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04-29-2004, 07:57 AM
Lleyton's next tournament is Rome, next week, do you think that it has a luck to take away the tournament? :-)

04-29-2004, 08:12 AM
Well let's hope he can win! But on the positive side, it's all just points and practice from here till RG - he literally had nothing to lose.

Good luck Lleyton. Remember Davis Cup in Brazil ... you CAN play on clay.

04-29-2004, 08:46 AM
Good luck Lleyton in Rome 2004. Come on Lleyton ^_^

04-29-2004, 01:12 PM
Yes you are right numer1kim !

Good luck Lley! One is all with you!

04-29-2004, 07:42 PM
Come on Lleyts!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

04-30-2004, 06:45 AM
good luck lleyton!!!~~ :smooch:

04-30-2004, 08:27 AM
Best of luck to Lleyton :clap2: :clap2: :bounce:
We all know he can do it ;)

04-30-2004, 01:55 PM
Yes but it is on hard-packed surface and one knows all that Lleyton on the hard-packed surface ca makes not specialement check menage! lol ! sorry for my english

05-02-2004, 06:19 AM
Hewitt avoids tragic hotel fire

Lleyton Hewitt was due to arrive at the five-star Parco dei Principi in Rome just hours after fire ripped through the luxury hotel, killing three people and forcing the evacuation of many of the world's best tennis players.

The blaze started about 5am on Saturday (local time).


Andy Roddick helped guests out of harm's way. Thailand's Paradorn Scrichaphan received an urgent phone call from his father, who was staying on a different floor, telling him to get outside. Marat Safin's equipment was destroyed. Dutchman Sjeng Schalken had to be plucked from the roof by a firefighters' crane.

An American man attempted to escape his fifth-floor room by jumping off his balcony using a rope made of bed sheets. He fell to his death.

Hewitt had been expected to book into the hotel later that day, the manager of the Parco dei Principi told AAP. Instead, Australia's former world No.1 and other players were directed towards the nearby Sheraton.

The hotel manager said Hewitt's Davis Cup teammate Mark Philippoussis had not been booked in at the Parco dei Principi. Hewitt and Philippoussis are in Rome for the Italian Open, which starts on Monday.

Two Canadian guests also died, but Association of Tennis Professionals spokesman Nicola Arzani told AP that no players were hurt.

She said several of the "really scared" players were evacuated and stood outside for several hours until they were taken to the nearby Austrian Embassy. Max Mirnyi was wrapped in a blanket, wearing only a pair of shorts. The players were allowed back to the hotel to retrieve belongings.

"Roddick helped people onto the roof," said Arzani.

"Several of the players had a real fright. I talked to a few of them this morning and I know that Safin, his trainer and his girlfriend were quite shaken up. A lot of people lost equipment. Safin lost a lot, he couldn't practice."

Schrichaphan's father and coach, Chanachai, left his room so quickly he left behind his luggage and passport, which were destroyed.

"I was awakened by noises but didn't bother about it until I smelt smoke in my room," he told Thailand's The Nation newspaper.

"When I opened the door, I saw fire, so I grabbed a towel to cover my mouth and rushed to the lobby.

"Paradorn was sleeping when I called him to get downstairs."

The Canadian couple died from asphyxiation, investigators said. The deceased 58-year-old American man's wife reportedly used the emergency staircase and escaped unharmed.

A minute's silence for the three victims was held before qualifying matches began.

05-02-2004, 06:58 AM
Thanks for the article :kiss:
I'm glad Lleyton wasn't checked in the hotel yet- but I can imagine Kim being really worried about him :hearts: :angel:

05-02-2004, 11:57 AM
It is really sad what it is past.

05-02-2004, 11:59 AM
Yeah it's awful about the fire :eek: Sounds like Andy was pretty brave going in there like that and helping everyone. It's just terrible about the people who died.

05-02-2004, 03:08 PM
I think that American man really paniced. His wife got out fine.

So sad about the Canadian couple that perished from smoke inhalation.

05-02-2004, 04:16 PM
I was in a hotel fire, and it's easy to get separated from a friend or spouse if there's smoke in the hallway, because you can't see very far at all. The fire was on the floor I was on, and the fire alarms (along with recorded announcements), emergency strobe lights, and sprinklers all went off at once. It was very scary to wake up in the middle of the night to all that! We all got out OK, and the sprinklers put out the fire, but believe me, it was upsetting. Now, when I go to a hotel, I always check the fire evacuation route in advance.

05-02-2004, 04:53 PM
Glad you got out!

Yes, something like that would make you check.

What I don't understand is that an employee went to the room and saw flames from under the desk in the room. You would think that he would have grabbed a fire extinguisher right then. I don't quite understand how the fire got so out of hand and that the guests weren't roused immediately. I saw the pictures of that hotel and there are heavy draperies in the rooms. Perhaps they caught fire. Still, it is confusing that the guests didn't seem to get any alarms in their rooms but were only wakened by the smoke.

