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C'mon_Lley
02-26-2003, 06:00 PM
HEWITT, PHILIPPOUSSIS ACCEPT WILD CARDS- SAMPRAS WITHDRAWS

2/21/2003
FROM 2003 FRANKLIN TEMPLETON TENNIS CLASSIC, MARCH 3-9, AT FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – World No. 1 ranked Lleyton Hewitt and fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis have accepted wild cards, and all-time leading Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras has withdrawn from the 2003 Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic presented by Business Objects, March 3-9, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, it was announced Friday.

Hewitt, who won the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon, and Philippoussis, the 1997 Scottsdale champion and 1998 U.S. Open finalist, join No. 2 ranked and defending champion Andre Agassi and rising American star James Blake in the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic, an International Series event on the worldwide ATP men’s professional circuit. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles competition. Prize money for the event totals $380,000.

Sampras, the 2002 U.S. Open champion and 14-time Grand Slam singles titleholder, is postponing his return to the tennis circuit. He has not played a tournament this year.

“We are excited to have Lleyton and Mark in the tournament,” said Tournament Director Gus Sampras, Pete’s older brother. “I’m disappointed that Pete isn’t quite ready, but I understand his decision. Pete wants to give 100 percent, and he just feels he’s not yet there. We are sorry to lose Pete, but with Lleyton, Andre, James and Mark, we have a very strong draw.”

“He (Sampras) is continuing his practice and conditioning, but does not feel he is at the level where he can give it his best,” said Paul Annacone, Sampras’ coach. Annacone said he and Sampras will look at future events individually, and then make decisions about timing for Sampras’ s return to the ATP tour.

With Hewitt and Agassi, it marks the second time in tournament history the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in the world are in the draw. The other was 2000, when Agassi was No. 1 and Sampras No. 2. As of March 3, Hewitt will have held No. 1 for 68 consecutive weeks, the seventh-longest streak at No. 1 in the history of the ATP rankings (Aug. 23, 1973).

When Hewitt achieved the No. 1 ranking in 2001, he was the youngest player to finish the year at No. 1.He has finished No. 1 the last two years, the youngest player to rank as the top player in back-to-back seasons. The Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic marks Hewitt’s first appearance since the Australian Open, won by Agassi, his ninth career Grand Slam singles title.

With the addition of Hewitt and Philippoussis as wild cards, there are four former tournament champions in the field, joining Agassi and Wayne Ferreira. Hewitt has a 12-2 career record in Scottsdale, winning the title in 2000, reaching the final in 1999 and the semifinals in 2001.

C'mon_Lley
02-26-2003, 06:05 PM
Not related to Scttsdale but a new one from the tennisforall site.

Beating Lleyton Hewitt: A Sketchy Psychological Theory

In sporting terms, Lleyton Hewitt is immense.

Hewitt's technique, whilst soundly built and rock steady, is nothing out of the ordinary, although his fitness, speed, timing and consistency (of both line and length) are exceptional. Like Jimmy Connors before him, Lleyton's strength is fist-pumpingly obvious, but you don't have to open your eyes too wide to see differences. I think it fair to say that most players want the crowd, and Connors was a master at swaying them to his purpose. In contrast, Lleyton doesn't so much feed on support as opposition. I couldn't stop giggling when watching the recent Davis Cup tie against Britain. The press post mortems (of a second-string British team) were being written up before the match even began, so all the pressure was on the Aussies. Having got off to a flat start, Hewitt gradually raised the intensity and turned to the British fans with glare-and-fist. The unspoken message was explicit:

I'll take you all on, you pommie *********.

And there you have the Hewitt Factor: Lleyton both needs and thrives on a scrap... and he'll focus on all the opposition—the opposing coach, entourage, crowd, and the whole the whole damn city—to get his juices flowing. This is an alien concept to lesser competitors.

Having made it into the history books with two Grand Slam titles, some players would already be partaking of the unholy grail of celebrity and taking it relatively easy. Not Hewitt. This guy is competition incarnate and he positively wills a fresh challenge out of each new point. Firing up on adrenaline, he fills the furnace of the human spirit and forges mettle in the flames (that's not a bad line...go on, read it again...we'll let Lleyton read it thrice!). And as one who often fires over into a written fury, I know quite a bit about the difficulties of keeping the heat at the right temperature: too cool and your not even in the game; too hot and...whoosh ...you're consumed by your own white heat.

Lleyton's undiluted aggression occasionally spills over into an expletive, or a less-than-charming snarl, but this has much to do with steadying the fires at the right temperature and not even Hewitt's thermostat is perfect: like the rest of us, his thumping heart is wrapped up in mortal flesh and blood.

He's taken some flak for his attitude, which annoys me, but, in The Age of Cloning, it doesn't surprise me. Contrary to the view of many, I see Hewitt as one of the very best examples for aspiring young tennis players to emulate. This is especially true for British kids, who are too often encouraged to swagger with pride if they make it on to some squad or other.

There are of course problems for someone of that age, who might find themselves at the pinnacle of sport and on top of the world. It is one of the pitfalls of success that the higher you rise, the less likely it is that those around you will challenge your words and deeds...no matter how errant. It's a kind of altitude sickness for high risers: reality and a sense of proportion can get a bit thin up there.

And how do you stop the wilfulness of competition from spilling off the tennis court and transmuting into ugly egotism in life? Where the tennis court ends, the real world begins and love is more than a match for the rampaging ego; if he is ever afflicted, I'm sure family and true friends will prevail.

Hewitt is reaping what he has sowed with years of intense practice, he always gives good value for those who've bought a ticket to the show and, from where I'm sitting (in an English leper colony...without a photographers pass!), it would seem he fully spends his aggression on the court. Oh, and Pat Rafter likes 'the little b*****d', which would stand as a fair reference with most.

Youngsters should remember that tennis is a one-on-one sport for individuals and the squad should merely be a place where individuals get practice, not their reward. Many will look upon it as the pinnacle of their achievements, but in the unlikely event that they one day face Hewitt across a net, the mythology of numbers will prove to be their downfall.

So how do you beat him? Well, men's tennis is in truly great shape and there are many with the ability: we need to see the best of players like Safin, Roddick and Ferrero, amongst many others, to find out if (and how far) the platform can be raised.
But for an opposing Davis Cup team, who aren't expected to win, I have a cunning plan.

Your first move is to soften up the opposition, so it would help chose a captain who tucks his shirt into his underpants, which will douse the flames of competition before you start. Then fill the stadium with friendly faces—Hewitt fans every one, dressed from head to toe in green and yellow, and all chanting: 'We lurv Lleyty Babes.'

Choose a pleasant opponent, who looks like he, too, would like Lleyton to win, and make sure that all the close line calls go Hewitt's way.

You might even bake him a birthday cake, fill it with celebratory candles...and if he wants to make a wish, get his adoring public to blow out all the candles for him. But a word of warning ...you'd better make damn certain it's his birthday!

Goonergal
02-26-2003, 11:20 PM
I'll take you all on, you pommie *********.

LMAO, thanks Lleyton :p *raises hand as a Pommie bastard*

:p

Thanks for the articles :p

duck
02-27-2003, 09:18 AM
Originally posted by C'mon_Lley
Your first move is to soften up the opposition, so it would help chose a captain who tucks his shirt into his underpants, which will douse the flames of competition before you start. Then fill the stadium with friendly faces—Hewitt fans every one, dressed from head to toe in green and yellow, and all chanting: 'We lurv Lleyty Babes.'

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Surely we should rename the talk thread 'We love Lleyty Babes'!

Thanks Dolly!

