5337642.stm
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I'm confused. What exactly is Lleyton's problem with the Argentines? WHat'd he do, bitch about them? ANd it's so bad he needs SECURITY???
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will the guards dive in front of him when someone spits at Lleyton?
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I'm confused. What exactly is Lleyton's problem with the Argentines? WHat'd he do, bitch about them? ANd it's so bad he needs SECURITY???
For someone as opinionated about so many issues (modesty, humanitarian activity) as yourself you really know very little about the game, even its short-term history.
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Enough of hyping up this tie. People don't realize that if the tie is decided on Saturday (good probability), we won't even see the anticipated Nalbandian-Hewitt clash on Sunday and this tie won't live up to its expectations.

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Hewitt is just trying to make people hate him more, so he can play better. He always does that. I'd be very glad to see him beating up the Argentines, but that's not going to happen.
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Hahahaha, what a way to call for attention. He's seriosly going to get harrased now.

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Hahahaha, what a way to call for attention. He's seriosly going to get harrased now.
In fact, as probably he already knows it can't get much worse (as he's already like the second or third most hated person in Argentina), he's just trying to pull it as far as he can.
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3-day vacation for the guards
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In fact, as probably he already knows it can't get much worse (as he's already like the second or third most hated person in Argentina), he's just trying to pull it as far as he can.
Is it because he's an "asshole". Or is it because of the incident with chela in the AO 2005?

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Good for Lleyton. That's what team Argentina gets for making it unnecessarily personal.

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Is it because he's an "asshole". Or is it because of the incident with chela in the AO 2005?
He is an asshole and he has been having problems with the Argentines since the beginning of his carrer, as far as I know.
Let's not forget, though, that the Argentines are not the most polite people on the circuit.
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Re: Hewitt to get guards for DC

They have had bodyguards in other sports. For example, Apolo Anton Ohno didn't go to compete in South Korea for 2 1/2 years or so after the 2002 Winter Olympics. When he finally did go to compete there, he had to have bodyguards. Of course, he received death threats after the 2002 games- and I doubt Hewitt ever has- but since he is considered one of the five most hated people in Argentina per whatever that survey was, I'm not surprised he has bodyguards.

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and he has been having problems with the Argentines since the beginning of his carrer, as far as I know.
Iirc, there were even instances during his junior days. Something along the lines that he created a banner that was bashing the Argentine junior players.

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In fact, as probably he already knows it can't get much worse (as he's already like the second or third most hated person in Argentina), he's just trying to pull it as far as he can.
It's going to be a Circus, as Wilander said. Nothing physically will happen to Hewitt. He going to feel too much pressure from the argentine fans, just that.

Remember that Tennis, is not the most important sport in Argentina, so he is not one of the most hated person in Argentina.

By the way, in my personal opinion, In order to win this tie, I prefer Hewitt to not come to ARgentina. But If I want to see nice matches and wanted to swear to someone, I would like him to come.

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