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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – World No. 1 ranked Lleyton Hewitt and fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis have accepted wild cards, and all-time leading Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras has withdrawn from the 2003 Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic presented by Business Objects, March 3-9, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, it was announced Friday.

Hewitt, who won the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon, and Philippoussis, the 1997 Scottsdale champion and 1998 U.S. Open finalist, join No. 2 ranked and defending champion Andre Agassi and rising American star James Blake in the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic, an International Series event on the worldwide ATP men’s professional circuit. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles competition. Prize money for the event totals $380,000.

Sampras, the 2002 U.S. Open champion and 14-time Grand Slam singles titleholder, is postponing his return to the tennis circuit. He has not played a tournament this year.

“We are excited to have Lleyton and Mark in the tournament,” said Tournament Director Gus Sampras, Pete’s older brother. “I’m disappointed that Pete isn’t quite ready, but I understand his decision. Pete wants to give 100 percent, and he just feels he’s not yet there. We are sorry to lose Pete, but with Lleyton, Andre, James and Mark, we have a very strong draw.”

“He (Sampras) is continuing his practice and conditioning, but does not feel he is at the level where he can give it his best,” said Paul Annacone, Sampras’ coach. Annacone said he and Sampras will look at future events individually, and then make decisions about timing for Sampras’ s return to the ATP tour.

With Hewitt and Agassi, it marks the second time in tournament history the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in the world are in the draw. The other was 2000, when Agassi was No. 1 and Sampras No. 2. As of March 3, Hewitt will have held No. 1 for 68 consecutive weeks, the seventh-longest streak at No. 1 in the history of the ATP rankings (Aug. 23, 1973).

When Hewitt achieved the No. 1 ranking in 2001, he was the youngest player to finish the year at No. 1.He has finished No. 1 the last two years, the youngest player to rank as the top player in back-to-back seasons. The Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic marks Hewitt’s first appearance since the Australian Open, won by Agassi, his ninth career Grand Slam singles title.

With the addition of Hewitt and Philippoussis as wild cards, there are four former tournament champions in the field, joining Agassi and Wayne Ferreira. Hewitt has a 12-2 career record in Scottsdale, winning the title in 2000, reaching the final in 1999 and the semifinals in 2001.

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Not related to Scttsdale but a new one from the tennisforall site.

Beating Lleyton Hewitt: A Sketchy Psychological Theory

In sporting terms, Lleyton Hewitt is immense.

Hewitt's technique, whilst soundly built and rock steady, is nothing out of the ordinary, although his fitness, speed, timing and consistency (of both line and length) are exceptional. Like Jimmy Connors before him, Lleyton's strength is fist-pumpingly obvious, but you don't have to open your eyes too wide to see differences. I think it fair to say that most players want the crowd, and Connors was a master at swaying them to his purpose. In contrast, Lleyton doesn't so much feed on support as opposition. I couldn't stop giggling when watching the recent Davis Cup tie against Britain. The press post mortems (of a second-string British team) were being written up before the match even began, so all the pressure was on the Aussies. Having got off to a flat start, Hewitt gradually raised the intensity and turned to the British fans with glare-and-fist. The unspoken message was explicit:

I'll take you all on, you pommie *********.

And there you have the Hewitt Factor: Lleyton both needs and thrives on a scrap... and he'll focus on all the opposition—the opposing coach, entourage, crowd, and the whole the whole damn city—to get his juices flowing. This is an alien concept to lesser competitors.

Having made it into the history books with two Grand Slam titles, some players would already be partaking of the unholy grail of celebrity and taking it relatively easy. Not Hewitt. This guy is competition incarnate and he positively wills a fresh challenge out of each new point. Firing up on adrenaline, he fills the furnace of the human spirit and forges mettle in the flames (that's not a bad line...go on, read it again...we'll let Lleyton read it thrice!). And as one who often fires over into a written fury, I know quite a bit about the difficulties of keeping the heat at the right temperature: too cool and your not even in the game; too hot and...whoosh're consumed by your own white heat.

Lleyton's undiluted aggression occasionally spills over into an expletive, or a less-than-charming snarl, but this has much to do with steadying the fires at the right temperature and not even Hewitt's thermostat is perfect: like the rest of us, his thumping heart is wrapped up in mortal flesh and blood.