05-02-2004, 04:54 PM
ATP Rome

Federer, Roger (1)-Bjorkman, Jonas
Kuerten, Gustavo-Costa, Albert
Horna, Luis-Youzhny, Mikhail
Martin, Todd-Verkerk, Martin (14)

Novak, Jiri (12)-Blake, James
qualifier-Mirnyi, Max
Calleri, Agustin-Sanguinetti, Davide (wc)
Lopez, Feliciano-Grosjean, Sebastien (7)

Schuettler, Rainer (3)-Spadea, Vincent
qualifier-Arazi, Hicham
Sargsian, Sargis-Davydenko, Nikolay
Hrbaty, Dominik-Gonzalez, Fernando (13)

Schalken, Sjeng (11)-qualifier
Volandri, Filippo-Kiefer, Nicolas
qualifier-Saretta, Flavio
Soderling, Robin-Nalbandian, David (5)

Massu, Nicolas (8)-qualifier
Labadze, Irakli-Gaudio, Gaston
Pescosolido, Stefano (wc)-Safin, Marat
Di Mauro, Alessio (wc)-Srichaphan, Paradorn (10)

Chela, Juan Ignacio (16)-Zabaleta, Mariano
Mantilla, Felix -Ginepri, Robby
Stepanek, Radek -Ivanisevic, Goran
qualifier -Henman, Tim (4)

Moya, Carlos (6)-Martin, Alberto
Clement, Arnaud -Ljubicic, Ivan
Haas, Tommy -qualifier
Robredo, Tommy-Philippoussis, Mark (9)

Hewitt, Lleyton (15)-Seppi, Andreas (wc)
Lapentti, Nicolas -Pavel, Andrei
qualifier -Sanchez, David
Canas, Guillermo-Roddick, Andy (2)

05-02-2004, 05:01 PM
Ah, there he is ! Was wondering when and where he'll be back playing ???
Hope he was'nt in the hotel that was on fire yesterday !!!
Or Kimmie will have been very worried about her Lleyton :lol:
I don't think so though ... think he was still out here in belgium ... could that be?

05-02-2004, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the article :kiss:
I'm glad Lleyton wasn't checked in the hotel yet- but I can imagine Kim being really worried about him :hearts: :angel:
ooeff ... ( relieved ) , i had to read that article before i said something about it !!! :o :D

05-02-2004, 07:28 PM
Good Luck Lleyton :bounce:

His draw is pretty tricky. Local wild card is a nice start. Pavel in the second round a possibility and he beat Lleyton in Miami, but still beatable.

Vamos! :D

05-03-2004, 03:38 AM
Good luck Lleyton. OK draw - not great, not terrible. And as I keep saying, everything from here to RG is icing on the cake - but a slightly higher ranking would be very useful!

Funny that Roddick is in Ll's section yet we're worrying about everyone else! The vagaries of clay I suppose, but we could still see that match.

05-03-2004, 08:33 AM
Come on Lleyton! :bounce:

05-03-2004, 01:07 PM
Can someone please post the schedule of play?
I can't access the website somehow :o

Thanks :kiss:

05-03-2004, 06:53 PM
come on lleyton !!

05-03-2004, 08:51 PM
Here is the main courts schedule of play.
Central (1 pm)
Federer - Bjorkman
Volandri - Kiefer
Roddick - Canas
Hewitt - Seppi (nb 9pm)

Massu - Dell'Acqua
Grosjean - Lopez
Pescosolido - Safin
Philippoussis - Robredo

05-03-2004, 09:22 PM
Thanks for the schedule of play. :kiss:

(hoping Rome would go well for him)

05-04-2004, 07:36 AM
Ah, crap he's playing nb 9pm. Pff, I might not be able to watch it now :( Oh, well GOOD LUCK LLEYTS! :hug:

05-04-2004, 08:22 AM
Good luck Lleyton in first round ~~!! [I]Come on Lleyton Come on !!!!!!!

05-04-2004, 08:53 AM
come on, lleyton! win this tournament!

05-04-2004, 09:26 AM
Good luck Lleyton in first round ~~!! Come on Lleyton Come on !!!!!!!

05-04-2004, 11:33 AM
Thanks for the schedule :kiss:

C'Mon Lleyton :bounce:

05-04-2004, 06:05 PM
good luck lleyton , come on lleyton !!!!

05-04-2004, 07:22 PM
:rolleyes: they've been playing for 2 minutes and he hit already two double faults

05-04-2004, 07:49 PM
Come on Lleyts, you can do it. :worship: :worship:

05-04-2004, 08:03 PM
Hey, maybe a very stupid question, but does anybody know where I can view 'live' scores of Lleyton's game???
The Italian website seems to be down (or I'm doing something wrong ;-) )

05-04-2004, 09:18 PM
Well, the match has been canceled for the day.
If Lleyton wins this match will have to play a second match later on in the day.

05-04-2004, 10:34 PM
He apparently lost the first set 5-7 :eek: and 3-3 in the second.... ah well...

05-05-2004, 12:35 AM
3 cheers for the rain!

And good luck Lleyton for when play resumes ... he's dug himself out of much deeper holes than this one before (but he'll have to get some serves in by the sound of it!).

