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Yasmine
01-11-2005, 04:12 PM
:wavey:
This is the first time I open a thread on LLL. I know we still have a few days to go before Melbourne but I read that article on the website and I liked it: Lleyton's first memories at the aussie open. :cool:
(my apologies if it has been posted already)

Centenary Book Extract - Lleyton Hewitt
by Lleyton Hewitt
Wednesday, 1 December, 2004

A coffee table-style book, Our Open - 100 Years of Australia's Grand Slam marks the Centenary of the Australian Open with 12 first-person accounts of the Open written by some of the greats of Australian tennis. In this extract from the book, Lleyton Hewitt recalls his early years of competition at the Grand Slam he calls home.

I would have been seven when I made my first trip to Melbourne Park. And I have been back every year since then. As I got older, I would play junior tournaments in Melbourne, and then I’d go and watch the guys practice as soon as the gates opened. I can still remember watching (Ivan) Lendl and Rochie (Tony Roche) playing one morning on Show Court 1 (now Margaret Court Arena)... it inspired me.

In 1997, I was the youngest player ever to qualify. I was a little bit shocked as I didn’t have an ATP point at the time and I’d only played a couple of satellite events.

I was just 15 and I received a wildcard into qualifying and didn’t have any expectations, I just wanted to get the experience. I remember getting the courtesy car into Melbourne Park and being in the locker rooms with all the players.

I was very nervous – I hardly slept at all when I had to play the third round of qualifying. I played a guy from England, Mark Petchy, who does a bit of commentary around the place now, and a few people are giving him a bit of grief about losing to a 15-year-old.

I didn’t know what to think after I’d qualified. It was an incredible feeling to go out there and play Sergi Bruguera in the first round – a guy who had won two French Opens and had been ranked as high as three or four in the world – on Show Court 3. It was pretty amazing for me.

The next year I won Adelaide in the lead-up tournament and received a wildcard. I played Daniel Vacek, from the Czech Republic, who was a top-20 or 30 player in the first round.

I was the first match to open up centre court that year on the opening Monday morning and went down two-sets-to-love. I fought back to two-sets-all and ended up losing in five sets. It was my first five-set experience and my second Grand Slam.

I stayed around the tournament in 2002, even it was disappointing at the time. I had finished the year as No.1 and I’d put in the preparation and felt that I was hitting the ball really well and then went and got chickenpox at the Hopman Cup.

I couldn’t hit a ball and wasn’t allowed to fly from Perth to Melbourne with other people, so I had to hire a jet. I wasn’t able to practise for a few days, so I went in not knowing what to expect. I knew I had to get through my matches very quickly because I didn’t have the legs and endurance. I hit the wall after one set against Alberto Martin. It was disappointing watching the tournament unfold and knowing that if I was fully fit I could handle a lot of the guys who were winning.

The ultimate historic and photographic record of the Australian Open, Our Open - 100 Years of Australia's Grand Slam contains a foreword by Rod Laver and contributions from Len Schwartz, Thelma Long, Frank Sedgman, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, John Newcombe, Pat Cash, Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt. Click here to order a copy of Our Open - 100 Years of Australia's Grand Slam from the AO Shop Online.

Socket
01-11-2005, 04:56 PM
Congratulations on your first thread! That's an excellent article, and this time, it really does sound like Lleyton actually wrote it. :p

Lisbeth
01-11-2005, 09:09 PM
Great article - thanks Yasmine :)

tournesol
01-12-2005, 08:33 AM
nice article - merci

Socket
01-12-2005, 02:12 PM
Lleyton gets some support on the court surface issue.

Woodbridge joins bagging of Open court
Leo Schlink
13jan05

TODD Woodbridge says the Australian Open courts are too slow – and potentially damaging to tennis.

Echoing Lleyton Hewitt's concerns over the sluggish pace of Melbourne Park's Rebound Ace surface, the Davis Cup star said yesterday the players were never sure of court speed.

"The surface has never been the same from one year to the next," Woodbridge said.

"You know what the French is, you know what Wimbledon is, you know what the US Open is. There's an element about the Australian Open of `What's it going to be?' "

The nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion and grand slam singles semi-finalist was the first man to win a match at the Australian Open when it was transferred from Kooyong's grass in 1988.

But the former ATP council powerbroker contends this year's court speed is "20-30 per cent" slower than what it should be.

"This court in Sydney and the one in Adelaide take a lot of spin and the balls jump incredibly high," Woodbridge said.

"One of the guys it's not favourable for, with courts like this, is Lleyton. Another guy is Andre Agassi. They're players who like to drive the ball.

"But it's going to suit players who like to play with a lot of topspin because the courts are high-bouncing and take a lot of spin.

"They (the courts) should be 20-30 per cent quicker than they are, which is a significant amount.

"I've been involved in this process for the last few months from all angles from testing the surface when it was laid to talking to the manufacturers. The court we're now playing on is significantly slower than the one I was asked to hit on in testing."

Hewitt has relied on the feedback of Woodbridge and retired professionals Jason Stoltenberg and Roger Rasheed in forming his judgment on the Melbourne Park courts.

He said Sydney's centre court was slower than Adelaide's Memorial Drive surface, another indicator of the pace inconsistency from tournament to tournament.

Open chief executive Paul McNamee insists the Open courts are quicker than last year despite player feedback to the contrary.

But Woodbridge remains sceptical. "What's evident is that (Tennis Australia president) Geoff Pollard said the board gave a directive to make the courts faster and they're not," he said.

"This is not about Lleyton talking from just his point of view, he's talking on behalf of our tennis community. It's not just one guy.

"Can you imagine if you were going to play cricket in India, do you think they are going to give us what we want in terms of the type of pitch? If we have the opportunity to give ourselves a slight advantage and we don't take it, there's something wrong."

Woodbridge said the current pace of the courts was robbing the sport of variety.

"If you look back to the first year it (Rebound Ace) was put down, there was a classic final between Pat Cash and Mats Wilander," he said, reflecting on the 1988 Open decider. "The courts now are significantly slower and you can see that by the style of tennis.

"The way it is now, it takes away the classic match-up of a counter-puncher up against a serve-volleyer. The courts around the world have become too much the same. We're in danger of having too many clones because there's not enough variety."

Paul Bull, director of Rebound Ace manufacturer AV Syntech, said recently he would not revert to the fast speed of 2000 even if he was asked to, because of an avalanche of criticism from European baseliners.

jule
01-12-2005, 02:24 PM
Congratulations on your first thread! That's an excellent article, and this time, it really does sound like Lleyton actually wrote it. :p
:p
great article! thanks for that!
btw when will does the draw come out?

Yasmine
01-12-2005, 02:29 PM
:p
great article! thanks for that!
btw when will does the draw come out?
I went on the officila AO website and it says the draw will be there on the 14th january which is this friday...

Lisbeth
01-12-2005, 09:27 PM
That's correct - it's on the morning on the 14th, so draw will be out in just over 24 hours! I'll cross all my fingers and toes now for a good one for our boy :)

Woodbridge often impresses me with his technical knowledge and he wouldn't say this stuff just to back up Lleyton. Maybe someone should listen ;)

Jackie
01-13-2005, 11:12 AM
Woodbridge wouldn't back Lleyton up unless there was reason. I don't think TA are too concerned with Lleyton's comments because the media give him so much hell, but Woodbridge is a different story. He has been around for a long time and TA would look pretty stupid to dismiss his comments when they asked him to test the courts. The draw is at 10:30am Melbourne time.

Rogiman
01-13-2005, 11:29 AM
Hello Hewitt fans! :wavey:

I would like to wish you all a successful 2005.
Lleyton looks great at the moment, and you have every reason to expect good stuff to come at the Aussie Open, as well as at the other GS's.

dagmar7
01-13-2005, 12:28 PM
Thanks for your gracious comments, Rogiman. :)

Your fav doesn't look too bad either... ;)

I'm nervous about the draw.

Congratulations to Jaslyn Hewitt for winning her first round qualifying match yesterday - great stuff, especially after this wild-card business. She plays Elena Baltacha first up today.

In other qualifying news, just to remind you... ;)
Two Canadians (Maureen Drake and young Stephanie Dubois) lost. :sad:
Two Canadians (M-E Pelletier and Frank Dancevic) won. :D

tournesol
01-13-2005, 12:37 PM
Thanks for your gracious comments, Rogiman. :)

Your fav doesn't look too bad either... ;)

I'm nervous about the draw.

Congratulations to Jaslyn Hewitt for winning her first round qualifying match yesterday - great stuff, especially after this wild-card business. She plays Elena Baltacha first up today.

In other qualifying news, just to remind you... ;)
Two Canadians (Maureen Drake and young Stephanie Dubois) lost. :sad:
Two Canadians (M-E Pelletier and Frank Dancevic) won. :D

:wavey: dagmar thanks for your update; it's diffcult to believe you're not into journalism ;)

star
01-13-2005, 12:51 PM
Hello Hewitt fans! :wavey:

I would like to wish you all a successful 2005.
Lleyton looks great at the moment, and you have every reason to expect good stuff to come at the Aussie Open, as well as at the other GS's.

:wavey: Thanks!

Socket
01-13-2005, 12:53 PM
Hello Hewitt fans! :wavey:

I would like to wish you all a successful 2005.
Lleyton looks great at the moment, and you have every reason to expect good stuff to come at the Aussie Open, as well as at the other GS's.
That's very sporting of you, Rogiman. Thank you.

Lisbeth
01-13-2005, 09:35 PM
Thanks Rogiman and good luck to your guy too :)

Lisbeth
01-13-2005, 11:01 PM
Reports are trickling throught that LLeyton has been drawn in Roddick half (ie not Federer's :) though neither are easy, of course). No other news but presumably the whole draw will be on the AO site soon :scared:

Socket
01-13-2005, 11:34 PM
Believe it or not, Lleyton's first-round opponent will be Arnaud Clement (for the third time in three weeks)!

Lisbeth
01-13-2005, 11:55 PM
OMG :rolleyes: let's hope it's not third time unlucky.

Coria in the QF and Roddick in the SF are quite decent draws in my view. There are no easy draws at that level.

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 12:00 AM
It's up on the AO site.

Nadal or Pavel in the 4th round is the first hard one, I think. It could easily be Ferrero in the QF rather than Coria. Don't want to hex anything but I like his chances of making at least the QF.

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 12:02 AM
Roddick has Bjorkman or Rusedski in the 2nd round! And Henman in his quarter! Crikey, that's like a who's who of people that have beaten him in big matches :eek: I'd still say he's the favourite to make the SF in that quarter but it won't be easy.

star
01-14-2005, 12:17 AM
Believe it or not, Lleyton's first-round opponent will be Arnaud Clement (for the third time in three weeks)!

Poor R-No. :(

He must be feeling victimized.

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 12:19 AM
R-no :lol: I like that nickname :)

Yasmine
01-14-2005, 06:57 AM
Not a frenchie again:fiery:!!!! pfff I hope it's the only one he plays in the tourney :devil: the only french player I mean not the only round :lol:

SomL.
01-14-2005, 10:15 AM
Good luck Lleyton in Aus Open !!!!!!!!!!! I believe in You ^_^

dagmar7
01-14-2005, 12:55 PM
The draw!!!

It's not too bad for Lleyton, but there certainly are some challenges...

Here is his little section. Both R-no (I love that) and Blake are talented players who have fallen on hard times. The surface suits both of their games pretty well. Blake has had his best slam result here last year; Florian Mayer is a talented young player with a pretty big game. Chela has been playing well of late, and he has defeated Lleyton in the past. :mad:

Juan Ignacio Chela ARG (25)
Wayne Arthurs AUS

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA
Gregory Carraz FRA

Florian Mayer GER
James Blake USA

Arnaud Clement FRA
Lleyton Hewitt AUS (3)

All in all, not that bad - challenging but, if he plays up to form, he should get through there.

Some first round matches that made me :eek: - Fabrice Santoro drawing Federer *sigh*; Olivier Rochus versus Kiefer; Xavier Malisse versus Tommy Haas. Potentially some great matches for the fans, but kind of hard luck for the Belgians.

tournesol
01-14-2005, 12:59 PM
:wavey: dagmar,

thanks for the draw; i thought santoro had retired from playing singles :o ; i happy to see i'm wrong

Goonergal
01-14-2005, 02:51 PM
Clement again :tape: :lol: Too unvbelievable for words. Anyhoo, good luck LL :)

Crazy_Fool
01-14-2005, 09:39 PM
I think its a pretty decent draw for Lleyton. Can't wait for the tournament to start :)

Murkofan
01-15-2005, 12:08 AM
Clement again :tape: :lol: Too unvbelievable for words. Anyhoo, good luck LL :)

So much better than when he kept drawing MM or El Annoying :p

ally_014
01-15-2005, 07:49 AM
Good luck Lleyts! :D

I watched the draw live on channel 7 and it was rather funny to see all the Aussie's reactions (especially the organisers) when Ll came out in the bottom half and away from any really obvious 'problem p' players ) Hope he makes good use of what seems to be a pretty reasonable draw.

SomL.
01-15-2005, 10:19 AM
:cool: Order of play on Monday :cool:
Rod Laver Arena Start Time 11.00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Serena Williams (USA)[7]
vs. Camille Pin (FRA)

followed by
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Roger Federer (SUI)[1]
vs. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Dieter Kindlmann (GER)
vs. Andre Agassi (USA)[8]

Rod Laver Arena Start Time 7.30 PM

Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Samantha Stosur (AUS)
vs. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)[2]

followed by
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marat Safin (RUS)[4]
vs. Novak Djokovic (SCG)

Vodafone Arena Start Time 11.00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[5]
vs. Jessica Kirkland (USA)



followed by
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Scott Draper (AUS)
vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP)[13]




Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
vs. Carlos Moya (ESP)[5]




Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL)
vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4]

MCA Start Time 11.00 AM


Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Thomas Johansson (SWE)[30]
vs. Peter Luczak (AUS)



followed by
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA)
vs. Mary Pierce (FRA)[24]




Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Joachim Johansson (SWE)[11]
vs. Sjeng Schalken (NED)



Not Before 7:30 PM
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Xavier Malisse (BEL)
vs. Tommy Haas (GER)[16]

:angel: Lleyton doesn't play on Monday !!!! Lleyton will play on Tuesday. :angel:

Alisa
01-15-2005, 12:54 PM
lley wish u the best of luck!!! that's awesome u won your 4th title in australia today! wish u win this grand slam too)

dagmar7
01-15-2005, 06:16 PM
I read these articles on the lleytonland board and didn't see these posted anywhere here. They're a few days old, but they have some nice quotes in them.



Hewitt finds 'C'mon' cause in quest for home crown

The former world tennis No 1 talks to John Roberts about the pressure to become the first Australian to win his country's Open for almost 30 years

13 January 2005


We in Britain, who cling to a statue of Fred Perry to remind us that we had a Wimbledon men's singles champion in 1936, should be the last to point out deficiencies to others on the tennis court. None the less, it is astonishing to think that the land of Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Roy Emerson, to name but a few, has not produced a home champion for almost 30 years.

As the Australian Grand Slam tournament prepares to mark its centenary next Monday, Lleyton Hewitt is the latest to be burdened with carrying his nation's hopes. Hewitt has yet to advance beyond the fourth round at the Australian Open, but goes into this year's tournament optimistic that he can do a lot better. "To win this year would be fantastic," Hewitt says, "but I'll take the Australian Open any year I can get it. With it being the centenary, there's going to be a lot of celebration about it. For me, it's just another Australian Open and a matter of going out there and trying to get beyond the round of 16."

Tim Henman, 30, four times a Wimbledon semi-finalist, says he is inspired rather than intimidated when playing at the All England Club. Hewitt, 24 next month, coped manfully with Wimbledon's aura of history, but, then, the All England Club is not on his doorstep.

Although Melbourne Park has only played host to the Australian Open for the past 17 years, it is worth remembering that Hewitt was barely seven when the majestic stadium with its retractable roof was inaugurated in 1988. For him, Valhalla is on the banks of the Yarra. "There's obviously extra pressure and extra expectation," Hewitt says, "but I don't think that's why I haven't done better in the tournament. I've done too much in Davis Cup ties in the past, when there's probably more pressure, for that to be the case.

"At the stage when I was No 1 [in 2002], I got the chicken pox, and that pretty much put an end to my hopes. I lost to [Roger] Federer last year in the round of 16, and he was obviously the best player. Apart from that, I felt like I maybe could have have been in the semis and final.

"The year before that, I lost to [Younes] El Aynaoui. I didn't break serve for a whole match, five sets. That doesn't happen too often for me. There's been a few weird matches over the years, but I feel like this year I'm going to have a good crack at it."

When it comes to playing on home ground, Hewitt, like Henman with the grass at Wimbledon, has complained that the rubberised concrete courts at Melbourne Park, on which the ball bounces to shoulder height, have been made too slow.

Hewitt's compatriot Pat Rafter, who won the US Open in 1997 and 1998, contended that the rubberised concrete courts in New York play differently to the Rebound Ace in Melbourne. Hewitt, who won the US Open in 2001, is convinced that is the case. "I think there's a massive difference," he says. "The US Open is a lot quicker. The ball stays a lot lower. There was one year, 2000, where the Australian Open courts played a lot quicker than it has in the past. But the last few years it's played closer to the clay [at the French Open] than to the [concrete at the] US Open."

Pat Cash, Australia's 1987 Wimbledon champion, sympathises. "The Aussies all used to grow up on grass courts, but we have lost that advantage," Cash says. "One year when [Pete] Sampras won in Melbourne, he said the court was slower than clay. Lleyton didn't grow up on grass. The only grass now is at Wimbledon, but the courts have been slowed down there and don't benefit [Tim] Henman and the other British players."

Hewitt, underlining his determination to improve his record, added: "I'd play on cow dung if necessary." He knows that Federer, the defending champion, who has developed a habit of thrashing him, is likely to be the greatest obstacle to every challenger, and that Andy Roddick and Marat Safin share his own desire for success.

"I think it's great for tennis," Hewitt says. "Four guys from different countries, four young guys who have won Grand Slams and have all been No 1 in the world and are totally different characters. I think we all get along pretty well. We respect each other, both on and off the court.

"Federer's a great bloke. I get along really well with Roger. He's very down to earth. I think that's probably the best quality he has. He's very easy to get along with. I always say 'G'day' to him, have a chat.

"Last year was probably as consistent a year as I've had. I lost to the winners of the four Grand Slams, Federer and [Gaston] Gaudio. I was hitting the ball well on all surfaces. Making the US Open final again was a huge bonus."

Noted for shouting "C'mon!" to psyche himself up and to let opponents know they can expect trouble, Hewitt has adopted another method of showing his confidence, a Swedish gesture known as "Visst!" ("For Sure!"), which is formed by bending his right hand into the shape of a snake's head and aiming the hand towards the bridge of his nose. Mats Wilander introduced "Visst!" to tennis en route to winning the 1988 Australian Open, having seen his compatriot Niclas Kroon make the gesture during a game of cards.

"I saw Mats Wilander do it at the Aussie Open," Hewitt says. "I went every year. I used to sit up near the Swedish group of fans out there. They had an amazing following. I loved it. A fair number of Swedes still go to the tournament. Not as many as when Mats and Stefan [Edberg] and everyone were at their best. But if Jonas or [Joachim] Johansson now gets a go, then they'll come out of the woodwork."

Although Hewitt is rebuilding his personal life after his broken engagement to Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, a former women's world No 1, and is involved in an ongoing lawsuit against the ATP, who fined him for refusing to do a television interview, and his relationship with the majority of the Australian tennis writers continues to be testy, his competitive spirit keeps him buoyant.

An abiding memory is of an impromptu game of cricket in the media restaurant at the Masters Cup in Houston, with a stick for a bat and a chair for a wicket. Hewitt belted the ball with glee and also took a hat-trick of wickets.

[B]AUSSIE WOE: THE STRUGGLE TO EMULATE EDMONDSON
It is 29 years since an Aussie won the men's singles title at the Australian Open, and only one home player has advanced to the final since the championships moved from the grass courts at Kooyong to the rubberised concrete Rebound Ace at Melbourne Park in 1988.

Mark Edmondson, in 1976, was the last home champion. The 22-year-old former maintenance man from Gosford, New South Wales, is also the only unseeded men's champion. He defeated two ageing compatriots, Ken Rosewall, in the semi-finals, and John Newcombe, in the final.

It was Edmondson's only Grand Slam final, although his grass-court skills took him to the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1982, and he led Bjorn Borg by two sets to love in the second round there in 1977. "Edo", noted for his resilience, won five Tour titles.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 US Open champion and 2002 Wimbledon champion, is one of seven Grand Slam men's singles winners from Australia who have failed to nail their home title. Hewitt has yet to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne.

Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, was twice a runner-up to Swedish players on home ground, to Stefan Edberg, on grass at Kooyong in 1987, and to Mats Wilander the following year in the inaugural tournament on rubberised concrete at Flinders Park (now Melbourne Park). That was the last time an Australian appeared in the final.

Pat Rafter mastered the concrete courts at Flushing Meadows in New York to win the US Open in 1997 and 1998, but a semi-final appearance in 2001 was his best result in Melbourne.

Even in the days when three of the four Grand Slam championships were played on grass, the exception being the clay courts at the French, Neale Fraser won at Wimbledon and the US Open but was the runner-up three times in Australia. Fred Stolle won the French and US titles but was disappointed in two Australian finals, as was Mal Anderson, the 1957 US champion. Tony Roche, winner at the French in 1966, did not progress beyond the semi-finals in Australia.

Yasmine
01-15-2005, 08:45 PM
They're not making a comparison with Henman winning Wimbly! please not them as well!!! :bigcry: The british media is so hopeful of him and when he loses (which is expected) they're just awful and thrashes him in the newspapers! They just can't help it can they!
Sorry, me moaning again... but thanks for the article, and I think that Lley has a good chance this year :woohoo: go go go go go!!!!!

Socket
01-15-2005, 09:53 PM
I'm pretty much convinced that the British media and many fans actually want Henman to lose every year, so they can scream and holler. They seem to enjoy that more than they would his winning. It's that weird "lovable loser" mentality that the Brits seem to specialize in.

Socket
01-16-2005, 01:49 AM
Scotland on Sunday
Sun 16 Jan 2005

Actress mends Hewitt's broken heartstrings

Alix Ramsay

LOVE conquers all. Love is a many splendid thing. These and a host of other clichés struggle to describe that most common of human conditions where grown men go weak at the knees and even the most cynical get all gooey over daft songs and soppy movies.

The general consensus of opinion has it that love is not a good thing for professional sportsmen. The distraction of a young lovely on their arm deflects them from the serious business of winning matches (Mark Philippoussis please step forward) while the bossy little woman in the background can make a coach’s life hell as he tries to instil nerves of steel and a killer instinct in his charge (David Beckham anyone?). Either way, love makes sport messy.

But Lleyton Hewitt is different. He always has been. As he prepared for marriage last year, he started to pull his game together after a year in the doldrums. If his critics thought he became soft languishing in domestic bliss - he was, they said, too happy - his opponents thought otherwise.

Only Roger Federer ruined his attempt at world domination, beating him in three of the four grand slams, and while the computer placed him at No.3 when the season drew to a close, everyone knew that Hewitt was second only to the Swiss in terms of form and consistency.

Hewitt was due to tie the knot with Kim Clijsters next month so when she rang him last Oct-ober to call the wedding off, the sharks started to circle again. If happiness had blunted his edge, surely public humiliation would be the end of him, at least for a while. Not a bit of it.

After a few days lying low with some friends in Australia, he was back on the road and winning matches within the space of a fortnight.

Amazingly both Hewitt and Clijsters have escaped more or less unscathed from their very public split. Tennis thrives on gossip, rumour and backbiting but with both parties maintaining a dignified silence, the pair are old news and both are free to move on. It would certainly seem that Ms Clijsters is history in the Hewitt camp and, in Bercy last November - his first tournament back since the break up - Tatiana Golovin was seen to be taking a keen interest in his matches. These days it is Rebecca Cartwright, of Home and Away fame, who is draped over his arm and appears to have become a permanent fixture.

Clijsters, meanwhile, has not been seen for months. Her long-term wrist injury has forced her out of the Australian Open and she will not return to the circuit until February.

According to the airport driver - the fount of all human knowledge for the weary and jet-lagged traveller - Cart-wright is very pretty but awfully normal. A nice, down-to-earth lass, she may be famous but she does not make a show of it, which is pretty much the Hewitt philosophy. In Sydney, where Hewitt picked up his 24th career title with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Ivo Minar yesterday, he seemed extremely happy and relaxed as the media attention settled on Cartwright leaving him free to focus on the tennis.

He spent his Christmas break hard at work under the guidance of his coach and friend Roger Rasheed. Rasheed has varied the training regime, taking his boy to the beach for a spot of surfing and other summer games, in an attempt to break the tedium of pumping iron in the gym. The result has been spectacular and Hewitt now boasts beef and biceps with eight pounds of muscle added to his slender frame, an asset he now shows off with a sleeveless shirt.

As Federer eased himself into form at the Kooyong exhibition event, he announced before playing Andy Roddick in the final - he won, naturally, 6-4, 7-5 - that his main aim was not to pull a muscle prior to the Australian Open. For Hewitt the main goal was not to bust a blood vessel as he continued his unbeaten run at the Homebush Stadium. He has now won four consecutive Sydney titles, the first man to do so since John Bromwich in 1940.

Hewitt’s serve is, once more, a potent weapon - he cracked down 13 aces on his way to victory over Minar - his speed around the court greater than ever and, judging by the fist pumping and screams of "C’mon!" in the last seven days, his determination rides high.

The fiery wee man is feeling good. Thanking Rasheed for all the hard work, Hewitt’s fighting spirit was very much in evidence. "We had a rough patch a couple of years ago," he said, "but I think we’ve stuck it up most of them now."

He begins his Open challenge against Arnaud Clement, a man he has beaten five times in a row and twice this year already, and is seeded to meet Roddick in the semi-finals. With Federer on the other side of the draw, Hewitt does not have to worry about his nemesis until the final Sunday. To get that far would be a fine achievement as he has never made it beyond the fourth round of his home grand slam before. But fitter than ever, stronger than ever and with a new girl in tow, the next two weeks could be Hewitt’s best in Melbourne. Love, actually, is for wimps.


This article:

http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/othersport.cfm?id=55242005

star
01-16-2005, 01:59 AM
:)

Lleyton likes nice girls.

Socket
01-16-2005, 02:28 AM
I love what Lleyton has to say about Roger Rasheed in this article -- he "da man!"

Hewitt says 'bring it on'
By John Thirsk
16jan05

LLEYTON HEWITT is primed for the Australian Open after winning the Medibank International title 7-5 6-0 against Czech qualifier Ivo Minar at Sydney Olympic Park yesterday.

"Bring it on," the Australian said after his victory, referring to the centenary Australian Open starting at Melbourne Park tomorrow.

Hewitt led the charge on what became an amazing day for Australian tennis, with locals starring in a clean sweep of the four titles of the Medibank International.

It was the first time in 29 years an Australian player was involved in all four championship triumphs.

Hewitt won his fourth title in six years, Alicia Molik took out her debut title in singles, while Samantha Stosur and Brianne Stewart and Todd Woodbridge and India's Mahesh Dhupathi combined for doubles victories.

Hewitt won his opening five games in 13 minutes, losing just six points, before Minar got over his nerves to fight back to 5-5.

But Hewitt regained his composure to win the next two games and the opening set.

The next set took just 21 minutes.

Hewitt said his performance was awesome and that it gets better every year he plays in Sydney.

He thanked coach Roger Rasheed, saying: "We went through a rough period a few years ago, but now we have stuck it up most of them [critics].

"You've done a hell of a job, mate, and you're awesome.

"You get me in the right condition and you're the man."

Hewitt said he felt relaxed in Sydney and that it was nice to come away with another title and more special to win in your home country.

"I feel pretty good at the moment coming through some tough matches this week and feeling confident where my game's at," he said.

"But grand slams are different, playing five sets, so you just focus on one match at a time."

Hewitt acknowledges world No1 Roger Federer is the favourite.

"Someone's going to have to play extremely well and stay with him early in matches," he said.

"He's able to get off to flying starts and I think if you can hang with him, like Andy Roddick did in the Wimbledon final, and I did for a while, you can have opportunities.

"But you know he's human and guys like Roddick or [Marat] Safin in his half, [Andre] Agassi in the 16s, there are tough players out there.

"If he's slightly off, it's still not going to be that easy for him."

Yet to win the Australian Open, Hewitt said he couldn't ask for more than winning his first grand slam, the US Open in 2001.

"Beating Pete Sampras, one of the greatest ever to play the game, no-one can take that away from me," he said.

"Winning Wimbledon [2002] in my mind is probably the biggest tournament in tennis history, with the history and the tradition.

"I wouldn't give that up either.

"I still have plenty of time to get an Australian [title] in my cabinet as well."

The doubles title was Woodbridge's fifth title in six finals in the event - with three different partners.

"It's incredible what the Aussies have done [winning every event here]," Woodbridge said.

donna
01-16-2005, 08:20 AM
:wavey: everyone
I'm going to the Aus open tomorrow and tuesday although I don't think i will see Lleyton as he will be on Rod Laver and I only have a groundpass. I will keep my eyes peeled for him practising though and hopefully can get some photos :)

Ashie_87
01-16-2005, 08:34 AM
:yeah: coolies!
thanks for all the articles everyone! :lol: "da man" dear oh dear.....:p

Gaga
01-16-2005, 08:39 AM
GOOD LUCK LLEYTON !!!

NOMAD
01-16-2005, 09:47 AM
There's an interview video @ AO official web site :)

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/interactive/tv/index.html

bad gambler
01-16-2005, 10:11 AM
i'm flying down to melbourne on wednesday so hopefully will be able to catch lleyton in his second round match....i will post some reports of all his matches as i will be going to all of them (hopefully he won;t get knocked out in an early round!!)

i also hope to catch some of his training sessions

Yasmine
01-16-2005, 10:19 AM
There's an interview video @ AO official web site :)

brilliant interview :angel: ! and I love the aussi accent :inlove:!!! so sexy :hearts:

Socket
01-16-2005, 01:38 PM
Lleyton was so funny in that interview! I guess he really relaxes when he knows the interviewer.

dagmar7
01-16-2005, 03:20 PM
Great interview. I agree--he sounds so relaxed. There are hardly any "you knows"! :D

:wavey: donna and bad gambler--thanks for posting. Any and all Aus Open exclusives would be really appreciated.

Have a great time!

SomL.
01-17-2005, 09:12 AM
:angel: Order of play on tuesday :angel:
Rod Laver Arena Start Time 11.00 AM


Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Guillermo Coria (ARG)[6]
vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)



followed by
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Alicia Molik (AUS)[10]
vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)




Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Irakli Labadze (GEO)
vs. Andy Roddick (USA)[2]






Rod Laver Arena Start Time 7.30 PM


Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Lindsay Davenport (USA)[1]
vs. Conchita Martinez (ESP)



followed by
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
:devil: Arnaud Clement :devil: (FRA)
vs. :angel: Lleyton Hewitt :angel: (AUS)[3]

:D Go Lleyton against Arnaud Clement :cool:

SomL.
01-17-2005, 10:46 AM
Day Two Preview
by Sandra Harwitt
Monday, 17 January, 2005


No.3 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) vs. Arnaud Clement (France)

If there's one element of this first-round match that's peculiar for the No.3 seed Lleyton Hewitt, it's that Frenchman Arnaud Clement has the better Australian Open record.

A former Top Tenner currently ranked No.111 in the world, Clement stunned fans at Melbourne Park in 2001 by winding his way all the way to the final where he fell to Andre Agassi.

In contrast, Hewitt has fallen short in his first eight appearances at the Australian Open, failing to deliver the first homegrown Australian Open champion since Mark Edmondson in 1976. A former Wimbledon and US Open titlist, Hewitt's best showing at the Australian Open has been three fourth-round results in 2000, 2003 and 2004.

Fortunately for Hewitt, the scrappy and flashy Clement - who can forget the Frenchman's colorful bandana and wraparound sunglasses in 2001 - is not the player he's been the last six years when he was a constant presence in the Top 100. Clement's style is a bit unorthodox which enables him to throw a player off his game, but he isn't playing with much confidence these days which should definitely work to Hewitt's favor.

Hewitt, however, needs to keep his head in check and ignore the fact that he believes the courts at Melbourne Park are a bit slow for his liking. After a couple of off years, Hewitt picked up his pace in the latter half of 2004, so much so that he nailed a final spot at the US Open last September. Clearly playing with the confident swagger he had when he closed out the 2001 and 2002 season as the world No.1 player, Hewitt should fare well against Clement.

Previous history between these two players certainly gives Hewitt the upper-hand as he won all six times they've played. Hewitt's only lost four of 17 sets played against Clement and in their only other Grand Slam appearance he took a straight set quarter-final victory at the 2000 US Open.

Hewitt arrives in Melbourne as one of the favorites to take the title and straight off of a big win at the Medibank International in Sydney last week. Count on Hewitt's opening statement of the Australian Open 2005 will be to say 'check mate' to Clement.

Yasmine
01-18-2005, 08:38 AM
Lleyton is next up on court! People who can see the match on TV please cheer for me as well :woohoo: I'm at work... :sad:

kim4eva
01-18-2005, 09:13 AM
Best of luck to Lleyts! :clap2: :bounce: :clap2:

Yasmine
01-18-2005, 09:25 AM
he's serving for the 1st set at 5-3 :bounce:

Yasmine
01-18-2005, 10:12 AM
he's 2 sets up, 6-3, 6-4 :bounce:
3 fenchies about to get kicked out, one by lleyts one by Henman and the third one by Massu :bigcry: is anyone else here???

kim-fan
01-18-2005, 10:51 AM
and he won! 6-3 6-4 6-1
:D

lleyki4eva
01-18-2005, 10:52 AM
he has just won, dunno the score
can anybody tell what he said in the interview??

Socket
01-18-2005, 10:57 AM
I listened to Jim Courier interview him, the BBC internet radio picked it up. Lleyton was very funny! Jim teased him about there being somebody missing in his players box, and it turns out that Bec Cartwright is missing. Lleyton said to Jim, you don't even know who she is! It was so funny, and the crowd was just roaring with laughter!!! Then he said to Jim (he's working for Aussie Channel 7), you've got to talk to your mates at Channel 7, she had to go back to work this week. Really nice interview, Jim, much better than John McEnroe used to do.

Lleyton was hoarse, but apparently, from yelling "c'mon" during the match, which Jim also teased him about. He was very gracious and appreciative toward the crowd and complimentary toward Clement, and Blake, his next opponent. And he's auctioning off more of his racquets for tsunami relief, too.

I now have 4 minutes before my alarm clock goes off. :) I'm going to be very tired this week.

munthow
01-18-2005, 11:46 AM
Thank you for the interview. That's nice interview. :kiss:
Well done, Lleyton. :clap2: Good luck in the next round against Blake.

thelma
01-18-2005, 11:50 AM
Go Lleyton! :bounce: :banana:

Thanks for the interviews! :yeah:

dagmar7
01-18-2005, 12:43 PM
Lleyton :woohoo:

Nice tidy scoreline to wake-up to. I think I'll record to taped coverage this afternoon. Hopefully, they'll show the match.

Now good luck against good old James Blake, which never seems to be an easy match.

Thanks for the info about the interview. Ll sounds in fine form. ;)

NOMAD
01-18-2005, 01:15 PM
Well done,Lley :worship:
He played a drop shot from the baseline on set point of 1st set,and succeeded. :eek:
Can't remember last time I saw him play a drop shot successly. :p
I am so glad that his serve has improved a lot. 12aces :worship:

SomL.
01-18-2005, 01:35 PM
:cool: Hewitt through in three :cool:
January 18, 2005
Fox Sports : AAP

CAUTIONED by the memory of his first-round loss in the Australian Open three years ago, Lleyton Hewitt today swept into the second round at Melbourne Park in straight sets.

Hewitt downed former finalist Arnaud Clement of France 6-3 6-4 6-1 to set up a second round clash with dangerous American James Blake.

The No.3 seed had been very vocal in his criticism of Rod Laver Arena's surface in the lead-up to this tournament but appeared comfortable in his downing of Clement.

The scoreline gave the impression of an easy victory but Clement gave Hewitt a good workout, often able to win two or three points in a game yet only able to create a break opportunity once for the match.

Hewitt's serve was working nicely, with 12 aces perhaps testament to an off-season weight program he was happy to flaunt with a sleeveless top.

While he remained tethered to the baseline in his trademark scrambling style, he won every point when he did venture to the net.

Clement was left to reflect on the misfortune of an Australian visit that saw him beaten by Hewitt in three consecutive tournaments - in Adelaide, Sydney and here at Melbourne Park.

Hewitt's failure to get near winning his home grand slam is the darkest blot on an impressive career copybook.

An attack of chicken pox carried the blame for his first round loss to unheralded Alberto Martin in 2002.

He went down to an inspired Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and ran into the unstoppable Roger Federer in the fourth round last year.

His early collision with Federer was a product of the double-figure ATP ranking he carried into the tournament, but after a top-notch 2004 he had lifted that ranking to No.3 in the world.

That progress, coupled with some fortune in the draw, meant he would not have to meet the peerless Federer until the final should he get that far.

The Swiss master had nominated Hewitt as the biggest threat to a title defence.

But before that date is booked, Hewitt must deal with a draw that would have him meet David Nalbandian in the quarters and Andy Roddick in the semis, should results go to plan.

How the Australians fared
Men
Lleyton Hewitt bt Arnaud Clement 6-3 6-4 6-1
Chris Guccione lost to 12-Guillermo Canas (Arg) 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4)
Wayne Arthurs lost to 25-Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-1)
Nathan Healey bt Flavio Saretta (Bra) 4-6 4-6 6-1 5-0 ret
Marc Kimmich lost to Mariano Zabaleta (Arg) 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3
Women
Alicia Molik bt Anabel Medina-Garrigues (Esp) 6-1 6-3
Monique Adamczak lost to 13-Karolina Sprem (Cro) 6-2 6-3
Nicole Pratt lost to Jelena Jankovic (SCG) 6-1 6-3
Tiffany Welford lost to Barbara Schett (Aut) 6-3 1-6 6-2
Casey Dellacqua lost to Jelena Kostanic (Cro) 3-6 6-2 6-2
Evie Dominikovic bt Mara Santangelo (Ita) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3

Alisa
01-18-2005, 06:56 PM
great job lley!!! good luck 2 u in 2nd round!!!

Raquel
01-18-2005, 07:43 PM
Well done Lleyton :D Good luck in round 2 :yeah:

Lisbeth
01-18-2005, 10:07 PM
Good luck v Blake :yippee:

Socket
01-19-2005, 01:45 AM
Much to my surprise and delight, ESPN showed all of Lleyton's match against Clement this afternoon. Boy, did he look great and play well -- very aggressive, very pumped up. P-Mac had very nice things to say about his game, and actually made him a "slight" favorite against Roddick if they were to meet in the SF. And he also surpported Lleyton in the Great Court Speed debate, noting that faster courts would have also helped Pat Rafter.

I'm just astonished at how well Lleyton looks in those muscle shirts. I'd like to thank Nike for asking him to wear them this year. :lick:

SomL.
01-19-2005, 09:18 AM
Order of play on Thursday ^_^ Good luck Lleyton in second round !!!!!
Rod Laver Arena Start Time 11.00 AM


Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)[15]
vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)



followed by
Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Shuai Peng (CHN)
vs. Venus Williams (USA)[8]




Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
:devil: James Blake (USA) :devil:
vs. :angel: Lleyton Hewitt :angel: (AUS)[3]






Rod Laver Arena Start Time 7.30 PM


Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Alicia Molik (AUS)[10]
vs. Aiko Nakamura (JPN)



followed by
Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Greg Rusedski (GBR)
vs. Andy Roddick (USA)[2]

kim-fan
01-19-2005, 09:41 AM
I won't see any australian open matches this year :sad:
stupid dutch television :mad:

well, good luck against Blake :bounce:

Hagar
01-19-2005, 10:56 AM
I won't see any australian open matches this year :sad:
stupid dutch television :mad:

well, good luck against Blake :bounce:

Why are they not showing the Australian Open? They used to do it, no?

kim-fan
01-19-2005, 10:59 AM
Why are they not showing the Australian Open? They used to do it, no?

yep, but I send them an email, and they said that not enough people would watch the matches. well, I guess I can watch world sport on cnn everyday, so I can see a couple rally's of lleyton and maybe a short interview ...

