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QUEENS CLUB 2005

Yasmine
06-03-2005, 11:32 AM
:wavey:
It feels good to open a thread for a tourney where Lleyton is gonna play at last! And I have coverage :banana: :banana: :banana: At last some tennis on tv!

scythe19pro
06-03-2005, 12:54 PM
:wavey:
It feels good to open a thread for a tourney where Lleyton is gonna play at last! And I have coverage :banana: :banana: :banana: At last some tennis on tv!


Me too! Eurosport is gonna show Queens. Can't wait! Tennis is just not the same without him. RG was so boring. All my fav. either retired or went home early.
Go Lleyton. :bounce: Take another title at Queens!

kim-fan
06-03-2005, 01:27 PM
Tennis is just not the same without him. RG was so boring. All my fav. either retired or went home early.
!

same here :rolleyes:

I've got coverage as well :D I can't wait :bounce:

Yasmine
06-03-2005, 02:10 PM
Here is the entry list so far;) from official website http://www.stellaartoistennis.com/default.asp

The Stella Artois Championships 2005

2005 Player Entries

Seed, name, Country, ATP ranking
1 Hewitt, Lleyton AUS 2
2 Roddick, Andy USA 3
3 Henman, Tim GBR 6
4 Stepanek, Radek CZE 17
5 Johansson, Thomas SWE 18
6 Ancic, Mario CRO 19
7 Gonzalez, Fernando CHI 20
8 Grosjean, Sebastien FRA 28
9 Dent, Taylor USA 29
10 Spadea, Vincent USA 32
11 Srichaphan, Paradorn THA 34
12 Malisse, Xavier BEL 36
13 Andreev, Igor RUS 37
14 Mirnyi, Max BLR 40
15 Beck, Karol SVK 41
16 Puerta, Mariano ARG 43
17 Rusedski, Greg GBR 44
18 Berdych, Tomas CZE 47
19 Fish, Mardy USA 53
20 Lee, Hyung-Taik KOR 58
21 Gasquet, Richard FRA 59
22 Zib, Tomas CZE 60
23 Karlovic, Ivo CRO 64
24 Kim, Kevin USA 65
25 Muller, Gilles LUX 67
26 Ginepri, Robby USA 70
27 Ventura, Santiago ESP 71
28 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA 73
29 Koubek, Stefan AUT 75
30 Hernych, Jan CZE 76
31 Tursunov, Dmitry RUS 76
32 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 80
33 Sanguinetti, Davide ITA 81
34 Sargsian, Sargis ARM 82
35 Hanescu, Victor ROM 84
36 Schalken, Sjeng NED 85
37 Haehnel, Jerome FRA 87
38 Arthurs, Wayne AUS 90
39 Tipsarevic, Janko SCG 91
40 Burgsmuller, Lars GER 92
41 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 93
42 Calleri, Agustin ARG 94
43 SPECIAL EXEMPT
44 SPECIAL EXEMPT
45 Philippoussis, Mark AUS
46 Monfils, Gael FRA
47 Murray, Andrew GBR
48 WILD CARD
49 WILD CARD
50 QUALIFIER
51 QUALIFIER
52 QUALIFIER
53 QUALIFIER
54 QUALIFIER
55 QUALIFIER
56 QUALIFIER

ENTRY RANKINGS AS OF: 28 APRIL 2005

NOMAD
06-03-2005, 03:07 PM
Thanks for the thread :kiss:

I only have the coverage from quarter final :(

Raquel
06-04-2005, 03:37 PM
Good luck Lleyton :) I am going to try and make it along to Queens one day but I probably won't get onto Centre Court and that's where Lleyton will be playing but hopefully I will see him on the practice courts or something.

Socket
06-04-2005, 03:49 PM
That's great, Raquel. I hope you get to see him. Please report back to us if you do!

Yasmine
06-04-2005, 04:00 PM
You're right Marlene, we want a report and pictures Raquel... I wish I was going, it's one of my last week in the uk, but I'm off to Eastbourne the following week, I can't have it all :devil:

Yasmine
06-04-2005, 04:03 PM
If anyone wants any match of Lleyton taped, please let me know by PM :angel:. The only match I won't be able to tape or watch is the final on sunday since I'm travelling to my sisters, so i'm not sure when I'll be where...:p

thelma
06-04-2005, 04:36 PM
Good luck Lleyton :) I am going to try and make it along to Queens one day but I probably won't get onto Centre Court and that's where Lleyton will be playing but hopefully I will see him on the practice courts or something.

:D Good luck hun! :kiss:

I'm on vacation in Europe now. I'm going to Wimbledon with my bf to see him ;) :cool: I can't wait! :bounce:

scythe19pro
06-05-2005, 01:06 AM
Not an easy draw for Lleyton. Mirnyi in R3, then Gonzalez or Karlovic in Q and probably T. Johansson in SF. I hope he's fit so he can play well.
Poor Mark! Roddick in R2.
Anyway, good luck to them both!

SomL.
06-05-2005, 06:14 AM
Come on Lleyton ^_^

Yasmine
06-05-2005, 07:42 AM
I wouldn't be worried about him beating these players if he was 100% fit. But since he hasn't played in a few weeks, we'll have to wait and see. Best of luck to him :banana: Here is the draw in full. And you forgot that in the SF it could be Johansson or Henman:p... http://www.stellaartoistennis.com/posting/2005/311/MDS.pdf

scythe19pro
06-05-2005, 11:04 AM
And you forgot that in the SF it could be Johansson or Henman


:haha:

Yasmine
06-05-2005, 01:30 PM
:haha:
what's funny? :lol: Henman (as much as I really don't like him at all) can't be forgotten in London ;)

NOMAD
06-05-2005, 04:04 PM
The Stella Artois Championships 2005

Monday, June 6, 2005

Centre start 1:00 PM
H Lee (KOR) vs X Malisse (BEL)
(14)G Rusedski (GBR) vs (WC)J Goodall (GBR)
(Q)A MacKin (GBR) vs (13)I Andreev (RUS)
(11)P Srichaphan (THA) vs K Kim (USA)

Court 1 start 11:30 AM
S Draper (AUS) vs V Hanescu (ROM)
(16)K Beck (SVK) vs W Arthurs (AUS)
S Ventura (ESP) vs (WC)A Murray (GBR)
(WC)Hewitt/Philippoussis vs Leach/Parrott
Clement/Grosjean vs Mahut/Mathieu

Court 2 start 11:30 AM
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs J Lisnard (FRA)
B Phau (GER) vs D Sanguinetti (ITA)
(Q)C Guccione (AUS) vs K Vliegen (BEL)

Court 9 start 1:00 PM
L Burgsmuller (GER) vs R Ginepri (USA)
S Sargsian (ARM) vs (Q)G Carraz (FRA)
Berdych/Stepanek vs Knowles/Merklein

TBA1 start 6:00 PM
Fisher/Haggard vs Johansson/Koenig

Yasmine
06-05-2005, 04:34 PM
thanks Tara, I doubt they'll show the doubles matches on the BBC, but glad to see some tennis on tv at last!!! :p

scythe19pro
06-06-2005, 07:18 AM
what's funny? :lol: Henman (as much as I really don't like him at all) can't be forgotten in London ;)


Well, I mentioned Johansson, because I thought Lleyton might have some problems with him in SF, but with Tiger Timothy ?! :lol:
It will be like taking candy from a baby.