05-05-2004, 07:04 AM
Good luck Lleyton.The nexk match is against Pavel. :-)

05-05-2004, 08:22 AM
He really seems to be struggling with his tennis lately !!!
Lleyts, what's going on???

05-05-2004, 09:50 AM
Good luck Lleyton in first round and 2 round.

05-05-2004, 10:10 AM
Anybody know at what time Lleyton is playing today?

05-05-2004, 10:23 AM
Anybody know at what time Lleyton is playing today?

1 pm


Andreas Seppi
Lleyton Hewitt
7-5 3-3

Roger Federer
Albert Costa

Filippo Volandri
Sjeng Schalken

Marat Safin
Paradorn Srichaphan

Carlos Moya
Ivan Ljubicic

05-05-2004, 10:40 AM
I hope Lleyton manages to turn this match around now

they stopped at 0-15 on Lleyton's serve, I hope he doesn't lose that service game after they resume because he would be in trouble then :(

would be just too bad if almost all my big favs would go down in the 1st round :banghead: grrrrrr :mad:

05-05-2004, 11:29 AM
Lleyts should've won this set by now. He opened up 40-30 on his serve, he held to go 4-3 up, then broke Seppi to 15. But, he carelessly lost his serve to 15 serving for the set. Seppi held to level it to 5-5. Lleyts just had a comfortable service game to go 6-5 up now so hopefully he can put on the pressure and break Seppi's serve :)

05-05-2004, 11:32 AM
Good luck Lleyton :clap2: :bounce:

05-05-2004, 11:35 AM
BH passing shot winner
Great inside out FH from LL (Fist pump)
Seppi hits FH into the net
3 set points
7-5 LLEYTON :bounce:
Seppi puts a tame FH into the net

05-05-2004, 11:39 AM
LL serving first

15 all
Execllent volley on the stretch
Game Lleyton


05-05-2004, 11:43 AM
Seppi making some UE's now
Bad FH UE from LL
Seppi dumps volley into the net


2-0 :D

05-05-2004, 11:45 AM
Bad mishit from Seppi
Another Seppi UE



LL is being agressive and is dictating the play now, hence the scoreline ;)

05-05-2004, 11:48 AM
:D Lleyton
Keep it up! :clap2:

05-05-2004, 11:49 AM
15 all
Seppi FH into the net
Ball hit long from LL
30 all
Another overhit return
40-30 Seppi
Nice FH winner from Seppi


05-05-2004, 11:49 AM
lleyton !!!!!!! good luck !! continue !!!

05-05-2004, 11:49 AM
Thanks for the scores Cilla:D!

Cmon Lleyton:D!!!

05-05-2004, 11:50 AM
Thanks for the details :kiss:

05-05-2004, 11:51 AM
thanks !!!!!

05-05-2004, 11:51 AM
FH into the net from LL


4-1 :D

05-05-2004, 11:54 AM
Yeah continue Lleyton:banana:!!!

05-05-2004, 11:58 AM
Hi everyone :wavey:

And no probs :D

Lleyts is wearing black and white today, rather than the red of yesterday ;) Just a little clothing detail :p

FH just long from LL
15 all
Nice stop volley from Seppi
Beautiful half volley from Lleyts :worship:
30 all
Terrible UE from LL, after such a good previous point
Followed by another fantastic point from LL
Drop shot winner from Seppi
AD Seppi
FH winner dtl form Seppi



05-05-2004, 11:59 AM
4-1 for lleyton !!

05-05-2004, 12:00 PM

05-05-2004, 12:00 PM
Keep up the good work Lleyts! :bounce:

05-05-2004, 12:01 PM
Great drop shot from LL, but Seppi unlucky, a sure winner from him hits the net and floats long
FH UE from LL :( (Key point!)
30 all
Excellent serve with a C'mon
Another great 1st serve



05-05-2004, 12:01 PM
btw Kim won the first set 6-3 :D

05-05-2004, 12:02 PM
6-3/1-2 for kim in berlin

05-05-2004, 12:02 PM
:woohoo: Lleyton! :worship:
I'm glad he turned his match around!

05-05-2004, 12:04 PM
It is cool, since yesterday evening he returns well, I am too satisfied! In more Kim win too then it is genial!

05-05-2004, 12:07 PM
Nice agressive point from LL
Good volley from Seppi
15 all
Easy BH miss from LL
30-15 Seppi
Attempted FH pass from LL in the net
Excellent crosscourt FH return winner from LL
FH long from Seppi
AD Seppi



05-05-2004, 12:11 PM
Kim's down 1-4 :( :o
C'MON!! :bounce:

05-05-2004, 12:12 PM
GO Lleyt serve out this match!!!

05-05-2004, 12:12 PM
Great! GO KIM!

LL serving for the match

FH winner from Seppi
15 all
Stupid error to follow
Typical Lleyton :mad:
Looked like Seppi broke, but FH 'winner' just wide :o
Great 1st serve

LLEYTS WINS :bounce:

5-7, 7-5, 6-3


05-05-2004, 12:13 PM
10 DF'S
54 UES
7/12 BP'S WON

I'ev just switched to Eurosport and Kimmie's match is on live too :D I can call that match in the other thread rather than this one if you want?

