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Wayne Arthurs is heading towards his worst finish since 97 when he finished outside of top 300. It is likely that he will retire this year. Mark P will also end the year outside top 100 for three years in a row.

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We're in a tennis crisis
By Ron Reed

October 10, 2006 12:00

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TENNIS legend Pat Rafter says the Australian game is in crisis and that Lleyton Hewitt's slide down the rankings may be attributable to him losing interest.

He hinted that the end may be approaching for the former world No.1, who is now out to 19 - and losing ground.

Hewitt was "only just hanging in there'', Rafter said yesterday.

Himself a former No.1 and winner of two US Opens, Rafter was speaking ahead of his induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at tonight's annual dinner in Melbourne.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame earlier this year and is thrilled to now be elevated alongside the likes of Sir Donald Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Greg Norman, Betty Cuthbert and Ron Barassi in the all-round pantheon of Australian greats.

Four years into retirement, Rafter said he was not surprised that Hewitt was finding it tougher and certainly didn't blame him for the decline.

"He's been doing it for so long and from such a young age. There's a lot of pressure,'' Rafter said.

Hewitt is 25 and has been a star since he won the Adelaide International at 17.

His impressive record includes winning the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002, 68 weeks as No.1 and a major role in two Davis Cup triumphs.

It is less than two years since he made the final of the 2005 Australian Open, losing to Russia's Marat Safin, but he has since married and become a father, which has coincided with a sharp fall in the rankings.

He is, though, still the only Australian man in the top 100, while only Sam Stosur (30) and Nicole Pratt (70) are in double figures among the women.

"One in the top 100 - I'd consider that a crisis. It's as flat as we have seen it,'' Rafter said.

"But there is one guy capable of winning a lot of tournaments and I hope he can keep going for a while.''

Rafter was referring to Hewitt, of course, but agreed his old Davis Cup teammate appeared to be coming down the other side of the mountain.

"He is tired,'' Rafter said. "He may get a second wind, I'm not sure.''

Asked if there was a chance Hewitt might drop out altogether, Rafter said: "I wouldn't know - but we'd be in trouble then, wouldn't we?

"I wouldn't like to be the Davis Cup captain then.''

Asked if there was any way back, he said: "Yeah, he's got his finger on the pulse, he's just got to keep away from (Roger) Federer and (Rafael) Nadal (the two top-ranked players) as much as possible.''

Rafter said he wasn't surprised that Hewitt, who is nursing an injury, would not play for the rest of the year.

"The end of the year is a tough trip - it's no fun,'' he said.

Rafter says for everyone there comes a point when "you've got to look at yourself and ask what else am I going to do''.

"I reached a point where I had had enough and I was satisfied with my decision,'' Rafter said. "He will be too when he makes his decision.''

Rafter will be one of four inductees into the Hall of Fame - former Richmond footballer Kevin Bartlett is one of the others - which brings the number of full members, living and dead, to 342.

He is on the same wavelength as the organisation's chairman, sailing hero John Bertrand, who has created a "spirit of sport'' ethos to encourage the nation's youth to make the most of the opportunities sport - and life - can provide.

"This sporting culture thing, we've lost our way a bit, and that goes for the whole world,'' Rafter said. "It needs a boost.''

Rafter is the father of Joshua, 4, and India, 16 months, and says he is already "taking a firm stand'' on making sure the elder one is not stuck in front of the TV or playing computer games.

The Hall of Fame will also elevate a member to official Legend status and present The Don award to the most inspirational athlete of the year.
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Small mistake in the article~~ Hewitt was actually 16-yrs when he won his 1st ATP title at Adelaide[~-^].

***Hewitt`s "...second wind.." is coming soon & he`ll win another significant title in the next 18-months [GS or AMS]!!....Just hang on guys~ Rocky Llegs loves to prove them wrong!!
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I've never been a fan of Hewitt's, but I respect the way he's always worked so hard. Sad to see him sliding at such a relatively young age. Maybe he peaked too soon????
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what's the point of this ?

You win and then come down, no one wins forever but whatever.
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If they give the WC to Arthurs it's the same as throwing it into a 5000m deep abyss.
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Whatever happened to Todd Reid?
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what's the point of this ?

You win and then come down, no one wins forever but whatever.

The point is that Australia has a fabulous tennis history ...
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Hopman, Stolle, Rosewell, Roche, Laver, Newcombe, Cash, Rafter, Hewitt... -->> However our well of talent has run dry & it`s sad
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If they give the WC to Arthurs it's the same as throwing it into a 5000m deep abyss.
Arthurs will announce his retirement by the end of the year ~ so don`t worry
Philippoussis will get the wildcard somehow ~ he sort of deserves it since he`s our 2nd highest ranked player & won Newport a couple of months ago
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Mark's already committed to 3 challengers this month... i hoping he will end the year inside top 100 and wont need the WC.

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Tennis legend Pat Rafter , he is a good player but not a legend

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Lleyton's reply to Rafter -

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Hewitt denies he's lost the hunger
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Injury-riddled tennis star Lleyton Hewitt says his famous competitive fire is burning as strongly as ever and the prospect of retirement hasn't even entered his head.