Sarah
01-19-2005, 12:07 PM
don't you have Eurosport? they show something... (not many matches tho! )

lleyki4eva
01-20-2005, 07:54 AM
he won 4-6,7-6,6-0,6-3!:bounce:
it's ridiculous he was wearing white sleeveless and black shorts but the shoes are blue and white!

munthow
01-20-2005, 08:04 AM
Well done! Lleyton. :clap2: This match is very exciting. They both played well.
Good luck next round against Chela. :kiss:

munthow
01-20-2005, 08:18 AM
What dose Lleyton said in the interview?

bad gambler
01-20-2005, 09:33 AM
some hairy moments but hewitt stepped on the gas in the 3rd and 4th sets to win pretty easily against blake

looking good so far for lleyton :yeah:

bad gambler
01-20-2005, 09:34 AM
What dose Lleyton said in the interview?

courier again mentioned bec and fact that she was not there so lleyton responded that channel 7 should get him a part in Home and Away...funny stuff

Yasmine
01-20-2005, 09:36 AM
courier again mentioned bec and fact that she was not there so lleyton responded that channel 7 should get him a part in Home and Away...funny stuff
:haha: great sense of Humour lleyts! :cool:

NOMAD
01-20-2005, 09:51 AM
What a great fight in the tie break :worship:

:ras: @ Blake mimicked Lley doing "vicht" :p
it was a bit funny:lol: ,but i was too nervous to laugh back then

nice to see Lley show some sense of humor in the interviews :D

Lisbeth
01-20-2005, 10:03 AM
I was lucky enough to see this on TV - have to say, James is extremely classy :)

Lleyton on TV now - will post the interview when it comes up.

L. HEWITT/J. Blake

4 6, 7 6, 6 0, 6 3

An interview with:

JAMES BLAKE


THE MODERATOR: First question for James.

Q. Do you see that as a missed opportunity?
JAMES BLAKE: I see that as a learning experience. I mean, I've been off tour for a while. So coming back and playing that, you know, that's what I missed, being in a tiebreaker with one of the best players in the world, the crowd at this point against me. But whether they're for you or against you, the crowd is into it. You get chances. You know, you're a little nervous. That's what's fun. And I missed that. But I realize that I had a set point in that second set. I hesitated a little bit. He hit a pretty soft second serve, and instead of me just second nature moving in and trying to attack it, I kind of I was reaching in front of it.
You know, those kind of things are what I hope will come back to me. When you're playing a ton of matches, that's second nature. You don't even think about the situation. You just go in and you hit your shot. I didn't do that today. Got off to obviously a pretty slow start in the third set. He kept the pressure on me.
But, you know, my coach and I were talking. We really had no expectations coming in here. We weren't even sure if I was back to a hundred percent. So for me to come out here and play this well, and hopefully keep moving forward, it gives me a little bit of an encouraging attitude towards the rest of the year.
I think my goal is to keep getting better every match. I feel like I'm going to get better. I got better today because I learned what I can do and what I can't do. I played very smart I think the first two sets, didn't come up with those points that are so important to win a match against a top player like that.
But I know I can now. That's a good feeling because when you're out for as long as I was with the kind of things I was, you never know if it's going to come back at all. Now I'm so close that I know it will come back with a lot more hard work and a lot more matches.

Q. Is there any similarities with that match compared to your matches at the US Open, the buzz of the crowd?
JAMES BLAKE: Well, this time they were against me. At the US Open they were for me. So that was a little different.
But I'd say the similarities were that he he came up with the shots at the right times. You know, he came up with the great gets or just being a little more consistent than I was. Kind of all of our matches I mean, the first one I'd say was a little different because my body gave out. That was kind of my first, maybe my second Grand Slam ever. I just didn't couldn't handle the heat and the five sets. I was throwing up on the court and cramping. You know, that one obviously was different because of that.
But the last one at the US Open was a really close match, and it came down to one breakpoint. I think he got a let cord on actually the breakpoint in the fifth set. It was just him playing a little bit better, getting the breaks, you know, when the top players do that. So I guess that's a similarity.
But, you know, every match right now feels a little different for me. It kind of feels new, like I'm starting over again. It's a good feeling. It's fun to be out there. I had a great time. Worst thing that happened to me all day is I lost a tennis match. So I can't sit around and mope and go cry in my dinner or anything. I'm going to try to have a good time and enjoy my time still here in Melbourne.

Q. Did you feel pretty tight when you served for the set at 6 5?
JAMES BLAKE: Yes. I just talked to my coach a little bit about that. I think maybe I rushed it a little bit too much. That's again the kind of thing that when you're playing your best, you're playing a lot of matches, you don't even think about. You just play exactly the same way that got you there. I may have rushed two of those shots, a double fault. When you're playing a guy that's 3 in the world, he's going to take advantage of that. You can't do that.
I feel like once I, you know, play a few more tournaments, a few more matches, a few more top players, that stuff's going to come back. I just have to be patient. I'm lucky I think this has happened to me when I'm 25 now instead of when I was 19. I don't know if I would have had the patience to want to come back. I think right now if I was 19, I'd be maybe in the locker room cracking racquets, you know, not going to be able to get over it so quickly. But now I feel like I've matured a little bit, and I can be patient and see a little bit of the long run.

Q. Clearly a lot of emotion in that tiebreak. You managed even a bit of a Lleyton salute. What was that all about?
JAMES BLAKE: That was just, you know, having a good time. The crowd had a good time, I think. I hit possibly the best backhand I hit all match on that set point, the set point he had. Maybe it was a little bit of anger coming out from losing the set points before and a little bit of just adrenaline rush that I was still in the set when he was serving for it, and I had a chance again is what I felt like.
To hit that backhand that clean at that kind of a juncture in the match, you know, like I said, that's what I missed. You know, from sitting on my couch for six months to watching people do that and have that emotion go through them, it's an amazing feeling to go back to it. And I wish everyone that doesn't get that opportunity could have that opportunity to get that feeling, when you hit your best shot, all the practice you had done, you know, kind of goes out the window at that time. It's just a lot of emotion with the crowd. I enjoyed it. You know, that's all I can say is I enjoyed it.

Q. How much did the hand bother you after that?
JAMES BLAKE: You know, it hurt a little bit when I did it. Obviously, I kind of tore up my hand pretty good. But it hurt worse when the trainer sprayed that stuff on it. First they just cleaned it out, then when he came over at the 1 Love, he said the doctor gave him some stuff to spray it because it started bleeding again once I just gripped my racquet. Sprayed that stuff on right before I went out to return serve. It stung pretty good for a while there. Then he asked me if he could do it again. Silly, stupidly, I agreed and let him do it again and it stung.
But after that, it was a non factor. I mean, everyone's cut themselves before. You play through it. Not a big deal.

Q. Just before you did that, Lleyton hit an instinctive lob over you, you applauded him.
JAMES BLAKE: Yes.

Q. He appeared to turn immediately and just bellow to his support group. Did that offend you?
JAMES BLAKE: Offend me? No. I was applauding a good shot. As my I feel like I do a lot. If someone hits a good shot, what can you do? I mean, there's no way I could get back for that lob. He played a great point up until then. I felt like I played a great point. I applauded. If he doesn't want to acknowledge it, he doesn't have to acknowledge it. He's doing what he can to win the match. Obviously it worked. He won the match.
But definitely not offended. Just kind of possibly two different personality types, two different players out there.

Q. The two actions weren't linked, him not acknowledging and you doing that later?
JAMES BLAKE: No, no, it wasn't linked. Like I said, it was emotion that I haven't felt in eight months that I let out. I'm actually amazed I didn't do it more often. Like I said, it felt so good to be out there. Playing in front of a packed stadium, when the lights came on, you know, it's what I've missed for seven, eight months.
With the new perspective I have, you know, I might never be back out there again. You know, I hit the net post a little differently last year and I definitely would have never been out there. Crazy things can happen. So I'm going to enjoy it and I'll have the memory of playing out there again. I really hope I can get back there. I'll work my tail off to get back there and win a few matches out there.

Q. I know you worked a lot on your volleys you said the other night. A couple times today you were in the right spot, but it just didn't work for you?
JAMES BLAKE: Yes. It's just not being match ready and having the confidence to hit them in matches. Any time you change something, you go through probably a phase of feeling confident in it, then maybe not so sure of it in the matches when it comes to crunch time.
Being patient again. I definitely feel like my volleys are better than they were. I feel more comfortable coming in. I think a couple times it might have actually been my legs and not my volley technique. It was just that I didn't get my legs into it, or I looked up. When you're playing Lleyton, you kind of look at him sometimes. You notice if you don't really put it on a dime, he's going to get there and have a great shot to get a lob up over you or pass you. I can definitely say I might have been affected by him, but still feel like my volleys are better than they were a year ago.

Q. What do you do on a day like this when you come in, organize your practice, your preparation for like a 3:30 start, you find yourself walking on court a couple hours later? How do you sort of keep yourself up?
JAMES BLAKE: Luckily, I've got my coach and some friends here. I hung out in the cafeteria with my coach, with a couple of guys from Saddle Brook where I train. Xavier Malisse, a good friend of mine on tour, his coach, Kelly Jones, just sat around, watched some of the matches on TV. I made sure to eat because obviously if you're going to be in a match, it's tough to eat a lot on the court so you want to make sure you go out there kind of not on an empty stomach, but not on a full stomach. I made sure to keep my eating I don't know what the word is, but make sure to eat (smiling).
Then just kind of hung around. Listened to some music. Hang out in the locker room, get stretched out. Maybe it means you have to get stretched out a couple times. Make sure you're loose. I loosened up on the bike right before the match. Make sure you're lose right before that. Luckily Venus' went a little more according to plan so I was able to kind of prepare in a normal way.

Q. It would be easy to feel a little snake bitten after what happened to you last year. How do you stay so upbeat?
JAMES BLAKE: You know, it probably started right when I actually hurt my neck, when I broke my neck. We went into my coach and I were in the hospital. We just started talking. He said, you know, There's really two ways we can look at this: We can laugh about it or we can cry about it. Let's laugh about it. Let's see the silver lining in everything and try to find a positive.
You know, that was the first time I'd really gone through a serious injury on the tour. I had to try to find a silver lining. Mine was pretty easy. If I had hit my head differently, I could have been paralyzed. So I'm lucky, I was only out for two months. As I told my mom and some others, the best thing that happened to me last year was breaking my neck. I got to find a positive. I got to spend the last six weeks of my father's life with him. I'll never regret that. I mean, I'm so lucky I got that time with him.
You know, you can always find a positive. I was home for so long. I got to realize how much my friends cared about me when I'm obviously down a little bit, they're there to pick me up. They were there I'm sure they had better things to do than come over my house and cheer up a guy that's, you know, face looks mangled, probably isn't in the best mood. But they came over to hang out with me, play cards with me, watch some TV. Makes me appreciate the friends I've had since I grew up.
You know, you find a silver lining, and I've definitely done that. Now I realize that I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world. I mean, how many people can say they do what they love for a living, they get paid well, they travel the world, have my coach with me who is one of my best friends. I live a charmed life right now. I've obviously had some tragedy, some unfortunate situations, but to look at the big picture, I'm a lucky person.
That's how I stay positive. I have my friends to keep me in check if I start complaining. Like I said, the worst thing that happened to me is I lost a tennis match. I guarantee there's a lot of people, even in this room, that have had a lot worse occurrences happen today, yesterday, whatever. I got to stay positive because if I was too negative, you know, you turn into one of those bitter veterans on tour that's, you know, expecting the world to be given to them, you know, is complaining just because they lost a few matches.
You know, it happens. I tried my best. To ask for anything more I feel like is greedy. I tried my best. I did everything I could to prepare as well as I could to be here, and my best wasn't good enough today. You know, why should I go and be down and say, "I should have won. I'm so angry I didn't win." I tried my best, I didn't win.
I couldn't have tried any harder. I don't know why I need to be that negative. I'm not going to be angry at not having as much God given ability or anything, that's just greedy. I've been given so much. I'm so fortunate to have the ability I do have to make money and have a career playing a sport, a game that most people play for enjoyment and for fitness.
I think it's easy to stay positive with so many blessings that I have in my life.

Q. What's it been like since you've been back? You were gone all this time. Can you talk about how the guys received you and stuff?
JAMES BLAKE: Yeah. I've been I'd like to think I've been received very well in the locker room. Everyone's happy to see me back, it seems like. Florian Mayer may not be as happy to see me back. But most of the guys I think are happy to see me back.
I'm just thrilled to be back in the locker room with the same kind of camaraderie. When you're off the tour, you realize the kind of camaraderie you have on tour. It's kind of like a traveling little club of professional athletes. You can go into your small town when I go back to Fairfield, Connecticut, people know that's the tennis player, that's the guy. Then you realize you have something in common with all those people that are so far around the world, that they probably go back to their small towns and have that same feeling.
You know, you have something in common, and it's a camaraderie that a lot of people don't have. So I'm lucky that I have that. You know, it's great to see the guys because now I realized when I was out for so long, I came back to Tampa, as soon as I was ready to start training, hung out with Mardy Fish, Jeff Morrison. I realized another blessing is I've been on tour for a few years. A lot of guys go 10, 12 years on tour. When they stop playing, they didn't make any friends. They don't have someone they still talk to on tour.
I think I'm going to be friends with Mardy, Jeff, Robby Ginepri, Taylor Dent, Andy Roddick for the rest of my life. Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Todd Martin I'm going to be friends with for the rest of my life. They're all unbelievable athletes. Most people in the small towns they're from would fall all over themselves to go just to meet them. I get to hang out with them casually. It's something I missed.
I think the guys I hope the guys appreciate me back in the locker room. But I don't know. Have to ask them.

Q. Hewitt is a little intense out there.
JAMES BLAKE: A little (smiling)?

Q. Does that affect your state of mind out there? What goes through your head?
JAMES BLAKE: No, I try not to let it affect me. I think, obviously, everyone's different on the court. You know, Roger looks like he's, you know, half asleep, and he's obviously still intense. He just looks so relaxed. You know, that obviously works for him.
I mean, I think if he were to come out like Lleyton, it might not work for him. Just look at the differences in a guy like Pete Sampras, who also looked very relaxed, and then a guy like Lleyton or guys like Jim Courier in the past that had that kind of bulldog mentality where they were going to, you know, grind you down, they were going to beat you. It's just what works for each characteristic, each personality that they have out there.
For me, the best thing to do is not let any of that affect me. I mean, I watched some of his match against Clement. There were times when he was up pretty big, and still, you know, getting so fired up and so excited and very intense, which maybe I don't know if he needs to do that to stay focused to not let, you know, other things affect him, not let him start thinking about after the match, and keep him, you know, focused. But that's what he does. If you're the other player, there's nothing you can do about it. The only thing you can do is try to find what game works for you and what works best for me.
For me, it's to not let that affect me at all, not play with emotion and say, "Just because he's saying come on or getting intense, I'm I got to hit a couple winners or slap some winners by him to prove I'm better." That's something I would have done when I was 16, 17 years old. I'd like to think that I've matured from that. Now I need to continue to play may game and be as intense as I need to be because I've gone through stages where I am wanting to win too badly, and that can be detrimental to your tennis, or trying to be too relaxed. I feel like I found my happy medium, and that's the way I try to play. What the guy on the other side of the net is doing doesn't affect me. I try not to let it affect me. I think I now do a pretty good job of that. And I will admit that I probably didn't do a good job of that when I was younger and first on tour.
So it's something that I feel like I've gotten better at; one of the reasons why I feel like I'm a better player now.

Q. You had some history, the two of you. What were your relations after that US Open incident?
JAMES BLAKE: We talked about it the next day in the locker room, and that was the end of that. We ended it in the locker room. He said, you know, "I didn't mean anything by it. It was in the heat of the battle." Which obviously things are said in the heat of battle. And I don't like I said, I try not to let that affect me on the court, and I didn't. We put that behind us.
Now we've practiced together since then. We've obviously had a couple pretty good matches since then, as well. We're just the same pretty much the same relationship I have with a lot of guys. We're acquaintances. Probably don't call each other on holidays or hang out all the time, but we're friendly when we see each other. You know, when I can get through the posse to actually see him, I mean, I say hello, exchange pleasantries. But we're fine. It's all behind us. We put it behind us that next day.

Lisbeth
01-20-2005, 10:10 AM
The only thing I thought was slightly sad with James was that all the lifelong friends he mentioned (though he mentioned Xavier separately) are American - I would have thought a highly intelligent guy like that would have relished the chance to make friends from all around the world.

Everything else though was positive, smart, sensible. Good guy :)

Lisbeth
01-20-2005, 10:33 AM
L. HEWITT/J. Blake

4 6, 7 6, 6 0, 6 3

An interview with:

LLEYTON HEWITT


THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. Gave you a hell of a fright?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he's a dangerous player. He always is. Yeah, had not a lot to lose out there when he went out there. You know, he's got as good a forehand, you know, as anyone out there when it's on.
You know, had opportunities. I had the first opportunities in both the first and second sets and wasn't able to get those breaks. You know, he played he came up with some big serves on all the breakpoint opportunities that I had. Just had to, you know, hang in there and wait for my opportunities.
I felt like I was starting to get, throughout the second set, I was starting to get in most of his service games. I just had to take my chances when I got them.

Q. Come out of a match like that, almost one point away from being two sets to love down and get through.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was good because I felt like fitness wise I was always going to have the upper hand as well. So, yeah, it's always nice to get through. You just sort of look at it as, you know, it's a dangerous match. As I've said all the time, you can't take anyone lightly. But I think my first two opponents, Clement and also Blake now, they're two tough players.
You look at the guys in the whole draw who aren't seeded, they're a couple of the toughest because they're big match players. Clement has obviously made a Grand Slam final, been in the Top 10, 15 in the world. Blake has been in the Top 25 or so in the world and has beaten a lot of the best players.
So it's never going to be easy.

Q. Tell us about the emotions out there with the roller coaster of that tiebreak.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was a lot of momentum swings out there. Just kept trying to hang in there more than anything. You know, I don't know. You just give 100% and, you know, things fell my way towards the end of that tiebreaker. At the start of the tiebreaker he served extremely well. I just couldn't get into his serves at all. You know, as soon as I got some second serve opportunities, then I really capitalized on those late in the tiebreaker. Played a great point to end up winning it. It was a huge momentum swing.

Q. You bounced your way over to the chair. You were obviously pretty pumped up at that stage. Did you expect the third to go the way it did?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know about that, but I felt pretty confident going in there after winning that second set. I just felt like there had been a huge momentum swing, and obviously after he served for the second set at 6 5 as well. You know, just felt like I was starting to get on top of him at that stage and just really had to put the foot down. I was able to do that at the start of the third set.
He obviously went away a little bit towards the end of the third set once he was down a double break, but then I knew I had to regroup the start of the fourth because he was going to come out and try to jump me a little bit there. It was good I was able to get up an early break in the fourth as well.

Q. What did you think when he sort of mocked you there in that tiebreaker?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I actually didn't see it. A few people told me they'd seen it. I didn't see it.

Q. What do you think now that you've been told about it?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, they can keep doing it if they want. I took it off of Wilander, so....

Q. Didn't see it like an insult or anything like that?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. Seems like I'm sort of the only bloke doing it at the moment so, yeah yeah, doesn't bother me too much.

Q. How difficult or otherwise do you find it when you get here on a day, you know you're playing last in the day session, then today there was a long five setter, there's a couple hours you have to fill in somehow. Take us through how you go. Do you find it a bit hard when you're waiting?
LLEYTON HEWITT: It's a long day. You get here quarter past 11 or so, warm up at 12 o'clock, then sitting around until, I don't know what time we ended up getting out there, must have been close to 5 o'clock, just before 5 maybe.
There's a lot of empty time there. You're just sitting around, listen to music. You know, watched a little bit of Nadal Youzhny match just because it was starting to get a bit interesting there for a bit. That was pretty much it. Then just do the same routine, you know. Obviously thought that Venus was going to as soon as that match went on, I thought that would go over pretty quickly, obviously. Pretty much as soon as that men's match finished, then I started getting myself geared up, ready to go.

Q. The extra wait and the conditions when you got out there, the wind looked like it was gusting around. Overcast, a bit cool. Were there a few things that combined to make you feel flat at the start of the match?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really flat. I didn't feel flat going out there. I felt ready to go right from the start. I felt like I was the one early on that had the opportunities. You know, I had the first breakpoint in the first set. It was weird, though, because, you know, you play that last match during the day, and the shadows start coming across the court as well. So it's a lot easier to play once you get that whole the shadows come, you know, the whole way across the court rather than half and half and you're serving either out of the sun into the shadow or vice versa.
Yeah, it was definitely one end was a lot easier. You know, the end that we walk out on to court was a lot easier to play with the breeze today than the other end. Really felt like you were hitting uphill the other end, so...

Q. During the tiebreak, when you hit that lob over James, he stood at the net for a long time clapping. Did you see him there at all? Or had you already turned around to the cheer squad?
LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I didn't see it. What point was that? I can't even remember.

Q. 7 all.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Okay, yeah. No, I can't even remember. No, didn't see it all.