Yasmine
06-06-2005, 07:20 AM
It will be like taking candy from a baby.
:tape: it depends if Tim gets that far :p

NOMAD
06-06-2005, 01:30 PM
there's a live video link of Queens club at BBC website
(for those who don't have coverage ;) )
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/default.stm#
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av/nb_rm_fs.stm?nbram=1&news=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&bbram=1&nol_storyid=4614155

there's also a short interview of Roddick ,Lleyton and Henman
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av/nb_rm_fs.stm?nbram=1&news=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&bbram=1&nol_storyid=4613155

Yasmine
06-06-2005, 02:23 PM
there's a live video link of Queens club at BBC website
(for those who don't have coverage ;) )
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/default.stm#
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av/nb_rm_fs.stm?nbram=1&news=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&bbram=1&nol_storyid=4614155

Well put Tara :worship: , I was coming here to post the links, I hope it works for everyone who doesn't have coverage. Lleyton is playing Malisse, Sue Barker said it will be tomorrow... :devil:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-06-2005, 02:47 PM
C'mon Lleyton! :kiss:

Yasmine
06-06-2005, 03:08 PM
Lleyton and Flip, their doubles match is on the way... must be warming up because they're in the scoreboard;)

Yasmine
06-06-2005, 03:17 PM
And they've just shown Lleyton practicing on an oustide court, looking good :drool:

athina7
06-06-2005, 03:22 PM
Even though I have no TV coverage :mad: I am so exited right now!!!!!!!!!

Yasmine
06-06-2005, 04:27 PM
Lleyton and Flip, one set all and 1-0 in the third with a break;)
Lleyton is playing second up on centre court tomorrow after Gasquet's match, starting at 1pm :banana: It's not on the website yet but they announced it on the BBC :p Henman and Grosjean are also up after Lleyton vs Malisse ;)

NOMAD
06-06-2005, 04:29 PM
Thanks for the info,Yasmine :D

C'mon :bounce:

Yasmine
06-06-2005, 04:42 PM
4-1 in the third for Lley-Flip ;)
Why the hell do they not show the doubles or matches on other courts online??? :o

scythe19pro
06-06-2005, 04:56 PM
Mark and Lleyton won their match: 4-6 6-3 6-4. What a great start! It must give them great confidence. Good luck to LL tomorrow!

Yasmine
06-06-2005, 04:57 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana: :woohoo: A good thing they won, I bet it's a good way of starting the grass season in confidence for both of them;)

athina7
06-06-2005, 04:57 PM
They won!!!!!!! :woohoo:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-06-2005, 05:10 PM
4-1 in the third for Lley-Flip ;)
Why the hell do they not show the doubles or matches on other courts online??? :o

I can't see anything on line.... :sad: maybe the server was down when I checked. I'll check again later.

:woohoo: lleyton & mark !
good luck lleyton tomorrow - make it to the QFs at least so I can see!
:wavey:

scythe19pro
06-06-2005, 07:20 PM
Hewitt, Scud back with shared win
By Paul Mulvey in London
June 7, 2005

LLEYTON Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis made a joint comeback from injury when they teamed up for a tough doubles win at the Stella Artois championships overnight.

The Australians beat American pair Rick Leach and Travis Parrot 4-6 6-3 6-4 in their opening round match of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, the first for both since March.

World No.2 Hewitt missed the French Open after cracking his ribs in a fall at his Sydney home, while any attempt Philippoussis has made at halting his slide through the rankings has been thwarted by ankle and back injuries.

They took time to gel in the cold and blustery conditions at the Queen's Club in west London, but clicked late in the second set and early in the third.

In his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the final of the Masters Series at Indian Wells, Hewitt nailed some precise backhand returns down the line and reeled off three aces in a row to seal the match.

World No.189 Philippoussis, who pulled out of the Challenger tournament at Surbiton last week with a back injury, looked strong overhead and at the net.

But they also looked rusty at times and, after racing to a 5-1 lead in the third set, Philippoussis was broken when serving for the match.

More importantly, however, they both pulled through the match with no ill-effects from their injuries.

Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed said: "They're both fine.

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"It was important they both had a game under their belt before playing singles. That was one of our reasons for playing doubles for both of them.



"It was as good as we could have hoped for really, it was a good hit out, they played well, they combined well."

The pair provided Australia with its second win of the day after teenage qualifier Chris Guccione beat Belgian Kristof Vliegen in three sets.

Guccione upset world No.122 Vliegen 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4, after his fellow Australians Wayne Arthurs and Scott Draper both lost their first round matches.

The 19-year-old world No.188 will play Russian 13th seed Igor Andreev in the second round.

Arthurs lost in straight sets to Slovakian Karol Beck 7-5 6-4, and Draper squandered a one set lead against Victor Hanescu, of Romania.

Draper, the champion at Queen's in 1998, lost to Hanescu 6-7 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Top seed Hewitt had a bye through to the singles second round, which will see him play dangerous Belgian Xavier Malisse.

Philippoussis, who needed a wildcard to get into the tournament, plays his first round singles against German world No.100 Raemon Sluiter. Philippoussis also got confirmation overnight of his wildcard for Wimbledon, expected thanks to his status as a former finalist. He lost to Federer in the 2003 final.

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 11:14 AM
Order of Play
Centre start 1:00 PM
J Tipsarevic (SCG) vs (10)R Gasquet (FRA)
(1)L Hewitt (AUS) vs X Malisse (BEL)
(3)T Henman (GBR) vs R Ginepri (USA)
(7)S Grosjean (FRA) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

Preview of today's match, from Stella Artois website.

Lleyton Hewitt v Xavier Malisse: Hewitt leads 3-1
Lleyton Hewitt is top seed for the Stella Artois title which he has won three times already between 2000 and 2002. He started the championships yesterday with a three set first round doubles match which gave him some valuable competition on grass in his first tournament since March when a rib injury kept him off court. Hewitt knows the demands here all too well and his opponent today, the Belgian Xavier Malisse, was one of the players he beat on the way to the 2001 title. Malisse has since underlined his prowess on grass by reaching the quarter finals at the Stella Artois in 2003 and the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2002. These two men last played in the French Open last year and there is no question that they know each other's games well.