05-05-2004, 12:14 PM
YEAH congrats Lley:D! but please cut down on the UFES:(!

05-05-2004, 12:15 PM
yesss! well done lleyts! :kiss:

05-05-2004, 12:17 PM
yessssssssssssssssssssssssss !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its genial !!!! now he plays Pavel !

05-05-2004, 12:17 PM
10 DF'S
54 UES


05-05-2004, 12:21 PM
:D Congrats Lleyton :worship:

Yep yep yep please please call Kim's match on the other thread :)

05-05-2004, 12:52 PM
Thank goodness!!!

05-05-2004, 01:02 PM
Lleyton wins 5-7/7-5/6-3 come on Lleyton ~~~~~~~~~~~~

05-05-2004, 01:02 PM
Good luck Lleyton in 2 round !!!!!!!!!!!! Come on Lleyton

05-05-2004, 01:23 PM
Hewitt rallies to advance at Italian Open
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Posted: 37 minutes ago

ROME (AP) — Australian Lleyton Hewitt came from a set down Wednesday to beat Italian wild card Andreas Seppi 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, and reach the second round of the Italian Open.

The match began late Tuesday but was suspended due to rain with Seppi leading by a set, and the second tied at 3-3.
Hewitt, seeded 15 for the Rome clay court tournament, looked in trouble before the rain intervened.

"I lost a little bit of confidence in my first few games last night and I did not play as attacking as I should have," Hewitt said.

The Australian, a former No. 1 player, appeared fresher after the overnight break, winning the first two games then pulling away in the third set.

Seppi, ranked 216 in the world, was seeking his first victory on the ATP tour.

The two players — who both wore baseball caps backward over long blond hair — displayed similar playing styles, with quick feet and aggressive ground strokes.

Boosted by home support at the start, Seppi lost his confidence as the match wore on.

"I thought too much about this match, the tactics, how to play," said Seppi. "I was a lot more nervous this morning."

Hewitt Edges Past Italian Wildcard Seppi in Rome

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ROME (Reuters) - Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt breathed a sigh of relief after completing an edgy 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory over wildcard Andreas Seppi at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.

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The first-round match was suspended because of rain on Tuesday with Hewitt a set down to the inexperienced Italian and the score tied at 3-3 in the second.

That left the Australian with a nervous wait overnight as he tried to avoid becoming the latest high-profile casualty in the opening round of the tournament behind U.S. Open (news - web sites) champion Andy Roddick and third seed Rainer Schuettler.

Hewitt, a former Wimbledon (news - web sites) and U.S. Open champion, appeared to have restored the pecking order when he broke Seppi's opening service game after the restart on Wednesday.

But his 20-year-old opponent, who had failed to win any of his previous four ATP matches, hit straight back, dipping a backhand pass crosscourt to leave Hewitt stranded at the net and snatch back the break.

Hewitt, however, fired a barrage of heavy groundstrokes to break again in the 12th game and take the match into a third set, in which an early break proved decisive.

"When I woke up this morning and realized what was possible I felt a lot more nervous and that had a big impact on my game," Seppi said.

"Overall, though, I think I played well. It's just a pity we couldn't finish it last night."

05-05-2004, 02:43 PM

I'm glad he won - but I'm hoping to see a HUGE improvement in those statistics or he certainly won't be going much further!

05-05-2004, 04:52 PM
Congrats Lleyton, he fought very well today :)

Good Luck against Pavel tonight :bounce:

05-05-2004, 06:27 PM
Good luck for the match against Pavel

05-05-2004, 07:28 PM
Play has been stopped for the day.
That means most of the players will have to play two matches tommorrow.

05-06-2004, 06:43 AM
Good luck lleyton for today in front of Pavel..

05-06-2004, 08:21 AM
Good luck Lleyton in 2 round and 3 round ~~~~~

05-06-2004, 09:08 AM
Please update scores the match between Lleyton vs. Pavel.

05-06-2004, 10:05 AM
3-1 Pavel at the moment :rolleyes: Why can these matches never be easy.

05-06-2004, 10:20 AM
Why the match between Lleyton vs. Pavel. No update ?

05-06-2004, 10:55 AM
Lleyton won the first set 6-4:D!
GOOOOOO LLEYT!!! :banana:!

05-06-2004, 11:02 AM
Pavel won the second set 6-3 :sad:! GO LLEY!!! Fight!!!

05-06-2004, 11:13 AM
FIGHT Lleyton!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

05-06-2004, 11:31 AM
Third set 3-3 and now it's suspended cause of rain again :o

05-06-2004, 11:42 AM
I hate the rain :mad:

05-06-2004, 12:39 PM
Why in livescore not match Lleyton ?

05-06-2004, 01:07 PM
Lleyton lost 6-4 3-6 4-6. I am very sad. Good luck to Lleyton in next tournament.

05-06-2004, 02:07 PM
Pavel is a good clay court player though - I don't think it's such a bad result and at least he's working hard and entering lots of tournaments to get enough practice for the French Open.

