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Lleyton pulls out of Miami

Socket
03-21-2005, 05:55 PM
:sad: :sad:

Full story in GM.

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 05:56 PM
Damn those warts :p

sprinterluck
03-21-2005, 06:03 PM
Damn ingrown toenails.

In that documentary Facing Federer II they showed Lleyton on the massage table (actually a closeup of his feet :eek: )getting his toes wrapped. Could be precautionary, but I think it's a common problem for the pros.

Did anyone see Tim Henman on Facing Federer II? Nasty shot of his dead toenail :eek:
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Hewitt's injured toes became a problem midway through the third set of his semifinal match against Roddick at Indian Wells. He said Sunday the right toe was worse than the left.

"It's all inflamed," he said. "Nail is going left, right and center," he said. "It's happened a fair few times in the past, but this is probably as bad as it's been."

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 06:07 PM
Nail is going left, right, and center? :confused: Is it split into thirds or what? :o :p

Socket
03-21-2005, 06:28 PM
What I think he meant is that the nail is completely ingrown into the toe, not just at the corners, which is the usual problem. That means the nailbed itself is the problem, it grows the nail at an angle, not flat on the toe, as it's supposed to.

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 06:30 PM
Ah.

Ew.

star
03-21-2005, 06:37 PM
They say most tennis players have really ugly feet from the beating they take. Ditto for ice skaters.

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 06:38 PM
I have ugly feet, and I don't do much :p

Funny feet tends to run in the family, though. That's why my dad didn't go to Vietnam ;)

Socket
03-21-2005, 06:53 PM
I actually have OK-looking feet, but if there's a problem you can have with your feet, I either have it now or had it before. My list: ingrown toenails, black toe (where the toenail dies and eventually falls off), stress fractures in the metatarsal bones, plantar warts (feels like walking on nails), plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and to top it off , I now have a bone spur -- on the TOP of my foot. My podiatrist actually laughed when he saw that last one.

I guess we won't see Lleyton any earlier than Monte Carlo now. :sad:

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 06:57 PM
Damn Marlene :p We gotta do something about those feet of yours :p

Socket
03-21-2005, 07:02 PM
Can you donate one of yours to me for a transplant? What size shoe do you wear (I don't want to look lopsided).

sprinterluck
03-21-2005, 07:06 PM
At least you guys have something in common with Bec and Lleyton: ugly feet.
:p

The chatter is that Lleyton might need surgery. :scared:
He's got 3 weeks of non-playing weeks now until Monte Carlo.
This might be good for Lleyton. He can go home, hang out with his fiancee, recharge his batteries and get ready for the claycourt season.

Socket
03-21-2005, 07:11 PM
Are you hearing anything about the surgery other than what gsm posted? I haven't read anything official.

That's a really nice picture, BTW.

sprinterluck
03-21-2005, 07:59 PM
Are you hearing anything about the surgery other than what gsm posted? I haven't read anything official.

That's a really nice picture, BTW.

The picture's really nice if you like two pairs of wide feet. :p

The chatter from another message board reports people saying they heard it on the news. Nothing official yet and I hope he won't need to do it.

Chesty Larue
03-21-2005, 08:09 PM
Surgery to do what exactly..?

Socket
03-21-2005, 08:15 PM
Surgery to do what exactly..?
Nobody knows . . .

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 08:35 PM
I've got fairly big feet--size 12s in the men's sneakers I'm wearing now :p Hope you don't mind big feet that are utterly flat on the bottom :p

Socket
03-21-2005, 08:36 PM
I've got fairly big feet--size 12s in the men's sneakers I'm wearing now :p Hope you don't mind big feet that are utterly flat on the bottom :p
Forget it, I wear an elegant, lady-like size 6 1/2. :cool:

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 08:40 PM
In other words, I could crush your weakling frame with the use of one toe :devil: :p

Socket
03-21-2005, 09:07 PM
In other words, I could crush your weakling frame with the use of one toe :devil: :p
Naw, I'm too damn quick for a lumbering bigfoot. :devil: :p

scythe19pro
03-21-2005, 09:09 PM
get well soon lleyton! i hope is nothing serious!