He's taken some flak for his attitude, which annoys me, but, in The Age of Cloning, it doesn't surprise me. Contrary to the view of many, I see Hewitt as one of the very best examples for aspiring young tennis players to emulate. This is especially true for British kids, who are too often encouraged to swagger with pride if they make it on to some squad or other.

There are of course problems for someone of that age, who might find themselves at the pinnacle of sport and on top of the world. It is one of the pitfalls of success that the higher you rise, the less likely it is that those around you will challenge your words and matter how errant. It's a kind of altitude sickness for high risers: reality and a sense of proportion can get a bit thin up there.

And how do you stop the wilfulness of competition from spilling off the tennis court and transmuting into ugly egotism in life? Where the tennis court ends, the real world begins and love is more than a match for the rampaging ego; if he is ever afflicted, I'm sure family and true friends will prevail.

Hewitt is reaping what he has sowed with years of intense practice, he always gives good value for those who've bought a ticket to the show and, from where I'm sitting (in an English leper colony...without a photographers pass!), it would seem he fully spends his aggression on the court. Oh, and Pat Rafter likes 'the little b*****d', which would stand as a fair reference with most.

Youngsters should remember that tennis is a one-on-one sport for individuals and the squad should merely be a place where individuals get practice, not their reward. Many will look upon it as the pinnacle of their achievements, but in the unlikely event that they one day face Hewitt across a net, the mythology of numbers will prove to be their downfall.

So how do you beat him? Well, men's tennis is in truly great shape and there are many with the ability: we need to see the best of players like Safin, Roddick and Ferrero, amongst many others, to find out if (and how far) the platform can be raised.
But for an opposing Davis Cup team, who aren't expected to win, I have a cunning plan.

Your first move is to soften up the opposition, so it would help chose a captain who tucks his shirt into his underpants, which will douse the flames of competition before you start. Then fill the stadium with friendly faces—Hewitt fans every one, dressed from head to toe in green and yellow, and all chanting: 'We lurv Lleyty Babes.'

Choose a pleasant opponent, who looks like he, too, would like Lleyton to win, and make sure that all the close line calls go Hewitt's way.

You might even bake him a birthday cake, fill it with celebratory candles...and if he wants to make a wish, get his adoring public to blow out all the candles for him. But a word of warning'd better make damn certain it's his birthday!

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I'll take you all on, you pommie *********.
LMAO, thanks Lleyton *raises hand as a Pommie bastard*

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Originally posted by C'mon_Lley
Your first move is to soften up the opposition, so it would help chose a captain who tucks his shirt into his underpants, which will douse the flames of competition before you start. Then fill the stadium with friendly faces—Hewitt fans every one, dressed from head to toe in green and yellow, and all chanting: 'We lurv Lleyty Babes.'

Surely we should rename the talk thread 'We love Lleyty Babes'!

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Agassi vs. Hewitt for No. 1: the sport's newest rivalry

By Matthew Cronin

FROM THE SIEBEL OPEN IN SAN JOSE, CALIF. – When you've had your butt kicked so severely that it's difficult to sit down even during changeovers, you need to explain to yourself why it's so sore. Perhaps that why the ATP Siebel Open Choir sung the praises of Andre Agassi so loudly after Stefanie Graf's favorite closer won his 56th title on Sunday.

Or perhaps it's because with Pete Sampras on a potentially never-ending hiatus and No. 1 ranked Lleyton Hewitt is taking a breather after a mediocre start to the year. The boys in the locker room are saying that the No. 1 isn't the real No. 1 at all.

"When he's playing like that, he's the best," said Italian Davide Sanguinetti, who Agassi clubbed 6-3, 6-1 in the San Jose. "He hits the balls on the line perfect, like a machine. Even if you lose to Lleyton, you can play. With Andre, you have to go for more difficult shots. He makes you go into overdrive."

For Pete's sake, the Agassi aura is glowing so strongly and brightly that even the soft-spoken, so-careful-not-to-offend Darren Cahill is secure enough in his position in the tennis world now that his current player (Andre) is more competent now than his ex-player, Lleyton.