Q. Little bit of animosity between you guys before. Could you describe the state of your relationship now?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, we get along well. Practiced together in the past. He's a pretty down to earth guy as well. He's very easy to get along with.

Q. Can you talk about next round.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, Juan Ignacio Chela. Get ready for a long match, I'd say about as long as his name (smiling).
We've had tough matches in the past. We played twice last year, both on hard court. He won the first one in three sets in Indian Wells, and I won the next one in three sets in Long Island right before the US Open.
So he's a tough competitor. He obviously beat Wayne Arthurs in the first round. But it's going to be a little bit different matchup, him playing Wayne compared to playing me. There's going to be a lot of long rallies. It's going to be a real battle out there.
But if I stay mentally tough, you know, hopefully I can come through.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the cheer squad, the Fanatics, what they bring to a match and what they bring to you?
LLEYTON HEWITT: They're awesome. Wazzo and the boys are fantastic. Something that I've grown up playing the Davis Cup with them there, you know, every time. You know, there's been a lot of away ties, I think, where if it wasn't for them, then I probably wouldn't have got over the line on a lot of occasions. They've really helped me out a lot. I try and help them out and get a good feeling here at the Australian Open as well by getting them some tickets.
You know, I really enjoy their support. I think they get the crowd going, singing the National Anthem, stuff like that out there. I know I've got to be concentrating, but it's pretty funny.

Q. What do you say about Joachim Johansson's achievements last year?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Last year?

Q. Yes.
LLEYTON HEWITT: He had a great last year. Obviously at the start of the year, he, you know, lost in qualifying in Adelaide. Then he's gone on to finish 11 or 12 in the world, so he's had an amazing year.
He's always had the potential, though. He's got amazing firepower. It was pretty much just a matter of time before he matured as a player, I think. He's dangerous on all surfaces and, you know, as we saw at the US Open, beating Andy Roddick in five sets in a quarterfinal at the US Open is not an easy thing to do.
You know, he'll be around for a while.

Q. Do you think you had any impact on him?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. Probably copying me with a few things, but I don't know (smiling).

Q. Did you see the Federer Suzuki match last night?
LLEYTON HEWITT: No.

Danni
01-20-2005, 10:42 AM
thanks Jane, you're a star :D

Yasmine
01-20-2005, 11:06 AM
Good job Jane, I was about to post it ;)

dagmar7
01-20-2005, 12:48 PM
Thanks for posting those interviews, a pretty fascinating contrast. :)

I'm happy to see James in good form and I enjoy watching him play, but he gives some of the longest answers to routine questions that I have ever seen. :o

It also seems to me that James is very emotional on court, uses gamesmanship (the mocking thing in last evening's match that I'd love to see :eek: ) so I don't quite get the "contrast in personalities" thing. I've always appreciated (and sometimes resented) how well James Blake uses the crowd. He's always portrayed, however, as such a quiet little lamb of a player.

:scratch:

Murkofan
01-20-2005, 12:59 PM
I'm happy to see James in good form and I enjoy watching him play, but he gives some of the longest answers to routine questions that I have ever seen. :o

That's because he went to Harvard :p Smart people can't answer normal questions like normal people :p

The only thing I thought was slightly sad with James was that all the lifelong friends he mentioned (though he mentioned Xavier separately) are American - I would have thought a highly intelligent guy like that would have relished the chance to make friends from all around the world.

We're Americans, we're the cream of the crop :p We don't need anybody else :p

Socket
01-20-2005, 01:09 PM
The only thing I thought was slightly sad with James was that all the lifelong friends he mentioned (though he mentioned Xavier separately) are American - I would have thought a highly intelligent guy like that would have relished the chance to make friends from all around the world.

Everything else though was positive, smart, sensible. Good guy :)
It seems to me that most of the guys (and girls) tend to hang around with people from their own nationality. Except for Tim, most of Lleyton's friends on the tour are Aussies (what's left of them). I think that language and training together are the reasons. The Spanish guys are known to be particuarly tight, and, while Sampras was playing, there were reports of some of them refusing to speak to him in English in the locker room (pretending not to speak English when he greeted them).

Socket
01-20-2005, 01:13 PM
Thanks for posting those interviews, a pretty fascinating contrast. :)

I'm happy to see James in good form and I enjoy watching him play, but he gives some of the longest answers to routine questions that I have ever seen. :o

It also seems to me that James is very emotional on court, uses gamesmanship (the mocking thing in last evening's match that I'd love to see :eek: ) so I don't quite get the "contrast in personalities" thing. I've always appreciated (and sometimes resented) how well James Blake uses the crowd. He's always portrayed, however, as such a quiet little lamb of a player.

:scratch:
:yeah: I've noticed that, too. The reporters love to make him into a boy scout, and he's not about to change that. But just as Lleyton is made out to be a bad boy, the truth for both of them lies closer to the middle. Lleyton is generally well-liked and respected by his peers and James is not a goodie-goodie and uses gamesmanship when it suits him.

Socket
01-20-2005, 01:16 PM
courier again mentioned bec and fact that she was not there so lleyton responded that channel 7 should get him a part in Home and Away...funny stuff
Oh, he'll regret saying that. You watch, Channel 7 will arrange for him to do a cameo now. It's a great publicity stunt for their show and great for their ratings.

star
01-20-2005, 01:33 PM
It seems to me that most of the guys (and girls) tend to hang around with people from their own nationality. Except for Tim, most of Lleyton's friends on the tour are Aussies (what's left of them). I think that language and training together are the reasons. The Spanish guys are known to be particuarly tight, and, while Sampras was playing, there were reports of some of them refusing to speak to him in English in the locker room (pretending not to speak English when he greeted them).

Can't really blame any body for not wanting to speak to Sampras. :p

Socket
01-20-2005, 01:40 PM
That's because he went to Harvard :p Smart people can't answer normal questions like normal people :p



We're Americans, we're the cream of the crop :p We don't need anybody else :p
I have to say, I get the impression that James gives long-winded answers in press conferences just so that nobody will forget that he did go to Harvard. Although I'd be more impressed if he hadn't left before he graduated.

Goonergal
01-20-2005, 02:12 PM
Can't really blame any body for not wanting to speak to Sampras. :p

Now that's funny :p

:haha:

Turkeyballs Paco
01-20-2005, 02:16 PM
(the mocking thing in last evening's match that I'd love to see

It was priceless. Blake kinda stuck his ass out and arched his back a little while doing the vict and yelling c'mon at Lleyton. Hilarious! Obviously pretty pissed off.

That match was great! I knew Blake would be tough. Good luck Lleyton against Chela!

Socket
01-20-2005, 02:34 PM
Oh, but St. James denied being pissed off at Lleyton. :angel: :angel:

Socket
01-20-2005, 03:28 PM
I'm watching my recording of the match from last night, and there are few things I noticed this morning (when I'm fully awake) that I did not last night. James did a Serena-esque "call your own line" to get to 5-5 in the second set. He turned around and gestured "out" while glaring at the backcourt line judge. Also, he got booed by the crowd when he did the Wilander salute to Lleyton during the TB. I completely missed that last night. Guess that wasn't a good move in front of Lleyton's home crowd. I also noticed that the crowd loudly cheered when James DF'd on BP to level the match in the second set. Really loudly. Like US Open on a Saturday night late in the fifth set loud. Nice to see those Aussies get their mojo on. :yeah:

Lisbeth
01-20-2005, 08:57 PM
I hear the two interviews on TV (I :hearts: Foxsports interactive!!) and I am almost certain it was the same (Australian) journalist who asked Lleyton if he was offended by James' vicht (sp?) and also asked James if he was offended by Lleyton not noticing James clapping him :rolleyes: Slow news day, gentlemen?

Anyway, I though both players handled it admirably.

I also noticed James (much as I think he's a great guy) wasn't a perfect sport out there, and I can't really see what Ll is supposed to have done, beyond his usual total concentration on himself. At the end of the day, James played better for two sets but Lleyton still won. I suspect that if Lleyton had spent the match applauding at the net he would not have won ;)

Lisbeth
01-20-2005, 09:03 PM
Lleyton is also apparently close friends with Pim Pim (of course, that's circumstantial), Federer and several Dutch and Belgian guys. Of course, if there were more Aussies for him to hang out with at the top tournaments, that might very well not be the case ;)

I guess I've just heard other players say they don't really know the Americans because they only talk to each other and I think it's a shame if it devolves into an "us and them" thing. I certainly don't think James should avoid the other Americans :lol:

Actually wasn't it James who was asked if there were enough intelligent guys for him to talk to on tour and responded "Yes, there's Todd Martin and, um, er ... " :)

jusjctin
01-20-2005, 10:20 PM
It was priceless. Blake kinda stuck his ass out and arched his back a little while doing the vict and yelling c'mon at Lleyton. Hilarious! Obviously pretty pissed off.

That match was great! I knew Blake would be tough. Good luck Lleyton against Chela!
That was such a great game! Again I've never seen James act that way before but I think he's still mad at Lleyton for the racial comment back in 2001 and he should be. The Vicht mocking was awesome! Also after James made a good shot he brushed his shoulder off like pdiddy! We need more Hewitt vs. Blake matches in the future!!

Socket
01-20-2005, 10:30 PM
Lleyton is also apparently close friends with Pim Pim (of course, that's circumstantial), Federer and several Dutch and Belgian guys. Of course, if there were more Aussies for him to hang out with at the top tournaments, that might very well not be the case ;)

I guess I've just heard other players say they don't really know the Americans because they only talk to each other and I think it's a shame if it devolves into an "us and them" thing. I certainly don't think James should avoid the other Americans :lol:

Actually wasn't it James who was asked if there were enough intelligent guys for him to talk to on tour and responded "Yes, there's Todd Martin and, um, er ... " :)
I don't know about the Belgian guys, but from what Lleyton recently said about Roger, I don't know whether I'd call them close friends. Lleyton did say that he always goes up to Roger in the locker room and says g'day.

I think that you have to play golf with Lleyton to be classified as a good friend. :)

The younger Americans are definitely a close knit group, encouraged by P-Mac as a Davis Cup guy-bonding thing, but I think the older Americans like Todd and Andre have a wider circle of friends.

I remember James's comment about inteligent guys, and I wondered at that time if his honesty won him many friends in the locker room. Even if he was joking, his comment, at least in writing, came off as a bit snotty. Sure, most of the guys on the tour didn't graduate college, or even attend for two years, as he did, but I'm sure a lot of them are intelligent, nonetheless.

Socket
01-20-2005, 10:32 PM
That was such a great game! Again I've never seen James act that way before but I think he's still mad at Lleyton for the racial comment back in 2001 and he should be. The Vicht mocking was awesome! Also after James made a good shot he brushed his shoulder off like pdiddy! We need more Hewitt vs. Blake matches in the future!!
If you read James's interview on the AO site, he says that he and Lleyton put that incident behind them the next day, and I believe that's so.

Lisbeth
01-20-2005, 10:36 PM
I think you're probably right about the golf :lol:

Maybe Roger and Lleyton are more close practice partners than friends ;) There seems to be footage of them and Henman all practising together nearly every tournament. Actually, I don't think it's such a great thing for Lleyton at the moment to be giving Roger so many opportunities to size him up ;) but I think all 3 are very hard working and therefore a good "fit" for each other.

There's some sports writer or other (possibly Wertheim?) who claims tennis players far outsmart any other sport. I think that's probably right, but I guess some are still smarter than others.

Lisbeth
01-20-2005, 10:39 PM
Not only did Blake state it has been behind him since the day after the match, he stated in his interview straight after that match something along the lines that he wasn't putting any interpretations on the comments.

So I think it's extremely unlikely that he's holding a grudge.

Lisbeth
01-20-2005, 10:41 PM
BTW, if people refuse to move on like James has, I think they should at least go back and read what the comment actually WAS before bandying around the term "racial comment".

Socket
01-20-2005, 11:28 PM
BTW, if people refuse to move on like James has, I think they should at least go back and read what the comment actually WAS before bandying around the term "racial comment".
:yeah: :yeah:

jusjctin
01-21-2005, 02:00 AM
BTW, if people refuse to move on like James has, I think they should at least go back and read what the comment actually WAS before bandying around the term "racial comment".
Don't need to go back, I've seen the video tape. What was stated definitely had racial overtone despite what you think. What else could he have been talking about? Regarding bringing it up again maybe you should talk to the ATP tour and ESPN about repeatly broadcasting the 2001 dispute everytime they play. After reading last night's transcripts its nice to see that they both accknowledge that they have put it behind them but James still seemed about salty out there. I'm used to him staying composed.

Socket
01-21-2005, 02:09 AM
We just had this argument yesterday. You're a day late.

jusjctin
01-21-2005, 02:13 AM
We just had this argument yesterday. You're a day late.
Well I'm just responding to what was obviously a respond to my quote, which I think was taken way too seriously.

Lisbeth
01-21-2005, 02:37 AM
I don't live in America so I have no idea what ESPN does or doesn't do - luckily, by all accounts ;) . Channel 7 hasn't shown the incident since 2001 as far as I know. The ATP's exonerated Lleyton so I doubt they bring it up either.

At any rate, you're certainly entitled to your opinion of the incident. I don't think any less of you because it differs from mine (and I've posted what I think of the incident far too often to do so again) or even because it casts an unfavourable light on Lleyton. What I am getting at is if you simply say "racial remark" as a shorthand for a complex incident for which Lleyton was actually given the benefit of the doubt by both James and the ATP, then those posters who do not know the entire story assume that your opinion is the only one without the chance to form their own opinion. It makes it sound like he out and out stood up in the middle of the match and said James was less worthy because he is half African American, which is not the case.

Lisbeth
01-21-2005, 02:39 AM
and BTW justjctin, I apologise if I took you too seriously. I think racism is a serious issue and thus a serious allegation. I guess that at least we agree on.

Lisbeth
01-21-2005, 03:07 AM
CHELA, Juan Ignacio (ARG) versus Lleyton HEWITT (AUS)

Year Tournament Round Surface Winner Score
2004 Indian Wells 32 Hard (O) J.CHELA 6-3 4-6 6-1
2004 Long Island QF Hard (O) L.HEWITT 7-6(6) 1-6 1-6

Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG) is tied with Lleyton HEWITT (AUS) : 1 to 1 *

You can get H2Hs from www.itftennis.com, in case anyone doesn't know :)

jusjctin
01-21-2005, 04:22 AM
and BTW justjctin, I apologise if I took you too seriously. I think racism is a serious issue and thus a serious allegation. I guess that at least we agree on.
I definitely don't think that Lleyton is by any means a racist. Not that I'm implying that you're saying that. I didn't know there were people here that didn't know the story in full. Also I read that Lleyton said what he said because he was caught up in the heat of the battle and he didn't mean it. Anyway though, No apologies necessary, Number1kim. That's why I love coming here because everyone can post there opinions. Plus I think we all can agree that we love Lleyton!
GO LLEYTON!!!

Lisbeth
01-21-2005, 04:31 AM
Sure :) The more Lleyton fans the merrier!

sprinterluck
01-21-2005, 05:17 AM
Don't need to go back, I've seen the video tape. What was stated definitely had racial overtone despite what you think. What else could he have been talking about? Regarding bringing it up again maybe you should talk to the ATP tour and ESPN about repeatly broadcasting the 2001 dispute everytime they play. After reading last night's transcripts its nice to see that they both accknowledge that they have put it behind them but James still seemed about salty out there. I'm used to him staying composed.

I completely agree with you. I got to see the video of Lleyton's US Open 2001 outburst for the gazillionth time on ESPN the other day. No matter how Lleyton tried to spin it afterwards, his comments were racially charged. Lleyton turned to the chair umpire yelling look at him (referring to the black linesperson) you tell me what the similarity is. The US Open officials in 2001 let Lleyton off the hook because James officially accepted Lleyton's explanation, but I agree that James seemed "salty" out there against Lleyton yesterday. No matter how much these two deny any animosity there's already some unpleasant history between them.

sprinterluck
01-21-2005, 05:36 AM
I definitely don't think that Lleyton is by any means a racist. Not that I'm implying that you're saying that. I didn't know there were people here that didn't know the story in full. Also I read that Lleyton said what he said because he was caught up in the heat of the battle and he didn't mean it. Anyway though, No apologies necessary, Number1kim. That's why I love coming here because everyone can post there opinions. Plus I think we all can agree that we love Lleyton!
GO LLEYTON!!!

I don't know if Lleyton's a racist, but his comment in 2001 indicated some racial prejudice. I like Lleyton's tennis, but that 2001 racial outburst was just :eek: and sometimes I feel conflicted for liking Lleyton so much despite his racially charged comment. But I just can't help loving the way he fights on the court and he's such a hottie and seemingly well-mannered in other ways that it's hard for me not to like him as well.

Angele
01-21-2005, 09:33 AM
For the sake of the arguement, what Lleyton did, at worst, was accuse somebody else of racism so whoever is calling Lleyton a racist must also, by the same terms, be one themselves because they are doing exactly what Lleyton did. I have to wonder if the roles were reversed, and James, at the Aus Open, was repeatedly being foot faulted only on one end by a white Australian line judge, and brought up the race issue, if we would still be having this conversation :shrug:

Yasmine
01-21-2005, 09:35 AM
For the sake of the arguement, what Lleyton did, at worst, was accuse somebody else of racism so whoever is calling Lleyton a racist must also, by the same terms, be one themselves because they are doing exactly what Lleyton did.
Absolutely, it goes both ways! :angel:

SomL.
01-21-2005, 10:50 AM
:angel: Order of play on Satursday !!!!!!!! Good luck Lleyton against Chela ^_^ :angel: Rod Laver Arena Start Time 11.00 AM


Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Guillermo Coria (ARG)[6]
vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)[31]



followed by
Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Jurgen Melzer (AUT)[32]
vs. Andy Roddick (USA)[2]




Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Alicia Molik (AUS)[10]
vs. Tatiana Panova (RUS)






Rod Laver Arena Start Time 7.30 PM


Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
:devil: Juan Ignacio Chela :devil: (ARG)[25]
vs. :angel: Lleyton Hewitt :angel: (AUS)[3]


followed by
Mixed Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Max Mirnyi (BLR)[7]/
Martina Navratilova (USA)[7]
vs. Todd Woodbridge (AUS)/
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)

Jackie
01-21-2005, 11:42 AM
I don't think alleged racism is the real issue between Lleyton and James. I think James is jealous of Lleyton. Just read his post match interview on how he only speaks to Lleyton after having to "get through the posse to actually see him"

Socket
01-21-2005, 12:05 PM
Let's put Lleyton and the 2001 US Open aside for a moment.

If a white person accuses a non-white person of favorable bias toward another non-white person that adversely affects the white person, whether it's in a job situation (hiring and promotion) or housing or college admissions or anything else, the mere fact that the white is alleging bias does not make him a racist. Bias toward people of your own race or religion or ethnic group does exist. We even see it here on MTF. Richard Williams and James Washington (Mal's father) have been accusing the tennis establishment of being biased against players of color for years. Sometimes they have good points, and sometimes they don't. But nobody has ever accused them of being racially prejudiced or being racists.

So, why is it that when a white person alleges a bias that hurts him, that makes him racist? Believe me, I'm been in the working world for years now, and reverse discrimination does exist. People of color can have the same prejudicial attitudes toward whites as whites have toward people of color, and both types of discrimination are illegal and they're wrong. There have been a multitude of lawsuits in this area in the US, and that point is quite clear.

Socket
01-21-2005, 12:07 PM
I don't know if Lleyton's a racist, but his comment in 2001 indicated some racial prejudice. I like Lleyton's tennis, but that 2001 racial outburst was just :eek: and sometimes I feel conflicted for liking Lleyton so much despite his racially charged comment. But I just can't help loving the way he fights on the court and he's such a hottie and seemingly well-mannered in other ways that it's hard for me not to like him as well.
You're a victim of politically correct thinking.

raeesa301
01-21-2005, 12:29 PM
I don't kow if anybody watched J. Johansson vs Lopez ( bloody extraordinary match), but near the end Jochim said C'mon with his fist pumped! But the real funny thing is that he quickly changed the fist into the vicht (like he forgot he was suppose to do that when he said c'mon)! It was pretty funny to see! Looks Lleyton's starting to rub off on the guy :p !

Socket
01-21-2005, 12:31 PM
Well, remember that the vicht was actually popularized by Mats Wilander, Lleyton's old idol. So JJ probably saw lots of matches of Mats doing that, just as Lleyton did.

dagmar7
01-21-2005, 01:03 PM
Good luck to Lleyton against Chela tonight. :worship: :D

I think that Ll is, aside from James' formerly impressive hair and his pretty face, the only reason that James Blake is famous. He's made a career out of being the innocent and sympathetic martyr.

