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Adidas International 2004

Okay, it's not the most creative thread name but I am a literalist.

Best of luck to Lleyton.

Here's the main draw...
Ferrero (1) - Guccione (WC)
Ferreira - Blake
Q1- Mantilla
Reid (WC) - Massu (6)

Moya (3) -Q2
Llodra (SE)- Youzhny
Robredo - Costa
Bjorkman - Srichaphan (5)

Verkerk (8) - Arthurs (WC)
Calleri - Mirnyi
Rusedski -Chela
Q3 -Philippoussis (3)

Hewitt (7)- Sargsian
Lopez - Kucera
Clement - Fish
Q4 - Schuttler (2)

This looks like a reasonable draw for Lleyton. The qualifiers should be tough for this tournament as well so there aren't many really weak spots in the draw--JCF's quarter looks like the softest,. Massu hasn't been playing very well to start the year, so this is a pretty good draw for Todd Reid too. Please note Rusedski versus Chela in a 'positive test' match.

Edit: a link to the official site in the interests of those who prefer the one-stop shopping approach to tennis results...

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If Schuettler plays like he did in Qatar, it's ok for Lleyton, but if Schuettler was only tanking to take the appearance money () Lleyton might have some trouble with him.

Verkerk and WayneO. That might be an interesting match. I'd also like to see a Blake Ferrero match, but Blake might be a little flat coming off the Hopman Cup.
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Schuettler's played great tennis obviously, although Lleyton usually matches up fairly well against this type of player--see Nalbandian.

Here is foxsports take on the draw.

Scud faces big hitters
By Darren Walton
January 10, 2004

FOUR of his own kind stand between Mark Philippoussis and a semi-final showdown with Lleyton Hewitt at next week's adidas International in Sydney.

The fourth-seeded Philippoussis was today thrust into a dangerous quarter of the draw featuring a swag of fellow huge servers.

The 2003 Wimbledon runner-up will meet a qualifier first up and is then projected to meet Greg Rusedski or Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round.

Chela served a three-month suspension in 2001 for taking nandrolone, while Rusedski this week confessed to testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid and will fight to save his career at a hearing in Montreal next month.

Should Philippoussis survive the first two rounds, he will likely face either Davis Cup teammate Wayne Arthurs, French Open finalist Martin Verkerk or the powerful Max Mirnyi in the quarter-finals.

Arthurs, one of three Australian wildcards in the 32-man draw, has been pitted against the eighth-seeded Verkerk in a first-round clash of two of the biggest servers in tennis.

Like Philippoussis, the seventh-seeded Hewitt will open against a qualifier and is positioned to confront last year's Australian runner-up Rainer Schuettler in the quarter-finals.

Today's draw in Sydney offered the potential for not only a Philippoussis-Hewitt semi-final, but also a last-four match-up of Spanish Davis Cup teammates Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya.

Ferrero, the No.1 seed bidding to go one step further than his final defeat last year at the hands of Korean qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee, will meet Australian wildcard Chris Guccione in the first round.

Fellow Australian teenager Todd Reid drew Chile's sixth seed Nicolas Massi.

Eight of the world's top 10 women's players have entered the Australian Open lead-up event, with the four top seeds Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport all having first-round byes.

With Alicia Molik forced to withdraw with her foot injury, Nicole Pratt and Cindy Watson are the only two Australians in the draw.

Pratt will meet rising Russian Vera Zvonareva and Watson will take on seventh seeded American Chanda Rubin.

The tournament starts tomorrow with some women's main draw encounters and the completion of the men's qualifying matches.

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I noticed that quarter packed with servers. Obviously just more of that Aussie draw rigging.

I was thinking...... well, Lleyton's only got to play one of them.
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Media crowd Greg Rusedski--the one with the towel naturally--and look forward to a tournament with plenty of storylines.


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It's such a shame Lleyton rarely got reasonable draws when he was the number one seed.

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Hewitt ready for another tilt at elusive Aussie crown
Agence France-Presse
Sydney, January 11

Lleyton Hewitt says he is priming himself for another tilt at an elusive first Australian Open crown.

Hewitt, 22, is set to play his first ATP tour match in more than four months here on Monday against unseeded Armenian Sargis Sargsian in the first round of the Sydney International.

Australia's former world No.1 said his lack of tournament tennis since his US Open quarter-final loss to Juan Carlos Ferrero last September left a query over his preparation for the season's first grand slam tournament, starting in Melbourne on January 19.

But an unbeaten run in Davis Cup -- including successes over Ferrero and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer -- during his sabbatical and three victories at the non-sanctioned Hopman Cup last week had made him optimistic about his chances at the Australian Open.

"(Preparation-wise), I'm not really sure what the right balance is. Until you hold up the trophy you'll never really know what the best is for you," Hewitt said on Sunday.