"Lleyton deserves to be No. 1. He's been the most consistent over the past year," Cahill said. "But I don't think it would be bad for me to say that Andre is playing best tennis of anyone right now." (Cahill )

Even Hewitt's Davis Cup teammate, Mark Philippoussis, who Agassi destroyed 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of San Jose, was ready to wave the red, white and blue flag just a few days after he and Hewitt combined to down the British.

"Andre's the hottest player right now. He's the No. 1," Philippoussis said. "He returns so well and keeps pressure on your at every moment. Lleyton's ranked No. 1, but Andre's so hot and his results speak for themselves." (Flip )

Davis Cup player James Blake, whose weaknesses Agassi exposed in the Siebel semis and who has lost two classic U.S. Open matches to Hewitt, is just amazed at his countryman.

"Andre's the best player in the world now," said Blake. "I never played him in his so-called prime, but he looks like he's in his prime now. This is no disrespect to Lleyton, but what Andre did in Australia was incredible. He just ran through the field. He was two levels above everybody." ( Corncob ) Younes El Aynaoui upset Hewitt in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Australian Open champ Agassi is now just 135 points behind Hewitt. His 12-0 start to the year is his best since 1995, when he went 15-0. He could conceivably seize control of the top ranking in March – maybe at Indian Wells, but more likely at Key Biscayne.

Whether that happens is to a large degree up to Hewitt. He decided not to defend his Siebel Open title and take three weeks off in between Davis Cup and Indian Wells, where he is the defending champion.

There is a decent possibility that Hewitt will take a wild card in Scottsdale in two weeks time, but that's pretty dependent on whether Sampras plays there. If Sampras plays, Hewitt will likely skip it. If Sampras pulls out, his brother, tournament director Gus Sampras, will have enough money freed up to pay Hewitt's guarantee.

While it's somewhat obvious that there are a some players who are not purposely disrespecting Hewitt, there are some are doing so purposely. (wtf?! ) Hewitt's record over the past eight months matches up fine against Andre's. He won '02 Wimbledon and Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, two of the most important tournaments past '02 Roland Garros. Andre has won one of the next two most important, the US Open and the Australian Open.

Hewitt has a 4-3 lifetime record against Agassi, including Hewitt's two wins over Agassi in San Jose and Cincinnati last year, and Agassi's huge triumph over Hewitt in the US Open semifinals. Agassi has eight Slams overall, Hewitt two. While the 32-year-old Agassi gets the historical edge today over the 23-year-old (HE'S 22! You moron )Hewitt, if you look the past two years and two months of play, you would have to give Hewitt the nod based on his more consistent record at the majors and because of his Davis Cup heroics.

Now the question is whether after two years at No. 1 whether Hewitt will have the same hunger he showed in 2001 and 2002. Agassi doesn't seem to care that much about getting to No. 1 again, but he does care about his level and if he's not beating Hewitt when he's playing, he won't be too pleased about his overall performance.

Despite the players' contention that he deserves the No. 1, Agassi said he doesn't think like he playing better than ever. "I don't know if it's possible for me to judge that," he said. "It's about getting better. The game better in some respects and you try to improve there. I would hope that I'm getting better, because that's my goal."

One man cares a heck of lot about what could tennis' greatest new rivalry: Cahill. He won't say a negative word against Hewitt, but their relationship ended on a sour note at the end of '01. He'd love to be the man who coached both a young horse and an old mare to the top, even if Agassi could care less.

"Andre plays tennis in his terms, which is playing his best and winning tournaments and let's the ranking take care of itself," Cahill said. "But he's had so many incredible achievements is his career that I haven't. So having Andre reach No. 1 might be more special to me than it is to him."

OMFG, all these shitty quotes from the players are freakin' me out!! Lleyton is the BEST in the world, period! He just needs to get it together.

I honestly do not understand why people think DH winning AO was an extraordinary effort. He had one of the lamest draws I've ever seen.

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10. Lleyton Hewitt: Accepts a wild card into Scottsdale, which shows that he's dead serious about fending Agassi off for No. 1. (You got that right! )

Good Luck Lleyton!!!!

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Oh no! Lleyton is sick again! Damn that cold

Hewitt feeling the heat


AFTER 68 consecutive weeks at the top of the tennis mountain, Lleyton Hewitt is under intense pressure to keep his world No. 1 ranking.