Princess Zelda
02-27-2003, 03:12 PM
hey are you the same duck from www.lleytonhewitt.biz? just wondering

C'mon_Lley
02-27-2003, 06:10 PM
Agassi vs. Hewitt for No. 1: the sport's newest rivalry

By Matthew Cronin
tennisreporters.net

FROM THE SIEBEL OPEN IN SAN JOSE, CALIF. – When you've had your butt kicked so severely that it's difficult to sit down even during changeovers, you need to explain to yourself why it's so sore. Perhaps that why the ATP Siebel Open Choir sung the praises of Andre Agassi so loudly after Stefanie Graf's favorite closer won his 56th title on Sunday.

Or perhaps it's because with Pete Sampras on a potentially never-ending hiatus and No. 1 ranked Lleyton Hewitt is taking a breather after a mediocre start to the year. The boys in the locker room are saying that the No. 1 isn't the real No. 1 at all.

"When he's playing like that, he's the best," said Italian Davide Sanguinetti, who Agassi clubbed 6-3, 6-1 in the San Jose. "He hits the balls on the line perfect, like a machine. Even if you lose to Lleyton, you can play. With Andre, you have to go for more difficult shots. He makes you go into overdrive."

For Pete's sake, the Agassi aura is glowing so strongly and brightly that even the soft-spoken, so-careful-not-to-offend Darren Cahill is secure enough in his position in the tennis world now that his current player (Andre) is more competent now than his ex-player, Lleyton.

"Lleyton deserves to be No. 1. He's been the most consistent over the past year," Cahill said. "But I don't think it would be bad for me to say that Andre is playing best tennis of anyone right now." (Cahill :rolleyes: )

Even Hewitt's Davis Cup teammate, Mark Philippoussis, who Agassi destroyed 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of San Jose, was ready to wave the red, white and blue flag just a few days after he and Hewitt combined to down the British.

OPPONENTS OFFER UNABASHED PRAISE
"Andre's the hottest player right now. He's the No. 1," Philippoussis said. "He returns so well and keeps pressure on your at every moment. Lleyton's ranked No. 1, but Andre's so hot and his results speak for themselves." (Flip :rolleyes: )

Davis Cup player James Blake, whose weaknesses Agassi exposed in the Siebel semis and who has lost two classic U.S. Open matches to Hewitt, is just amazed at his countryman.

"Andre's the best player in the world now," said Blake. "I never played him in his so-called prime, but he looks like he's in his prime now. This is no disrespect to Lleyton, but what Andre did in Australia was incredible. He just ran through the field. He was two levels above everybody." (:rolleyes: Corncob :rolleyes: ) Younes El Aynaoui upset Hewitt in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Australian Open champ Agassi is now just 135 points behind Hewitt. His 12-0 start to the year is his best since 1995, when he went 15-0. He could conceivably seize control of the top ranking in March – maybe at Indian Wells, but more likely at Key Biscayne.

Whether that happens is to a large degree up to Hewitt. He decided not to defend his Siebel Open title and take three weeks off in between Davis Cup and Indian Wells, where he is the defending champion.

There is a decent possibility that Hewitt will take a wild card in Scottsdale in two weeks time, but that's pretty dependent on whether Sampras plays there. If Sampras plays, Hewitt will likely skip it. If Sampras pulls out, his brother, tournament director Gus Sampras, will have enough money freed up to pay Hewitt's guarantee.

While it's somewhat obvious that there are a some players who are not purposely disrespecting Hewitt, there are some are doing so purposely. (wtf?! ) Hewitt's record over the past eight months matches up fine against Andre's. He won '02 Wimbledon and Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, two of the most important tournaments past '02 Roland Garros. Andre has won one of the next two most important, the US Open and the Australian Open.

LLEYTON HAS THE 4-3 EDGE
Hewitt has a 4-3 lifetime record against Agassi, including Hewitt's two wins over Agassi in San Jose and Cincinnati last year, and Agassi's huge triumph over Hewitt in the US Open semifinals. Agassi has eight Slams overall, Hewitt two. While the 32-year-old Agassi gets the historical edge today over the 23-year-old (HE'S 22! You moron :rolleyes: :mad: )Hewitt, if you look the past two years and two months of play, you would have to give Hewitt the nod based on his more consistent record at the majors and because of his Davis Cup heroics.

Now the question is whether after two years at No. 1 whether Hewitt will have the same hunger he showed in 2001 and 2002. Agassi doesn't seem to care that much about getting to No. 1 again, but he does care about his level and if he's not beating Hewitt when he's playing, he won't be too pleased about his overall performance.

Despite the players' contention that he deserves the No. 1, Agassi said he doesn't think like he playing better than ever. "I don't know if it's possible for me to judge that," he said. "It's about getting better. The game better in some respects and you try to improve there. I would hope that I'm getting better, because that's my goal."

One man cares a heck of lot about what could tennis' greatest new rivalry: Cahill. He won't say a negative word against Hewitt, but their relationship ended on a sour note at the end of '01. He'd love to be the man who coached both a young horse and an old mare to the top, even if Agassi could care less.

"Andre plays tennis in his terms, which is playing his best and winning tournaments and let's the ranking take care of itself," Cahill said. "But he's had so many incredible achievements is his career that I haven't. So having Andre reach No. 1 might be more special to me than it is to him."



OMFG, all these shitty quotes from the players are freakin' me out!! http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/lol.gif Lleyton is the BEST in the world, period! :D He just needs to get it together.

I honestly do not understand why people think DH winning AO was an extraordinary effort. He had one of the lamest draws I've ever seen. :rolleyes:

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10. Lleyton Hewitt: Accepts a wild card into Scottsdale, which shows that he's dead serious about fending Agassi off for No. 1. (You got that right! :D)

C'mon_Lley
02-28-2003, 05:35 PM
Oh no! Lleyton is sick :sad: again! :( Damn that cold :mad:

Hewitt feeling the heat

By JOHN THIRSK
01mar03

AFTER 68 consecutive weeks at the top of the tennis mountain, Lleyton Hewitt is under intense pressure to keep his world No. 1 ranking.

The Wimbledon champion will play his first tournament, since his fourth round exit at the Australian Open, next week in Scottsdale, Arizona – holding just a 135-point buffer over arch-rival Andre Agassi.

The two best players in the world will be seeded one and two respectively in Scottsdale.

Then it will be a shout with Agassi and company at two Tennis Masters Series events at Indian Wells and Miami.

Hewitt won last year at Indian Wells and reached the semi-finals in Miami and he will need to equal those results if he is to maintain his points advantage over Agassi.

At this time Hewitt does not make the top 10 in the ATP 2003 championship points race, having played only the Australian Open.

The Tennis Masters Cup will be held in Houston in November, where Hewitt will attempt to win the final for a third consecutive year after victories in Sydney (2001) and Shanghai last year.

The 32-year-old Agassi is the hottest player on the circuit, undefeated in two events this year and looking rejuvenated under the inspired coaching of Hewitt's former coach, young Australian Darren Cahill.

Hewitt's Davis Cup teammate, Mark Philippoussis, will also compete in Scottsdale, where he won in 1997.

It's Philippoussis's third event since the Davis Cup victory over Great Britain on February 9 and follows disappointing results in San Jose and Memphis.

The current US Open champion Pete Sampras has decided to put his much anticipated return on hold.

Since the Davis Cup, Hewitt has stuck to his 2003 plans and is gunning mainly for the four grand slams as his major mission along with winning the Davis Cup this year.

"He took a couple of weeks off after Davis Cup and went to Belgium with his girlfiend Kim [Clijsters]," said his father Glynn yesterday.