Australia's top-ranked player was forced onto the back foot after a stinging verbal volley from former Davis Cup colleague Pat Rafter, who said Hewitt was tiring and may never return to his best form.

Speaking at the launch of January's Medibank International at Sydney Olympic Park - an event Hewitt has won four times - the South Australian said he was still more than capable of competing amongst the game's elite.

"I only saw Pat's comments earlier, Pat and I know each other so well, but this year things have been hard regardless because I've had so many niggling injuries and that's hard on anyone, especially in my style of game," Hewitt said.

"I was number one or two only a year and a half ago, so I feel like I can still get back up there.

"What drives you is watching guys like (Roger) Federer and (Rafael) Nadal playing out most of the finals."

Hewitt said while he was hopeful of boosting his world ranking - which currently stands at 19 - next year, he was especially eager to add to his two grand slam titles.

"I want to get up there and have another crack at those guys, and hopefully next year not only my ranking improves, but I'll also be at the business end of the slams again," he said.

"I still feel there's small errors in my game that I can work on to become a better player."

Asked whether retirement was beginning to weigh on his mind as injuries started to take their toll, Hewitt said the idea hadn't even entered his head.

"I don't know, I've got no idea, you sort of see as you go, but retirement's definitely not in my plans right at this minute," he said.

While Hewitt is at least a month away from being able to bear weight on his right knee after a bout of patella tendonitis, ruling him out for the remainder of 2006, the 25-year-old is hoping for a return to full fitness and a change of luck in 2007.

"This year has been tough, but you can't really do much about it when you roll your ankle, it's pretty unlucky and that happened four days before the French Open, lingering over until Wimbledon two weeks later," he said.

"It had a bit of a snowball effect, my knee probably got a bit worse because my ankle put my whole body out of balance.

"Now is the time for me to do some proper rehab, I'm treating it like a pre-season to get myself in as good as possible shape, not only for the Australian summer next year, but for right through the year."

Rafter won 11 singles titles, and took three years from turning pro to win his first one (1994) - so legend is a bit extreme - but from an Australian tennis point of view only Rafter and Hewitt have any real singles form since Pat Cash in the late 1980's
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Home » Sport » Breaking News » Article
Hewitt denies he's lost the hunger
Email Print Normal font Large font October 10, 2006 - 3:26PM

Injury-riddled tennis star Lleyton Hewitt says his famous competitive fire is burning as strongly as ever and the prospect of retirement hasn't even entered his head.

Australia's top-ranked player was forced onto the back foot after a stinging verbal volley from former Davis Cup colleague Pat Rafter, who said Hewitt was tiring and may never return to his best form.

Speaking at the launch of January's Medibank International at Sydney Olympic Park - an event Hewitt has won four times - the South Australian said he was still more than capable of competing amongst the game's elite.

"I only saw Pat's comments earlier, Pat and I know each other so well, but this year things have been hard regardless because I've had so many niggling injuries and that's hard on anyone, especially in my style of game," Hewitt said.

"I was number one or two only a year and a half ago, so I feel like I can still get back up there.

"What drives you is watching guys like (Roger) Federer and (Rafael) Nadal playing out most of the finals."

Hewitt said while he was hopeful of boosting his world ranking - which currently stands at 19 - next year, he was especially eager to add to his two grand slam titles.

"I want to get up there and have another crack at those guys, and hopefully next year not only my ranking improves, but I'll also be at the business end of the slams again," he said.

"I still feel there's small errors in my game that I can work on to become a better player."

Asked whether retirement was beginning to weigh on his mind as injuries started to take their toll, Hewitt said the idea hadn't even entered his head.

"I don't know, I've got no idea, you sort of see as you go, but retirement's definitely not in my plans right at this minute," he said.

While Hewitt is at least a month away from being able to bear weight on his right knee after a bout of patella tendonitis, ruling him out for the remainder of 2006, the 25-year-old is hoping for a return to full fitness and a change of luck in 2007.

"This year has been tough, but you can't really do much about it when you roll your ankle, it's pretty unlucky and that happened four days before the French Open, lingering over until Wimbledon two weeks later," he said.

"It had a bit of a snowball effect, my knee probably got a bit worse because my ankle put my whole body out of balance.

"Now is the time for me to do some proper rehab, I'm treating it like a pre-season to get myself in as good as possible shape, not only for the Australian summer next year, but for right through the year."

Rafter won 11 singles titles, and took three years from turning pro to win his first one (1994) - so legend is a bit extreme - but from an Australian tennis point of view only Rafter and Hewitt have any real singles form since Pat Cash in the late 1980's

I`m very happy to read this
Hewitt obviously still thinks he can do it ...Seriously with the amount of injuries & other distractions he`s had in the past 18-months it`s a near miracle that he can finish inside the Top-25 for the the 8th year in a row

Considering what happened to him just before the FO ->> he went on to make the 4rd, won Queens [packed with top players] & QF at both Wimby & USO~~ the guys got talent & guts... If he can just have a full-season without significant injuries I can definitely see him back in the Top-3 & challenging for Slams again
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