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 09:11 PM
Naw, I'm too damn quick for a lumbering bigfoot. :devil: :p

Clearly you have never been chased by a Southern Jedi :devil: :p

Chesty Larue
03-21-2005, 09:23 PM
Clearly you have never been chased by a Southern Jedi :devil: :p

You'd probably trip over a hole or something before you got to her :p

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 09:30 PM
This is true :p

Did I tell y'all about my mishap with an elliptical (I think) machine called The Gazelle at the gym? It's one of those things that kind of imitates skiing. Anyway, I trying to use that and talk at the same time, but it proved too much for me :p I pitched over sideways and fell on my ass :p

Socket
03-21-2005, 09:32 PM
This is true :p

Did I tell y'all about my mishap with an elliptical (I think) machine called The Gazelle at the gym? It's one of those things that kind of imitates skiing. Anyway, I trying to use that and talk at the same time, but it proved too much for me :p I pitched over sideways and fell on my ass :p
Sorry, but :haha: :haha:!

I once fell off my treadmill and completely took out a poor innocent ficus tree. :o :o

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 09:40 PM
Yes, mishaps like that are a near-daily occurance for me :p I blame my big feet :p

sprinterluck
03-21-2005, 11:03 PM
Hewitt cites toe injury, withdraws from Key Biscayne
March 21, 2005
SportsLine.com wire reports

KEY BISCAYNE, Florida -- Lleyton Hewitt withdrew from this week's event at Key Biscayne with a toe injury on Monday, a day after losing the Indian Wells final to Roger Federer.

No. 2-ranked Hewitt hurt the toe during his semifinal victory over Andy Roddick at Indian Wells, Calif., and aggravated it during Sunday's final against Federer.

Hewitt might return to his Australian home to have the injury fully examined, said ATP spokesman Greg Sharko.

Lisbeth
03-21-2005, 11:14 PM
I have small feet but they didn't stop me once falling off a treadmill and needing stitches in my leg :o

Get well soon Lleyts :) (and yes I'm SURE you need to come home to see a toe doctor ;) )

Socket
03-21-2005, 11:59 PM
I have small feet but they didn't stop me once falling off a treadmill and needing stitches in my leg :o

Get well soon Lleyts :) (and yes I'm SURE you need to come home to see a toe doctor ;) )
If he's going to Australia, then I don't think we're going to see him playing for several weeks . . . :sad:

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 12:29 AM
If he's not playing Miami, we wouldn't see him for a while anyway though, right? Probably not until Monte Carlo, and maybe not even 'til whichever big clay event is after that.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 12:30 AM
I have small feet but they didn't stop me once falling off a treadmill and needing stitches in my leg :o


Mistress :hearts: I knew we had a special bond for a reason :p

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 12:41 AM
:lol: the kind of special bond that can only be formed in 24 hour medical surgeries ;)

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 12:53 AM
He lost in the 3rd round of both IW and Miami last year so he doesn't have that many points to defend anyway. It's a good decision to pull out especially if he isn't in top shape.

He already exceeded his 3rd round showing at IW last year by getting to the finals in 2005. I'm sure he'd rather just go home and rest up. Federer's played a lot of tournaments already this year. Lleyton didn't play as many tournaments, but has Davis Cup commitments so he's got to be careful.

After Miami, these are the major tournaments coming up below:

April 11 to 17 - Monte Carlo Masters (clay)
May 2 to 8 - Rome Masters (clay)
May 9-15 - Hamburg Masters (clay)
May 15-21 - Dusseldorf World Team Championship (clay)
May 23 - French Open
June 6-13 -Queens Club
June 20-July 3 Wimbledon
July 15-17 Davis Cup in Sydney

I think Lleyton will skip Monte Carlo with the official reason being injury (he only made the 3rd round last year).
I think he'll stay in Australia for 5 weeks and enjoy being home, rest his feet, and prepare for the DC tie on grass in Sydney.

Then he'll head to Europe for Rome and Hamburg (maybe the World Team Championship too) before the FO.

I know Lleyton and Rasheed were angry at the Rome tournament director last year so who knows if he'll skip that.

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 01:01 AM
Thanks for the info :) I agree he probably won't play till after the next DC. :sad: for us but maybe better for him.

He is of course defending QF at the French Open, but unless Roddick suddenly learns how to play on clay the #2 isn't in any serious danger till the grass season. (And IIRC, which I may not, this year's Queens doesn't affect Wimbledon rankings although they do have that formula which includes previous grass results.)

Incidentally, there's a rumour Safin might deign to play Wimby this year ;) I hope so.