"He's been practising for the last week, but a cold has set him back a bit and he's been taking it easy until this week." :( :sad:

:kiss: GET WELL SOON LLEYTON!!! :kiss:

NOMAD
03-02-2003, 02:40 AM
FRANKLIN TEMPLETON TENNIS CLASSIC MAIN DRAW

Lleyton HEWITT (AUS) (1) vs. Fernando VICENTE (ESP)

Wayne FERREIRA (RSA) vs. Wayne ARTHURS (AUS)

Amaud DI PASQUALE (FRA) vs. Luis HORNA (PER)

(Q) Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)vs. Alex CORRETJA (ESP) (6)

Paradorr SRICHAPHAN (THA) (4) vs. qualifier

David SANCHEZ (ESP) vs. Nicolas MASSU (CHI)

Taylor DENT (USA) vs. Andrei PAVEL (ROM)

Cecil MAMIIT (USA) vs. Xavier MALISSE (BEL) (8)

Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG) (7) vs. Mark PHILIPPOUSSIS (AUS)

(LL) Scott Draper (AUS)vs. Jonas BJORKMAN (SWE)

Davide SANGUINETTI (ITA) vs. Franco SQUILLARI (ARG)

Agustin CALLERI (ARG) vs. David NALBANDIAN (ARG) (3)

Rainer SCHUETTLER (GER) (5) vs. (Q) Harel Levy (ISR)

Robby GINEPRI (USA) vs. Mariano ZABALETA (ARG)

(Q) Jay Gooding (AUS) vs. James BLAKE (USA)

Thomas ENQVIST (SWE) vs. Andre AGASSI (USA) (2)

thalle
03-02-2003, 10:21 AM
Thanks Tara

duck
03-03-2003, 01:14 PM
Scud, Hewitt team up (Melbourne Age)
March 4 2003
By Linda Pearce

As Australia prepares to play Sweden on an indoor hardcourt in next month's quarter-final in Malmo, a potential new Davis Cup doubles combination is on debut in Arizona. Not only does the Scottsdale pairing of Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis expand the selection options of captain John Fitzgerald, it completes Philippoussis's symbolic return to local tennis favour.

Not since being dumped by regular partner Pat Rafter in January 1999 has Philippoussis teamed with a fellow Australian, and this public embrace with Hewitt follows last month's harmonious and successful return to Davis Cup competition in the tie against Britain in Sydney.

This doubles pairing may continue at next week's Masters Series event in Indian Wells, and intermittently thereafter.

In the past four years, Philippoussis has combined with 12 different partners, from Goran Ivanisevic to Justin Gimelstob, but not a single Australian. During that time, the Victorian has struggled with recurring knee injuries as well as the unsympathetic judgements of his peers, who have questioned his commitment to national duty.

The thaw now appears complete, with Hewitt having approached Philippoussis's coach Peter McNamara last October to ask if there was anything he could do to help his countryman recover from yet another knee trauma.



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McNamara suggested an occasional doubles relationship. "They'd complement each other: one guy never misses a ball, and the other guy hits it so hard you can never get it back, so what more do you want?" McNamara said.

Although Hewitt has joined with Todd Woodbridge for the past two Davis Cup doubles rubbers, Philippoussis and Wayne Arthurs have not been eliminated from contention.

Swedish captain Mats Wilander has nominated Plexipave, which is a similar hardcourt to the Decoturf II used at the United States Open, for the April 4-6 quarter-final, and Fitzgerald will stick with his usual practice of finalising his doubles pair after the first two singles rubbers.

Despite having lost the doubles point to Brazilians Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Sa in the first-round tie, Jonas Bjorkman and Magnus Larsson are again the likely Swedish combination at the 3800-seat Baltiska Hallen in Malmo, with Bjorkman also the frontrunner for one singles berth.

Australia leads 6-2 overall, but last won in Sweden in 1981. Since then, the Swedes have compiled two 5-0 home routs, on carpet in 1992 and clay in 1985.

By choosing Plexipave, despite Hewitt and Philippoussis having both reached a US Open final, the Swedes appear to be playing to their own strengths and recognising the all-court versatility of their opponents, whose past three home ties have been staged on grass, hardcourt and clay.

Meanwhile, in Scottsdale, wildcards Philippoussis and Hewitt were drawn to meet Argentinians David Nalbandian and Sebastian Prieto in the first round this morning.

Hewitt had not been due to return to tournament play until next week in Indian Wells, but sought a late singles wildcard to try to ward off Andre Agassi's challenge - he is now within 30 points - for the No.1 ranking the Australian has held for 68 consecutive weeks.

Hewitt plays Fernando Vicente in the first round, while Philippoussis, another discretionary entry by virtue of his injury-ravaged ranking, will meet seventh seed Juan Ignacio Chela.

Scott Draper qualified as a lucky loser, and plays Bjorkman.

C'mon_Lley
03-03-2003, 07:20 PM
:D I'm so happy that Lleyton is playing doubles as well. :bounce: I really missed him in action. I can't wait to see him play :D
Good luck Lleyton in singles and doubles :kiss:

Thanks Duck :kiss:

C'mon_Lley
03-03-2003, 07:32 PM
Agassi hunts Hewitt

BBC Sport

Agassi has had plenty to celebrate so far this year
This week is the last chance for players on the ATP tour to get their game in tune before back-to-back Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami.
Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt head the line-up in Scottsdale for the Franklin Templeton Classic.

Agassi is unbeaten this year after following his win in the Australian Open by picking up the title in San Jose.

He is closing in on Hewitt at the top of the world rankings, and his awesome form has seen him lose just two sets in 12 matches this year.

But he faces a potentially tricky first-round match against the experienced Thomas Enqvist, with upcoming American James Blake likely to be his opponent in round two.

David Nalbandian, Paradorn Srichaphan, Rainer Schuettler and Alex Corretja are the other top seeds in the draw, with Taylor Dent and Mark Philippoussis also lurking.

The other men's tournament this week takes place in Delray Beach.

World number six Andy Roddick tops the bill, and he will be hoping to go one better than last year, when he was upset in the final by Davide Sanguinetti.

The main opposition for Roddick will be second seed Guillermo Coria, who was beaten in the final in Buenos Aires the week before last, and performed well in the Australian Open before being steamrollered by Andre Agassi.

But there could be plenty of shocks as the relatively unheralded trio of Martin Verkerk, Hyung-Taik Lee and Stefan Koubek have all won titles this year.

The women's tour moves to Indian Wells for the Pacific Life Open a week ahead of the men.

The Williams sisters are having the week off, but seven of the world's top 10 are in the line-up.

World number three Kim Clijsters heads the list, with Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Amelie Mauresmo and reigning champion Daniela Hantuchova also in action.

Hantuchova's win last year was her first on the tour, and she became the lowest ranked seed to win a Tier 1 event when she beat Martina Hingis in the final.

The main action gets under way on Wednesday.



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Hewitt and Agassi ready to return (what kinda headline is this? :rolleyes: Agassi is not returning. :mad: He won San Jose last week! :fiery: )

Agence France-Presse
Scottsdale (Arizona), March 2

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, his world number one ranking under pressure from unbeaten Andre Agassi, moves back onto court a week earlier than planned as top seed of the ATP Templeton Classic.
Hewitt has not played an ATP event since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open last January to Younes El Aynaoui.

The 21-year-old Aussie star won a singles and doubles tie in Australia's 4-1 Davis Cup rout of Britain last month in Sydney and has not seen action since.

With a Masters Series title to defend starting March 10 at Indian Wells, Hewitt figures to be pleased to get back into action at a hard-court event which also serves as Agassi's main tuneup.

Hewitt stands a distant 45th in the season's Champions point race, while Agassi, going strong at age 32, has won both tournaments he has played so far, San Jose and the Australian Open.

The American tennis icon is seeded second and will be aiming to repeat as trophyholder here. The fast conditions and hard-courts make this venue and Indian Wells among the most favourable for the American veteran's game.

And Agassi is hardly lacking in confidence, even if Hewitt does hold the top spot in the Entry System standings used to determine tournament seedings.

Heading towards his 33rd birthday in two months, Agassi's game is perhaps the best it has ever been. Agassi's title in San Jose was his 11th since turning 30, fifth-best all time.