05-06-2004, 02:51 PM
LL seems to complain about the schdule and the tournament.

Hewitt furioso: "Pavel riposava da due giorni"

Lleyton Hewitt è stato eliminato dal Master Series di Roma dal rumeno Andrei Pavel. L’australiano ha pesantemente attaccato l’organizzazione del torneo. “Ho giocato martedì sera e mercoledì in giornata con Seppi e oggi ho dovuto affrontare Pavel che aveva giocato lunedì – ha spiegato - Questa mattina il mio allenatore voleva parlare con Palmieri, il direttore del torneo, ma non è stato ricevuto. Palmieri non sapeva neanche che Pavel era fermo da lunedì. Il suo atteggiamento è stata sgradevole. E’ pazzesco” .

A questo punto è possibile che Hewitt decida di non partecipare più al torneo di Roma: “In un torneo Masters Series queste cose non dovrebbero accadere. Mi hanno messo sul campo numero 5. Non mi accadeva da quando ero giovane e giocavo le qualificazioni di calcare un campo così isolato. Terribile anche le chiamate dei giudici di linea. Hanno danneggiato me e Pavel” .

05-06-2004, 03:55 PM
Okay, I don't understand that but "Hewitt Furiso" probably translates to mean he wasn't very happy.... not sure why though.

05-06-2004, 03:56 PM
Oh well, hardly a shocking result. The whole tournie has been a bit too stop start with the rain unfortunately. Anyhoo, Good Luck in the WTC Lleyts. Australia have entered right? lol.

05-06-2004, 04:01 PM
Roughly translated that article says...

"Lleyton Hewitt was eliminated from the Master Series of Rome from the Romanian number one Andrei Pavel. The Australian has heavily attacked the organization of the tournament. “I played Tuesday evening and wednesday in the day while Pavel had only played on Monday. This morning my translator wanted to speak with Palmieri, the director of the tournament, but was not allowed. Palmieri did not know say anything about it. His attitude was disgraceful and crazy!"

Not happy then ;)

05-06-2004, 04:09 PM
I did a little bit of translation off

Furious Hewitt: "Pavel rested for two days"

Lleyton Hewitt was eliminated from the Master Series of Rome by the Romanian No. 1 Andrei Pavel. The Australian has heavily attacked the organisation of the tournament.

“I played Tuesday evening and wednesday in the day, and today. I knew that Pavel that had played only on the Monday– explained Hewitt. This morning my allenatore (not sure what this word is, manager/coach or entorage maybe?) wanted to speak with Palmieri, the director of the tournament, but was not received. Palmieri did not know not even that Pavel hadn't played since monday. His attitude was disagreeable, and 'crazy'.

To this point it is possible that Hewitt may decide not to participate anymore in the tournament of Rome: “In a Masters tournament these things should not happen. They put me on court number 5. It hasn't happened to me since I was young, it was very isolated out there. There were also many terrible calls from the line judges. Those calls damaged myself and Pavel”.

That's the best I could do :o

05-06-2004, 04:10 PM
lol Jess, we both tried :p

05-06-2004, 07:15 PM
It is really pity I am sad that he makes eliminited now and besides Kim declared failed and is meme not on to play Roland Garros.

05-06-2004, 09:38 PM
Bad luck for Lleyton but at this stage I would rather see him play 3 sets with a really good clay player and lose than maybe win against someone that isn't giving him decent practice.

It's not the tournament organisers fault that it rained, but their player management (indeed general management!) skills definitely need some work!!

05-07-2004, 02:30 AM
Lley :sad:! I hope he does well in Hamburg:)!

05-07-2004, 10:04 AM
Ex-top five trio bow out
May 7, 2004 - 4:05PM

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Former top five players Tim Henman, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt bowed out of the Rome Masters as the tournament's contingent of Spanish and South American clay specialists finally came to the fore.

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt was beaten 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the second round by Romania's Andrei Pavel.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Hewitt took the first set, but Pavel fought back to clinch a three-setter, keeping his nerve after heavy showers had interrupted play for 90 minutes to seal the match

Pavel led David Sanchez of Spain 7-6 2-1 in a third-round match that will resume on Friday.

Hewitt, a former world number one, was not too disheartened by his early exit, insisting he was slowly coming to terms with Europe's slower surfaces.

"The clay court season is probably one of the toughest for me, but I'm not hitting the ball badly at the moment," said the 23-year-old Aussie.

"Hopefully Hamburg and the World Team Cup is going to prepare me well for the French Open and improve my confidence.

"If I feel confident, then I feel I can compete with the best players even on a clay court.

"I don't feel I'm far from where I want to be. In February I won in Rotterdam and probably played as well as I have ever done for a whole week."

Briton Henman, whose improvement on his least favourite surface was apparent last month when he reached the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo, was beaten 3-6 6-3 6-2 by Argentine Mariano Zabaleta.

Following the earlier exits of world number one Roger Federer and US Open champion Andy Roddick, the fourth seed's defeat only reinforced the sensation that it will be hard to prize the baseliners away from this year's title.