Verdict: Hewitt to continue to hold an edge

SomL.
06-07-2005, 11:52 AM
Go Lleyon against Malisse ^_^

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 01:08 PM
Gasquet in the second set tie break, having won the 1st one... :rolleyes: allez Richard! I wanna see Lleyton play :devil:

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 01:18 PM
Right, Lleyton is up next!!!
And Marlene, good news they showed quite an interview of LLeyton before the match and it's on the tape for you :D he looks gorgeous, I forgot how that felt having not seen him in a while :drool:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-07-2005, 02:19 PM
Right, Lleyton is up next!!!
And Marlene, good news they showed quite an interview of LLeyton before the match and it's on the tape for you :D he looks gorgeous, I forgot how that felt having not seen him in a while :drool:

:angel: I miss him.

C'Mon Lleyton, win!

athina7
06-07-2005, 02:26 PM
Shit, he lost the first set.

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 02:27 PM
Malisse won the tie break 7-3, and I think it was deserved ;)
now go Lleyton!!! :bounce:

athina7
06-07-2005, 02:30 PM
Are you watching the match? How is he playing?

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 02:36 PM
Lleyton is playing much better now, he broke first thing in the second set;)
Lleyton serving well, but Malisse is playing very very well and passed Lleyton a few times with his forehand ;)
It's 2-0 to Lleyton now :bounce:

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 02:38 PM
One other thing I noticed is that Lleyton comes a lot more to the net than I remember him... so keep going Lley :banana:

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 03:18 PM
A set all, and Lleyton has seriously picked the game up in the end of the second set!!! :banana: :bounce: so it's 6-7, 7-5...

athina7
06-07-2005, 03:21 PM
Thank God he took the second set. I was getting worried. Thanks for the report dancing queen!

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 03:32 PM
Bec is there, as it's not aussieTV, they're not showing her every minute, but we just saw her on the screen;)
it's 2-2 :cool:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-07-2005, 03:54 PM
I thought Bec wasn't coming until Wimbeldon, the announcers later said they weren't sure it was her :shrug:

On serve, 3rd set, 5-4, Lleyton serving now. C'Mon! What a tough match for him, he's struggling to stay in there. C'Mon. :dance:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-07-2005, 03:55 PM
Oh, did I say how much I love BBC live tennis - I got it to work for me!
:woohoo: Getting paid to watch tennis, there's nothing better :p

Jess
06-07-2005, 03:56 PM
Big :woohoo:

The grass court season kicks in and for the one timein the year (apart from the crappy tournament in Auckland) I actually have coverage :bounce: :bounce:

So far - not startlingly impressive.

Jess
06-07-2005, 03:58 PM
I thought Bec wasn't coming until Wimbeldon, the announcers later said they weren't sure it was her :shrug:

On serve, 3rd set, 5-4, Lleyton serving now. C'Mon! What a tough match for him, he's struggling to stay in there. C'Mon. :dance:

I don't think Bec's there - I haven't seen her. They showed Jaslyn and speculated it was her :scratch: I don't think Bec leaves home and away until the end of June.

Turkeyballs Paco
06-07-2005, 03:58 PM
Malisse is tough. may go to a third set tiebreaker. C'Mon!

Jess
06-07-2005, 03:59 PM
At last a C'mon! About time.

Jess
06-07-2005, 03:59 PM
Malisse is tough. may go to a third set tiebreaker. C'Mon!

BP's :D

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 03:59 PM
I thought Bec wasn't coming until Wimbeldon, the announcers later said they weren't sure it was her :shrug:
It did look like her though, now I wouldn't be good at recognising people (even if I saw them everyday :sad: ) so it might not be;)
It's 5-5, 15-40 on Malisse's serve! come on! :banana:

Jess
06-07-2005, 04:00 PM
And with impeccable timing and the second C'mon - Lleyton gets a very important break!

Turkeyballs Paco
06-07-2005, 04:00 PM
Lleyton with break point, maybe no 3rd set tiebreaker needed :shrug:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-07-2005, 04:00 PM
Yes! C'mon. serving for the match :tennis:

Jess
06-07-2005, 04:03 PM
No arguing with that :bounce:

He's back ;) :bounce:

Please sort the hair out - he faintly resembles a scarecrow.

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 04:04 PM
:woohoo: Lleyton did well winning that one! :banana: well deserved and great way to start back on tour!

Jess
06-07-2005, 04:05 PM
Next up Mr Henman - time for me to go back to bed methinks :yawn:

athina7
06-07-2005, 04:07 PM
He has us worried there for a while. Thank God he pulled it off! Come on Lleyton!!! :woohoo:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-07-2005, 04:08 PM
:woohoo: 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 he did it.

In the interview he said he had to get some of the cobwebs out of the way. And the speed of the court was very slow, balls heavy. Got a chance to get some rythm going.

They were saying it was a great way for him to get started, a tough opponent, a long match, after having been out for so long.

:bigclap:

kim-fan
06-07-2005, 04:15 PM
:woohoo:
glad he's back

sprinterluck
06-07-2005, 04:21 PM
One other thing I noticed is that Lleyton comes a lot more to the net than I remember him... so keep going Lley :banana:

Thanks for the updates! This is great news. Since the Australian Open I was hoping he'd play more aggressive tennis and conserve his energy for the later rounds. If he and Federer make it through the draw to meet at Wimbledon I think we'll see him play the most aggressive tennis we've ever seen from him yet!

scythe19pro
06-07-2005, 04:21 PM
OMG what a match! I was sooo nervous esp. at 5-4 in the 2nd and 3rd set when Lleyton was serving to stay in the match. I thought: what if he's not gonna make it? Thank god he did. In the first set he was making lots of UEs but played better the 2nd and the 3rd one. I'm guessing next one will be Mirnyi. Tough match. Hope he'll play well. Good luck LL!

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 04:23 PM
I would add also he gave credit to Malisse, which was very nice of him :worship: ;)

Socket
06-07-2005, 05:05 PM
Right, Lleyton is up next!!!
And Marlene, good news they showed quite an interview of LLeyton before the match and it's on the tape for you :D he looks gorgeous, I forgot how that felt having not seen him in a while :drool:
:woohoo: :woohoo:

This is the kind of Lleyton match I can watch over and over again. :)

NOMAD
06-07-2005, 05:25 PM
Great job Lleyton :woohoo:

Hewitt Survives Three-Set Thriller
Top seed Lleyton Hewitt survived a three-set thriller against Xavier Malisse to get his 2005 Stella Artois Championship campaign off to a winning start.