"I really feel ready to go," said Agassi. "I've managed to balance a lot of things in my life and game. I am making guys play a great match to beat me. That's all you can do out there."

Hewitt, who has said he will reduce his 2003 schedule to concentrate on the Grand Slams and Davis Cup, opens against Spaniard Fernando Vicente and could face either South African Wayne Ferreira or Davis Cup mate Wayne Arthurs in the second match.

Second seed Agassi opens with Swede Thomas Enqvist, who has barely own a match this season after a slow start due to injury.

Seeded third is Wimbledon finalist Davis Nalbandian of Argentina, who lost the title match to Hewitt last summer. Top Thai Paradorn Srichaphan will be fourth seed, beginning against a qualifier.

kit
03-03-2003, 07:35 PM
Good luck in the double!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

C'mon_Lley
03-03-2003, 07:38 PM
Hewitt lays it on line

By Margie McDonald
March 3, 2003

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LLEYTON HEWITT is feeling old age creeping up on him - so he has taken a wildcard into the $US380,000 ($625,000) Scottsdale tournament this week to try to stave it off.

Hewitt is just 135 points ahead of Andre Agassi in the rankings and needs to win a few tournaments to keep the 32-year-old from taking his world No.1 ranking.

Hewitt, who turned 22 last week, has not played an ATP event since losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open.

After helping Australia demolish Britain 4-1 in the Davis Cup, Hewitt said he did not plan to be back on the circuit until the Tennis Masters Series event at Indian Wells, starting next Monday.

But Agassi's win at San Jose three weeks ago, on top of his fourth Australian Open a month earlier, has seen him close in on Hewitt.

Fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis also has accepted a wild-card as he tries to recapture form after second- and first-round losses in San Jose and Memphis. Philippoussis won in Scottsdale in 1997 before three operations on his left knee.

Today marks Hewitt's 68th consecutive week as No.1, the seventh-longest streak in the top spot in the history of the ATP rankings, since August 1973.

When Hewitt, then aged 20, finished 2001 at No.1 he was the youngest player to do so. Holding on to No.1 at the end of 2002 meant he was the youngest to claim back-to-back seasons.

Meanwhile, Pete Sampras said he was not ready to return to tournament play, which he left after his 14th grand slam win in the 2002 US Open.

Sampras was to play at Scottsdale, where his brother Gus is tournament director.

"I'm disappointed that Pete isn't quite ready, but I understand his decision. Pete wants to give 100 per cent, and he feels he's not yet there," Gus said.

With the addition of Hewitt and Philippoussis, there are four former tournament champions in the field, including Agassi and Wayne Ferreira. Hewitt has a 12-2 career record in Scottsdale.

If he survives his first-round clash with world No.48 Fernando Vicente of Spain, he is likely to meet Davis Cup team-mate Wayne Arthurs in the second round.

Second seed Kim Clijsters advanced to the finals of the WTA tournament in Scottsdale yesterday.

Rain washed out the other semi-final between Alexandra Stevenson of the US and Japan's Ai Sugiyama, who plays doubles with Clijsters. Both the delayed semi-final and the final will be played this morning, Australian time.

The Australian

Lleykimmy1
03-03-2003, 08:04 PM
Originally posted by C'mon_Lley
:D I'm so happy that Lleyton is playing doubles as well. :bounce: I really missed him in action. I can't wait to see him play :D
Good luck Lleyton in singles and doubles :kiss:

Thanks Duck :kiss:

Who does he play double with do you know ??

C'mon_Lley
03-03-2003, 08:16 PM
Originally posted by Lleykimmy1
Who does he play double with do you know ??
Lleyton is playing doubles with Flip (Philippoussis)

3/2/2003

Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic Schedule of Play for Monday, March 3

EVENING SESSION

Stadium Court
Starting at 6:30 PM
Jay GOODING (AUS) vs. James BLAKE (USA)

Followed by –
David NALBANDIAN (ARG)/Sebastian PRIETO (ARG) vs. Lleyton HEWITT (AUS)/Mark PHILIPPOUSSIS (AUS)

Good Luck to Lleyton and flip!

duck
03-04-2003, 09:53 AM
Youngster Hewitt remains world's top-ranked player


By Paul Coro
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 4, 2003


A bigger, stronger player was supposed to knock Lleyton Hewitt down. If not, then it figured that a more seasoned player would topple him.

Sixty-eight weeks of conjecture later, Hewitt still stands atop the men's tennis world. That incredible hold on the No. 1 ranking, exceeded in duration only by Pete Sampras in the past 12 years, is as sure as Hewitt's forehand grip, now that second-ranked Andre Agassi was bounced in Monday's first round of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic by Thomas Enqvist.

Hewitt's Association of Tennis Professionals Entry Ranking lead over Agassi had dwindled to 30 points, but it's safe for another week as Hewitt goes from watching his girlfriend, Kim Clijsters, play in last week's State Farm Classic to making his singles debut tonight against Fernando Vicente.

"It's fantastic being No. 1, but having a healthy and successful, long career would be a priority," Hewitt said. "I want to win the Davis Cup pretty badly this year. That's as big of a goal as any other. Of course, I want to win Grand Slams, too."

Hewitt's hold on No. 1 has been weakened by his inactivity since a fourth-round exit to Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui at the Australian Open, which Agassi won.

Hewitt, who turned 22 last week, is the youngest player to finish back-to-back seasons at No. 1. He stays there because of his passion for the game, which translates into a famously tough work ethic. He has a well-rounded game, including what some consider the best foot speed in tennis.

His emotions can be combative or infectious - showing a competitive fire that has been likened to Jimmy Connors.

"I think crowds enjoy watching me play," Hewitt said. "I've done so well in America. I really enjoy this stretch. It's very relaxed without the pressure of the Grand Slams."

If Hewitt can finish No. 1 for a third consecutive season, he would join elite company. Only Connors, Sampras, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl have done so in the ATP's 30 years.

In Scottsdale, Hewitt is eager to work out the kinks brought on by his time off, a hiatus that was compounded by illness.

"I take things more week by week now," he said. "When you grow up, winning a Grand Slam, a Davis Cup and being No. 1 are your dreams. I was fortunate to do it all by the age of 20, 21. I take it all in stride now. I've got to get that match toughness and winning feeling again. That's what this week is all about."

Lleykimmy1
03-04-2003, 10:47 AM
Originally posted by C'mon_Lley
Lleyton is playing doubles with Flip (Philippoussis)



Thank you !!

kit
03-05-2003, 03:10 PM
Well done Lleyton!!!
Does anybody know if Kim was watching his match???
Good luck in your next match!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

C'mon_Lley
03-05-2003, 05:01 PM
Well done Lleyton!!! :kiss: :kiss:

Hewitt leads Aussie advance
06mar03

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WORLD No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis led an Australian stampede into the second round of the ATP Templeton Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday.

Top seed Hewitt came through unscathed in his first match since the Davis Cup doubles against Britain last month, beating Spain's Fernando Vicente 6-4 6-3.

Philippoussis, a wildcard entry like his compatriot, booked victory over seventh seed Juan Chela, ousting the Argentine 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-1 in 93 minutes.

Lucky loser Scott Draper joined the Aussie party, defeating Swede Jonas Bjorkman 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

But a "Wayne's World" battle went against hard-hitting Wayne Arthurs, who absorbed his nation's lone defeat on the day, going down to Australian Open semi-finalist Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-2.

Hewitt, the 2000 champion and 1999 finalist in this tournament, moved to 13-2 at the desert venue.

"I was a little rusty," Hewitt said. "It had a weird start with three straight breaks of serve. He seemed to play a lot better on my service games than his.

"But if I'm working to get to my best tennis this week, this was a great match. I couldn't have asked for more, being off the court in two sets."

