Hello there - this is my first post in the men's forum ever. I have just recently begun posting in the women's forum and have now decided to give it a try here.
I have been visiting Lleyton's forum religiously for a very long time and have always enjoyed reading all your posts. I am a big fan of both Lleyton and Kim and was, I guess a Lleyki like alot of you. When they broke up I was surprisingly less affected by it than I thought I would be. I still get more upset when I think about Kim's losses in her slam finals or Lleyton's losses against Federer. Go figure.
At this time I fall into that group of fans who are not overly impressed with Lleyton's off court behaviour and think that he is behaving slightly immaturely. While I have no problem whatsoever with him having a new girlfriend, I do question the way he has gone about the whole affair. To me it just seems so contrived and manipulated the way the whole relationship is being conducted, not only the whole posing for pics and the boat cruise incident. I mean, come on, there must have been other wildly romantic and public places he could have taken Bec on a date - hot air balloon ride comes to mind. I kind of questioned the whole 'they and their families having been friends since they were kids statement (If you have been friends for years why would you need to call the management company to ask for a phone number?).
Having said all that I am a big fan of his and will always support and wish and hope for the best for him. I don't think that I will ever be as interested in his new relationship(s) as I was in the L/K one although of course it has not stopped me from coming into this forum and checking out the LLeyton/Bec photos. I think it is more of a sick fascination kind of thing. I hope that, provided there is genuine affection between them, that Lleyton and Bec let their relationship develop at a natural and also more private pace.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the Australian season is over and the tour moves to Europe and the US. I have always thought that Lleyton is two different persons. When he is in his comfort zone (speak Australia) he is self confident and at ease with himself and his environment. I feel when he is abroad he is the total opposite,. For the last few years he has had Kim to smooth the way (my impression) and as she once mentioned, 'take him by the hand'. He has also, arguably, been the beneficiary of a lot of free goodwill ,solely because of Kim pretty much mentioning him and how great he was in every interview and press conference that she ever gave. She was probably the best PR
person he ever had and possibly will ever have. Going forward LLeyton is going to have to generate his own good press abroad. Not sure how helpful Bec is going to be there. Unless of course she learns to play tennis quickly, joins the WTA tour and is then able to give press conferences wherein she mentions Lleyton constantly.
I am so happy that the tennis season has started again and that we can now shift some focus onto his athletic achievements. A little balance between his on court and off court activities is probably a good thing. I cannot wait for the Australian Open to begin.