The Wimbledon champion will play his first tournament, since his fourth round exit at the Australian Open, next week in Scottsdale, Arizona – holding just a 135-point buffer over arch-rival Andre Agassi.

The two best players in the world will be seeded one and two respectively in Scottsdale.

Then it will be a shout with Agassi and company at two Tennis Masters Series events at Indian Wells and Miami.

Hewitt won last year at Indian Wells and reached the semi-finals in Miami and he will need to equal those results if he is to maintain his points advantage over Agassi.

At this time Hewitt does not make the top 10 in the ATP 2003 championship points race, having played only the Australian Open.

The Tennis Masters Cup will be held in Houston in November, where Hewitt will attempt to win the final for a third consecutive year after victories in Sydney (2001) and Shanghai last year.

The 32-year-old Agassi is the hottest player on the circuit, undefeated in two events this year and looking rejuvenated under the inspired coaching of Hewitt's former coach, young Australian Darren Cahill.

Hewitt's Davis Cup teammate, Mark Philippoussis, will also compete in Scottsdale, where he won in 1997.

It's Philippoussis's third event since the Davis Cup victory over Great Britain on February 9 and follows disappointing results in San Jose and Memphis.

The current US Open champion Pete Sampras has decided to put his much anticipated return on hold.

Since the Davis Cup, Hewitt has stuck to his 2003 plans and is gunning mainly for the four grand slams as his major mission along with winning the Davis Cup this year.

"He took a couple of weeks off after Davis Cup and went to Belgium with his girlfiend Kim [Clijsters]," said his father Glynn yesterday.

"He's been practising for the last week, but a cold has set him back a bit and he's been taking it easy until this week."


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Lleyton HEWITT (AUS) (1) vs. Fernando VICENTE (ESP)



(Q) Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)vs. Alex CORRETJA (ESP) (6)

Paradorr SRICHAPHAN (THA) (4) vs. qualifier

David SANCHEZ (ESP) vs. Nicolas MASSU (CHI)

Taylor DENT (USA) vs. Andrei PAVEL (ROM)

Cecil MAMIIT (USA) vs. Xavier MALISSE (BEL) (8)

Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG) (7) vs. Mark PHILIPPOUSSIS (AUS)

(LL) Scott Draper (AUS)vs. Jonas BJORKMAN (SWE)


Agustin CALLERI (ARG) vs. David NALBANDIAN (ARG) (3)

Rainer SCHUETTLER (GER) (5) vs. (Q) Harel Levy (ISR)

Robby GINEPRI (USA) vs. Mariano ZABALETA (ARG)

(Q) Jay Gooding (AUS) vs. James BLAKE (USA)

Thomas ENQVIST (SWE) vs. Andre AGASSI (USA) (2)


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Scud, Hewitt team up (Melbourne Age)
March 4 2003
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As Australia prepares to play Sweden on an indoor hardcourt in next month's quarter-final in Malmo, a potential new Davis Cup doubles combination is on debut in Arizona. Not only does the Scottsdale pairing of Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis expand the selection options of captain John Fitzgerald, it completes Philippoussis's symbolic return to local tennis favour.

Not since being dumped by regular partner Pat Rafter in January 1999 has Philippoussis teamed with a fellow Australian, and this public embrace with Hewitt follows last month's harmonious and successful return to Davis Cup competition in the tie against Britain in Sydney.

This doubles pairing may continue at next week's Masters Series event in Indian Wells, and intermittently thereafter.

In the past four years, Philippoussis has combined with 12 different partners, from Goran Ivanisevic to Justin Gimelstob, but not a single Australian. During that time, the Victorian has struggled with recurring knee injuries as well as the unsympathetic judgements of his peers, who have questioned his commitment to national duty.

The thaw now appears complete, with Hewitt having approached Philippoussis's coach Peter McNamara last October to ask if there was anything he could do to help his countryman recover from yet another knee trauma.



McNamara suggested an occasional doubles relationship. "They'd complement each other: one guy never misses a ball, and the other guy hits it so hard you can never get it back, so what more do you want?" McNamara said.