The three-time champion dropped the first set but recovered to win 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-5, showing no signs of the recent foot and rib injuries that have kept him out of the game since March.

Hewitt came into the match - his first since the final of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells - with a 3-1 head-to-head lead against Malisse. The first set went with serve until the tie-break, and it was Malisse who took it 7-3 with some inspired baseline play.

However, the former Wimbledon and US Open champion Hewitt immediately hit back, breaking Malisse's serve in the opening game of the second set. Although the Belgian broke to level at 4-4, Hewitt's persistence paid off as he broke for the second time in the 11th game and closed out the set to force a decider.

The final set went with serve until Hewitt got the crucial break to lead 6-5, making no mistake as he completed his victory in 2 hours, 38 minutes.

"I knew it was going to be a tough match going into it," said Hewitt. "Xavier played extremely well yesterday [against Lee] in the parts that I saw, and he's a lot better player when his mind's on the job :lol: than his ranking suggests. It was pretty slow out there as well today, so it was hard to hit a lot of winners against him. But I was pretty happy to get a lot of rhythm out there today at least."

Meanwhile, fourth seed Radek Stepanek also had a tough second round match, needing three sets to overcome French qualifier Gregory Carraz. Stepanek eventually booked his place in the third round with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory in 1 hour, 44 minutes.

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 05:31 PM
This is the kind of Lleyton match I can watch over and over again. :)
Well it's on tape now, quality looks good too (I didn't look through the whole match again, although I might soon:D but it looked good )

Socket
06-07-2005, 05:51 PM
I just read that Jaslyn was at Lleyton's match with their parents. Wonder why she wasn't in Germany watching Joachim play . . . :shrug:

RaRaChick
06-07-2005, 05:54 PM
Phew thank goodness Lley's through...had me worried for a minute there!!! So good to have him back, even if I was really nervous for nearly the whole match!

Did anyone see the interview on BBC before the match? It just made me think what a nice guy Lley is, he was happy to chat and seems really happy. Some guys are a bit distant in interviews but he seemed really relaxed and happy to chat :angel:

Congrats Lley and good luck for the next round :banana:

RaRaChick
06-07-2005, 05:57 PM
Yeah she was there. Hmmm, I wonder...maybe the 'rents put their foot down and dragged her to London :lol:

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 05:59 PM
I just read that Jaslyn was at Lleyton's match with their parents. Wonder why she wasn't in Germany watching Joachim play . . . :shrug:
No idea, but this time I'm sure it was her sat next to Lleyton's parents:p Was Bec there or not, because the commentators said she was, which when they showed her I wasn't sure of ;)

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 06:04 PM
Phew thank goodness Lley's through...had me worried for a minute there!!! So good to have him back, even if I was really nervous for nearly the whole match!
Yes more than a minute there! lleyton likes playing with our nerves, especially in his first match back for months :rolleyes:

Did anyone see the interview on BBC before the match? It just made me think what a nice guy Lley is, he was happy to chat and seems really happy. Some guys are a bit distant in interviews but he seemed really relaxed and happy to chat :angel:
I saw it, and I definitely agree that he looked relaxed and happy to be there:D It was great to see him again on TV :drool:
(note to Marlene, you'll have that on the tape too :p)

RaRaChick
06-07-2005, 06:04 PM
I didn't see Bec and none of my commentators mentioned it. Surely the camera would have focused on her at least once if she was there. I'm pretty sure she wasn't :)

RaRaChick
06-07-2005, 06:06 PM
Glad you agree dancing queen ;) (sorry, don't know your name!)

kim-fan
06-07-2005, 06:10 PM
no, Bec wasn't there. (at least I didn't see her)
and lleyton looked defenitely gorgeous and happy in that interview
it was so good to see him again :hearts:

RaRaChick
06-07-2005, 06:22 PM
Totally agree...he was lookin fiiiine.... :hearts:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-07-2005, 06:22 PM
The camera focused in on someone who looked like her, but I don't know if she was near his parents or not. When they showed the parents, they didn't show her. When the announcer said it was her, I wondered if she changed her plans, I didn't think she was coming until wimbeldon. Then a little while later the announcer said he wasn't sure it was her, that he wasn't up on his australian soaps, so it might not have been. I think somebody must have told him it wasn't her. :shrug:

RaRaChick
06-07-2005, 06:28 PM
They would definitely have showed her if she was there. Maybe she was there but not sitting with the rest of the Hewitt clan. Doubt it though. But what do i know... :p

RaRaChick
06-07-2005, 06:41 PM
Btw :topic: just wanted to say a HUUUUUUUGE well done :hatoff: to Andrew Murray on winning his first ever ATP tour match :clap2: Come on the the Scots!!! :woohoo: About time we had some Scottish tennis players!!! :yippee: Good Luck for the next round Andy, you can do it!!!! :kiss: And congrats on getting a wildcard for Wimbledon :banana:

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 07:12 PM
If anyone wants to listen to Lleyton's post match interview...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av/bb_rm_fs.stm?nbram=1&nol_index=tennis&news=1&bbwm=1&nbwm=1&bbram=1

athina7
06-07-2005, 07:26 PM
Thanks so much for posting that link. I just saw the interview. Wow, its so good to see Lleyton again!

kim-fan
06-07-2005, 07:33 PM
the girl sitting next to lleyton's parrents is jaslyn, his sister :)

Yasmine
06-07-2005, 07:35 PM
Btw :topic: just wanted to say a HUUUUUUUGE well done :hatoff: to Andrew Murray on winning his first ever ATP tour match :clap2: Come on the the Scots!!! :woohoo: About time we had some Scottish tennis players!!! :yippee: Good Luck for the next round Andy, you can do it!!!! :kiss: And congrats on getting a wildcard for Wimbledon :banana:
Well done to Andrew Murray :bigclap: :bigclap: That makes a change of hearing from Henman and Rusedski for GB;) All the best to him!

jusjctin
06-08-2005, 12:44 AM
the girl sitting next to lleyton's parrents is jaslyn, his sister :)
Doesn't Jaslyn ever play tennis anymore or does she just follow the family around?

bad gambler
06-08-2005, 04:15 AM
c'mon rusty :)

Yasmine
06-08-2005, 07:14 AM
Next match up is Max Mirnyi or Davide Sanguinetti who are playing against each other today;)
Lleyton and Flip are also playing their doubles second round match against Bj÷rkman/Mirnyi top seed today, that should be tough. :banana: come on!