It works incredibly well with the press because the atp doesn't have many martyrs. Greg Rusedski maybe? :angel:

One of the reasons their matches are always so close is because James tries to turn the tennis match into a media-pleasing applause-a-thon, like their second USO meeting. Ll spent so much time applauding James Blake, he almost forgot to win the match.

I'm pleased to see, he's learned from that mistake. ;)

Also, re Blake's snarky complaint about Ll's entourage - I'm pretty sure Roger Rasheed gave JB some of his tennis shoes when Blake had lost his at the Hopman Cup, which he went on to win...they aren't all bad. He's just telling the media what they want to hear. tsk tsk...

Anyway, according to his own account, he's too smart to hang out with anyone but Todd Martin. :o

bad gambler
01-21-2005, 01:04 PM
I don't kow if anybody watched J. Johansson vs Lopez ( bloody extraordinary match), but near the end Jochim said C'mon with his fist pumped! But the real funny thing is that he quickly changed the fist into the vicht (like he forgot he was suppose to do that when he said c'mon)! It was pretty funny to see! Looks Lleyton's starting to rub off on the guy :p !


too much time spent with hewitt over christmas i think ;)

bad gambler
01-21-2005, 01:05 PM
i'll be watching the hewitt v chela match tonight liive in melbourne - i will endeavour to take some pics and will post them over the coming days

we need hewitt to have an easy match, has to be fresh for the business end of the tournament

dagmar7
01-21-2005, 01:09 PM
Let's put Lleyton and the 2001 US Open aside for a moment.

If a white person accuses a non-white person of favorable bias toward another non-white person that adversely affects the white person, whether it's in a job situation (hiring and promotion) or housing or college admissions or anything else, the mere fact that the white is alleging bias does not make him a racist. Bias toward people of your own race or religion or ethnic group does exist. We even see it here on MTF. Richard Williams and James Washington (Mal's father) have been accusing the tennis establishment of being biased against players of color for years. Sometimes they have good points, and sometimes they don't. But nobody has ever accused them of being racially prejudiced or being racists.

...


This is a well made argument. I can't say I'm thrilled to see 2001 dredged up. It's been over three years now, and in the absence of any other behaviour that could be remotely interpreted as racially prejudiced, it would be nice to see him given the benefit of the doubt, especially by his fans. :o

dagmar7
01-21-2005, 01:11 PM
i'll be watching the hewitt v chela match tonight liive in melbourne - i will endeavour to take some pics and will post them over the coming days

we need hewitt to have an easy match, has to be fresh for the business end of the tournament

Pics would be fantastic. :D

Any eye-witness information and observations would be greatly appreciated.

My fingers are crossed for a straight sets victory, although Chela is playing good tennis lately and is a tough customer.

dagmar7
01-21-2005, 01:15 PM
I don't kow if anybody watched J. Johansson vs Lopez ( bloody extraordinary match), but near the end Jochim said C'mon with his fist pumped! But the real funny thing is that he quickly changed the fist into the vicht (like he forgot he was suppose to do that when he said c'mon)! It was pretty funny to see! Looks Lleyton's starting to rub off on the guy :p !

Pim Pim :worship:

It makes you wonder what family dinners are like. ;)

Goonergal
01-21-2005, 01:17 PM
I don't kow if anybody watched J. Johansson vs Lopez ( bloody extraordinary match), but near the end Jochim said C'mon with his fist pumped! But the real funny thing is that he quickly changed the fist into the vicht (like he forgot he was suppose to do that when he said c'mon)! It was pretty funny to see! Looks Lleyton's starting to rub off on the guy :p !

Yeah, that was great. As he did it I yelled, "VICHT!" :umbrella:

Goonergal
01-21-2005, 01:18 PM
Enjoy the match 'Bad Gambler' :D

star
01-21-2005, 01:18 PM
VICHT!!!

Yeah... and your mom was going :rolleyes:

:lol:

Goonergal
01-21-2005, 01:24 PM
VICHT!!!

Yeah... and your mom was going :rolleyes:

:lol:

By that point she was ingnoring me and doing her make-up :p

I was yelling through the match "C'mon Pim Pim!" and she was like, "C'mon Pim or C'mon Kim? Who's Pim?" :rolleyes: :p

Well good luck Lleyts tomorrow. I won't see the match, as I'll be at work :rolleyes: Try not to draw the match out for too long ;)

Socket
01-21-2005, 02:21 PM
This is a well made argument. I can't say I'm thrilled to see 2001 dredged up. It's been over three years now, and in the absence of any other behaviour that could be remotely interpreted as racially prejudiced, it would be nice to see him given the benefit of the doubt, especially by his fans. :o
Thank you. It annoys me to no end to hear this incident drudged up all the time (much, much, much more frequently than you ever hear Lleyton's good works for Special Olympics mentioned). But what's truly galling is how often it's omitted that Lleyton was cleared by the ITF and the ATP of any wrongdoing. That's a crucial fact.

Socket
01-21-2005, 02:38 PM
OK, maybe Pat Rafter is a saint, after all. :)

Surface working against Aussies
By former world No.1 Pat Rafter
January 22, 2005

I DON'T care what tournament director Paul McNamee says - the Melbourne Park surface does not suit Australian players or their style of play and it's up to him to make it right.

McNamee would have slit his throat from a promotional point of view if Lleyton had lost to James Blake in the second round at the Australian Open, but it almost happened.

I have no idea why the press is asking the international players for their opinion on Rebound Ace.

Who cares what they think?

Whenever I went to the French Open, I was never asked once how I would like the surface or how much water I thought should be put on the courts.

And if any of Hewitt's critics had bothered to listen to what the overseas guys are saying, they would understand that the courts are just too slow.

It's not only Lleyton saying it, but that's been lost in the rush to hang him. [You go, Pat! :woohoo:]

Australian players are not the only ones being handicapped.

Look at what this surface is doing to a great entertainer like Andy Roddick.

There's no way guys like Roddick and Greg Rusedski should have their serves broken as often as they did.

I've never liked the surface and the thing to remember is that the weather hasn't been excessively hot yet.

When the heat does arrive, the conditions are going to get really tough because the surface gets so hot your feet feel like they are burning as the heat comes up through your shoes.

With the way the courts are, this tournament threatens to turn into one big claycourt fest.

If there is to be an outsider, look for somebody like a David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria or another claycourter to get through.

Hewitt has copped a bagging because there are some people in the Australian press who love giving it to him whether he deserves it or not.
[:yeah: Pat Rafter is my hero!]

He brings that on himself in a way because he wears his heart on his sleeve and because of the way he plays.

Certainly, Hewitt cannot afford to waste any more energy if he wants to win the Open.

Blake would have won that second-round match if he'd had a little more self-belief because Lleyton was tense and nervous going out on court for those first two sets.

Lleyton knows he was lucky and he's going to have to be very careful about being tentative in his match today against Juan Ignacio Chela.

If he is to go all the way - and that's the only option for him mentally - Lleyton's got to play like he did against Arnaud Clement in the first round and go on court to overwhelm his opponent.

I never liked Lleyton's draw. He's already copped Clement and Blake and that takes away energy and now he's got a heap of really good clay-courters in his way on slow courts.

But if Lleyton stays positive and aggressive, he can go a long way.

I have absolutely no reason to change my thoughts about Roger Federer winning the tournament.

The bottom line is that while he is in the draw, he is the man to beat.

It's as simple as that.

ALICIA Molik has handled the first week beautifully. She has dealt with everything on and off the court perfectly.

Her form is excellent and she is among the eight top chances and deservedly so.

At this stage, we still have the Russian contingent who continue to do very well, the three Americans in Serena and Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport, and Alicia.

Alicia has been positive and aggressive and that's exactly the way she needs to be if she is going to win the thing. So far, the signs are very good.

Pat Rafter writes exclusively for The Daily Telegraph and can be seen on Fox Sports.

The Daily Telegraph

Socket
01-21-2005, 02:39 PM
Sorry, I just had repeat what Pat said:

"Hewitt has copped a bagging because there are some people in the Australian press who love giving it to him whether he deserves it or not."

Oh, that feels good!

Turkeyballs Paco
01-21-2005, 03:00 PM
Thank you. It annoys me to no end to hear this incident drudged up all the time (much, much, much more frequently than you ever hear Lleyton's good works for Special Olympics mentioned). But what's truly galling is how often it's omitted that Lleyton was cleared by the ITF and the ATP of any wrongdoing. That's a crucial fact.

I agree. To hear the ESPN commentators talk about it (can't remember who it was or exactly the words he used), Lleyton wasn't cleared, Lleyton got by with something he should have been disciplined for... :rolleyes:

Turkeyballs Paco
01-21-2005, 03:04 PM
great article by Pat Rafter. you just gotta love him.

Yasmine
01-21-2005, 03:43 PM
(much, much, much more frequently than you ever hear Lleyton's good works for Special Olympics mentioned).
Well you know what it's like they always prefer going on for ages about things that are not important and not talk about the stuff that actually has an impact! :rolleyes:
Four years later they still use that incident as an excuse, they're really running out of ideas! :o

Angele
01-21-2005, 03:45 PM
Marlene I'd give you rep if I could but I've got to spread it around first :ras: In any case, great posts in here.

sprinterluck
01-21-2005, 03:51 PM
You're a victim of politically correct thinking.

Nope I don't think so. It's not a question of being politically correct. I like his tennis ability and love that aspect of him. But I dislike his behavior towards the black linesperson. I dislike that self-pitying/paranoid/whining aspect about his personality. He tends to believe he's the victim and was wronged in some way trying to blame others for his mistakes. In 2001 he suggested that black linesperson sided with James just because they're both black. Then there's the lawsuit against the ATP and now blaming the Aus Open organizers for the speed of the court. I can appreciate the way Lleyton competes and what he does on the tennis court. But I refuse to blindly defend his actions just because I like his tennis. I can't say he's racist based on that one incident. But his comment seemed racially motivated. It's not enough evidence by my standards to call Lleyton a bigot though. However, Lleyton's showed that he's paranoid.

star
01-21-2005, 04:11 PM
Pat IS a saint. :angel:

I love him. :inlove:

Socket
01-21-2005, 04:27 PM
Marlene I'd give you rep if I could but I've got to spread it around first :ras: In any case, great posts in here.
Thank you very much. :kiss:

sprinterluck
01-21-2005, 04:43 PM
Let's put Lleyton and the 2001 US Open aside for a moment.

If a white person accuses a non-white person of favorable bias toward another non-white person that adversely affects the white person, whether it's in a job situation (hiring and promotion) or housing or college admissions or anything else, the mere fact that the white is alleging bias does not make him a racist. Bias toward people of your own race or religion or ethnic group does exist. We even see it here on MTF. Richard Williams and James Washington (Mal's father) have been accusing the tennis establishment of being biased against players of color for years. Sometimes they have good points, and sometimes they don't. But nobody has ever accused them of being racially prejudiced or being racists.

But people have accused Richard Williams and Mal's father of playing the race card. Maybe we should accuse Lleyton not of being "racist", but of playing the race card.


So, why is it that when a white person alleges a bias that hurts him, that makes him racist? Believe me, I'm been in the working world for years now, and reverse discrimination does exist. People of color can have the same prejudicial attitudes toward whites as whites have toward people of color, and both types of discrimination are illegal and they're wrong. There have been a multitude of lawsuits in this area in the US, and that point is quite clear.

I know that double standard exists. Take Richard Williams after that Irina Spirlea-Venus Williams bust up at the US Open. After the match in which Irina intentionally bumped into Venus at the changeover, Richard Williams called Irina a big, fat white turkey. He wasn't accused of committing a racial slur (at least in the media). Now if someone had called Venus a big, fat black turkey I'm inclined to think the media would call that a racist slur.

Tennis is a really white establishment and most linespeople and umpires are white. Now everytime a particular white linesperson gives several calls to a white opponent against a black opponent is it okay for the black opponent to accuse the white linesperson of siding with the white player because they're both white?

Let's take James Blake's example when he played Lleyton yesterday at the Aus Open. James complained to the chair umpire about overrules that favored Lleyton. Now if James went and accused the chair umpire of giving Lleyton those calls because both the chair umpire and Lleyton are white...would the Lleyton fans in this forum be as understanding and accepting of James position as they are of Lleyton's stance in 2001?

But James, Serena and Venus always play matches with white linespeople and never pull the race card. Venus and Serena received flagrantly bad calls from white umpires (e.g. Venus losing to Sprem at Wimbledon '04 due to a major tiebreak scoring error by the chair umpire; Serena receiving that egregious line call and losing to Capriati at US Open'04). Yet, the Williams sisters did not imply that those umpires were racially biased. James/Serena/Venus never pull the race card against those white linespeople. Serena in particular said that the umpire was "anti-Serena" never implying that she was biased against blacks. Why is it okay for Lleyton to single out the USO 2001 linesperson and James based on their skin color? Now that's also a double standard.

sprinterluck
01-21-2005, 04:50 PM
I'm glad some of the Aussie greats give Lleyton a vote of confidence, but I don't want it to add any more pressure onto Lleyton's burdened shoulders.

Rosewall puts Lleyton on top
Iain Payten
22jan05

DESPITE the obvious covet of his nickname, Ken Rosewall believes a transformation of Lleyton Hewitt's game – and body – puts him in a good position to win the Australian Open.

"Muscles" Rosewall, the youngest and oldest player to win his home grand slam event, believes Hewitt has inserted the subtleties and variation needed in his game to overcome raging favourite Roger Federer, and the crushing national expectation of victory.
Asked if he thought Hewitt's pride in his new "guns" might see his nickname pass on, 70-year-old Rosewall replied: "I hope he does – I certainly don't have any left . . . no muscles on me."

Aged 18 when he won his first Australian Open in 1953, ultra-durable Rosewall was 37 when he won his last of four national singles crowns in 1972.

Only two local players – John Newcombe and Mark Edmondson – have won it since.

With each passing year, the pressure builds on the top Aussie hope – or, now in Hewitt's case, our only hope.

"The Australian Open is an event for him now. He has taken a big step," Rosewall said.

"He wants to win it so badly. It is everybody's dream to win your own national championship."

A final loomed on form, but so did the seemingly flawless Federer, Rosewall said.

"There is a fair amount of pressure on young Lleyton, but I think he has a good chance to beat Roger," he said.

"Looking at Lleyton . . . he is trying a few different things.

"He had to do that to beat Roger Federer.

"Roger at the moment has put himself a few pedestals above the other players because his game seems to have more variation, more control and more consistency than most of the players.

"Lleyton has known he can win from the backcourt, he knows he has to improve and add variation.

"He has won doubles titles so he is a good volleyer, if he gets to the net against a calibre of Roger he stands a good chance of winning."

Socket
01-21-2005, 05:06 PM
The Williams sisters have on more than one occasion claimed that they've been victimized by whites in tennis, whether officials or fans or other players. Serena in particular has been quite open in her views on this subject. Remember what they claimed happened at Indian Wells some years ago? And Alexandra Stevenson's mother is absolutely convinced her daughter's career has been damaged by racism in tennis. James Washington believes his daughter Mashona is routinely denied WCs because of her color.

I have no problem with anyone making an allegation of poor treatment based on color or nationality or ethnic origin. I would want to know the facts. Has it occured to you that maybe, just maybe that the linesman during the Blake/Hewitt match actually did something wrong? Are you aware that the US Open declined to re-hire him the next year because other players complained about him, including one player reporting that the linesman made remarks to him that the player thought suggested that the linesman had gambled on the outcome of a match on which he was scheduled to officiate? I've often wondered if one reason that James was so quick to decline to take offense at what Lleyton said was because he knew that Lleyton had NOT foot-faulted and the calls was simply wrong.

As for Thursday's match, if Blake had alleged that he was being screwed on the line calls because he's black (half-black, actually, his mother is a white Englishwoman) or because he's American or because he went to an Ivy League school or because Cherilynn put a hex on him, I'd want the AO to take his claims seriously and look into them. I would not think less of him for having the courage to say what he truly believed to be the case in the face of a home crowd. When Serena and Venus made their claims about what happened at Indian Wells, I was happy that the officials looked into their reports about the crowd's remarks. It was the right thing to do.

And if a white player claimed reverse bias from a black official, I'd like his claims taken seriously, too, rather that simply accusing the white player of being paraonoid or racially motivated or playing the race card.

Angele
01-21-2005, 05:11 PM
sprinterluck I don't mean to be rude or anything but the reason I avoid GM is because I don't need to constantly hear about the so called "self-pitying/paranoid/whining aspect" of Lleyton's personality and it's getting a little annoying having to read about it in here. If that's how you deem Lleyton's personality, and you don't like it, that's fine but I'm pretty sure you can see that most of us here aren't hung up on Lleyton's imperfections ( and he has some, like everybody does) but rather like the fighting side of Lleyton, the generous, loving side of Lleyton. I respect your opinion, and you're quite fairly allowed to have it, like I am allowed to have mine ( about the issue and about your posts) but you're fighting a losing battle. If you're looking for somebody to agree with you, I would suggest heading to GM, you'll find more support than you could ever wish there. And if you're trying to convince us that Lleyton is an annoying little brat with a good game, I'm afraid you're climbing up the wrong tree.

Sorry for this little outburst but I've been biting my lip for the last few days and I've just had enough.

NOMAD
01-21-2005, 05:17 PM
Pat :angel: :bigclap:

and Marlene you are AMAZING :rocker2: :clap2:

Socket
01-21-2005, 05:18 PM
Thanks, Tara. :kiss:

sprinterluck
01-21-2005, 05:29 PM
sprinterluck I don't mean to be rude or anything but the reason I avoid GM is because I don't need to constantly hear about the so called "self-pitying/paranoid/whining aspect" of Lleyton's personality and it's getting a little annoying having to read about it in here. If that's how you deem Lleyton's personality, and you don't like it, that's fine but I'm pretty sure you can see that most of us here aren't hung up on Lleyton's imperfections ( and he has some, like everybody does) but rather like the fighting side of Lleyton, the generous, loving side of Lleyton. I respect your opinion, and you're quite fairly allowed to have it, like I am allowed to have mine ( about the issue and about your posts) but you're fighting a losing battle. If you're looking for somebody to agree with you, I would suggest heading to GM, you'll find more support than you could ever wish there. And if you're trying to convince us that Lleyton is an annoying little brat with a good game, I'm afraid you're climbing up the wrong tree.

Sorry for this little outburst but I've been biting my lip for the last few days and I've just had enough.

I'm just expressing my opinion and answering responses to my post. It's not just about Lleyton and Blake. It's about something bigger, from a sociological standpoint. Bigotry, double standards, etc. Thanks for respecting my opinion. Never called Lleyton a brat, but my opinion is that he's paranoid. I understand you'd rather highlight the generous loving side of Lleyton. I definitely think he has that side to him. But he's also got that darker unpleasant side IMO. I don't see why I should censor my opinion or go off to GM because some people here dislike what I say. I'm not going to censor my posts. This is a public message board after all.

Murkofan
01-21-2005, 05:56 PM
So many interesting posts! :D

1) I :hearts: Ll
2) But I know he definitely has an assy side
3) And I don't mind criticizing or calling him on it
4) We all have the right to our differing opinions, and just because we don't all agree, doesn't make any opinion less valid than another.
5) Much love :kiss:

Socket
01-21-2005, 06:01 PM
You've been talking to Yoda too much, Southern Jedi. ;)

Murkofan
01-21-2005, 06:05 PM
Hey, I thought that up all on my own :p And I'd join the fray, but I'm still recovering from my escapes last night :drink: :o :p

star
01-21-2005, 06:10 PM
She's been talking to Southern Comfort too much. :lol: :lol: :lol:

If the GMers haven't convinced me that Lleyton is a dark and evil person, I don't think Sprinterluck is going to have any luck in that regard either. :lol: :lol:

But since he says he's only responding to what people say to him......... :tape:

Murkofan
01-21-2005, 06:13 PM
I, for one, am rather enjoying this discourse :p Particularly considering the types of conversations we tend to have in our chat thread :p

Angele
01-21-2005, 06:27 PM
But since he says he's only responding to what people say to him......... :tape:

You're right :angel: I'm gonna go now anyway... I just need a reminder once in a while about why I promised myself not to post anymore :lol: Now if I can just stop reading the board I'll be fine... too bad there's not a 12 step program for that kind of thing :p

Turkeyballs Paco
01-21-2005, 06:32 PM
too bad there's not a 12 step program for that kind of thing :p

you and me both!