"From the situation that I've come in on - from not playing as many tournaments towards the end of last year, who knows. If you go out there and lose first round (in the Australian Open), you have got to reassess it.

"But I feel like I played pretty well last week in Perth, so I'll go out there and take it one match at a time this week and see what happens.

"I love playing in Melbourne, I love that arena and it's one of my favourite tournaments of the year. I really enjoy going out there. There's a big buzz leading into the tournament."

The former Wimbledon and US Open champion was top seed at the past two Australian Opens, only to crash out in the first round in 2002 after suffering from chicken pox and falling to an inspired Younes El Aynaoui in the round of 16 last year.

Ranked 17th, Hewitt looms as one of the most dangerous lower seeds in the draw and he is content not having to deal with the pressures that come with being top dog.

He also believes the experience of carrying the nation's hopes in Davis Cup has ensured he and fellow local hope Mark Philippoussis are well equipped to cope at the Open.

"The spotlight's more on Mark and myself coming into Melbourne, but we've had to deal with that in so many big Davis Cup ties in our home country," he said.

"You're playing in your home tournament and you're playing under the Australian banner, but it's still 'game Hewitt' instead of 'game Australia' in Davis Cup ties.

"So there's probably that extra pressure and extra expectation in Davis Cup ties that you've got the whole nation behind you and willing you on.

"I think because I've been able to deal with that situation so well that coming into Melbourne, I don't get that much more nervous or put any more pressure on myself to go out there and win the tournament."

----------------------------------------------------------------------Hewitt backs Rusedski's right to play
January 11, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt has backed former world No.4 Greg Rusedski's decision to continue playing tennis in the lead-up to his drug hearing next month.

Rusedski remains committed to playing this week's adidas International in Sydney and the Australian Open starting next week after acknowledging on Friday that he'd tested positive to the performance-enhancing steroid nandrolone.

Hewitt told a pre-tournament press conference in Sydney today that he supported Rusedski's right to keep playing tour events until his case was heard and said he would have no problem dealing with the Briton in person.

"You can't find a guy guilty till he's actually proven guilty," Hewitt said.

"At the moment it's fine. He's playing here and in Melbourne.

"I'd say hello to him. I'm not that close to Greg but I wouldn't ignore him or anything – that's for sure."

Rusedski has strongly denied committing a doping offence.

He trained at Olympic Park again today in preparation for his first-round match with Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela. In an ironic twist Chela was suspended for three months in 2001 after testing positive to a steroid.

While refusing to answer direct questions, Rusedski read out a brief statement to tennis reporters saying he was heartened by the support he'd received from other players.

"I've had nothing but support from people – even in the locker room," he said.

"I've been particularly pleased by the players' reactions. They've been very positive and sympathetic towards me.

"I want to concentrate on my tennis right now. I've got a match coming up and I want to get ready for Sydney this week and I've got the Australian Open as well.

"I would just like to say I'm looking forward to playing my match against Chela – it's obviously going to be a difficult first round match but one I'm going to try and do my best in."

Rusedski, who submitted the positive test in July 2002, said yesterday he'd been "singled out" while another 46 of the world's top 120 players had also shown elevated levels of nandrolone in 2002 and 2003.

The ATP last night admitted it may have been at fault in the instances mentioned by Rusedski, saying it could not "exclude the possibility that the contamination may have been an electrolyte supplement that the ATP's trainers provide to players."

It went on to say the process stopped two months before Rusedski's test.

"Since the ATP trainers stopped distributing vitamin and nutritional products in May 2003, the presence of nandrolone has largely halted," the statement said.

But Hewitt said it was a concern that Rusedski incident was being treated in isolation.

"I guess it does worry everybody if you do get singled out with something ... a lot of other people have had that same thing in their body (then) they've (got) off because there's a group of them," he said.

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Thanks for the articles, Tara.

Good to see Lleyton giving Greg the benefit of the doubt. Here is the Centre Court oop for Monday. Lleyton is up third. I hope Pim-Pim enjoys his night match.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Chela vs. Rusedski
2. Martinez vs. Maleeva
3. Hewitt (7) vs Sargsian
4. Navratilova/Raymond vs. Dragomir-Ilie/Pratt
5. Watson vs. Rubin (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Johansson vs. Schuettler (2)
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From the Sydney Morning Herald....more on the prohibited substance crisis.

Rusedski affair frightens all players: Hewitt
By Jacquelin Magnay
January 12, 2004

Lleyton Hewitt admitted yesterday that players feared they might unwittingly take banned substances supplied during matches but added he had complete faith the tour's trainers were dishing out only drug-free products.

Hewitt voiced his concerns on the opening day of the adidas International in Sydney after the tennis world was rocked by news on Friday that Greg Rusedski had returned a positive test to the steroid nandrolone.