Philippoussis came in with only one win from two American tournaments last month. With consistent form after his long series of knee injuries still a problem, he is aiming for a good run during the next two Masters Series this month in Indian Wells and Miami.

Philippoussis is also a former champion here, lifting the trophy in 1997 after losing the 1995 final to Jim Courier.

Fourth seed Paradorn Srichaphan joined Andre Agassi on the sidelines as the Thai star was upset by Ecuadorian qualifier Giovanni Lapentti 7-6 (7-2) 6-2.




Hewitt, Scud progress

Australians Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis and Scott Draper have progressed to the second round of the Franklin Templeton Classic in Arizona but Wayne Arthurs has been eliminated.

Hewitt, playing his first ATP event since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, looked a little rusty but defeated Fernando Vicente 6-4 6-3.

"It had a weird start with three straight breaks of serve, he seemed to play a lot better on my service games than his,” Hewitt said on Atptennis.com.au.

"But if I'm working to get to my best tennis this week, this was a great match.”

"I couldn't have asked for more, being off the court in two sets."

Philippoussis was made to battle hard against Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela as he was taken to three sets.

The 26-year-old won the first set tie break before conceding the second set 3-6. He then raced through the decider 6-1.

Draper had a considerably easier match against veteran Swede Jonas Bjorkman progressing in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Meanwhile, Arthurs, who was beaten in the semi finals in Copenhagen last week by Karol Kucera, fought bravely against Australian Open semi-finalist Wayne Ferreira but couldn’t finish off after levelling the match at a set apiece, the South African eventually winning 7-5 6-7(5-7) 6-2.




HEWITT RETURNS WITH A WIN
By PA Sport Staff

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Top seed Lleyton Hewitt dusted off the cobwebs of nearly a month off to dispatch Spain's Fernando Vicente in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Australian signalled his return with a confident 6-4 6-3 win in 79 minutes.

Hewitt was ousted in the fourth round at the Australian Open in January and went on to play for Australia in a Davis Cup tie against Britain in early February before resuming tour play by taking a wild card here.

"It's always a little rusty coming out first match, but you have a win under your belt," said Hewitt, who has been atop the ATP rankings for 68 consecutive weeks.

"Until you get out there and the competitive juices get flowing again in singles, it's still going to take you a few games to get your rhythm, your feeling and get that competitive edge going."

After a slow start, Hewitt found his mark against the number 56 ranked Spaniard. He utilised a pair of service breaks to build a 4-0 lead in the second set.

"When you get on the roll, when you get up a set and a break, you go into cruise control a little bit," he said. "You get a lot more confident out there, and you're able to step it up another gear. I was able to do that."

Earlier, Giovanni Lapentti took another step out of the shadow of older brother Nicolas with victory over fourth seed Paradorn Srichaphan in the first round.

Lapentti, ranked at number 311 on the ATP tour, posted the biggest victory of his short career by upsetting Thailand's Srichaphan, ranked 12th in the world, 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 in 73 minutes.

It was the 6ft 5in Ecuadorian's first career main draw match win.

C'mon_Lley
03-05-2003, 05:17 PM
Hewitt leads Aussie rush

March 5, 2003

WORLD No.1 Lleyton Hewitt has made a successful return to the ATP tennis circuit with a first round win over Spaniard Fernando Vicente at the Templeton Classic.

Hewitt hadn't played an ATP event since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open on January 20, but got through 6-4 6-3.

His doubles partner Mark Philippoussis, who along with the world No.1 guided Australia to the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup last month, also reached the second round.

Philippoussis, a wild card entrant, defeated seventh seed Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-1 in 93 minutes.

Lucky loser Scott Draper beat Swede Jonas Bjorkman 6-3 7-6 (7-5) while Wayne Arthurs was the only Australian casualty, losing to Australian Open semi-finalist Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-2.

Hewitt, the 2000 champion and a 1999 finalist here, improved to 13-2 at the desert venue as he kept Vicente from again advancing past the first round.

Hewitt is fine-tuning his game for next week's defence of the Indian Wells Masters Series event he won in 2002.

"I was a little rusty," Hewitt said.

"It had a weird start with three straight breaks of serve, he seemed to play a lot better on my service games than his.

"But if I'm working to get to my best tennis this week, this was a great match.

"I couldn't have asked for more, being off the court in two sets."

Philippoussis came in with only one win from two American tournaments last month.

Finding consistent form after his long series of knee injuries remains a problem and he is also aiming to settle in for a good run during the next two Masters Series in Indian Wells and Miami.

Philippoussis is also a former champion here, lifting the trophy in 1997 after losing the 1995 final to Jim Courier.

Another seed joined beaten second seed Andre Agassi on the sidelines as number four Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand was upset by Ecuadorian qualifier Giovanni Lapentti 7-6 (7-2) 6-2.

The Asian ace has been through a rough patch after starting the year with a title in Chennai.

Australian Open finalist Rainer Schuettler blossomed in the heat, overcoming jet lag and Israeli qualifier Harel Levy 2-6 7-5 6-1.

The German has yet to dip below a quarter-final finish this charmed season - highlighted by his appearance against Andre Agassi in the Grand Slam finale at Melbourne.

Spaniard Alex Corretja came good as he competed in only his third event since October, beating Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 6-2.

"My season is really starting now," said the 28-year-old.

"I'm feeling good, but I need more hours on the court.

"I've been practising for the past four months - and I'm tired of it."

Agence France-Presse





HEWITT BACK IN BUSINESS AT SCOTTSDALE

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World number one Lleyton Hewitt made an impressive return from a month-long layoff, defeating Spain's Fernando Vicente 6-4 6-3 in the first round of the Scottsdale Classic on Tuesday.

Hewitt, who hadn't played since the Davis Cup against Britain four weeks ago, looked sharp in dispatching Vicente. The 22-year-old Australian accepted a wild card entry to play at Scottsdale, where he won in 2000.

With Andre Agassi losing on Monday, he appears to have a clear path to the title this year as well.

Meanwhile, Giovanni Lapentti of Ecuador upset fourth-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 7-6 6-2. Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, the seventh seed, was also upset by Australia's Mark Philippoussis 7-6 3-6 6-1.

The other seeded players all beat qualifiers top advance to the second round. German Rainer Schuettler beat Harel Levy of Israel 2-6 7-5 6-1, while Alex Corretja of Spain, the sixth seed, stopped Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 6-2.




Rejuvenated Hewitt breezes

Tennis roundup: No.1 player in good form after taking a month off.

By Associated Press

Looking strong after a month off, Lleyton Hewitt defeated Spain's Fernando Vicente 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic on Tuesday night in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The 22-year-old Australian, the world's top-ranked player, hadn't played since the Davis Cup against Britain four weeks ago, and this is his first singles tournament since he was beaten in the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.

Hewitt felt drained after defending the ATP's No. 1 ranking every week last year and winning five titles, including Wimbledon, and he refused to commit to Scottsdale.

But he accepted a wild-card entry after spending last week watching his Belgian girlfriend, Kim Clijsters, reach the final of the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic on the same hardcourts.

"No matter how I go this week, it's going to give me a few matches going into Indian Wells and Miami,' Hewitt said. "But the main thing was, I felt like I was ready to play.'

Hewitt, who won the title here in 2000, improved to 13-2 in the tournament by breaking Vicente twice in the first three games of the second set to go up 4-0. He then repeated the break in the ninth game.

Third-seeded David Nalbandian beat Agustin Calleri 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the second night match.

Earlier, Giovanni Lapentti of Ecuador beat fourth-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 7-6 (2), 6-2 for the second upset in as many days. Defending champion Andre Agassi lost to Thomas Enqvist on Monday.

Seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina fell in the first round, beaten by Australia's Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-1. But that was less of a surprise, since Philippoussis won at Scottsdale in 1997 and is 11-2 in the event.