Court 1 start 11:30 AM
G Muller (LUX) vs (6)T Johansson (SWE)
Not before 12:30 PM
(WC)J Delgado (GBR) vs (10)R Gasquet (FRA)
I Karlovic (CRO) vs (8)F Gonzalez (CHI)
Beck/LevinskyorAncic/Coetzee vs (2)Bryan/Bryan
(1)Bjorkman/Mirnyi vs (WC)Hewitt/Philippoussis

possie
06-08-2005, 10:56 AM
What I've heard (from the Aussie media) is that Bec is continuing to work on Home and Away, with her final (ever!) day being the 17th of June. From there she is flying straight to London, so we will see her courtside as of the commencement of Wimbledon. And no doubt everyone will be watching out for That Bump!

possie
06-08-2005, 10:57 AM
PS. Glad to see Lleyton is back - and winning!

Looking forward to Wimbledon.

Socket
06-08-2005, 12:55 PM
Doesn't Jaslyn ever play tennis anymore or does she just follow the family around?
I did read that she was playing some futures-level events (in the States, IIRC) some weeks ago. I think it was right around the time that Lleyton was playing Indian Wells.

Socket
06-08-2005, 02:29 PM
Here's the link to Lleyton's post-match interview from the Stella Artois site:

http://www.stellaartoistennis.com/Transcripts/2005/LHewitt1.pdf

Yasmine
06-08-2005, 02:49 PM
Someone was asking yesterday why was Jaslyn in London and not supporting Johansson in Halle, that's because he lost at the beginning of the week in the first round :sad: so my guess is she had time to fly to London to support Lleyton :devil:
Lleyton will play Max Mirnyi in the next round (not sure if it's tomorrow but my guess is it will as QF on friday, SF on saturday and F on sunday :D)...

sprinterluck
06-08-2005, 08:37 PM
Someone was asking yesterday why was Jaslyn in London and not supporting Johansson in Halle, that's because he lost at the beginning of the week in the first round :sad: so my guess is she had time to fly to London to support Lleyton :devil:

What is going on with Pim Pim? Tennis-x predicted that he'd beat Federer in the Wimbledon semis because his birthday is the day of the semis and Federer lost to b'day boy Marat at the AO Semis and b'day boy Rafael at the FO Semis. :p With his serve, Pim Pim has got to be a threat at Wimbledon, but his results have been subpar lately maybe due to his injury problems.

Lleyton will play Max Mirnyi in the next round (not sure if it's tomorrow but my guess is it will as QF on friday, SF on saturday and F on sunday :D)...

Lleyton plays "The Beast" again? Awww, Hewitt-Flip lost to Bjorkman-Mirnyi. Bad day for Mark P., a two time loser in singles and doubles at Queens. :sad: Hard to believe it's the same player who won Queens in '97. What happened to Taylor Dent losing in straights to Murray? :eek:

Yasmine
06-08-2005, 08:46 PM
Order of play tomorrow... Bad news Lleyton's match is last up after Henman, I bloody hope they'll show it on the BBC and that they don't stop the coverage after Tim :eek: fingers crossed:p

(16)K Beck (SVK) vs (2)A Roddick (USA)
Not before 2:00 PM
(WC)A Murray (GBR) vs (6)T Johansson (SWE)
(3)T Henman (GBR) vs (Q)C Guccione (AUS)
(1)L Hewitt :angel: (AUS) vs (15)M Mirnyi (BLR)

Turkeyballs Paco
06-08-2005, 09:56 PM
c'mon :bigclap:

scythe19pro
06-08-2005, 10:02 PM
Thursday Preview: Stars Aim for Quarterfinals

Lleyton Hewitt v Max Mirnyi: Tied 2-2
Before Lleyton Hewitt really started to make his mark in Grand Slam singles competition he joined forces with the 6ft 5ins Max Mirnyi to win the US Open doubles in 2000 which was the first Grand Slam title for either player. Hewitt has gone on from that point to win both Wimbledon and the US Open singles titles while Mirnyi has won the US Open doubles for a second time and only last weekend won the French Open doubles. In singles play, Hewitt and Mirnyi have two wins each with Hewitt winning the last match in Sydney at the start of this year. It was in that same city, of course, that Mirnyi removed Hewitt from the Olympic tournament in 2000. Hewitt is three times champion in the Stella Artois and says he is feeeling good after two breaks from the tour caused by injury.

Verdict: Hewitt to stay in command



:banana: C'mon Lleyton! :banana:

Socket
06-08-2005, 11:05 PM
What is going on with Pim Pim? Tennis-x predicted that he'd beat Federer in the Wimbledon semis because his birthday is the day of the semis and Federer lost to b'day boy Marat at the AO Semis and b'day boy Rafael at the FO Semis. :p With his serve, Pim Pim has got to be a threat at Wimbledon, but his results have been subpar lately maybe due to his injury problems.



Lleyton plays "The Beast" again? Awww, Hewitt-Flip lost to Bjorkman-Mirnyi. Bad day for Mark P., a two time loser in singles and doubles at Queens. :sad: Hard to believe it's the same player who won Queens in '97. What happened to Taylor Dent losing in straights to Murray? :eek:
Pim-Pim is one of those players who seems to be chronically injured. If it isn't his shoulder, it's his elbow or his wrist or his knee. His size and huge serve aren't working in his favor. As for Taylor, I didn't see the match, but from the recent photos I've seen of him, he seems to be far above his optimal weight (putting it delicately).

bad gambler
06-09-2005, 12:11 AM
For those interested and live in Australia, Hewitt's cameo performances on Home and Away will be shown tonight and tomorrow night

I don't watch the show but may have a look at it tonight to see how much of a fool he looks like :lol:

bad gambler
06-09-2005, 12:12 AM
Hopefully the thought of his humiliation doesn't affect his performance against the Beast today :p

Yasmine
06-09-2005, 05:02 PM
Why the hell have they put him last up? :( Now the second match of the afternoon is still playing, and there is still Henman to play before Lleyton :smash:

Yasmine
06-09-2005, 06:13 PM
Right Marlene noone would be able to tape Lleyton's match for you, since he's playing now on court one :o ;)
and already BP for Mirnyi :rolleyes: Go Lleyton:banana:

Yasmine
06-09-2005, 06:27 PM
I'm doing a monologue here tonight :D Lleyton is 4-1 up :devil:

RaRaChick
06-09-2005, 06:32 PM
Good luck to Lleyton in this match :kiss:

I felt so sorry for Andy Murray today :sad: what a way to end the match. I reckon he would have beaten Johansson if he hadn't got cramp and mucked up his ankle :rolleyes: Congrats on a great week Andy :worship: and get well soon for Wimby!!!