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 01:13 AM
Thanks for the info :) I agree he probably won't play till after the next DC. :sad: for us but maybe better for him.

Sure thing. After the engagement announcement early this year I had a feeling Lleyton would be more inclined to stay in Australia as much as possible especially during this part of the year. He hasn't done that well in the clay court Masters and doesn't have a heap of points to defend. Out of the top 4 guys (Safin, Federer, Roddick) he's got IMO the most physically draining game. Federer and Roddick aren't playing DC, but Russia's still in the running so Safin and Lleyton are in the same boat. He needs a break somewhere between Masters tourneys and DC.

IMO, Lleyton's gonna try to peak for Wimbledon and the US Open.

Incidentally, there's a rumour Safin might deign to play Wimby this year ;) I hope so.

Safin might surprise himself at Wimbledon. He certainly has the power and serve to play well. Early in his career, Agassi had a similar attitude towards Wimbledon, but shocked everyone including himself with his first GS title coming at Wimbledon. Conchita Martinez was another Wimbledon champ who disliked the grass with the typical Spanish "grass if for cows" mentality, but shocked people when she beat Navratilova.

Socket
03-22-2005, 01:15 AM
After looking at the calendar that sprinterluck posted, I agree that Lleyton will probably stay in Australia through DC. I highly doubt that he's going to play Rome the week after DC, even if he hadn't gotten into that spat with the TD last year. As for Monte Carlo, even if he wasn't injured, I can't see him flying to Europe to play one clay court tournament and then flying back to Australia to play on grass. That would only disrupt his training, and tire him out from flying so many miles and getting jet lag before a big DC tie. Not to mention the change in surfaces.

I had read somewhere that he should be safe at the No. 2 position up to Wimbledon or through Wimbledon, so that's good news.

I occasionally lurk in the Roddick forum, just for yucks, and I enjoyed the discussion there of how Andy could regain the No. 2 position from Lleyton. It was funny to me that while there was much discussion of whether yoga would help Andy, nobody suggested that Andy try playing a full season on clay, which really surprised me. The points Lleyton earned during the clay court season really helped him climb the rankings next year and gave him a lot of self-confidence during Roland Garros.

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 01:21 AM
Roddick doing yoga in order to beat Hewitt? :haha: LMAO.
But I can relate to the Roddick fans: It must be a desperate feeling having your fave consistently lose to one player, the way it's a desperate feeling watching Lleyton play Federer. It's more of a desperate situation for Lleyton fans though. At least Roddick's been close to Lleyton. Lately Lleyton hasn't been able to take a set of Federer.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 01:39 AM
Yes, but he didn't get bagelled this last match ;) We must find the silver lining :p

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 01:51 AM
:haha: true, true ;)

Still, as I've said before, a win over Fed would be nice but I'd rather Lleyton was losing finals than semi or quarter finals.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 01:52 AM
Ditto that. Puts him on more of an even keel with choker!Kim :p

Socket
03-22-2005, 02:14 AM
Roddick doing yoga in order to beat Hewitt? :haha: LMAO.
But I can relate to the Roddick fans: It must be a desperate feeling having your fave consistently lose to one player, the way it's a desperate feeling watching Lleyton play Federer. It's more of a desperate situation for Lleyton fans though. At least Roddick's been close to Lleyton. Lately Lleyton hasn't been able to take a set of Federer.
But from the Roddick fan's POV, their fave is pretty hopeless against now only Federer (who's playing at another level altogether right now), but also Lleyton, notwithstanding what are regarded as Andy's "superior" weapons. Lleyton's game just doesn't match up well against Federer, but you can't say that for Andy's game against Lleyton. That actually might be more frustrating for them than the scoreline of Lleyton's matches against Federer is for us.

star
03-22-2005, 03:15 AM
Andy needs to do yoga... or pilates... or something. The guy is simply not very flexible.

For instance, Lleyton could put the ball deep in Andy's backhand corner and all Andy can do is chop at it, because he can't really get to that ball in good shape to hit it. The same is not true for Roger.

There's this great site that explains Andy's serve and also explains why Andy is slower than he should be. It has to do with the angle at which he can extend his legs. Chang had a 140 degree angle of extension but Andy's is something even les than 90 degrees, I think. I'd love to know what Lleyton's angle is.

I'll see if I can find it.