Zabaleta's reward is a quarter-final against eighth seed Nicolas Massu, who dispatched a weary-looking Russian Marat Safin 7-5 6-4.

The highest seed left in the draw is Argentine fifth seed David Nalbandian, who beat home favourite Filippo Volandri 7-6 3-6 6-4 and next faces American Vincent Spadea.

Former French Open winner Albert Costa also progressed to the last eight with an untroubled 6-2 6-3 victory over Peru's Luis Horna.

© 2004 AAP

05-08-2004, 07:08 AM

May 6, 2004

A. PAVEL/L. Hewitt
4-6, 6-3, 6-4


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. This must have been a very, very frustrating few days for you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, yeah. There's not a lot you can do about it. But, obviously, it was probably one of the worst situations, I guess, out of the whole draw. My first round got held over as well, you know, and the guy that I had to play in the second round was right through already on Monday afternoon. So scheduling-wise, one of the worst scheduling things I've ever seen.

Q. When you say it's the worst scheduling, is that just the luck, or is that just you feel that you had particularly bad scheduling?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I think there was probably a lot of bad scheduling, I think. But I think, you know, purely, I can only talk about what I had to go through, I guess. And, you know, I requested, obviously, once I saw the draw and knew that I was going to have -- well, once I saw the schedule for Monday and saw that my second-round opponents would be playing on Monday and I wasn't, obviously, the first thing, you go and request - knowing in a Masters Series you got to play every day if you start Tuesday - to try and get hopefully first-on Tuesday, you know; if not, you know, during the day at least so I could at least get through and have as much -- make it a little bit fairer for the second round. Yeah, so, for me, that was the most disappointing thing.

Q. Were you given any reason why you got the rough end of it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, obviously, my coach went and requested it to the ATP officials, and they said there was a very good chance - they gave me a 99 percent chance - that it was going to happen. And then apparently, you know, the tournament director said no, and that's where it fell. And, you know, my coach went and confronted the tournament director. And, you know, he basically didn't want to know about my coach at all and said he'll run it how he wants to run it. And he didn't even know that my opponents in the second round were playing -- had played Monday. You know, for me, that just doesn't show a lot of, you know, interest, I guess, in what's actually happening for the player's part.

Q. Do you think that sort of attitude might have a bearing on what you decide to do this time next year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably (smiling).

Q. Could you elaborate.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, mate... You know, a year's a long time away. But, you know, there were no favors done, that's for sure.

Q. Have you or Roger got any history with the tournament or tournament director here? Is there any reason why you'd be singled out or given such a rough deal?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, not that I'm aware of. You know, I spoke to him Monday about -- Sunday, actually, when I first arrived, just when he walked past and whatever, about, you know, obviously the fire and the problems they were having with hotels and finding players. Seemed fine. His attitude towards my coach, you know, was pretty disgraceful, really. He didn't want to, you know, have a chat. And my coach offered to, you know, to go and have a chat, you know, inside his office as well so it wasn't out in the public. He really just walked away from my coach and didn't want to have a bar of it. So in that way, I don't think it's a great player, you know, tournament official relationship. It's not the best way to sort it out.

Q. I know you're not alibiing, so where is your game now? Everyone's asked me what's gone wrong with you; I said I don't know. I'm asking...

LLEYTON HEWITT: (Smiling). You know, I feel like I'm actually -- I'm hitting the ball not too bad at the moment. I feel like I'm still -- in Monte-Carlo and here, I feel like I'm adjusting to the clay more than anything. You know, the start of the year, I felt like I was playing as well as I've probably played. I know it's there. Obviously, the clay court season is probably one of the toughest for me, and it's something that, you know -- for me, the big picture is the French Open and wanting to play my best tennis at the French Open. Hopefully, Hamburg and the World Team Cup is going to give me some good preparation, get some match practice over the next couple of weeks, and hopefully go in there confident. If I feel confident, then I feel like I can compete with the best players even on a clay court. So, you know, I don't think I'm that far away from it. And, you know, the way that I played, obviously, at the start of the year, I felt I played great. In Rotterdam I probably played as well as I've ever played for that whole week. So, you know, it's not like this year I played poorly, I don't think.

Q. I missed the very start, Lleyton. But a bit like back to basics today, right out in the boondocks. Can you remember the last time you played in sort of such isolation out there?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, about under-12s... (Smiling). No, would have been about then, I think.

Q. It's been a long time in a major tournament.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. Played away like that, but with linespeople calling from the other end, I haven't played since qualifying, I don't think, at tournaments. You know...

Q. Does that make concentration a little tricky?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No. Well, not so much concentration. I think more, you know, there's probably some worse calls out there purely because of that. For anybody, it's hard to -- it's not their fault they're calling the other line. There's going to be overrules, especially on clay; you can tell that. So there's a few points where you're always going to have to play to them and whatever. It's the same for both players. You just got to be prepared to do it.