The other seeded players beat qualifiers: Fifth-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany beat Harel Levy of Israel 2-6, 7-5, 6-1; and sixth-seeded Alex Corretja of Spain defeated Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 6-2.

Arnaud Di Pasquale of France beat Luis Horna of Peru 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Argentine Mariano Zabaleta ousted American Robby Ginepri 7-6 (6), 6-3; Scott Draper of Aus tralia beat Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-3, 7-6 (5); and Wayne Ferreira of South Africa beat Wayne Arthurs of Australia 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

The 20-year-old Lapentti, the youngest player in the field, had to beat 2001 Scottsdale winner Francisco Clavet of Spain in the final qualifying round to enter his first main draw. But he wasn't in awe when he got there.

"I'm not afraid of playing these guys,' he said.




Hewitt Eases Into Scottsdale Second Round

Wed March 5, 2003 01:24 AM ET

SCOTTSDALE (Reuters) - World number one Lleyton Hewitt made an impressive return from a month-long layoff, defeating Spain's Fernando Vicente 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Scottsdale Classic on Tuesday.
Hewitt, who hadn't played since the Davis Cup against Britain four weeks ago, looked sharp in dispatching Vicente.

The 22-year-old Australian accepted a wild card entry to play at Scottsdale, where he won in 2000.

With Andre Agassi losing on Monday, he appears to have a clear path to the title this year as well.

Hewitt is 13-2 in this tournament.

Meanwhile, Giovanni Lapentti of Ecuador upset fourth-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 7-6, 6-2.

Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, the seventh seed, was also upset by Australia's Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 3-6, 6-1.

Philippoussis is 11-2 lifetime in Scottsdale and won here in 1997.

The other seeded players all beat qualifiers top advance to the second round.

German Rainer Schuettler beat Harel Levy of Israel 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, while Alex Corretja of Spain, the sixth seed, stopped Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-2.

In other matches: Arnaud Di Pasquale of France triumphed over Luis Horna of Peru 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Argentine Mariano Zabaleta got by Robby Ginepri of the United States 7-6, 6-3; Scott Draper of Australia defeated Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-3, 7-6 and South Africian Wayne Ferreira ousted Wayne Arthurs of Australia 7-5, 6-7, 6-2.

C'mon_Lley
03-05-2003, 05:22 PM
Hewitt back in action

Scottsdale, Arizona: World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt has made a successful return to the ATP tour with a first-round win over Spaniard Fernando Vicente at the Templeton Classic. Hewitt got through 6-4, 6-3, while Mark Philippoussis, a wildcard entrant, defeated seventh seed Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-1.


From Scottsdale site

HEWITT CRUISES PAST VICENTE

Tuesday at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic in Scottsdale top seed and wild card Lleyton Hewitt, playing in his first tournament since the Australian Open in mid-January, needed one hour and 19 minutes to beat Spain's Fernando Vicente 6-4, 6-3. In the next round the Australian faces veteran Wayne Ferreira, who scored an opening round win over Wayne Arthurs.

Third-seed David Nalbandian advanced to the second round by scoring a 76(3) 63 win over countryman and Acapulco champion Agustin Calleri. Next up for Nalbandian is another Argentine, Franco Squillari.

No. 5 seed Rainer Schuettler, a semifinalist here last year, rallied to beat Israeli qualifier Harel Levy 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. The German's opponent in the second round is Argentine Mariano Zabaleta, who ousted Robby Ginepri 7-6(6), 6-3.

No. 6 seed Alex Corretja won his first match of the season (1-2) on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov.

Qualifier Giovanni Lapentti posted the biggest victory of his young career by upsetting No. 4 seed Paradorn Srichaphan 7-6 (2), 6-2. Lapentti won his first ATP main draw match over the 12th-ranked Thai in 73 minutes.


WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Hewitt: "Last year was such a long year, especially towards the end of the year, not feeling great, mentally and physically going into Shanghai. I felt like I needed more weeks off between Shanghai and the Australian summer."

"I was sitting around and something just clicked. I enjoy coming here and playing in Scottsdale. I got here a few days before Kim was playing I decided I am ready to play here and be ready for the conditions. The main thing I was ready to play."

"It's always tough the first match back and there were three breaks in a row. He was playing a lot better on my service games than his own. He was very loose and flashy on his own service games and he was playing more percentage on my service games and not making so many errors. It was a tough mix up. The conditions change so much here in Scottsdale playing at night compared to the day."

"I felt like I got better as the match went on. I was starting to move a lot better and timing the ball a lot better, especially on my forehand. I didn't make too many errors on my backhand all night. Early on, I felt like I was pushing a little bit too much on my forehand and not staying down and staying down and hitting through the ball like I probably should have been.

When you get on that roll, you get up a set and a break, and you get on cruise control a little bit, you're able to step it up another gear and I was able to do that. If I'm going to go through the tournament and get to my best tennis this week I'm going to have to get better and better with each match."

thalle
03-05-2003, 05:30 PM
Oh, he is so adorable:kiss::hearts:

Angele
03-05-2003, 06:02 PM
Thanks Dolly :kiss:

I love to hear Lleyton mention Kim, even if it's nothing important or gooberish :D

C'mon_Lley
03-05-2003, 06:12 PM
Originally posted by angele87
I love to hear Lleyton mention Kim, even if it's nothing important or gooberish :D
Really?! :eek: :p

Angele
03-05-2003, 06:19 PM
Originally posted by C'mon_Lley
Really?! :eek: :p

Shocking isn't it? :D

duck
03-05-2003, 09:03 PM
Hewitt starts slow but wins fast
Aussie shakes off rust and Vicente

Paul Coro
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 5, 2003 12:00 AM

Tuesday certainly didn't seem like any of Lleyton Hewitt's most recent outings, whether it was the Tennis Masters at the end of 2002 or the Australian Open and Davis Cup in which he last played three weeks ago.

The early goings of his Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic first-round match with Fernando Vicente didn't even get him as worked up as playing golf at The Boulders did last week. But once the fire came back, the trademark consistency came on and Hewitt showed glimpses of why he is the world's No. 1 player in a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Hewitt played 50 practice sets since Saturday but still had trouble finding his stadium court rhythm early on a chilly night.

"Until you get out there and the competitive juices get flowing again in singles, it's still going to take you a few game to get your rhythm and get feeling and get that competitive edge going."

The wakeup call came when half of the eight seeds were eliminated. But Hewitt's match opened peculiarly with three straight service breaks and nearly a fourth until Hewitt staved off three break points for a 3-1 lead.

The tease of competitiveness for Vicente, ranked 56th in the world, got him frustrated as he banged his racket off the court twice in the first six games.

As Hewitt opened the second set by winning the first four games, Vicente slammed his poor Wilson again and took a baseball swing to send a ball to the upper deck.

Meanwhile, Hewitt was finding himself as he faced just two more break points after those first four games. He landed only 48 percent of his first serves, but was visibly pleased with his early run in the second set. It included Hewitt showing off the world's best wheels to fetch a ball at the net and win the point on an overhead smash.

"I felt like he was playing a lot better on my service games than his own," Hewitt said. "He was very loose and flashy on his own service games. He was playing more percentage tennis on my serves and not making so many errors. It was a tough mix-up . . . I feel I got better as the match went on."

His backhand stayed sharp and his forehand came on with his confidence and competitive streak.

"If I'm going to go through the tournament and get to my best tennis this week, then I'm going to have to get better with each match," Hewitt said.

Of Tuesday's upsets, Mark Philippoussis' is one only on paper. Philippoussis has slipped to No. 90 after years of knee problems that have kept him from looking like the 1998 U.S. Open finalist. He now has an 11-2 record in Scottsdale after beating seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-1.

Ecuador's Giovanni Lapentti, 311th in the world, picked up his first ATP win by knocking off fourth-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan, 7-6 (2), 6-2. Lapentti, 20, credited a new confidence from beating Marcelo Rios in a Davis Cup match last month.