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 03:21 AM
But from the Roddick fan's POV, their fave is pretty hopeless against now only Federer (who's playing at another level altogether right now), but also Lleyton, notwithstanding what are regarded as Andy's "superior" weapons. Lleyton's game just doesn't match up well against Federer, but you can't say that for Andy's game against Lleyton. That actually might be more frustrating for them than the scoreline of Lleyton's matches against Federer is for us.

I think Lleyton's situation is more frustrating because he gets through his draws for the most part until he meets Federer where he can't even get a set. I was so happy Lleyton didn't get bagelled in 3 out of 5 sets--an improvement since the US Open. At least Andy's fans have got something to work with knowing he can at least take a set off of Lleyton. The IW match could've gone either way. Andy's been able to stay toe-to-toe with Lleyton--just not able to pull the trigger. I'd trade with Andy's fans any day. I'd love it if Lleyton could stay toe-to-toe with Federer.

Unfortunately recent Federer-Hewitt matches end up with Federer running away with the match. We can try to conjure good vibes from that legendary DC tie coming back from the brink to beat Federer, but as the months and years go by that's starting to wear thin.

I hope Lleyton can figure a way to win soon. Will Lleyton rise to the challenge like Rocky Balboa or become frustrated with losing to Federer in finals? Lleyton can beat all the other guys, but a champion with his pride won't be content with consistently losing to Federer in finals.

C'mon Rock! Please turn the tide soon. :boxing:

NOMAD
03-22-2005, 03:22 AM
have a good rest :) and get well soon ,Lleyton :hug:

Socket
03-22-2005, 03:26 AM
Maybe this comes down to the eternal debate: is it more frustrating/depressing/haunting for a player (and his fans) to lose a close match than it is to lose a match when he never got close?

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:28 AM
yes please do Christina :kiss: I didn't even know someone went around measuring angles of extension ;)

actually, it would not surprise me in the least if Lleyton had done yoga or even ballet in the past - most AFL teams do strength flexibility training of some sort and Ll has an AFL-style training regime.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:29 AM
Ll can have the right Rocky attitude and try to rise to the challenge all he wants, but I'm afraid he just doesn't have the Mad Skillz to compete with Fed. If he was half a foot taller and 20 lbs heavier, maybe. But then he wouldn't be Ll and we wouldn't be having this discussion :p

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:30 AM
Maybe this comes down to the eternal debate: is it more frustrating/depressing/haunting for a player (and his fans) to lose a close match than it is to lose a match when he never got close?

Well I don't know about y'all, but I ain't real crazy about those bagels :p

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:34 AM
:lol: I wish Roddick could beat Fed so easily ... then he could take him out in the SF and hand tournies to Lleyton in the F ;) :p Oh, my, I am in a :devil: mood today :lol:

In any event, I understand the theory as to why AR should be able to beat LH, but when push comes to shove, 4 out of 5 tiebreaks this year is a fairly glaring statistic. Probably more so than the 6-1 H2H.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:38 AM
:lol: I wish Roddick could beat Fed so easily ... then he could take him out in the SF and hand tournies to Lleyton in the F ;) :p Oh, my, I am in a :devil: mood today :lol:

Ha!

In any event, I understand the theory as to why AR should be able to beat LH, but when push comes to shove, 4 out of 5 tiebreaks this year is a fairly glaring statistic. Probably more so than the 6-1 H2H.

Ll obviously is not perfect, but sometimes Roddick plays :scratch: shots at :confused: times :p

Socket
03-22-2005, 03:41 AM
Ha!



Ll obviously is not perfect, but sometimes Roddick plays :scratch: shots at :confused: times :p
Lleyton's gotten into Andy's head. Andy is worried about rallying with him, so he pulls the trigger too soon. He's admitted that he knows that's the problem (or one of them).

Scotso
03-22-2005, 03:41 AM
Did Rocky drop out of a fight over a toenail? I don't think so!

Suck it up, Lleyt!

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:47 AM
Ll obviously is not perfect, but sometimes Roddick plays :scratch: shots at :confused: times :p

:haha: that is the best analysis I've read. You should forward it to Bud Collins ;)

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:50 AM
Thank you :p

I don't mean to be ageist, but I'm not sure dear ol' Bud would know what he was looking at :p

Socket
03-22-2005, 03:51 AM
Did Rocky drop out of a fight over a toenail? I don't think so!