Angele
01-21-2005, 06:36 PM
you and me both!
Maybe we could start one and help each other :angel:

jusjctin
01-21-2005, 08:24 PM
Nope I don't think so. It's not a question of being politically correct. I like his tennis ability and love that aspect of him. But I dislike his behavior towards the black linesperson. I dislike that self-pitying/paranoid/whining aspect about his personality. He tends to believe he's the victim and was wronged in some way trying to blame others for his mistakes. In 2001 he suggested that black linesperson sided with James just because they're both black. Then there's the lawsuit against the ATP and now blaming the Aus Open organizers for the speed of the court. I can appreciate the way Lleyton competes and what he does on the tennis court. But I refuse to blindly defend his actions just because I like his tennis. I can't say he's racist based on that one incident. But his comment seemed racially motivated. It's not enough evidence by my standards to call Lleyton a bigot though. However, Lleyton's showed that he's paranoid.
Sprinterluck, everything you said was what I was trying to say but you stated it much better. Especially about Lley maybe pulling the race card as Mr. Williams has in the past but is not considered a racist. I really couldn't have said it better than myself.

dagmar7
01-21-2005, 09:20 PM
Juan Ignacio Chela facts...he may not be the most popular player of all time, but he can be a test on Rebound Ace. Made the finals of Sydney in 2002, losing to Federer. Lost to Sampras twice in the U. S. Open (2001, 2002) - the 2001 match went to five sets.

Get ready, Lleyton. :clap2:

Also, the more I say Rod Laver court, the more amazingly slow it seems.
You know the court is slow when Mario Ancic, a young giant with a booming serve and nice classical volleys, decides to stand back. :o

Roger Federer's volleys were sitting up like big balloons as well.

:devil:

bad gambler
01-21-2005, 09:41 PM
pat has been great to listen to on the tv coverage in australia

c'mon lleyton!!!!

Lisbeth
01-22-2005, 01:00 AM
Pat IS a saint. :angel:

I love him. :inlove:

Me too :hearts:

I miss Pat :bigcry: :bigcry:

and yeah, he's great on Foxsports but it's not the same :sad:

Lisbeth
01-22-2005, 01:03 AM
i'll be watching the hewitt v chela match tonight liive in melbourne - i will endeavour to take some pics and will post them over the coming days

we need hewitt to have an easy match, has to be fresh for the business end of the tournament

Lucky you :D Please come back and tell us all about it!

I agree he needs an easy match - tough opponent but it's encouraging that Lleyton had a decent run at RG last year.

lleyki4eva
01-22-2005, 10:14 AM
He won 6-2,4-6,6-1,6-4

raeesa301
01-22-2005, 10:54 AM
Well done Lleyts! Hope you do well against Nadal!

Roche torn between two stars
Ron Reed
22jan05

LIKE everybody else, Tony Roche is hoping for an Australian Open men's final between Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt -- he's just not entirely sure who he wants to win.

"That's a tough one, but I'm working with Roger," Roche said yesterday.
In other words, professional loyalty dictates that if it comes to the crunch, he'll be barracking for his client.

"But Lleyton's a good friend of mine, and will continue to be," Roche added, making it clear that the old Aussie that he is would be pretty pleased with that result, too.

Roche the coach was putting in a long day yesterday, with both elements of his diverse commitments commanding his attention.

The sun was barely up when he arrived at Melbourne Park for a breakfast put on by Optus, which is heavily into tennis sponsorship on various levels, including the juniors.

Roche helps with that, which dovetails with his own work with four or five promising young players, including 18-year-old Sophie Ferguson, who took a set off world No. 13 Nadia Petrova on centre court during the week.

Later yesterday, Roche was back in the players' box on centre court to oversee Federer's third-round encounter with Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

Roche's newly formed, part-time relationship with the Swiss superstar has intrigued the tennis world, if only because his new client is perceived to be just about the perfect player already.

What can there be to add?

Roche spoke about it for the first time yesterday, saying that he, too, didn't think there was anything missing from Federer's game.

"He's a very complete tennis player," Roche said.

"He's No. 1 at the moment, top of the tree, but he knows that everybody's after him and you've got to keep improving.

"You can't afford to sit back and say, 'I've achieved this and I'm happy where I am'.

"It's always a challenge. This game is always changing at a great pace, and you have to move with the times and keep up with things."

Roche has declined to travel the world full-time with Federer, as he did when he was mentoring Czech Ivan Lendl years ago, or Australian Pat Rafter more recently.

"I always found with Lendl and Rafter that it was the build-up to the slams that is important, so that's what we will be concentrating on," Roche said. "It's little things here and there, what surface you'll be using."

The pair appear to be hitting it off well.

"He's a laid-back person and I enjoy working with people like that," Roche said.

"I've been lucky. A lot of people had the wrong impression about Ivan Lendl, but he had a great personality and I enjoyed that. Everybody knows Pat's personality and what he's like. It's good to work with nice people."

Despite the flak Tennis Australia was attracting late last year over its perceived failure to develop young talent, Roche claims the situation is not as bad as it has been painted.

He agrees there is a lack of depth, but suggests that Alicia Molik's imminent breakthrough into the top 10 will give the women's game a big lift.

"Sometimes that's all that's needed, a role model, someone to look up to," Roche said.

"We've just got to keep working at it, keep people involved.

"A lot of players are coming off the tour that they can utilise, and hopefully they'll do that."

Roche repeated the message when he introduced the cream of the young talent -- Ferguson, Casey Dellacqua, Marc Kimmich and Steven Goh -- to the breakfast guests.

"A lot of people are saying a lot of things about tennis in Australia, but I think we're going pretty good," Roche said.

"It's not all gloom and doom. With these kids, we are in pretty good hands."

SomL.
01-22-2005, 12:25 PM
Hewitt beats bad-tempered Chela
Third seed Lleyton Hewitt claimed a four-set win over Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela in a ill-tempered clash.
Tension rose in the last set when Chela became irritated by Hewitt's trademark shouts, and he appeared to spit towards the Australian at a change of ends.

Chela also seemed to drive a ball straight at Hewitt, but he eventually prevailed 6-2 4-6 6-1 6-4 to set up a fourth-round clash with Rafael Nadal.

The Spanish teenager earlier beat US qualifier Bobby Reynolds 6-1 6-1 6-3.

Hewitt and Chela shook hands at the end of their match and the Australian said he had accepted his opponent's apology.

"He spat in my direction. He apologised to me at the net after the match and I accepted his apology," said Hewitt.

"It's unfortunate because we were having a good dogfight.

"It's sad something like that happens but at the end of the day he apologised and I said just 'Forget about it mate'."

Chela admitted spitting, but denied it was in Hewitt's direction.

"Lleyton thought it was at him and I apologised for that at the end of the match. But I was not spitting at Lleyton," Chela said through an intepreter.

bad gambler
01-22-2005, 12:31 PM
i was there and i tell u what, when chela motioned to spit towards lleyton we were all baying for his blood :(

from that point on i was booing him when he won every point.....to be irrated by someone who all the players should know shouts out his c'mon's because of his passion instead of trying to put the opponents off their game is pathetic

down chela down.....i for one was glad he got whipped in the end

i will post my report tomorrow after i get somne shut eye

cheers
BG

SomL.
01-22-2005, 12:35 PM
Well done Lleyton !!!!!! Next match Lleyton will play Nadal. Good luck Lleyton against Nadal !!!!!!!!! I know, You can do it ^_^ Come on Lleyton !!!!!!!

Danni
01-22-2005, 12:39 PM
good luck against Nadal Lleyts :kiss:

munthow
01-22-2005, 12:45 PM
Lleyton, good luck against Nadal. :kiss:

dagmar7
01-22-2005, 01:06 PM
Thanks for the info, bad gambler. :D I look forward to your account.

I didn't get to see the match, but hopefully they will show some on the taped coverage this afternoon. :cool:

Good luck to Lleyton :worship: against Nadal. Should be a great match for the fans. :D

Murkofan
01-22-2005, 01:12 PM
ESPN is supposed to show Hewitt/Chela and Nadal/Reynolds this afternoon.

dagmar7
01-22-2005, 01:25 PM
Thanks :)

I'll be sure to check it out then both to see Ll :hearts: and to "scout" the formidable young opposition.

I actually like the capri pants on Rafael Nadal. :o He does look like he should be steering a gondola, but they are flattering.

thelma
01-22-2005, 02:04 PM
http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=tennis-m/news/BCN3715182.htm

Melbourne, Australia (Sports Network) - Second-seeded American Andy Roddick and third-seeded Aussie favorite Lleyton Hewitt posted third-round wins Saturday, while seventh-seeded Brit Tim Henman went by way of the upset at the 2005 Australian Open.

The former world No. 1 Hewitt handled 25th-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to set-up a fourth-rounder against very dangerous Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who hammered 22-year-old American qualifier Bobby Reynolds 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 on Day 6.

Cheered on by a boisterous home crowd, Hewitt broke Chela seven times and closed out the Argentine with his ninth ace. The speedy Aussie, however, did commit 37 unforced errors.

"I felt like I played O.K. tonight," Hewitt said. "As they say, you can't win a Grand Slam in the first week, but you can lose it."

Hewitt is a two-time Grand Slam champion, with his victories coming at the 2001 U.S. Open and Wimbledon 2002. Surprisingly, the fiery star has never advanced beyond the fourth round in Melbourne.

_________________

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050122/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open_71

Roddick Wins; Hewitt Alleges Spitting

By PAUL ALEXANDER, Associated Press Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Roddick kept the crowd buzzing with his aces, riding his big serve into the fourth round of the Australian Open (news - web sites) on Saturday. Lleyton Hewitt and Juan Ignacio Chela also kept fans buzzing. Hewitt bellowed and gestured during his 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory in the third round and said Chela spit toward him during a changeover.

"I was spitting, but not in Lleyton's direction," Chela said. "It was a very tense moment in the match. There was a lot of pressure."

An earlier jolt came courtesy of Nicolay Davydenko. The 26th-seeded Russian upset Tim Henman 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. The seeded-seeded Englishman reached at least the quarterfinals in the last three Grand Slams.

"I feel totally gutted, really," Henman said. "My expectations were obviously for a lot more."

Roddick dropped only seven points in his last 10 service games and finished with 22 aces to beat Austria's Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.

After beating three consecutive left-handers, next up for Roddick is 102nd-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber, a German with a 10-18 career record who won only one Grand Slam match before this tournament.

Roddick, seeded third, started his first service game with a pair of aces. He soon was cracking serves at up to 139 mph. Melzer, seeded 32nd, had three break points in Roddick's next service game, then never got another chance.

"I thought I moved really well. I got up two sets, the third one got a little tight, but I was able to get through," said Roddick, noting his serve isn't yet nearing his world record of 155 mph. "I'm holding serve though, that's the most important thing."

In the third game, Melzer drew him to the net with a drop shot, then sent up a lob. Roddick raced back and flicked the ball back between his legs and down the line. Roddick repeated the move in the match but missed.

"I got greedy," he said. "The first one felt good, so I needed more."

Hewitt clearly upset Chela as he served at 2-2 in the fourth set. After Hewitt set up triple break point, he did one of his trademark bellows of "Come on!" while pointing his fingers at his forehead.

Chela slammed a first serve that nearly hit Hewitt without bouncing. Hewitt finished off the break, then appeared to curse at the 25th-seeded Argentine during the changeover. Chela then spat, an action captured by TV cameras and photographers.

"He spat in my direction," Hewitt said. "I don't think it's the right thing."

"It's unfortunate because we're having a good dogfight match out there," he added. "He apologized to me at the net when we shook hands. I said, `Just forget about it, mate.'"

Chela said he didn't recall trying to hit Hewitt and didn't hear the Australian curse him.

The International Tennis Federation said although no warning or code violation was given during the match by the chair umpire, tournament referee Peter Bellinger was told about what happened by both players. Bellinger and other tournament officials most likely will review tapes Sunday.

Hewitt, the hottest player on the men's tour after Roger Federer, broke Chela seven times, had 39 winners and finished the match with his ninth ace. But he was not happy with the 37 unforced errors or the loss of the second set. Asked to rate his performance on a scale of one to 10, he said "about a two."

He next faces Spain's Rafael Nadal, touted as a rising star before an ankle stress fracture sidelined him for three months last year. He ousted U.S. qualifier Bobby Reynolds 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20050122/s/r4076481927.jpg

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Hewitt Plays Down Chela Spit Spat

By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lleyton Hewitt (news) has accepted Juan Ignacio Chela (news)'s apology for spitting toward him during their third-round match at the Australian Open (news - web sites) on Saturday and will not be taking the matter any further.

The incident was captured by television cameras as the Argentine walked to change ends early in the fourth set of the match, which Hewitt won in four sets.

"He spat in my direction," the Australian said. "(But) he apologized at the net after the match, and I accepted his apology.

"I don't think it's the right thing, and it's not good for the game. It's unfortunate because we were having a good dogfight match out there. We were going for it.

"It's sad that something like that happens. But I said, 'Just forget about it, mate'."

With Hewitt leading by two sets to one and in bristling mood, the match suddenly sprang to life at the start of the fourth set.

At 1-1, the Australian's trademark shouts of "C'mon" increased in volume, rattling the Argentine so much that he fired a serve which Hewitt had to jump to avoid.

That incensed Hewitt so much that, after breaking to lead 2-1, he appeared to mutter an obscenity toward Chela and the Argentine was then seen to spit in Hewitt's direction.

Chela admitted that he had been angered by Hewitt's on-court antics, but denied spitting directly at him.

"I did spit but not in his direction," Chela said. "He thought I did so I apologized to him after the game.

"I was a little bit upset. I was under a lot of pressure in the match."

Hewitt is no stranger to controversy.

In 2001, while playing James Blake, a black American, at the U.S. Open, he was accused of making a racist comment toward a linesman after a call went against him.

On that occasion, Blake came to Hewitt's rescue, saying he did not consider the words to be racially offensive.

When the two met again this week Blake imitated Hewitt's shout and a trademark Hewitt posture, borrowed from former world number one Mats Wilander of Sweden.


Hewitt once upset the crowd in his home town of Adelaide when he called them stupid for applauding his opponent. Another time, he called an umpire in Paris a "spastic" over a line call.

On the eve of the Australian Open, Hewitt launched an attack on organizers, demanding that they make the court surface faster to increase his chances of winning the tournament.

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Chela Apologizes for Spitting at Hewitt

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela (news) apologized for spitting at Lleyton Hewitt (news) in a spiteful end to the third round at the Australian Open (news - web sites) on Saturday.

Hewitt won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 but the result was overshadowed by the on-court drama as tensions threatened to boil over in the fourth set.

Chela became irritated by Hewitt's antics whenever he won a big point and after the Australian appeared to swear at him, he spat in his direction.

The Argentine later admitted he did spit but said it was not aimed at Hewitt.

However, he said he apologized to Hewitt anyway.

"It was a very tense moment in the match and we sorted it out later in the locker room," Chela said through a translator. "I did spit but not in his direction. He thought I did so I apologized to him after the game."

Hewitt, whose on-court antics also upset his last opponent James Blake (news), said he was unhappy about the incident but had accepted Chela's apology.

"I've accepted his apology. I don't think it's the right thing...it's not good for the game," he said.

star
01-22-2005, 03:36 PM
I like the way this Open is shaping up. Lleyton is all mad and reved up. Maybe this will take him far. :)

Lleytonfan
01-22-2005, 03:48 PM
Some pictures.
Chela was very unsportsmanlike.
Some people hate Lleyton because he's shouting 'come on'.
And what did the Argetine?It's forgivable?I think,NO!

http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/1/6/0/6/BIG_0000311606.jpg

http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/1/6/0/7/BIG_0000311607.jpg

http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/1/6/0/8/BIG_0000311608.jpg

http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/1/6/1/3/BIG_0000311613.jpg

http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/1/6/1/6/BIG_0000311616.jpg

Socket
01-22-2005, 04:05 PM
Somebody give Lleyton an umbrella. :rolleyes:

Socket
01-22-2005, 04:07 PM
ESPN is supposed to show Hewitt/Chela and Nadal/Reynolds this afternoon.
They're not. :mad: :mad:

Socket
01-22-2005, 04:09 PM
I like the way this Open is shaping up. Lleyton is all mad and reved up. Maybe this will take him far. :)
I'd be a lot happy if Lleyton was playing fewer claycourters and more S&V's. His draw looks like the Buenos Aires Open, and it's got to be sapping some of his energy.

dagmar7
01-22-2005, 04:31 PM
They're not. :mad: :mad:

I know. :mad:

I rushed home only to be greeted by a beige-clad Andy Roddick on my television screen.

I hope they at least show highlights of the other two men's matches. :rolleyes:

I can't say that Adidas is winning any fashion wars this year, at least not on the men's side. The yellow and black Chela polo and the Melzer collection (it's still in the first set and he's already changed)... :unsure:

They can do better than that.

Socket
01-22-2005, 04:40 PM
Because I knew I was going to snowed in today (Saturday), I decided to wake up in the middle of the night to watch Lleyton's match on the live s/b and listen to the BBC internet radio commentary. Chris Bailey and Chris Bowers did a great job combining play-by-play and commentary. They were fair to both players (but did make gentle fun of Chela's inepitude at the net) and I got a very accurate understanding of a match that I wasn't seeing on TV (and apparently won't, thanks to those idiots at ESPN).

According to them, Lleyton had a real let-down at the beginning of the second set, made loads of UEs, and basically took a walk-about. They did mention at a few places that Lleyton was more tenative and nervous than usual, and that the tension in the arena from the stands wasn't helping him. Part of Chela's technique seemed to be to make Lleyton create his own pace, and that worked at times, but as the commentators emphasized, Lleyton seemed to create his own problems in the second set and basically handed the breaks to Chela through sloppy play.

I got to hear Jim Courier's post-match interview, and this one was definitely more awkward than the one I heard at the end of the Clement match. Jim asked Lleyton to judge his play on a scale of 1-10, and Lleyton responded with a 2. Jim then said something like, oh, that's for your looks, how do you judge your tennis. It was a weird moment, and I'm sure that Jim didn't mean to insult Lleyton, but whatever joke he was trying for didn't come off. There was some banter about Bec, and Lleyton teased Jim about not having the clout at Channel 7 to get Bec off work. Then Jim teased Lleyton about his Ferrari and whether that was a factor in his landing Bec, and you get tell that Lleyton was getting a little embarrassed. He said something like, she hadn't seen the Ferrari yet (I guess he meant when they first dated) and then when Jim asked whether she was a Porsche girl, Lleyton said, you'd have to ask her. Jim also asked Lleyton about "tension" in the fourth set (he was referring to the spitting episode). I don't recall exactly what Lleyton said, but he definitely played it down. Jim finally said, I don't have any more questions for you, and I'm sure that Lleyton was relieved to get that over with! He handled himself well, but you could tell he was a bit stressed at the need to engage in improvised banter. Jim was trying hard, but his lack of experience showed last night. Hopefully, he'll be interviewing Lleyton after the Nadal match on Monday night, and that will go better.

After the interview, the BBC commentators said that they would have given Lleyton a 4 out of 10 for his tennis last night. They were pretty adamant that he hasn't been at his best yet. From what I've seen and read of his last two matches, I definitely agree. I hope he can tamp down his nerves and get it together for Nadal, because he'll have to torque up his game for that one.

Socket
01-22-2005, 04:44 PM
I know. :mad:

I rushed home only to be greeted by a beige-clad Andy Roddick on my television screen.

I hope they at least show highlights of the other two men's matches. :rolleyes:

I can't say that Adidas is winning any fashion wars this year, at least not on the men's side. The yellow and black Chela polo and the Melzer collection (it's still in the first set and he's already changed)... :unsure:

They can do better than that.
I am snowed in. I want to watch Lleyton win his match!

Oh, well, I guess I can always edit the commercials out of my copy of the Clement match. :rolleyes:

Murkofan
01-22-2005, 04:48 PM
Well, ESPN lies a lot :p Maybe there'll be time afterwards to show a set or two of Ll.

*M*
01-22-2005, 04:51 PM
What bothers me is that they already showed the Roddick-Melzer match (and it was boring). Why do they need to show it again? The Hewitt-Chela match sounds like it was much more eventful.

kim-fan
01-22-2005, 04:52 PM
I hope for you that they will show the match on ESPN, lleyton hit some amazing winners!
and thank you for the interview stuff marlene :)

Socket
01-22-2005, 05:02 PM
What bothers me is that they already showed the Roddick-Melzer match (and it was boring). Why do they need to show it again? The Hewitt-Chela match sounds like it was much more eventful.
After a good start, ESPN is back to its bad habits, re-running boring matches. Sigh.

Murkofan
01-22-2005, 05:09 PM
I call on all the Americans here to help me storm ESPN headquarters for a hostile takeover :devil:

Socket
01-22-2005, 05:14 PM
:armed: :armed: :armed:

I'm with you, comrade.

dagmar7
01-22-2005, 05:26 PM
Because I knew I was going to snowed in today (Saturday), I decided to wake up in the middle of the night to watch Lleyton's match on the live s/b and listen to the BBC internet radio commentary. ...