Q. You're a guy who will stand up for yourself when it comes to the organizers in tennis. Do you think sometimes that means that that gets held against you in situations like this where you actually have, you know, a general cause for complaint?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't think so, not in this situation. I really don't know whether, you know -- I think scheduling, obviously, because of the fire or whatever and then, you know -- it was always going to be a hassle for probably someone. You know, I think you could always play, you know , that late-night match, obviously, with someone who's -- you know, pair them off with the next round who's playing that day. That was my biggest complaint. So I don't think, you know -- I just don't think they even looked at it. He pretty much told Roger that he didn't have a clue that Pavel and Lapentti had played Monday. So, you know, whether that's dumb or not, you know, I don't know. If I was a tournament director, I would -- I think the first thing you'd look at is where the matches are going to lead to.

Q. Can you remember either you or any member of your team being treated so dismissively by a Masters Series tournament director before?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Uhm... I haven't had too many run-ins with tournament directors over the years. It doesn't happen, you know, that often, I don't think. I didn't have a run-in, but obviously my coach couldn't even speak to him, which is probably a disappointing thing. You know, my coach is the one who's, you know, got to go in there to bat for me and put our case forward. You know, I don't know if anything would have changed whether I went in there and said something, you know, but that's really not my job.

Q. In terms of your game and where it's at, is it more important on clay for you to get a run of matches and a little bit of confidence just because it's maybe not your favorite surface?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think so. Yeah, I think on clay purely because, you know, a lot of guys, after the French Open, will play other tournaments or, you know, before Indian Wells and that they'll play down in South America on clay. For me, this is pretty much my only time of the year that I'm going to play on clay, for these six weeks or so. So thinking that, obviously, my mind, you know, you want to play your best at the French Open. For me, personally, I need probably as many matches and get that confidence going before going into the French Open. You know, you'd like to play as many matches as possible, and I think that's where the World Team Cup is good for me - because I'm guaranteed three matches there no matter what happens next week. So in that way, I don't always like to play the week before a Slam, but I think for me personally, that's probably a good choice.

05-08-2004, 07:11 AM

May 6, 2004

Tournament Director

Q. Can you just summarize in English what you've just said in reply to Hewitt's remarks.

SERGIO PALMIERI: If you want to make some questions, I can answer. I will try with my best English.

Q. If you understand McEnroe, you understand anybody.

SERGIO PALMIERI: I understand Hewitt, too, I believe.

Q. Okay. What is your reaction to what Hewitt said?

SERGIO PALMIERI: I think I understand how he feel. I understand they may have told him something not correct. That's why I believe - that's what I said to the other people here - I think is much better when we have to complain, to have a direct dialogue. Then, is not misunderstanding, is not, "He said," "I said to him." I know what I said to the coach. The coach, he knows what he said to me. But I have no idea then what the coach said to Lleyton - no idea.

Q. What did you say to the coach? Lleyton feels you insulted the coach.

SERGIO PALMIERI: We have different opinion on that. I think he insult me, but I don't care if he insult me; a lot of people insult me. I don't think I be upset because of that. But like many time happen, the coach, he want to do something different than what he's supposed to do. He's supposed to be a coach and not the tournament director. I am the tournament director. I'm supposed to be a tournament director, not the coach. I am not going to the coach to say to him how he have to tell to Lleyton to play. He doesn't have to tell me...

Q. So, in other words, did you tell the coach, "It's none of your business"?

SERGIO PALMIERI: I basically - maybe not with that accent - but I tell him, "Do your business, I do my business."

(Interview continued in Italian.)

SERGIO PALMIERI: What I just tried to explain, in my conversation with Lleyton's coach and his father afterwards, was I told him that four times - at least four times - the schedule, like in every other tournament, is made by a small committee composed of a tournament director, the ATP supervisor, the player representative, and the representative of the television. We have a daily -- every day we have this meeting, and during this meeting everybody has to say their opinion. At the end, the schedule comes out. But nobody from this small group can say, "I was in favor, not in favor," or whatever. The schedule is done; and when it's done, it's done. I mean, I don't have to tell to anyone which is my opinion, because whatever is my opinion, it may hurt the opinion of the other people in this committee. And I think we cannot be more democratic than that. He have his own representative sitting there, and the supervisor is there, too, to be vigilant. And I think, no, the schedule come out was what that group feel was the best schedule for the tournament. That's it.

Q. Did you say that Lleyton's father also appealed to you?

SERGIO PALMIERI: Yes, Lleyton's father, he came to me.

Q. Not his mother, though?

SERGIO PALMIERI: No, the mother I think... I don't know. I have to tell you something. The father, when the father, he came to me, he was probably even in a way more aggressive, but I feel like he was more understandable because, first of all, he doesn't insult anyone. He just said his opinion. And, you know, it doesn't matter if somebody have a different opinion. I think, no, everybody can have an opinion. But I think I have a better time to speak with him also if we have two different opinion, because I understand him and I hope he understand me; I don't know. But I think I have a chance to really see what he have in mind without really being -- I mean, insult anyone.

Q. But the coach was insulted?

SERGIO PALMIERI: The coach, in a way, I believe he insult -- I don't even know if "insult" is the right word. But he just said to me...