"That gave me a belief that I could beat anybody," said Lapentti, who missed half of last year with a back injury. "(After the tiebreaker), I stepped on him (Srichaphan) and did not let him up again."

KaseyL
03-05-2003, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by angele87
Shocking isn't it? :D

LOL

Thanks for all the articles, everyone!

C'mon_Lley
03-06-2003, 10:57 PM
Hewitt eases into Scottsdale quarters :D

Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) - World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt ran past South African Wayne Ferreira on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic. The top-seeded Aussie will meet two-time French Open runner-up Alex Corretja of Spain here on Friday.

The 2000 Scottsdale champion Hewitt humbled the veteran Ferreira in 7-5, 6-1 fashion to set-up the quarterfinal against the sixth-seeded Corretja :fiery:, a 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1 victor against stubborn Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Ferreira claimed this Arizona championship in 1996.

Hewitt reached back-to-back finals here in 1999 and 2000, losing to American Jan-Michael Gambill in the '99 title match and beating Britain's Tim Henman in the '00 championship encounter.

The 22-year-old Hewitt is playing in his first ATP event since January's Australian Open, where he suffered a fourth-round setback at the hands of Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui. Hewitt also played in Australia's first-round Davis Cup victory against the visiting Brits four weeks ago, but had taken time off since then in order to keep fresh for the '03 season.

The winner of this $380,000 hardcourt event will claim $52,000.

NOMAD
03-07-2003, 07:49 AM
Hewitt downs Ferreira for quarter-final berth
from yahoo

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, March 6 (Reuters) - Top seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt swept past South Africa's Wayne Ferreira 7-5 6-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of the $380,000 Scottsdale Classic on Thursday.

Hewitt, winner of this event in 2000, broke serve in the 11th game of the opening set, then rifled a 118 mile-per-hour winner on set point. :D


He was never pushed after that and raced through the second set, dropping only one more game on his way to victory.

"I think anytime you get through in straight sets, it's nice," said Hewitt, the reigning Wimbledon champion who has played sparingly this season.

"You have the rest of the day off and get to prepare for the quarter-finals tomorrow."

The Australian will next face sixth-seeded Spaniard Alex Corretja, the former world number two, who needed the full three sets to defeat France's Amaud Di Pasquale 7-6 3-6 6-1.

Hewitt will have his work cut out against Corretja, who has won their last three matches.

"It's always going to be a tough match," Hewitt said.

"No matter what surface you play Alex on, he's not going to give you an easy match on anything."

In other second-round action, third seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina defeated countryman Franco Squillari 6-2 7-6, while wild card entry Mark Philippousis of Australia trounced compatriot Scott Draper 6-0 6-4.

NOMAD
03-07-2003, 08:02 AM
Hewitt, Corretja showdown
from The Australian

LLEYTON HEWITT and Alex Corretja have left it late in their second-round matches, but have finally booked a quarter-final showdown at the $400,000 Templeton Classic here.

Hewitt, top seed and 2000 champion, settled down midway through the first set and put his "A" game to work in the second :Dto defeat South Africa's Australian Open semi-finalist, Wayne Ferreira, 7-5 6-1.

Corretja, who has played just a handful of matches since the start of the year, dominated in the closing set to oust Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-1.

Hewitt and Corretja have played five times, with the former world No.2 Spaniard leading the series 3-2 from three straight wins.

But their last meeting was almost two years ago on clay in Duesseldorf. On hardcourt, it's another world for Hewitt.

"I played him two weeks in a row, in Rome and Germany, then he went onto play the final of the French," said the 21-year-old top seed. "He was was on his game on his best surface."

Hewitt, whose last tournament was the Australian Open, said he was pleased with his win over Ferreira, played in bright afternoon sunshine as opposed to the chilly evening setting for his first-round win over Spain's Fernando Vicente.

"We were both holding well early, but he didn't make as many returns as he would have liked. But at four-all, my serve picked up. I was able to take my game to another level. I had a tight first set, but a good start in the second."

Corretja, a quarter-finalist here when Hewitt won in 2000, claimed back-to-back matches for the first time in nearly six months.

"I need long matches, and I knew this would be one," said the Spaniard. "It's perfect for me. I need to be out on the court and face everything ¡V break points, adds.

"It's not the same as in practice. It's not easy for me now to keep focus for two-and-a-half hours. Ups and downs are normal ¡V I'm looking forward to testing my game against Lleyton."

C'mon_Lley
03-07-2003, 04:49 PM
Hewitt steps up to stay on track

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona
08mar03

World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt lifted his game when needed to reach the quarter-finals of the $652,400 Templeton Classic yesterday.

Mark Philippoussis won seven straight games en route to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Scott Draper yesterday to join Hewitt, who defeated South Africa's Australian Open semi-finalist Wayne Ferreira 7-5, 6-1.

With his 61-minute performance at the desert hard-court tournament, wild card Philippoussis has bettered his best showing of the season, when he reached the third round at the Australian Open. Draper had made it past the opening round here for the first time in his four Scottsdale appearances only to run into the huge-serving Philippoussis, who notched 11 aces.

David Nalbandian, who fell to Hewitt in the Wimbledon final last year, also got the better of a compatriot, beating fellow Argentinian Franco Squillari 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

Top seed Hewitt, who will pick up valuable rankings points to stretch his lead over No. 2 Andre Agassi who lost in the first round, settled down midway through the first set and put his top game to work in the second. Spanish sixth seed Alex Corretja ousted France's Arnaud Di Pasquale 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1 to book the quarter-final showdown with Hewitt.

Hewitt, whose last tournament was the Australian Open, said he was pleased with his win over Ferreira.

"We were both holding well early, but he didn't make as many returns as he would have liked," he said.

"But at four-all, my serve picked up. I was able to take my game to another level. I had a tight first set, but a good start in the second."

Corretja a quarter-finalist here in 2000 when Hewitt triumphed, won back-to-back matches for the first time in nearly six months.

"I need long matches, and I knew this would be one," said the Spaniard. "It's perfect for me. I need to be out on the court.

"It's not the same as in practice. It's not easy for me now to keep focus for two-and-a-half hours.

"Ups and downs are normal – I'm looking forward to testing my game against Lleyton."






Hewitt reaches first ATP quarterfinal of the year

SportsTicker

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt is counting the casualties on his way to what he hopes is his first title of the year.

The top-seeded Hewitt banged out a 7-5, 6-1 victory against South African Wayne Ferreira on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $380,000 Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic.

Hewitt has played a light schedule this season, reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open before playing a Davis Cup tie for Australia against Britain nearly a month ago. However, he is ready to get back in the winner's circle in the desert beginning a stretch of major events at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.

"I think anytime you get through in straight sets, it's nice," said Hewitt, who improved to 6-1 this year after a 70-minute sweep of the 1996 champion.

"You have the rest of the day off and get to prepare for the quarterfinals tomorrow. Counting today, you have to win four matches in a row to win the tournament. So you have one down and three to go."

If Hewitt is to stay the weekend and claim his second title here, he must get past former World No. 2 Alex Corretja. The sixth-seeded Spaniard bounced Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale, 7-6 (5) 3-6, 6-1, earlier in the day.

That might be a task, however, since Corretja holds a 3-2 edge and has won the past three clashes with the reigning Wimbledon champion.

"It's always going to be a tough match," Hewitt said. "No matter what surface you play Alex on, he's not going to give you an easy match on anything.

"Obviously, clay is his favorite surface, then hard court and grass. He's won Indian Wells before, he's beaten a lot of top players on hard court, as well. I'm going to go out there and be very wary of how good he is and try to step up my notch another level from today."

Like Hewitt, Corretja has played a light schedule this year. He suffered first-round losses at the Australian Open and Rotterdam before breaking through against Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov.