I got to hear Jim Courier's post-match interview, and this one was definitely more awkward than the one I heard at the end of the Clement match.

Thanks for your report :D , seeing as how it looks as if I won't see the match. :mad:

Argh, those Aus Open nerves. It sounds as if he should have finished this one off in straights. On the good side, his first serve percentage was pretty high for him and the winners-to-errors ration was still on the positive side despite his second set malaise.

re Courier...that sounds bizarre. I'm sure Jim doesn't mean ill, but he often seems to cross the line and become overly familiar. He seems obsessed with Lleyton's love life.:bolt:

Turkeyballs Paco
01-22-2005, 05:31 PM
ESPN is supposed to show Hewitt/Chela and Nadal/Reynolds this afternoon.

Yeah, where the hell is it? They are showing the goddamned Roddick match for the second goddamned time. Assholes!

star
01-22-2005, 05:37 PM
I like Andy, but I am SO in agreement. DON'T RERUN MATCHES ALREADY SHOWN!!!

sprinterluck
01-22-2005, 07:43 PM
I call on all the Americans here to help me storm ESPN headquarters for a hostile takeover :devil:

For starters, you can express your disappointment by sending a message/complaint to ESPN TV Networks. See the link below. Everyone who got screwed over by ESPN in America please write in to complain about ESPN's re-runs of Andy instead of showing the advertised Hewitt-Chela match.

Contact ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/sitetools/s/contact/espntv.html)

Goonergal
01-22-2005, 07:44 PM
Just got home and saw the result :bounce: Congrats Lleyts!

thelma
01-22-2005, 09:17 PM
"I don't know if there was any more tension," said Hewitt, who set up a last 16 showdown with Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal.

"I think we're obviously both very competitive."

YAY Leyton :yeah:

Murkofan
01-22-2005, 09:20 PM
For starters, you can express your disappointment by sending a message/complaint to ESPN TV Networks. See the link below. Everyone who got screwed over by ESPN in America please write in to complain about ESPN's re-runs of Andy instead of showing the advertised Hewitt-Chela match.

Contact ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/sitetools/s/contact/espntv.html)

Yes, I've done that before :p

jusjctin
01-23-2005, 03:25 AM
Yes, I've done that before :p
Yeah, what the hell was that about! They said that they were going to show Lleyt's match. I love A-rod and all but I already saw that match the previous night.

SomL.
01-23-2005, 07:55 AM
:D Order of play on Monday !!!!! Good luck Lleyton against Nadal :cool:
Rod Laver Arena Start Time 11.00 AM


Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[12]
vs. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[6]



Not Before 1:00 PM
Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Anastasia Myskina (RUS)[3]
vs. Nathalie Dechy (FRA)[19]



Not Before 3:00 PM
Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
:devil: Rafael Nadal :devil: (ESP)
vs. :angel: Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) :angel: [3]






Rod Laver Arena Start Time 7.30 PM


Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Alicia Molik (AUS)[10]
vs. Venus Williams (USA)[8]



followed by
Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Guillermo Coria (ARG)[6]
vs. David Nalbandian (ARG)[9]

Yasmine
01-23-2005, 10:26 AM
It will be 2 am for me, I am sooooo tempted to come online and follow the score (I might be useless at work the next day but who cares, we only live once :)

bad gambler
01-23-2005, 11:38 AM
its a big day tomorrow.....

i actually think lleyton will take care of nadal comprehensively he started to show some form against chela in the last 2 sets and i feel the support of the home crowd (including me :woohoo: ) will see him through

c'mon lleyton!!!! :yeah:

Yasmine
01-23-2005, 12:03 PM
i actually think lleyton will take care of nadal comprehensively he started to show some form against chela in the last 2 sets and i feel the support of the home crowd (including me :woohoo: ) will see him through

:wavey: Well cheer for all of us who can't be there! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

NOMAD
01-23-2005, 12:16 PM
yeah cheer him loudly for me please,bad gambler :bounce: :kiss:

:hug:for yasmine to stay up to following the score

Yasmine
01-23-2005, 02:05 PM
yeah cheer him loudly for me please,bad gambler :bounce: :kiss:

:hug:for yasmine to stay up to following the score
yeah I'll give the link to LLL to my boss shall I if he asks me why I'm so tired :D actually I think he might be away on monday so :devil: lucky me the dear BBC is showing some tennis right now, so I can see pimpim's match :angel:

munthow
01-23-2005, 02:43 PM
C'mon Lleyton.
Good luck against Nadal.

Hagar
01-23-2005, 04:20 PM
Lleyton just HAS TO break his fourth round curse here.
GO LLEYTON!!!

dagmar7
01-23-2005, 04:48 PM
Go Lleyton! :bigclap:

Should be a great match.

Our Open channel (tsn) has only three hours of coverage (7:00-10:00), which means no live coverage of the match. :mad: :mad:

I'm sure that we get the hotly anticipated :rolleyes: Roddick/Kohlshreiber match instead.

:banghead:

Lisbeth
01-23-2005, 11:45 PM
its a big day tomorrow.....

i actually think lleyton will take care of nadal comprehensively he started to show some form against chela in the last 2 sets and i feel the support of the home crowd (including me :woohoo: ) will see him through

c'mon lleyton!!!! :yeah:

I hope you're right mate :) Give him a great big cheer for us :bounce: (It is pretty funny when you've BEEN in an Aussie crowd cheering Lleyton to read the assertions by certain journalists and certain posters that all Australian hate Hewitt though, isn't it? :lol: )

Nadal was super overexcited in his double nmatch yesterday - pumps and even jumps on every single point ;) I don't think it's going to be a dull match.

VERY BEST OF LUCK TO LLEYTON ... time to break the curse :)

Goonergal
01-24-2005, 07:48 AM
LLEYTON HEWITT DEF RAFAEL NADAL

7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 :worship:

Socket
01-24-2005, 07:49 AM
I can't believe I'm up listening to the radio broadcast of the match! I'm so hyped that he won!!!! What a brave, brave performance he pulled out.

FanOfHewitt
01-24-2005, 07:54 AM
What can we say that we don't know already? The man's heart is as big as his body.

Goonergal
01-24-2005, 07:55 AM
A great spectacle and kudos to Lleyton for pullin it out. It looked pretty good early on. He was leading 7-5, 2-0 and then things fell apart pretty dramatically. Nadal stepped up his game, but Lleyton went well off the boil, and the third set was even worse. Error after error flew off his racket, and the 1st serve percentage was down at only 20%. After he lost the 3rd 6-1, he got treatment on his hip (how much that was affecting his performance only Lleyton knows) but it actually seemed to help him to focus his mind. He was extremely subduded in the 2nd and 3rd sets and the injury break seemed to give him a new lease of life. It went all the way to the tie break and Lleyton just played the bigger points better and he tightened up his game. After the tie break you could sense that the match was almost over. Lleyton broke Nadal right away, and physically Nadal was ailing quite badly. Nadal received treatment on what seemed to be a groin injury and was not moving freely. However, he made Lleyton fight to the end, and Lleyton faltered a little closing out the match. All in all, a great spectatcle from two of the best fighters in the game. Lleyton has reached a massive milestone, finally overoming this 4th round complex and reaching the QF for the 1st time. But, I have gained even more respect for Nadal. He is just a fantastic player, and more importantly a fantastic heart and sprit.

:worship: for both, and lets hope this is a rivalry that continues for many years to come.

Danni
01-24-2005, 09:28 AM
:worship: lleyton you are amazing. I say this after every one of his comeback's but..I will never doubt him again ;) Inspirational match, especially when Lleyton was sitting there I think after the 4th set or something saying over and over again to himself "no pain" and then going out and playing how he did :worship: And the exchange at the net afterwards was really nice :)

thelma
01-24-2005, 09:46 AM
:yeah: Lleyton! :bounce: Well done! :banana: :D

thelma
01-24-2005, 10:15 AM
Brave Hewitt battles past Nadal

Lleyton Hewitt kept his dream of winning the Australian Open alive with a gritty 7-5 3-6 1-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 win over Spain's Rafael Nadal.

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The third seed looked to be on the brink of defeat when 18-year-old Nadal clinched the third set with ease after Hewitt had treatment for a leg injury.

But the Australian raised his game in the fourth and took it on a tiebreak.

Roared on by the crowd, Hewitt raced through the decider to reach the last eight for the first time.

Losing the fourth set visibly deflated Nadal and it was then his turn to receive treatment on his left thigh.

But it was merely delaying the inevitable as Hewitt raced into a 3-0 lead in the decider with two breaks of serve.

The home hero then went on to wrap the match up in three hours 53 minutes to set up a quarter-final match against the winner of the match between David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria.

But, despite his dominance in the latter stages, Hewitt admitted he had been given a tough test by the Spanish teenager - a player he rates highly.

"I was hurting a little bit but told myself to hang in there," said the 23-year-old.

"I strained my hip flexor in Sydney last week but I will be fine.

"Nadal's got a great attitude for tennis - he is hungry and good for the game. He's gonna be around for a while."

Nadal set his sights on a place in the world's top 20 after pushing Hewitt to the limit.

"I am happy because I played a good match and I had a lot of chances for a win," he said.

"I am happy because he is number three in the world and I played the same as him today. If I play at this level, I can do important things this year."

thelma
01-24-2005, 10:18 AM
Hewitt squeezes through in five

Lleyton Hewitt recovered from a hip injury and two sets to one down to beat Rafael Nadal

Staff and agencies
Monday January 24, 2005

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Lleyton Hewitt recovered from a hip injury and two sets to one down to beat Rafael Nadal

Staff and agencies
Monday January 24, 2005


Lleyton Hewitt: through to the last eight

Lleyton Hewitt today staged a brilliant fightback to keep his dreams of Australian Open glory alive.

Hewitt looked down and out when Spain's Rafael Nadal raced through the third set 6-1 for a two sets to one lead in their fourth-round clash in Melbourne.

The Australian third seed then received treatment on court for a hip injury and looked destined to again miss out on a quarter-final berth at his home grand slam.

But the 23-year-old refused to buckle and, roared on by a capacity 16,000 crowd on Rod Laver Arena, took the fourth set in a tie-break to force a decider.

That visibly deflated Nadal, the 18-year-old clearly not relishing being dragged into only his third five-set grand slam match. In contrast Hewitt was into his 23rd and experience paid off as he raced into a 3-0 lead with two breaks of serve.

It was Nadal's turn to receive treatment now on his left thigh but it was merely delaying the inevitable, Hewitt clinching a remarkable 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory in three hours 53 minutes.

"I was hurting a little bit but told myself to hang in there and wait for my opportunities," said Hewitt. "I strained my hip flexor in Sydney last week but I will be fine."

Hewitt will face either Guillermo Coria or David Nalbandian in the last eight, the Argentinians set to do battle in the second evening match.

SomL.
01-24-2005, 10:27 AM
Well done Lleyton !!!!!!!! Yeah !!!!!! Lleyton won Nadal ^_^ Good luck Lleyton in Quarter final round :)

kim4eva
01-24-2005, 10:34 AM
YAY Lleyton very, very well done! :bounce: :worship: Good luck next round. :clap2: :clap2:

bad gambler
01-24-2005, 10:35 AM
this was a great win by hewitt...he better rest up coz he will have a tougher match next round!

in lleyton we trust :)

Lisbeth
01-24-2005, 10:49 AM
Great job cheering, bad gambler and any other posters who were there :)

When Courier asked if he had the energy to speak, Lleyton said he'd speak to this crowd because it was second to none :) :worship:

Yasmine
01-24-2005, 11:31 AM
Great job cheering, bad gambler and any other posters who were there :)
:wavey: welcome back Jane :)
I know, we were all hyper :rolleyes: ! but so nice to be around here tho :hug:

thelma
01-24-2005, 11:58 AM
Yay Alicia! :bounce:

Open-Australian Molik upsets Venus to reach quarters
Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:26 AM GMT


MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Home hope Alicia Molik scored the biggest win of her life on Monday as she upset former world number one Venus Williams 7-5 7-6 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
The 10th seed, bidding to become the first Australian woman to win the title since Chris O'Neil in 1978, outslugged eighth-seeded Williams to move into the last eight of a grand slam event for the first time.

Molik began the match with an ace and after trading breaks, a backhand over the baseline from Williams handed the 23-year-old a second break and the opening set.

The second set went with serve but Molik played a superb tiebreak, winning it 7-3 to set up a clash with top seed and world number one Lindsay Davenport for a place in the semi-finals.


Jane! :wavey:

Hagar
01-24-2005, 12:00 PM
Saw TB and last set on Flemish TV and only then kind of realized that Lleyton actually did another Houdini here.
Great stuff for the crowd.
I'm so thrilled that he made it finally to the quarters. Can you believe this: first time in NINE appearances (how old is this guy?).

WTG, Lleyton!!!

kim-fan
01-24-2005, 12:06 PM
:woohoo:
well done lleyton :worship:

thelma
01-24-2005, 12:22 PM
Open-Hewitt fights back to down Spaniard Nadal

Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:56 AM GMT
By Paul Tait

MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Third seed Lleyton Hewitt was at his tenacious best as he fought back to beat Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal 7-5 3-6 1-6 7-6 6-2 in the Australian Open on Monday and reach his first quarter-final at his home grand slam.

Hewitt had been in deep trouble when tricky left-hander Nadal strung together nine straight games in a crucial period to set up a two-sets-to-one lead.

Despite suffering from a hip flexor muscle strain which flared at the end of the third set, 23-year-old Hewitt clawed his way back to force a tiebreak in the fourth set, which he won 7-3.

Both players scrambled madly around the court before Nadal, 18, appeared to run out of gas from the start of the fifth set as he in turn suffered cramps in his legs.

Hewitt raced to a 3-0 lead and closed it out on his third match point when the exhausted Spaniard pushed a backhand long.

"It's up there for having to forget everything about my body out there and just tough it out more than anything, refuse to give in again," Hewitt said of his latest fightback.

"It's amazing how many matches I've been able to win throughout my career by giving a hundred percent out there, that never-say-die attitude. Yet again today, it gets me through another big match," the former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion said.

Hewitt, who beat Nadal in the third round last year, will play one of two Argentines in the quarter-finals -- sixth seed Guillermo Coria or ninth seed David Nalbandian.

Hewitt suffered the hip muscle problem on the way to winning the Sydney International and needed courtside treatment at the end of a surprisingly lopsided third set but never contemplated pulling out of the battle with Nadal.

"Even if my leg would have fallen off, I would have kept playing," he said.


NERVOUS MOMENTS

Davis Cup hero Nadal also needed treatment when he started suffering from cramps in the deciding set, where he dropped serve twice in the first three games to hand Hewitt a 3-0 lead.

But he still managed to give Hewitt a few nervous moments in the fifth. Hewitt double faulted on his first match point and foot faulted on his second before he finally closed out the match after three hours and 53 minutes on Rod Laver Arena centre court.

"I am happy because he is number three in the world and I played the same as him today," Nadal said. "If I play in this level I can do important things this year."

Hewitt expected a tough match but seemed to be in control after winning the first set and then breaking for a 2-0 lead in the second.

But Nadal, playing in the fourth round of a grand slam event for the first time, used his whipping forehand and lightning speed to wrest control away from the 23-year-old Australian.

He strung together nine successive games from 2-3 down in the second set to take out that set and then a 5-0 lead in the third.

But Hewitt said he was determined to stay in a tournament he said ranks along with Wimbledon as his two favourite events.

Hewitt first played in his home event in 1997 as a 15-year-old qualifier and has played every year since.

"To get through, you know, deep in the second week, it's a good feeling," Hewitt said. "But the job's not done yet."
Hewitt has had a controversial passage through the tournament, complaining before it began that the Rebound Ace surface was too slow and did not suit him.

He was also involved in a drama-charged third round match against Argentine 25th seed Juan Ignacio Chela, who was fined $2,000 after he spat towards Hewitt in the fourth set.

He later apologised but said he had been angered by Hewitt's aggressive antics on court.

star
01-24-2005, 12:22 PM
I was so happy to see this win when I got up this morning, but a little :eek: to realize that it was FIVE sets and Lleyton has been carrying an injury. btw, it now makes sense to me that he is so fired up and yelling more than usual.


But Nadal......... grrrrrrrr :mad: :mad: Keep your hands to yourself.




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avocadoe
01-24-2005, 12:32 PM
wow a tough win, and loss...darn the hip flexor...coria and Nalbandian are still playing!

dagmar7
01-24-2005, 12:34 PM
Lleyton :woohoo:

What drama. Hopefully they'll show it this afternoon and I can record it. :D

:lol: Christina. I like that picture. :) I tried to resist the Nadal hype, but I like him. He's a lot of fun to watch, not many players want it more out there.

Ll's interview still not up on the site, but Rafael Nadal's is there.:scratch:

Here are some choice excerpts...

Q. How hard is Lleyton to play when you go into a fifth set?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, especially difficult when he's in the fifth set. Today I have big chances in the fourth set, and right after I am tired, no? Not for him play better. For sure he play good the fifth set, but if he stay ‑‑ when I stay ‑‑

(Rafael switches to Spanish.)

THE INTERPRETER: It's a question of balance. If Lleyton was as tired as he was in the fifth set, maybe the balance would be different, in a different situation, that's it.

RAFAEL NADAL: But I think it's a little bit psychologic. When I stay too near to won the match, I can't won. He played very good the tiebreak. In the fifth set, he begin very good, and I can do nothing.

Q. Would you call it a two‑point match, the two mini breaks you lost in the tiebreaker? That was the difference?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. I don't know. In the tiebreak, it's not for two balls, no? He play well. I have my chance in one point when he return, when he serve the second serve, and I mistake the ball, no? When I do that, the chance is a little bit down.

...

Q. You and Lleyton play a similar sort of game. Do you find it frustrating playing someone like Lleyton?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. For me, no, we don't play the same, no?

(Rafael switches to Spanish.)

THE INTERPRETER: He said that we are not similar players, we are different. I think that I like more to attack the ball, and Lleyton is playing more defensive, maybe with more control.

But he has more shots, but that's it.

RAFAEL NADAL: But the difference I think he serve very, very better.

Ah, the language barrier...

star
01-24-2005, 12:43 PM
wow a tough win, and loss...darn the hip flexor...coria and Nalbandian are still playing!

I know!!!!! And I'm too nervous to look at the score. I'm going to go shower and hope it will all be over when I get back. :)

Socket
01-24-2005, 12:45 PM
Did anybody hear Lleyton's on-court interview after the match?

star
01-24-2005, 12:46 PM
:hug: Dagmar. I like Rafael too. :) I was just having fun with that picture. :lol:

Actually, Lleyton and Rafael have a lot in common. Neither has much of a serve, and both of them are extremely macho and emotional guys. Rafa has even more of a strut on the court than does Lleyton, and certainly he must yell and celebrate winning points as much as does Lleyton. And they are both have great fighting hearts. :)

star
01-24-2005, 12:48 PM
THanks for that interview. What I like is that Rafael is speaking english although imperfectly. :)

There's no way to learn to speak a language except to plunge in and speak terribly and embarassingly. :lol:

thelma
01-24-2005, 12:54 PM
Hewitt Has His Best Australian Open; Williams Falters (Update6)

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Local favorite Lleyton Hewitt reached the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time in nine attempts as women's seeds Venus Williams, Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva all lost.

Hewitt rallied from two-sets-to-one down to defeat Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 and prolong his bid to become the first home men's champion of the Grand Slam tennis tournament since 1976.

On a day when No. 1-ranked Lindsay Davenport and second- seeded Andy Roddick breezed into the quarterfinals, Hewitt needed three hours and 53 minutes to overcome his 18-year-old opponent in front of a partisan crowd on Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. The former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion dropped to his knees and raised his arms after converting his third match point.

``This crowd got me through so many games in the past -- it is second to none,'' Hewitt, who played with a hip injury, said in a televised interview. ``I felt like I was the best player in the fourth set and tried to keep it going in the fifth.''
_____

C'mon Lleyton! :yeah: :clap2:

Thanks for the interview, dagmar :D

dagmar7
01-24-2005, 12:54 PM
THanks for that interview. What I like is that Rafael is speaking english although imperfectly. :)

There's no way to learn to speak a language except to plunge in and speak terribly and embarassingly. :lol:

I agree. Interesting that his own answers in english make more sense than the interpreter's. ;)

Only one Ll interview on that site so far.

Coria and Nalbandian still slugging it out. It's almost midnight there and still lots more tennis to be played.