Q. He was aggressive?

SERGIO PALMIERI: ...I don't know how to do my job. And when he said that to me, I told him, "Look, take care of your job, and I'll take care of mine. Don't worry. I'm not going on court and tell to Lleyton how he has to play."

Q. Somebody should. He's not playing well.

(Interview continued in Italian.)

Q. What is your answer to some players who complain about the conditions ? Not only Hewitt, but also Grosjean said the fact that they're playing on court when you can hear the calls on the other court, where there is no cover on the court when it rains. They say it's not the good level for a Masters Series. What is your answer to what they said?

SERGIO PALMIERI: I don't know anything about that. Nobody told me anything about that.

Q. But they told us that the last time they played in this condition, it was qualifying or under-12 tournament.

SERGIO PALMIERI: I have no idea who said that.

Q. They said that, Hewitt and Grosjean.

SERGIO PALMIERI: I don't know. I don't know if they said that. You told me. Whenever they come to me and they said that to me, I have an answer for them.

Q. That's not a response.


Q. They say it. It's written on the transcripts.

SERGIO PALMIERI: I cannot read all the newspaper.

Q. Okay. But I tell you what they said. I just wanted to know, what is your answer to that?

SERGIO PALMIERI: I have no answer. I mean, I think we have this tournament for many, many years, and I believe many of you travel around our tournament. I am not here to be in competition with other tournament, tell "Our tournament is better than other or worse than other." I think we played this tournament for , I think, since '93, and we know we have this kind of problem. But many other tournaments have the same problem - even tournaments more important than our tournament. When I said "more important," I mean the Grand Slam tournament. But nobody really complain. If you see Roland Garros, for example - I suppose you are French - I think in Roland Garros, some court are very close. I'm wrong?

Q. No, no, you're right.


Q. Is it disappointing to see so many seeds lose early in the week, especially when a lot of people, a lot of top players, didn't enter the draw in the first place?

SERGIO PALMIERI: That's the good of the sport. I think, you know, as a tournament director, I like to see let's say the "stars" going through. But as a sport person, I think, no, we have to give a lot of respect to whoever won, you know; it doesn't matter if the name is not the same. But I think if Costa beat Federer, I think, and he deserve to win that match because he try his best and he played better than Federer that day, you have to accept that. That's the sport. If all the time the result is the better player win, you know, then is no more sports

05-09-2004, 08:16 AM
No Rome service, I won't be back
Leo Schlink

LLEYTON Hewitt is poised to boycott the Rome Masters after yesterday accusing tournament officials of poor scheduling.

Beaten 6-4 3-6 4-6 by Romanian Andrei Pavel, Hewitt savaged tournament director Sergio Palmieri, who also clashed fiercely with Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed.
"This was one of the worst (for scheduling) I've ever seen," said former world No. 1 Hewitt, who is unlikely to return to Rome for the event, one of the main lead-up tournaments to the French Open.

Hewitt, now ranked 19th, said requests for an earlier start to his first-round match with Italian wildcard Andreas Zeppi had been rejected by Palmieri, John McEnroe's former manager.

Rasheed then confronted Palmieri in a heated exchange outside the players' area, wanting to know why Hewitt's probable second-round opponent Pavel's opening match was being played at least 24 hours before Hewitt's.

Rasheed was then told by the ATP that Hewitt's match was delayed until Tuesday night because of German television considerations.

He was later told Palmieri had decided to schedule Hewitt's first-round match to boost ticket sales.

Poor weather then intervened, meaning Hewitt took two days to beat Zeppi before facing Pavel, who had completed his match on Monday.

Further upsetting Hewitt was the fact he was allocated court five, which had been uncovered during overnight rain – hardly the venue for a player described by Palmieri as his top tournament drawcard.

Hewitt, who will now use the Hamburg Masters and the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf to prepare for the French Open on May 24, is seething.

"The ATP had basically told me it was 99 per cent I'd play during the day (on Tuesday)," Hewitt said.

"But when my coach went to talk about it, the tournament director basically didn't want to know. He said he'd run this event as he wanted – and he didn't even know my opponent had played Monday."

Hewitt described Palmieri's attitude towards Rasheed as "disgraceful".

"He just walked away from Roger," said Hewitt, whose 2004 record now stands at 19-5.

Palmieri confirmed a conversation with Rasheed.

"His (Hewitt's) coach told me I didn't know how to do my job," Palmieri said.

"I told him I don't try to tell him how to do his.

"I told him maybe five or six times that the schedule is made daily by a committee. It cannot be more democratic than that.

"I have no idea what the coach said to Hewitt.

"I remember when the players spoke for themselves – now they speak through others."

Rasheed is believed to have politely asked Palmieri several questions before being brushed off. The exchange followed a fire at the tournament hotel which claimed three lives.

In other matches, Tim Henman and Marat Safin bowed out of the event yesterday as Spanish and South American clay specialists came to the fore.

The highest seed left in the draw is Argentine fifth seed David Nalbandian, who beat home favourite Filippo Volandri 7-6 3-6 6-4 and next faces American Vincent Spadea.

Former French Open winner Albert Costa also progressed to the last eight with a 6-2 6-3 win over Peru's Luis Horna.