Suck it up, Lleyt!
Exactly what are you suggesting that Lleyton suck? ;) ;)

:kiss:

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:55 AM
Hmmm, maybe ... but it just so cleverly summed up the whole "I am playing the best backhand passing shot in the game so I know! I'll go to the net and volley" thing ;)

star
03-22-2005, 03:57 AM
Lleyton's gotten into Andy's head. Andy is worried about rallying with him, so he pulls the trigger too soon. He's admitted that he knows that's the problem (or one of them).

And Lleyton has the same problem with Fed. He goes for too much.

I posted the link in the wrong thread.

http://www.somaxsports.com/RoddickServe.htm

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:57 AM
Now you're just making him sound dumb :p

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:58 AM
Naw, man, he doesn't go for enough :p

star
03-22-2005, 03:58 AM
Also... I should have said not flexible in the legs. He's obviously got great flexibility on his serve as the article demonstrates.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:59 AM
Freakish, more like it. I don't care for the guy, but looking at that makes me worry he'll wind up with some serious back/shoulder/elbow problems somewhere down the line.

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 04:00 AM
Ll can have the right Rocky attitude and try to rise to the challenge all he wants, but I'm afraid he just doesn't have the Mad Skillz to compete with Fed. If he was half a foot taller and 20 lbs heavier, maybe. But then he wouldn't be Ll and we wouldn't be having this discussion :p

You just said what I'm afraid Lleyton believes now--that he doesn't have the skills to beat Fed. That the only way he'll win is if he's playing at the highest level and Fed is a notch below the usual devastating form.

Well I don't know about y'all, but I ain't real crazy about those bagels

Fed can keep his bagels and eat 'em. Unless it's earmarked for Maria Sharapova to go with those 2 bagels from Lindsay.

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 04:12 AM
Ll obviously is not perfect, but sometimes Roddick plays :scratch: shots at :confused: times :p

:haha: Lleyton gives Andy fits. Andy goes into panic mode then charges into the net to volley after a weak approach shot. It's sad. The guy just can't seem to tell a good approach shot from a bad one. Sometimes I feel sorry for Andy on the court when he makes those bonehead moves. :rolleyes:
I say "Doh, not again." The worst was TMC Houston.

Not bagging yoga at all. Maybe it would help Andy with the mental aspects.
Yoga's great for flexibility and it teaches one not to panic in tough situations. But I hurt myself really bad doing shoulderstand and inversions--it's not as gentle as I thought.

I just think it's funny Roddick fans are discussing how to beat Lleyton and came up with yoga as a solution. Shot selection's definitely one of his biggest problems IMO.

ROUGH draw for Roddick. I don't think he's surpassing Lleyton for #2 anytime soon :banana:

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 04:28 AM
I'm sorry you hurt yourself :sad: it can indeed be dangerous.

I don't think Roddick can surpass Lleyton anyway (he's defending champ and Lleyton's defending nothing) but he can widen the gap. (Of course I don't understand the optionals thingy at all so this may be too simplistic.)

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 06:08 AM
I'm sorry you hurt yourself :sad: it can indeed be dangerous.

I don't think Roddick can surpass Lleyton anyway (he's defending champ and Lleyton's defending nothing) but he can widen the gap. (Of course I don't understand the optionals thingy at all so this may be too simplistic.)

Thanks. It's true it can be dangerous--especially the more challenging poses.

I'm glad Andy won't surpass Lleyton meaning Lleyton gets to beat Roddick in semis before meeting Federer in the final :D

Pim Pim Johansson was at the draw ceremony today (picture below from the Miami website--He's so cute). I wonder if Jaslyn left Indian Wells for Miami. Her man's probably gonna win player of the year at the player awards ceremony.

graffiti
03-22-2005, 07:37 AM
LLeyton :sad:
Hope he (or his toes) gets well soon!

Yasmine
03-22-2005, 08:55 AM
I just heard Lleyton wasn't playing Miami! :sad: if I recall what surgery for an ingrown toenail is, it's quite standard and I don't think it'll stop him playing for too long. But fingers crossed it all goes and heals well ;).

star
03-22-2005, 01:02 PM
I don't know about Jaslyn.

I would have thought she would have gone with Pim after he lost, and was surprised she stayed in IW.