Socket
01-24-2005, 01:20 PM
The AO site is really pissing me off with their refusal to post Lleyton's interviews . . . :mad: :mad:

Socket
01-24-2005, 01:28 PM
OK, now his last interveiw is up. I guess they felt my negative vibes from here.

Yasmine
01-24-2005, 01:58 PM
The AO site is really pissing me off with their refusal to post Lleyton's interviews . . . :mad: :mad:
I noticed that too, I was gonna send them an e mail but wanted to wait a bit first... I guess I sent some vibes too :p

kim-fan
01-24-2005, 02:38 PM
here is it:

L. HEWITT/R. Nadal

7‑5, 3‑6, 1‑6, 7‑6, 6‑2

An interview with:

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton, please.

Q. How is the injury?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, it's maintainable, I guess. You know, it's obviously something I did in Sydney last week, and I've just been, you know, getting treatment on it every day, working through it, just taking it one match at a time, just making sure that it's fine for that match and not looking too far ahead.

Q. Is it the same sort of injury or exactly the same injury you had at the US Open a couple years ago?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, it's a little bit different, I think. It's similar. Similar spot, but a little bit different.

Q. What is it, Lleyton? Is it a strain to the hip flexor?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, somewhere around there. It's a strain. I think it's pretty deep, though.

Q. Do you feel it's any worse now than it was when you started your campaign? Do you kind of feel like it's maintaining some sort of status quo?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Sort of just it's come and gone. There's been times the last couple of matches it's been pretty sore. Just had to put up with it.

Q. In those terms, where does this victory rank among the many you've had?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's up there for having to forget everything about my body out there, you know, and just tough it out more than anything, you know, refuse to give in again.

You know, it's amazing how many matches I've been able to win throughout my career by, you know, giving a hundred percent out there, that never‑say‑die attitude. Yet again today, it gets me through another big match.

Q. Do you prefer Coria or Nalbandian?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Whoever. You know, it doesn't really bother me. Nalbandian is probably a little bit heavier than Coria. But Coria, you know, doesn't make a lot of mistakes and works the ball around extremely well.

Whichever one, it's going to be an extremely tough match.

Q. There wasn't any stage tonight when you felt as though it was an unequal struggle, that perhaps you would have to say, "I can't carry on"? There was never a stage tonight where you felt you might have to stop?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really, no. No. I just ‑‑ even if my leg would have fell off, I would have kept playing. So, you know, I don't think I'd ever, you know, going to forfeit out there ‑ with this injury anyway.

Q. Given your stamina, how long can you play at an effective level in a given match, in terms of hours? Have you ever figured out what that would be?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I wouldn't have a clue. But, you know, you don't play too many matches over four hours, I don't think. I've played very few, I think. Only one or two probably.

Yeah, you have ups and downs during a four‑hour match anyway. It's not like you're at your peak or playing your best tennis right through. You know, that's important, but you've got to have, you know, your down moments at the right times, I guess, throughout a long match.

Q. Quarterfinal for the first time. Is that any consolation for the way you're feeling physically?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's good. Feels like I made the quarters of the French Open this year, so it's good (smiling).

Q. Just to achieve that here, everyone keeps saying "fourth round." Here you are in the last eight. It's a nice sensation?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's good. I love the Australian Open. I love coming, playing here. You know, it's funny, I think this is like my ninth Australian Open now in a row. You know, when you first start, you know, qualified at 15 here in '97. Yeah, it's one of my favorite tournaments. To get through, you know, deep in the second week, it's a good feeling.

But, you know, the job's not done yet. It's going to get harder and harder, you know, as the next few matches go on.

Q. When you say it's one of your favorite tournaments, which one is really your favorite tournament?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably this one and Wimbledon, I think. They're my two favorites.

Q. When you're suffering a bit, and the crowd's going, "We're going to stay here for five sets in the sun till you get the job done," is that an inspiration?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it is a little bit. I heard the boys up in the crowd saying that. A lot of people probably would have been laughing at them after the third set, 6‑1.

Yeah, I knew they were always going to be prepared to hang out there for a little bit longer, you know, want to support me, try and get me over the line. You know, they're fantastic, they really are.

Q. Do you think your behavior is different overseas when you play? How do you behave in the court, the c'mons, these kind of things?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I don't think so. No.

Q. Rafael was very attacking. What do you think made the difference in the end? Experience? Determination? Or both?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. Yeah, he's got an amazing game, I think, especially on this court surface, it's very hard to hit the ball through him. You know, he moves extremely well for a big kid, as well.

Q. Sent everything back.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, that just tells you about the court pace, doesn't it?

You know, he moves extremely well. He's got a massive forehand ‑ as big as anyone out there. Yeah, he can use his forehand from each side. His backhand's definitely not a weakness, but it's just not quite as strong as his forehand out there.

But, you know, he's going to be a tough player to play on any surface, but especially on clay. You know, there's no doubt about that.

Q. When did you sense the match turned back in your favor?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, you know, obviously when I was able to pull out of the ‑‑ you know, get the fourth set under my belt. You're back two sets all. You know, hopefully I could try and carry a little bit of momentum into the fifth set. But, yeah, I was never ‑‑ I don't think in my favor starting the fifth set. It was still going to be a dogfight out there. You know, getting up that early break, it was the first time that he actually probably played a bit of a slack game on his service game. I just kept making him play, put a lot of balls in the court in that first game in the fifth set. That's when I really sensed that, you know, I had the opportunity then. Put my foot down.

Q. Did you feed a bit off of him getting tired, as well?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I did. That obviously made me feel a little bit better, too. You know, as sore as I was, I just, you know, tried to block it out. You know, had a look at him. His movement was nothing compared to the way he'd been moving for, you know, the first three sets or three and a half sets or so.

So, you know, I tried to use that as much of a positive as I could out there.

Q. The crowd here doesn't like when they call you a foot‑fault. What is your reaction inside?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, I don't really like it either (smiling).

Q. Especially on match point?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, when you hit it in. If you hit a fault anyway, it doesn't really matter. But when you hit it in. You just got to try to block it out, though.

Q. You mentioned the court surface a couple times tonight. When you're out there playing, is it actually something that you're thinking about from time to time during a match in terms of the court not being as you think they should be here at this tournament?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. You know, at the end of the day, you know, I know a lot of people have written it up and whatever. But the Australian players aren't looking for an unfair advantage with the court surface at all. You know, we just don't feel like there should be a disadvantage to Australian players.

At the moment, it is. It's as simple as that. It's not just me. You know, everyone keeps, you know, wanting to have a crack at me about it because I'm on the front foot. But I'm the one that's got to speak because I'm No. 3 in the world. Wayne Arthurs, Alicia Molik, Mark Philippoussis, Todd Woodbridge, Pat Rafter back years ago. Everyone, it doesn't suit Australian players. To make it slower ‑ this is slower than it was last year.

So, you know, for me it just doesn't make a lot of sense.

Q. Obviously, the court surface isn't going to change now.

LLEYTON HEWITT: No.

Q. So what's the benefit for you keeping this issue in the forefront of your mind?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's not in my mind. Once I get out there, I'm professional enough to block everything out. You know, I think everyone knows how much ‑‑ yeah, how mentally tough I can be out on the court. You know, nothing off the court's ever going to affect me when I get out there. When I've got a job to do, I'm going to go out there and focus a hundred percent on that. You know, I'm not going to let it interfere me. But you've just got to look at my last two matches. If balls keep coming back from five meters behind the baseline, I think I've got a fair case.

Q. Still you were able to serve 15 or 16 aces. Sometimes if you hit the right corner, it's good. It's quick enough or not?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Nadal was guessing a lot tonight ‑ a lot. I was actually quite amazed at how often he guesses on the return of serve. So, you know, I don't think he's a great return of server because, you know, if you look at a guy like Agassi, it's totally different to Nadal. Whereas Nadal quite often tonight, he was just guessing one way or the other.

Q. Are you physically in pain and spent at the moment?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I'm all right. I'll go for a 10K run tonight. So I'll be sweet.

Q. Injury aside, how are your sort of physical reserves feeling given the amount of work you have to do at the tournament still?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, you know, just try and ‑‑ basically every day I've just been trying to take one day at a time. You know, getting my body ready for that one match, then, you know, just trying to maintain it in the day off and do everything possible to keep my body ready for that next day. That's all I'm focusing on. I'm not looking towards a semi or a final at this point. You know, I've got a quarterfinal against a tough opponent, no matter who, it's Coria or Nalbandian. I'll just be trying to get my body in as good a shape as possible for that particular match. Hopefully I can get through that match. You know, hopefully I can build on something for the semi.

Q. You already talked a little bit about the similarities of Rafael and yourself at the age of 18. How were you actually approaching that kind of big matches when you were 18? How thrilling was it for you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. It's obviously ‑‑ I think he handles it extremely well. I think while we're both able to succeed at a very young age, it's because, you know, we're hungry out there, we're competitive, we look forward to the big matches. I think, you know, he's very similar to the way I was when I was 15, 16, 17 years old. You know, he's not shy of going out there and putting his best foot forward every time he steps on the court.

You know, he's got a great attitude, there's no doubt about that. Yeah, there's been a lot of matches over his time, whether he's on a big court or an outside court, where he shows his emotion, as well, and I think that's good for tennis. You know, what he's done at a very young age and the way he handled himself in the Davis Cup final, you know, it's a credit to himself.

Q. And the way he greeted you at the end there, as well, does that speak highly of him?

LLEYTON HEWITT: He's a good kid, he really is. You know, we don't talk that much obviously. I don't know how good his English is. But we say hi to each other. You know, he's a nice guy, he really is. Yeah, he's got a big future in the game.

Neely
01-24-2005, 02:41 PM
Congrats, Lleyton for the win!!! :clap2:
must have been an awesome and intense match! :eek: :yeah:

Yasmine
01-24-2005, 02:41 PM
Even if my leg would have fell off, I would have kept playing. So, you know, I don't think I'd ever, you know, going to forfeit out there, with this injury anyway.
Glad he didn't and glad his leg didn't fall off :lol:

Jess
01-24-2005, 02:57 PM
:woohoo: Lleyts in the quarters! :bounce:

He makes me laugh in his interviews when he forgets to be stroppy and awkward. "I'm off for a 10K run tonight." Course you are Lleyts ;)

Natasc
01-24-2005, 03:05 PM
COME ON!!! was a like this that I was all the night (almost morning here)

1º Set - Very balanced match, hew won
2º Set - Hew start to miss a lot, and lost
3º set - hew was without his fighter spirit
4º Set - when everything seems lost his BACK!!
5º Set - the same that happen to hew in 2º set was happen with Nadal now

God, before the match my throat was sucks, but now after all my come on's it's a shit
Come on hewitt!! kick nalbandian ass now!!

FanOfHewitt
01-24-2005, 03:06 PM
I really thought Lleyton was gone in that 4th set. The way the set was proceeding, Hewitt was really going for his winners, shortening points and not playing his usual counterpunching game and I felt that when it got tight his shot making would fail him.

It was funny though. The first three sets Hewitt was just trying to hang in there and was counterpunching away without much success for the majority of the match (he was also making a few bad unforced errors no doubt), but then after he aggravated his injury the dynamics of the match changed.

Nadal thought he could outrally Hewitt and it was Hewitt who started shortening the points so it put Nadal on the defensive. He was waiting for Lleyton to make errors but Hewitt did well winning some important points and his serve really helped him out.

By the 5th set Nadal was tired and Hewitt was riding the wave of momentum.

It really was a great win. Reminded me a lot of the Verkerk/Hewitt match at the French Open last year. For about two sets there Hewitt was struggling to win a game but then he found a way to plant a seed of doubt in his opponent and and the match turned dramatically.

As for Nadal, I was a fan of his since I saw him play Hewitt in last year's Australian Open. I have only grown to be a bigger fan since then. He is so mature and so determined for an 18 year old it really is amazing.

I don't know how much better he will get but if he does continue to develop over the next 5 years he will be a top 5 player no doubt. He already looks so physically developed for his age, not sure how much bigger and stronger he will get. If he does get bigger and stronger and improves his serve and backhand, I can see him sitting just behind Federer as the second best player in the world.

thelma
01-24-2005, 03:09 PM
Come on hewitt!! kick nalbandian ass now!!

:lol: ;) :yeah:

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20050124/t/r293951416.jpg

Corinna
01-24-2005, 03:18 PM
:woohoo: congrats :yeah:
i hope he kicks some more asses :)

Socket
01-24-2005, 05:03 PM
It's all about the size of the fight in the man
By Richard Hinds
January 25, 2005

Lleyton Hewitt sat slumped in his court-side chair having meekly conceded the third set. His hands were so tense he knocked over his drink bottle. A trainer arrived to rub his sore right thigh. Hewitt's body hurt and his face was contorted, not by the pain but by the frustration caused by his inability to suppress his young, sublimely talented opponent Rafael Nadal.

At this moment every reasonable indicator pointed to just one thing - the Australian would again be thwarted in his ambition to win the Australian Open. He would again be expelled before things had gotten serious. There was only a single hint that he had a chance to survive, the name on the scoreboard: Lleyton Hewitt.

Throughout his career - and in his past two matches here - the means used by Hewitt to compile his brilliant record has not pleased everyone. His conduct has divided those who merely expect results regardless of the cost and those who place sportsmanship and humility on a higher plane.

But what no one has ever disputed is that, from a country that has produced its share of extraordinary athletes, Hewitt is one of the greatest street-fighters of all.

In Davis Cup, he had taken on the great clay-courter Gustavo Kuerten and humbled the Brazilian on his own court and come back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer at Melbourne Park. He had battled the hostile New York crowd and won the US Open. He had won Wimbledon on a surface that was not supposed to suit his scrambling style.

He had done more than anyone with his once small body than anybody, except Hewitt and his close-knit supporters, had ever expected. But yesterday's fight-back against Nadal ranks with his greatest achievements. "It's up there," he agreed. "I had to forget everything about my body out there and tough it out."

It was an extraordinary victory not merely because Hewitt overcame injury and a talented young opponent to move into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time. That has become par for the course. As Hewitt said: "Even if my leg would have fallen off I would have still kept playing."

This match enters the rich Hewitt annals because he had also to overcome his own fears and misgivings - mostly pointedly the enormous pressure he has put on himself to win this tournament, the one he now craves more than any other.

Yet, as he sat in his chair after losing the third set, Hewitt's anguish was evident. His dream was being destroyed and he seemed helpless to stop it happening just as he had been against Younes El Aynoui and Federer in the past two years.

Like a wounded animal, Hewitt's reaction was to lash out. He smashed his racquet into the net when a close call went against him. He knocked a ball into the stands when he lost a game. He thumped his fist into his aching right hip, angry that his body was letting him down.

Under his breath, you could almost hear him say it. "Not now! Not now!"

But, at the same time, Hewitt also began to lash out at the ball. Having lost the speed and mobility to chase down Nadal's killer forehand, and unsure just how long he could stay on the court, Hewitt tried to crash big winners where previously he had poked and prodded. No longer constrained by his misgivings about the court's speed and paralysed by his own enormous expectations, he finally produced the attacking shots needed to conquer the young Spanish baseliner.

It took time to wear Nadal down. Hewitt created opportunities he could not take and was forced into a fourth set tie-breaker. But he did enough not merely to keep himself in the match, he created doubts in the Spaniard's mind that had previously not been there.

At just 18, Nadal had beaten Andy Roddick in a vital rubber during last year's Davis Cup final. He had proven his nerve. The pressure Hewitt applied, however, was remorseless. He did not pose polite questions, he performed an interrogation, and Nadal did not have the answers.

First Nadal's nerve, then his fitness deserted him. After seizing the tie-breaker it was Hewitt's legs that were suddenly fresher.

There is one thing the Spaniard will never forget: once awakened, Hewitt is an unstoppable force. It might have been a close call. It might have been some other dispute. As it turned out, it was an injury. But, with Hewitt, there is always something to unlock his competitive instincts.

You might not always like the way he fights, but you cannot help but admire Australia's greatest fighter.

jule
01-24-2005, 05:30 PM
well done, lleyts! i had to go to scholl this mornig in the middle of the third set and i was really worried about lleyton in school! but then my science teacher decided to make his lesson in the computer room and so i was able to follow the live scores on the internet! good teacher! :)

and i'm really happy for alicia molik! good luck for her against lindsay now!

kim-fan
01-24-2005, 05:51 PM
It's all about the size of the fight in the man
By Richard Hinds


great article :worship:
thanks for posting it

Murkofan
01-24-2005, 06:03 PM
A (mostly) complimentary article by Richard Hines :eek: Will wonders never cease :p

Turkeyballs Paco
01-24-2005, 06:06 PM
Yes! Well done Lleyton, good luck against Nalbanian. Well done Alicia Molik! Took out a Williams sister! Yes!

thelma
01-24-2005, 07:50 PM
:o David! :( :mad:

Shut it, Argie tells Hewitt
January 25, 2005

DAVID Nalbandian has warned Lleyton Hewitt on further aggressive on-court behaviour when the pair meet in the Australian Open quarter finals, saying it is not good for the sport.

Nalbandian won through to the quarters with a 5-7 7-5 6-3 6-0 victory over fellow Argentine Guillermo Coria, with the match ending after 2am (AEDT).

That set up a meeting tomorrow between Hewitt and Nalbandian for the first time since the Australian won the 2002 Wimbledon final.

Hewitt's provocative on-court behaviour has been the subject of controversy in the tournament, angering second-round opponent James Blake and infuriating third-round opponent Juan-Ignacio Chela to the extent that he twice hit balls at Hewitt and then spat towards him.

"It's not easy when you have one guy behind the net doing that all the time," said Nalbandian when asked about Hewitt's repeated "come on" cries.

"It's not very good for the sport.

"If he do it when he won a point it's okay, but not when you do a mistake, an easy mistake - that's the worst thing.

"If he makes a winner or wins a very good point, that's fine, but not if (opponent) makes a double fault or any easy (error)."

Asked if most other players shared the same opinion of Hewitt's antics, Nalbandian replied: "I think so, yeah."

Socket
01-24-2005, 08:09 PM
Oh, let's ignore Nalbandian. He's always seems to be complaining about one thing or another. If Roger Federer and Andre Agassi don't have a problem with Lleyton's behavior, than Nalbandian's complaints are meaningless. He should listen to his betters on this matter.

Lisbeth
01-24-2005, 09:41 PM
Oh well, I like Nalbandian well enough but if he wants to let what the other guy do put him off, well that's his problem :devil:

I think this will be another bvery though match but Nalbandian probably's the better draw for Lleyton than Coria, and since both matches went over 3 hours I'd say it's a fairly level playing field - as long as Ll's hip holds up.

Lisbeth
01-24-2005, 09:42 PM
THanks for that interview. What I like is that Rafael is speaking english although imperfectly. :)

There's no way to learn to speak a language except to plunge in and speak terribly and embarassingly. :lol:

:yeah: absolutely, and I think he's doing very well with his English :)

Lisbeth
01-24-2005, 09:45 PM
Even if my leg would have fell off, I would have kept playing. So, you know, I don't think I'd ever, you know, going to forfeit out there, with this injury anyway.
Glad he didn't and glad his leg didn't fall off :lol:

:lol: Did this remind anybody else of "It's only a flesh wound" from Monty Python?

I can't believe someone was stupid enough to ask Lleyton Hewitt if he'd though about throwing in the towel :haha:

Hendu
01-24-2005, 10:32 PM
:o David! :( :mad:

Shut it, Argie tells Hewitt
January 25, 2005

DAVID Nalbandian has warned Lleyton Hewitt on further aggressive on-court behaviour when the pair meet in the Australian Open quarter finals, saying it is not good for the sport.

Nalbandian won through to the quarters with a 5-7 7-5 6-3 6-0 victory over fellow Argentine Guillermo Coria, with the match ending after 2am (AEDT).

That set up a meeting tomorrow between Hewitt and Nalbandian for the first time since the Australian won the 2002 Wimbledon final.

Hewitt's provocative on-court behaviour has been the subject of controversy in the tournament, angering second-round opponent James Blake and infuriating third-round opponent Juan-Ignacio Chela to the extent that he twice hit balls at Hewitt and then spat towards him.

"It's not easy when you have one guy behind the net doing that all the time," said Nalbandian when asked about Hewitt's repeated "come on" cries.

"It's not very good for the sport.

"If he do it when he won a point it's okay, but not when you do a mistake, an easy mistake - that's the worst thing.

"If he makes a winner or wins a very good point, that's fine, but not if (opponent) makes a double fault or any easy (error)."

Asked if most other players shared the same opinion of Hewitt's antics, Nalbandian replied: "I think so, yeah."

Do you have a link?