Rusedski has claimed he is being singled out because 43 other players have tested positive to nandrolone that has come from the same source, a US supplier of electrolyte-replacement products that were used by the ATP's own trainers.

Tennis sources yesterday confirmed 36 players had been found to have nandrolone in their samples between August 2002 and May 2003, but at levels below what constituted a doping offence.

A further seven, including the Czech player Bohdan Ulihrach, had high levels of nandrolone and had been before an ATP drugs tribunal. All were cleared because of evidence ATP trainers might have inadvertently been giving players a contaminated electrolyte-replacement drink.

Hewitt said trainers employed by tennis authorities to supply drinks and electrolyte tablets to players during matches were trustworthy but the thought of unknowingly ingesting drugs supplied by them was a concern.

He said the seven players who were cleared last year were found innocent because there was a group of them. "That happened in one tour and yeah, it worries everybody," said Hewitt, who added he tried to control what he ate and drank, did not take supplements and had everything he took checked by doctors and tournament officials.

"If an ATP trainer comes on the court because you are cramping and says to take a tablet of electrolytes, well that is what ATP trainers are out there for . . . players can trust them. I would like to think you can trust what you are given."

The trainers stopped supplying the electrolyte-replacement product in May last year, two months before Rusedski gave his drug sample, in late July.

The British No.2, who was so stressed about the drug scandal his left leg shook uncontrollably during a short media address at Homebush Bay yesterday, faces a career-ending two-year ban if found guilty. He faces an ATP drugs tribunal on February 9 but is allowed to play until the tribunal hands down its findings.

Rusedski's lawyer, Mark Gay, told UK newspaper The Observer: "There are probably six players out there scared out of their minds that they will be dragged through this the way Greg is being. I am sure they are all innocent.

"There is no drug problem in tennis, the problem is with the ATP's administration. There has only been one proven case of nandrolone abuse in tennis in the past 10 years [Petr Korda in 1998, although in 2001 Guillermo Coria was banned for nandrolone and Juan Ignacio Chela was banned for another steroid. Last week, Mariano Puerta was banned for another steroid.] The scandal here is what the ATP have done, not what the players are doing."

Tennis officials said they could not release the names of six of the seven players who had faced drugs tribunals because they were found not guilty. Ulihrach was found guilty but later cleared.

"They all had their day in court, they convinced the independent tribunal and they were all exonerated and under ATP rules they are not guilty and there is nothing to announce," said a source close to the cases.

Gay told another UK newspaper The Sunday Telegraph he was unaware the ATP had taken the six cases to the tribunal stage.

"We would expect to have been told that by the ATP but we haven't been told that," he said. "If this is true, then it's really big news for us. That would indicate that this is fairly brainless.

"Why go to all that trouble if all you are going to do is to produce that same exoneration? Also, if you have identified the problem as being the ATP giving ATP players things . . . why waste time, money and effort? Why subject Greg to all this stress and strain?"

He said he would consider launching a compensation claim against the ATP if Rusedski was cleared of a doping offence.

"The thing I would then be doing would be asking for an awful lot of costs and I'd be thinking about commencing proceedings against them in the United States because it's crazy," Gay said.

"Greg has gone to considerable expense and been subjected to a lot of stress and strain, so if we show up and all they say is, 'Here's another one, bang, you're off', as a picture of futility it is hard to think of a greater one."

Yesterday, Rusedski would not comment on the case other than to quash rumours he was being ignored in the locker room. He refused to take questions, explaining he wanted to concentrate on his first-round adidas International clash with Argentinian Chela, who has previously served a steroids ban.

"I have been very encouraged by the reaction I have had from people," Rusedski said. "I have had nothing but support from people in the locker room - everyone has been very positive and supportive towards me."

Hewitt said he would not ostracise Rusedski and supported his decision to play until the decision of the ATP drugs tribunal in Montreal on February 9.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating tennis but its ability to enforce any findings is limited. The ATP and WADA are yet to sign off on an agreement, with full compliance not due until August 1 this year.

WADA chief executive David Howman said the problem in tennis "may have nothing to do with trainers and electrolytes".

"We are very concerned that perhaps the conclusion that the electrolytes provided by the ATP trainers were responsible for the positive results is wrong and there is something else going on out there," Howman said.
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Hewitt, Rusedski through in Sydney

Lleyton Hewitt has recorded a straight sets win over Armenia's Sargis Sargsian to march through to the second round of the Sydney International tennis tournament.

Hewitt was a 6-4, 6-2 winner in one hour and six minutes. He fired four aces and made just 12 unforced errors as compared to 21 from the world number 38 Armenian.

Hewitt now faces a second round match against either Spain's Feliciano Lopez or the Slovak Republic's Karol Kucera.

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Yo! good job Lleyton
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