Yasmine
06-09-2005, 06:34 PM
I felt so sorry for Andy Murray today :sad: what a way to end the match. I reckon he would have beaten Johansson if he hadn't got cramp and mucked up his ankle :rolleyes: Congrats on a great week Andy :worship: and get well soon for Wimby!!!
Definitely! I wanted him to win too, and loosing because of cramps and physical exhaustion wasn't nice to watch :sad:

Yasmine
06-09-2005, 06:39 PM
1st set Lleyton :banana: 6-3:p

RaRaChick
06-09-2005, 06:58 PM
I thought he was going to cry on court...poor guy, he was so close. Still, at least he got a couple of matches as experience before Nottingham and Wimbledon. Are you in the UK dancing queen?

:bounce: Go Lleyton!!! :woohoo:

Yasmine
06-09-2005, 07:08 PM
I am yes;) I am from France though and I am leaving it very soon (going to Eastbourne and then I'm off:p )
Pff What is Lleyton doing??? Mirnyi has won the second set 6-1 :eek:

Turkeyballs Paco
06-09-2005, 07:34 PM
:woohoo: Lleyton! he's the man! :banana:

scythe19pro
06-09-2005, 07:36 PM
:woohoo: he won!! 6-3 1-6 6-1. What happend in the 2nd set?
Next: Karlovic. :scared: .

Good luck LL! :bounce:

athina7
06-09-2005, 07:36 PM
Lleyton!!! :woohoo:
Well done in the third!

Socket
06-09-2005, 07:37 PM
I'm doing a monologue here tonight :D Lleyton is 4-1 up :devil:
Yas, I was in Stella Artois thread (pulling my hair out in second set).

scythe19pro
06-09-2005, 10:09 PM
Hewitt's change for revenge
By Paul Mulvey in London
June 10, 2005

TOP seed Lleyton Hewitt has set up a Queen's Club quarter-final with giant killer Ivo Karlovic in their first meeting since Wimbledon in 2003.

Hewitt became the second defending Wimbledon champion in history to be knocked out in the opening round when Karlovic beat him in four sets two years ago.

But he earned his chance for a small measure of revenge tomorrow after racing through the final set in closing darkness at the stella Artois championship to beat Belarussian Max Mirnyi 6-3 1-6 6-1 at 8.30pm (local time).

The world No.2 wrapped up the match on Court One 30 minutes after fellow Australian Chris Guccione succumbed to Tim Henman's experience, also in three sets.

Qualifier Guccione gave up a one-set lead to lose 6-7 (7-4) 6-2 6-2 to the third-seeded Englishman next door on Centre Court.

Hewitt says he is not worried about facing Karlovic again.

"I was disappointed when I lost to him but I've won some big matches since then," he said.

He said conditions were difficult in the fading light and cold.

"They weren't easy through the whole match," he said.

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"It was pretty slippery as well. Both of us slipped over a few times and the light wasn't easy.



"When Henman's match finished I lost concentration a little bit. It was hard to hear ... that's when I lost my serve early in the second set.

"I had to regather my thoughts and concentration in the third set."

Guccione had never reached the third round of a tour event and the 200cm tall left-hander looked capable of causing a major upset against the world No.9 with his impeccable serving in the first set.

The world No.188 raced to a 40-0 lead in the first game of the second set but lost his way, and Henman broke him to take control of the match as mistakes crept into the 19-year-old's game.

"In the first set, I don't think I've ever served better, which won me the first set," said Guccione.

"It was really good to get the first set. I was a little disappointed with the second, I was hoping to make it a tight contest in the third."

He had three break points in the second game of the third set, but again Henman was too solid, holding his serve and then immediately breaking Guccione. The Victorian will play the Wimbledon qualifying tournament next week.

scythe19pro
06-09-2005, 10:16 PM
OOP for Friday

Centre start 1:00 PM
(7)S Grosjean (FRA) vs (2)A Roddick (USA)
Not before 2:00 PM
(3)T Henman (GBR) vs (6)T Johansson (SWE)
(1)L Hewitt (AUS) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
(1)Bjorkman/Mirnyi vs (7)Etlis/Rodriguez


I don't think Eurosport is gonna show the match. :mad: I guess the scoreboard will be good enough. Just like today.

scythe19pro
06-09-2005, 10:18 PM
Friday Preview: Top Three Going for Glory

Lleyton Hewitt v Ivo Karlovic: Karlovic leads 1-0
Ivo Karlovic was responsible for one of the more eye catching results in Grand Slam history when he defeated the defending champion in the first round at Wimbledon in 2003. That the champion concerned was Lleyton Hewitt adds a little spice and a touch of drama as they meet here at Queen's Club for only the second time in their careers. Karlovic, 6ft 10ins and aged 26 from Croatia, was a qualifier when he beat Hewitt. That was not just a one off triumph because he reached the third round at Wimbledon that same year and the fourth round in 2004 when his career best performance was ended by eventual champion Roger Federer. Lleyton Hewitt is already a three times winner of the Stella Artois title and after missing a lengthy section of the playing year because of two different injuries he is happy to be fit and back on grass and building his challenge for this tournament and Wimbledon. The Stella Artois provided a lengthy day of competition yesterday and Hewitt was the last singles winner late in the evening. But he will be ready for today, make no mistake about that.

Verdict: Hewitt to progress

Yasmine
06-09-2005, 10:42 PM
Yas, I was in Stella Artois thread (pulling my hair out in second set).
:lol:
Right good news is hopefully I should get coverage of Lleyton's match tomorrow, so it'll be on the tape for you Marlene :devil: (otherwise I'll go and kick the BBC's butt :angel: )

bad gambler
06-09-2005, 10:43 PM
Hewitt :yeah:

Let's nail the big croat tomorrow :woohoo:

Socket
06-09-2005, 11:58 PM
:lol:
Right good news is hopefully I should get coverage of Lleyton's match tomorrow, so it'll be on the tape for you Marlene :devil: (otherwise I'll go and kick the BBC's butt :angel: )
Don't worry, there's always next week or Wimbledon. :) We'll figure something out. :)

star
06-10-2005, 03:30 AM
first: Is that stupid advertisement that covers up the top quarter of the threads annoying only me?????? :mad: :mad:

Lleyton!! I hear he was on fire in the third set. :)

SomL.
06-10-2005, 10:45 AM
Come on Lleyton against Karlovic ^_^

Yasmine
06-10-2005, 03:59 PM
This is the MOST BORING MATCH I've ever watched! and I thought Roddick-Flip would be annoying... Lleyton served 79% first serve, and 3 points on his serve and still managed to loose the set :rolleyes: :mad: So it's 7-6 to Karlovic :( Can this guy do anything else than serve? Because there have been very few rallies, i'm sure not more than 1 or 2 a game :eek:
Come on Lleyton :banana:

athina7
06-10-2005, 04:36 PM
This sucks! Lleyton really played well and he lost. And no, Karlovic can't do anything else but serve. Really unfair :mad: It was so frustrating for Hewitt. It was frustrating to watch. Damn that guy. Aside from his serve, he has no game whatsoever.

scythe19pro
06-10-2005, 04:38 PM
lleyton just lost. damn! he had such a high first serve %. I didn't see the match but i guess he couldn't return karlovic's serve and that's why he couldn't break.
it's not fair for roddick to have such an easy draw and lleyton to deal with mirnyi and karlovic.
i hate karlovic!!!