Socket
03-22-2005, 02:05 PM
I thought I'd let you all know that a friend of mine who lives in Adelaide e-mailed me that he heard on the news that Lleyton IS having a minor surgical procedure to remove the ingrown toenails and will off the court for a few weeks. I'll let you know what more I hear from him about this.

betsiew
03-22-2005, 03:15 PM
Davis cup in Sydney is after Wimbledon not before

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 03:23 PM
Davis cup in Sydney is after Wimbledon not before

Thanks for correcting that. Davis Cup is July 15-17 in Sydney
http://www.daviscup.com/

So his schedule's gonna look something like this:

April 11 to 17 - Monte Carlo Masters (clay)
May 2 to 8 - Rome Masters (clay)
May 9-15 - Hamburg Masters (clay)
May 15-21 - Dusseldorf World Team Championship (clay)
May 23 - French Open
June 6-13 -Queens Club
June 20-July 3 Wimbledon
July 15-17 Davis Cup in Sydney

If it's minor surgery and will recover in time I wonder if he'll play Monte Carlo.

Socket
03-22-2005, 03:45 PM
Thanks for correcting that. Davis Cup is July 15-17 in Sydney [url]
http://www.daviscup.com/

So his schedule's gonna look something like this:

April 11 to 17 - Monte Carlo Masters (clay)
May 2 to 8 - Rome Masters (clay)
May 9-15 - Hamburg Masters (clay)
May 15-21 - Dusseldorf World Team Championship (clay)
May 23 - French Open
June 6-13 -Queens Club
June 20-July 3 Wimbledon
July 15-17 Davis Cup in Sydney

I wonder if he'll recover in time for Monte Carlo if it's a minor surgery anyway.
If he's not playing Rome, there's a pretty big gap between Monte Carlo and Hamburg. Maybe he'll skip MC and play a smaller tournament later in April.

sprinterluck
03-22-2005, 03:50 PM
What is it with these inflamed big toes?

Tourney tiptoes around injuries

Second-ranked Lleyton Hewitt withdrew, and No. 10 Andre Agassi is expected to play with the same ailment -- sore toes.

BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
MIAMI HERALD

sdegnan@herald.com

A tale of three toes left its imprint on the NASDAQ-100 Open on Monday, when the draw for the tournament, which begins this week, was announced:

• Six-time NASDAQ champion and tournament favorite Andre Agassi is expected to arrive in Miami today and plans to play, despite withdrawing from the Indian Wells, Calif., quarterfinals Friday with an inflamed big toe.

• World No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt pulled out of the Key Biscayne tournament with sore big toes after losing the Indian Wells final to Roger Federer on Sunday night.

Qualifying concludes today, with the main draw beginning Wednesday.

''It's unfortunate because Lleyton is a very popular player, very exciting, and some of our best matches here have involved him,'' tournament director Adam Barrett said of the Australian, who lost in the third round at NASDAQ last year. ``He fights for every point, and his matches are always high action. We'll definitely miss him.''

After he lost Sunday, Hewitt, who said both big toes hurt but one was worse, told reporters, ``Yeah, it's all inflamed. Nail is going left, right and center. It has happened a few times in the past, but this is probably as bad as it's been.''
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STAYING FOCUSED

''I don't really follow it so much,'' said No. 6 seed Kuznetsova, who took part in Monday's draw ceremony. ``I know the draw is tough, and everybody has very hard matches. I prefer just to concentrate on my next round.''

Joaquim Johansson, the No. 10 seed among the men, said he felt similarly.

''You look briefly at what side of the draw you're on, but you can't do much about it,'' said Johansson, who meets the winner of Stefan Koubek vs. a qualifier in his Saturday opener. ``This is a very strong field. The only one that's missing is Hewitt in the top 10. Nine out of the top 10 -- you can't ask for much more.''

ally_014
03-22-2005, 10:40 PM
Bummer about the toes! And I don't think he would of played Rome anyway, because the Logie Awards (for Aussie TV) are on May 1 and Bec is one of the favourites for some award...I think I read somewhere that Lleyton was going too so maybe the toe is just a convenient coincidence so he can stay home for longer :D

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 10:46 PM
Well if he goes to the Logies, we'll know it's true love ;) I would aim to be as far away as physically possible if I was him.

tennisfan16
03-23-2005, 05:30 PM
I'M GONNA MISS WATCHING LLEY!!!

roberta
03-23-2005, 07:43 PM
i gonna miss him too!!! :sad: 6 weeks! 6 weeks !!!! omg!!! that´s too much!!i can´t live without lley!! :hysteric: :(