Although Hewitt has joined with Todd Woodbridge for the past two Davis Cup doubles rubbers, Philippoussis and Wayne Arthurs have not been eliminated from contention.

Swedish captain Mats Wilander has nominated Plexipave, which is a similar hardcourt to the Decoturf II used at the United States Open, for the April 4-6 quarter-final, and Fitzgerald will stick with his usual practice of finalising his doubles pair after the first two singles rubbers.

Despite having lost the doubles point to Brazilians Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Sa in the first-round tie, Jonas Bjorkman and Magnus Larsson are again the likely Swedish combination at the 3800-seat Baltiska Hallen in Malmo, with Bjorkman also the frontrunner for one singles berth.

Australia leads 6-2 overall, but last won in Sweden in 1981. Since then, the Swedes have compiled two 5-0 home routs, on carpet in 1992 and clay in 1985.

By choosing Plexipave, despite Hewitt and Philippoussis having both reached a US Open final, the Swedes appear to be playing to their own strengths and recognising the all-court versatility of their opponents, whose past three home ties have been staged on grass, hardcourt and clay.

Meanwhile, in Scottsdale, wildcards Philippoussis and Hewitt were drawn to meet Argentinians David Nalbandian and Sebastian Prieto in the first round this morning.

Hewitt had not been due to return to tournament play until next week in Indian Wells, but sought a late singles wildcard to try to ward off Andre Agassi's challenge - he is now within 30 points - for the No.1 ranking the Australian has held for 68 consecutive weeks.

Hewitt plays Fernando Vicente in the first round, while Philippoussis, another discretionary entry by virtue of his injury-ravaged ranking, will meet seventh seed Juan Ignacio Chela.

Scott Draper qualified as a lucky loser, and plays Bjorkman.
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I'm so happy that Lleyton is playing doubles as well. I really missed him in action. I can't wait to see him play
Good luck Lleyton in singles and doubles

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Agassi hunts Hewitt

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Agassi has had plenty to celebrate so far this year
This week is the last chance for players on the ATP tour to get their game in tune before back-to-back Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami.
Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt head the line-up in Scottsdale for the Franklin Templeton Classic.

Agassi is unbeaten this year after following his win in the Australian Open by picking up the title in San Jose.

He is closing in on Hewitt at the top of the world rankings, and his awesome form has seen him lose just two sets in 12 matches this year.

But he faces a potentially tricky first-round match against the experienced Thomas Enqvist, with upcoming American James Blake likely to be his opponent in round two.

David Nalbandian, Paradorn Srichaphan, Rainer Schuettler and Alex Corretja are the other top seeds in the draw, with Taylor Dent and Mark Philippoussis also lurking.

The other men's tournament this week takes place in Delray Beach.

World number six Andy Roddick tops the bill, and he will be hoping to go one better than last year, when he was upset in the final by Davide Sanguinetti.

The main opposition for Roddick will be second seed Guillermo Coria, who was beaten in the final in Buenos Aires the week before last, and performed well in the Australian Open before being steamrollered by Andre Agassi.

But there could be plenty of shocks as the relatively unheralded trio of Martin Verkerk, Hyung-Taik Lee and Stefan Koubek have all won titles this year.

The women's tour moves to Indian Wells for the Pacific Life Open a week ahead of the men.

The Williams sisters are having the week off, but seven of the world's top 10 are in the line-up.

World number three Kim Clijsters heads the list, with Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Amelie Mauresmo and reigning champion Daniela Hantuchova also in action.

Hantuchova's win last year was her first on the tour, and she became the lowest ranked seed to win a Tier 1 event when she beat Martina Hingis in the final.

The main action gets under way on Wednesday.


Hewitt and Agassi ready to return (what kinda headline is this? Agassi is not returning. He won San Jose last week! )

Agence France-Presse
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Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, his world number one ranking under pressure from unbeaten Andre Agassi, moves back onto court a week earlier than planned as top seed of the ATP Templeton Classic.
Hewitt has not played an ATP event since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open last January to Younes El Aynaoui.

The 21-year-old Aussie star won a singles and doubles tie in Australia's 4-1 Davis Cup rout of Britain last month in Sydney and has not seen action since.