Yasmine
06-10-2005, 04:43 PM
lleyton just lost. damn! he had such a high first serve %. I didn't see the match but i guess he couldn't return karlovic's serve and that's why he couldn't break.
it's not fair for roddick to have such an easy draw and lleyton to deal with mirnyi and karlovic.
i hate karlovic!!!
Well I hate him too now :mad:. Had he won by playing a great game it would have been ok, but that was truly the most annoying game I ever watched! The good thing about it is that Lleyton served great and I hope he keeps it going (I mean about 80% first serve in the first set, you cant ask for much more)...
About the draw, that's luck most times really. A shame for Lleyton on his first tourney back after his injuries but hopefully he'll do well at Wimbly! :angel: The funny thing is that everyone expected a SF Lleyon vs Henman and now it's Karlovic vs Johannson who would have predicted that :p

shirleyhewitt
06-10-2005, 05:11 PM
I couldn't find any where to watch the game, so just stared at the online scoreboard. What a pity! But from you guys' posts I can find what has happened. I am really upset by lleyton's losse.
Anyhow, good luck to him at Wimbledon..................

scythe19pro
06-10-2005, 05:12 PM
here's a link to lleyton's post match interview after he def. mirnyi

http://www.stellaartoistennis.com/Transcripts/2005/LHewitt4.pdf

so, do you guys think he'll play another event next week ? he played only 3 matches (+ 2 doubles) at queens. is this preparation good enough for wimbledon?

kim-fan
06-10-2005, 05:18 PM
god, I hate karlovic!!
lleyton served really well, so I guess that's positive ...

he might attend Rosmalen, but I'm not sure.

Socket
06-10-2005, 05:47 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

I guess the good news is how well Lleyton served, much better statistics than usual.

I think he will play next week, probably one of the several exhos that are available to him.

He's definitely not going to be No. 2 seed now at Wimbledon. Sigh.

Socket
06-10-2005, 05:48 PM
Well I hate him too now :mad:. Had he won by playing a great game it would have been ok, but that was truly the most annoying game I ever watched! The good thing about it is that Lleyton served great and I hope he keeps it going (I mean about 80% first serve in the first set, you cant ask for much more)...
About the draw, that's luck most times really. A shame for Lleyton on his first tourney back after his injuries but hopefully he'll do well at Wimbly! :angel: The funny thing is that everyone expected a SF Lleyon vs Henman and now it's Karlovic vs Johannson who would have predicted that :p
Yasmine, did it look like Lleyton was taking something off his serve to get that high a percentage? The s/b doesn't have any speed stats.

NOMAD
06-10-2005, 05:53 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:
The first match I can watch Lleyton plays on TV after AO,and he lost. :sad:
He served so well,but still lost.:bigcry:
The match was really boring. :(

But still glad to see him can play so well after resting for monthes.
Good luck at Wimby,Lleyton! :kiss: :hug:

Yasmine
06-10-2005, 06:05 PM
Yasmine, did it look like Lleyton was taking something off his serve to get that high a percentage? The s/b doesn't have any speed stats.
no I don't think so from what I can remember (I was praying he would throw a first serve in every single time given how karlovic was going :rolleyes: ). Right Marlene, since it's on the tape after Malisse, I suppose you want me to tape episodes of Home and Away just to avoid make you wanna watch that horrible match? :p

athina7
06-10-2005, 06:11 PM
Yasmine, did it look like Lleyton was taking something off his serve to get that high a percentage? The s/b doesn't have any speed stats.
I watched the live feed on the internet, and it didn't seem he was taking anything off his first serve. The few times they showed the speed it was around 125mph for first serve. I was actually amazed at how well he was serving, and he still lost :mad: Anyway, I hope he serves like that in Wimbledon. That would be great!

Socket
06-10-2005, 06:14 PM
no I don't think so from what I can remember (I was praying he would throw a first serve in every single time given how karlovic was going :rolleyes: ). Right Marlene, since it's on the tape after Malisse, I suppose you want me to tape episodes of Home and Away just to avoid make you wanna watch that horrible match? :p
If you can get the episodes where Lleyton makes his cameo appearances, I'd love to see them!

Would you rather wait and see if he plays somewhere next week to fill out the tape? It's up to you.

Yasmine
06-10-2005, 06:23 PM
If you can get the episodes where Lleyton makes his cameo appearances, I'd love to see them!

Would you rather wait and see if he plays somewhere next week to fill out the tape? It's up to you.
I don't think Lleyton's cameo is before a few months (the uk is usually behind Australia:p ) The problem is I'm staying at my sisters next week and they have no TV (well it still happens these days :rolleyes: ), so I wouldn't be able to record them... unless you want me to wait till Wimbly but I bet you have coverage then ;)

Turkeyballs Paco
06-10-2005, 06:25 PM
:sad: :tears:

Oh well, he made the most of it. After being out so long this tournament has been a good opportunity for him to get back into his groove, at least. :shrug:

Somebody on GM made a thread about how boring Lleyton's game is to watch :rolleyes: Please! Karlovic's serve & volley nearly put me to sleep. :yawn:

sprinterluck
06-10-2005, 06:35 PM
OMG. :o What the F? :mad: I can't believe Karlovic beat him again.
I'm starting to really dislike grasscourt tennis.

athina7
06-10-2005, 06:36 PM
Somebody on GM made a thread about how boring Lleyton's game is to watch :rolleyes: Please! Karlovic's serve & volley nearly put me to sleep. :yawn:
Yeah, I saw that too. :rolleyes: At least those who responded had some really nice things to say about Lleyton and his game. The person who created the thread said that after reading what everyone said about Hewitt's game, has changed his mind about Lleyton being boring. Really, Lleyton's game is far from boring. And I agree Alexandria, Karlovic on the other hand...OMG!

scythe19pro
06-10-2005, 06:54 PM
Hewitt knocked out of Queens
By Paul Mulvey in London
June 11, 2005

TOP seed Lleyton Hewitt has lost his quarter-final match at the Queen's Club in straight sets to nemesis Ivo Karlovic.

In their first meeting since Karlovic knocked Hewitt out of Wimbledon in the opening round in 2003, the Croatian beat the world No.2 7-6(7-4) 6-3.

Karlovic never looked like being broken on service and only needed the one point off Hewitt's serve to clinch the first set tie break.

A forehand down the line, a Hewitt unforced error and then a net cord gave Karlovic the one break of the match to go 5-3 ahead in the second set.

After riding his luck with a couple of net cords, the world No.77 fittingly served out the match with an ace.

A net cord also gave Karlovic the chance to take the mini-break in the tie-break when a Hewitt forehand popped up and allowed the Croatian time to turn and put away an angled volley.

"It's like walking in here and having a lucky door prize," Hewitt said.

"There's not a whole heap I can do about those two.

"I don't think you can take a lot of form off of a match like that."

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Hewitt said memories of his Wimbledon clash with Karlovic did not play a role in the overnight (AEST) loss.



"Not in my mind, I don't think. It still would have played out the same," he said.

Hewitt became the second defending Wimbledon champion in history to be beaten in the opening round when Karlovic defeated the Australian in four sets two years ago.

Hewitt said he was unsure yet whether he would play any matches next week or just practice before Wimbledon starts on June 20.

In the semi-finals, Karlovic will play Sweden's 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson, who beat Briton Tim Henman 6-4 6-4 in their quarter-final.

The other semi-final will be between Radek Stepanek and defending champion Andy Roddick. Stepanek beat Richard Gasquet 3-6 6-1 6-2, while second seed Roddick overcame Sebastien Grosjean 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

Socket
06-10-2005, 06:56 PM
I don't think Lleyton's cameo is before a few months (the uk is usually behind Australia:p ) The problem is I'm staying at my sisters next week and they have no TV (well it still happens these days :rolleyes: ), so I wouldn't be able to record them... unless you want me to wait till Wimbly but I bet you have coverage then ;)
I would rather you wait, if that's OK with you. I'm afraid that ESPN will shift some of the first week coverage to ESPN Classic (as it did for RG), and I don't get that channel.

Socket
06-10-2005, 07:01 PM
Yeah, I saw that too. :rolleyes: At least those who responded had some really nice things to say about Lleyton and his game. The person who created the thread said that after reading what everyone said about Hewitt's game, has changed his mind about Lleyton being boring. Really, Lleyton's game is far from boring. And I agree Alexandria, Karlovic on the other hand...OMG!
I think that Lleyton has one of the least boring games among active male players. I know that 99% of this is a matter of subjective taste, but I just can't get into players who are heavily dependent on their serves and who can't rally. I'd much rather see a long rally with players working the point, playing the angles, moving their opponent around the court, varying speed, and using tactics, than a one- or two-shot exchange. I can admire the ability to hit huge serves, but watching the same thing for an entire match is just boring, IMO.

Yasmine
06-10-2005, 10:04 PM
I would rather you wait, if that's OK with you. I'm afraid that ESPN will shift some of the first week coverage to ESPN Classic (as it did for RG), and I don't get that channel.
no problem at all Marlene, you can have some Wimbly matches as well;)

star
06-11-2005, 12:24 AM
Charisma. That's what Lleyton's got. When he walks out on a court he just brings an aura with him. He almost shines. He's been this way since I first saw him except when he was playing doubles with Rafter... then he shrunk back into being a shy kid.

Federer didn't have it when he was a young player, but now he's got the aura too. :)

scythe19pro
06-11-2005, 08:14 AM
Karlovic haunts Hewitt again
From correspondents in London
June 11, 2005

LLEYTON Hewitt better be hoping Ivo Karlovic does not appear on his side of the Wimbledon draw.

The beanpole Croatian with the booming serve has become Hewitt's nemesis from 75 rungs below him on the rankings ladder.

In two matches, Karlovic has taken a hold over Hewitt, repeating his giant-killing feat of Wimbledon 2003 at the Stella Artois Championships at the Queen's Club today.

In their first meeting since the Australian became the second defending Wimbledon champion in history to be beaten in the opening round, Karlovic knocked him out of the quarter finals at Queen's 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

The earlier than planned departure from Queen's has sent the world No.2 looking for practice partners in his preparation for Wimbledon, which starts on June 20.

But although he admits he would have preferred more matches to work on his rusty game after a foot and rib injury-enforced 10-week break, Hewitt claimed he was not fazed by today's loss.

"I don't think that's going to hold a huge key whether I succeed at Wimbledon or play well at Wimbledon," he said.

"Come Monday, Tuesday in a week's time, I'll be ready to go, it's a different ball game.

"I don't think you can take a lot of form off of a match like that.

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"I felt like I probably served as well as I've ever served today. I felt like I was the better player in the first set.



"If there was any 15-30s, I was the one that had them every time.

"That's what happens sometimes on this surface.

"My actual ball striking and what I was in control of today was pretty good."

He was not in control of a pair of net cords which helped Karlovic take the only mini-break of the tie break and the decisive service break in the second.

Hewitt described Karlovic's fortune with the net cords as like "having a lucky door prize".

But it was his fault he was 0-40 down in the eighth game of the second set in the first place and just a bit of luck for Karlovic which gave him the final point to clinch the break.

The 208cm Croatian then served out the match, fittingly wrapping up his second win in as many contests over Hewitt with an ace.

Hewitt said memories of his four-set Wimbledon loss to Karlovic two years ago did not play a role in today's result.

"Not in my mind, I don't think. It still would have played out the same," he said.

While Hewitt stumbled in his Wimbledon build-up, his main competitors for the title have had solid preparations.

World No.4 Andy Roddick won his way into the semis at Queen's where he was due to play Czech Radek Stepanek.

And world No.1 Roger Federer and No.5 Marat Safin, Hewitt's conqueror in the Australian Open final in January, also reached the semi finals of the Halle Open in Germany.

Of the other Australians heading from Queen's for Wimbledon, Mark Philippoussis won his first match back from ankle and back injuries but was knocked out by Roddick in the second round.

Teenager Chris Guccione showed promise in reaching the third round where he took a set off Tim Henman and will be confident going into next week's Wimbledon qualifying tournament Wayne Arthurs will play a tournament in Holland next week after being knocked out in the first round at Queen's, while Scott Draper also fell at the first hurdle.

scythe19pro
06-11-2005, 05:24 PM
lleyton's post match interview

http://www.stellaartoistennis.com/Transcripts/2005/LHewitt5.pdf

jusjctin
06-11-2005, 08:06 PM
He sure says the words, "You know" alot in that interview