With a Masters Series title to defend starting March 10 at Indian Wells, Hewitt figures to be pleased to get back into action at a hard-court event which also serves as Agassi's main tuneup.

Hewitt stands a distant 45th in the season's Champions point race, while Agassi, going strong at age 32, has won both tournaments he has played so far, San Jose and the Australian Open.

The American tennis icon is seeded second and will be aiming to repeat as trophyholder here. The fast conditions and hard-courts make this venue and Indian Wells among the most favourable for the American veteran's game.

And Agassi is hardly lacking in confidence, even if Hewitt does hold the top spot in the Entry System standings used to determine tournament seedings.

Heading towards his 33rd birthday in two months, Agassi's game is perhaps the best it has ever been. Agassi's title in San Jose was his 11th since turning 30, fifth-best all time.

"I really feel ready to go," said Agassi. "I've managed to balance a lot of things in my life and game. I am making guys play a great match to beat me. That's all you can do out there."

Hewitt, who has said he will reduce his 2003 schedule to concentrate on the Grand Slams and Davis Cup, opens against Spaniard Fernando Vicente and could face either South African Wayne Ferreira or Davis Cup mate Wayne Arthurs in the second match.

Second seed Agassi opens with Swede Thomas Enqvist, who has barely own a match this season after a slow start due to injury.

Seeded third is Wimbledon finalist Davis Nalbandian of Argentina, who lost the title match to Hewitt last summer. Top Thai Paradorn Srichaphan will be fourth seed, beginning against a qualifier.

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Good luck in the double!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

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Wheter she would prefer to see Lleyton or herself in the Wimbledon final,she was asked last year."Lleyton,because I don't like to see him unhappy."(Kim)
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Hewitt lays it on line

By Margie McDonald
March 3, 2003

LLEYTON HEWITT is feeling old age creeping up on him - so he has taken a wildcard into the $US380,000 ($625,000) Scottsdale tournament this week to try to stave it off.

Hewitt is just 135 points ahead of Andre Agassi in the rankings and needs to win a few tournaments to keep the 32-year-old from taking his world No.1 ranking.

Hewitt, who turned 22 last week, has not played an ATP event since losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open.

After helping Australia demolish Britain 4-1 in the Davis Cup, Hewitt said he did not plan to be back on the circuit until the Tennis Masters Series event at Indian Wells, starting next Monday.

But Agassi's win at San Jose three weeks ago, on top of his fourth Australian Open a month earlier, has seen him close in on Hewitt.

Fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis also has accepted a wild-card as he tries to recapture form after second- and first-round losses in San Jose and Memphis. Philippoussis won in Scottsdale in 1997 before three operations on his left knee.

Today marks Hewitt's 68th consecutive week as No.1, the seventh-longest streak in the top spot in the history of the ATP rankings, since August 1973.

When Hewitt, then aged 20, finished 2001 at No.1 he was the youngest player to do so. Holding on to No.1 at the end of 2002 meant he was the youngest to claim back-to-back seasons.

Meanwhile, Pete Sampras said he was not ready to return to tournament play, which he left after his 14th grand slam win in the 2002 US Open.

Sampras was to play at Scottsdale, where his brother Gus is tournament director.

"I'm disappointed that Pete isn't quite ready, but I understand his decision. Pete wants to give 100 per cent, and he feels he's not yet there," Gus said.

With the addition of Hewitt and Philippoussis, there are four former tournament champions in the field, including Agassi and Wayne Ferreira. Hewitt has a 12-2 career record in Scottsdale.

If he survives his first-round clash with world No.48 Fernando Vicente of Spain, he is likely to meet Davis Cup team-mate Wayne Arthurs in the second round.

Second seed Kim Clijsters advanced to the finals of the WTA tournament in Scottsdale yesterday.

Rain washed out the other semi-final between Alexandra Stevenson of the US and Japan's Ai Sugiyama, who plays doubles with Clijsters. Both the delayed semi-final and the final will be played this morning, Australian time.

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post #15 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-03-2003, 08:04 PM
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Originally posted by C'mon_Lley
I'm so happy that Lleyton is playing doubles as well. I really missed him in action. I can't wait to see him play
Good luck Lleyton in singles and doubles

Thanks Duck
Who does he play double with do you know ??
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