"He ended up pretty solid winning the Masters Cup (in Shanghai), but then he hasn't played too much," Corretja said. "I think both are trying to look to get to our best shape. Of course, he has the advantage because he's played many more matches than me in the past six months. Of course, he's been on the top of the list, so that shows a solid game.

"It will be interesting if I can manage a game and try to beat him. I'm not saying I'm going there as a victim, feeling I have nothing to do now. I trust in my game. I do look forward to see if I am able to beat him. But I must be honest with myself, knowing he has a little bit of an advantage in front of me today."

In just his second ATP Tour event of the year, Hewitt appears to have shaken off the rust, sweeping past Spain's Fernando Vicente on Tuesday night before dispatching Ferreira under cloudless skies.

He looks to be rounding into the player who has been atop the world rankings for the past 68 weeks.

"It's a little bit better," Hewitt said of his progress. "I mixed my serve up a little bit better today. The serve was the biggest part. It makes it a lot easier for me because I'm going to get chances to break, and if I'm holding serve then I have a good chance of winning each set."

Hewitt took the opener with a service break in the 11th game when the Ferreira committed one of his two double faults.

He faced a break point in the next game before rifling a 118 mile-per-hour service winner on set point.

In the second set, two early breaks gave Hewitt a 4-0 lead, and he cruised from there.

"This is my first tournament back after a few weeks off, so you can't expect to go out there and time the ball perfectly," Hewitt said. "It's nice to be able to lift your game when you get in a tight situation when you need to."

After Corretja and Di Pasquale split sets, the Spaniard built a 4-0 advantage en route to the win.

"I needed to have long matches because I haven't played much," Corretja said. "So for me, this was perfect. I think I played pretty aggressively in the third set and that was difference."

Wimbledon finalist and third seed David Nalbandian fought off six set points in the second set before moving on to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Argentine countryman Franco Squillari.

Nalbandian will face the survivor of the all-Australian match between wild card Mark Philippoussis and lucky loser Scott Draper.





Hewitt reaches quarterfinals

From the Sports Desk
Published 3/6/2003 9:09 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 6 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt banged out a 7-5, 6-1 victory over South African Wayne Ferreira on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Franklin Templeton Classic.

Hewitt has played a light schedule this season, reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open before playing a Davis Cup tie for Australia against Britain nearly a month ago. However, he is ready to get back in the winner's circle in the desert beginnings a stretch of major events at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.

"I think anytime you get through in straight sets, it's nice," said Hewitt who improved to 6-1 this year after a 70-minute sweep of the 1996 champion.

"You have the rest of the day off and get to prepare for the quarterfinals tomorrow. Counting today, you have to win four matches in a row to win the tournament. So you have one down and three to go."

If Hewitt is to stay the weekend and claim his second title here, he must get past former World No. 2 Alex Corretja. The sixth-seeded Spaniard bounced Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale, 7-6 (5) 3-6, 6-1, earlier in the day.

"It's always going to be a tough match," Hewitt said. "No matter what surface you play Alex on, he's not going to give you an easy match on anything.

"Obviously, clay is his favorite surface, then hardcourt and grass. He's won Indian Wells before, he's beaten a lot of top players on hardcourt as well. I'm going to go out there and be very wary of how good he is and try to step up my notch another level from today."

Like Hewitt, Corretja has played a light schedule this year. He suffered first-round losses at the Australian Open and Rotterdam before breaking through against Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov.

Wimbledon finalist and third seed David Nalbandian fought off six set points in the second set before moving on to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Argentine countryman Franco Squillari.

Nalbandian will face the survivor of the all-Australian match between wild card Mark Philippoussis and lucky loser Scott Draper.

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TOURNAMENT TALES

IN SCOTTSDALE… LLEYTON HEWITT met with fellow countryman and PGA Tour star Aaron Baddeley during the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic. The 21-year-old Baddeley, who lives in Scottsdale, currently lies 17th on the 2003 PGA money list and was at the tournament to watch World No. 1 Hewitt cruise past FERNANDO VICENTE in the first round on Tuesday. The two Aussies went to dinner together and then took to the course for a round of golf on Wednesday.

Nice to read that Lleyton got to meet his mate Aaron :D

C'mon_Lley
03-07-2003, 04:50 PM
Conditions, big serve assist Hewitt's romp

Paul Coro
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 7, 2003 12:00 AM

The weather is warm. The resorts are lavish. The courts are hard and fast.

This early ATP swing that starts this week in Scottsdale is much to the liking of the world's No. 1 player, Lleyton Hewitt, and that meant trouble for Wayne Ferreira, Hewitt's second-round victim at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic.

Ferreira made a deeper run than Hewitt in January's Australian Open, advancing to the semifinals, but he was simply in too deep Thursday, getting overwhelmed by Hewitt 7-5, 6-1 on the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess' stadium court.

Ferreira put up a game battle against Hewitt after getting down a break in the first set.

But once Hewitt used a big serve to save a break point while leading 6-5, he took control.

Hewitt closed the set on a 118 mph serve that hit the middle line.

It was one of seven straight games won by Hewitt, including one in which he had a service winner and three aces in a row.

"From then on (saving the break point in the first set), I felt like I was able to take it to another level and raise my game," said Hewitt, who is 14-2 in Scottsdale. "It's nice to be able to lift your game when you get in a tough situation when you really need to."

Next for Hewitt is a quarterfinal match today against Spain's Alex Corretja, a No. 6 seed who has won three straight against Hewitt (two on clay, his specialty).

Corretja, 0-2 this year until arriving in Scottsdale, reached the quarters with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1, win over Arnaud Di Pasquale.

Corretja, playing a leaner schedule these days as he ponders retirement, is trying to regain the form that once put him in the Top 10. He had won consecutive matches only one other time since last August's U.S. Open. But his Scottsdale wins have come over the world's 94th- and 239th-ranked players. He was happy to be extended to three sets Thursday.

"For me, it's perfect because I hadn't played much," said Corretja, who turns 29 next month. "Right now, I need to be out there on the court and face everything.

"It'd be interesting if I could manage the game and try to beat him (Hewitt). I think Lleyton's been playing much better tennis than I did. I trust in my game. I look forward to seeing if I can beat him."

Hewitt is just gaining steam after a three-week layoff.

He said he mixed his serves better Thursday, when the daytime conditions were a big change from his first-round night match.

"The ball was flying a lot more today," Hewitt said. "You really notice it when the heat comes out here. The balls do change dramatically. It's like playing with soccer balls out there. They just fluff up so much.

"There's a lot of fur left on the court."

Third-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina, the only other seed alive, knocked out a countryman for the second consecutive round, beating Franco Squillari 6-2, 7-6 (5). Nalbandian advances to face Mark Philippoussis, a Thursday night winner over Scott Draper, in today's quarterfinals.

C'mon_Lley
03-07-2003, 09:25 PM
from Scottsdale site..

HEWITT REACHES FIRST QUARTERFINAL OF 2003

Thursday at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic top seed Lleyton Hewitt advanced to his first quarterfinal of the season with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over South African Wayne Ferreira. Hewitt was not broken in the 70 minute match while he broke Ferreira four times.

No. 6 seed Alex Corretja defeated Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale 76(5) 36 61 in two hours and 11 minutes to reach the quarterfinals in Scottsdale for the first time since 2000. It was the Spaniard's first ATP quarterfinal of the
season in three tournaments.

Wild card Mark Philippoussis fired 11 aces en route to his 6-0, 6-4 victory in 61 minutes over countryman Scott Draper, a lucky loser in the main draw.

Philippoussis, who won the Scottsdale title in 1997 and reached his first final two years earlier, says he is happy with his form this week.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Hewitt: "We both weren't making as many returns as we would have liked early on. About 4-all I was starting to get on his serve a little bit better. From then on I was able to take it to another level and raise my game. I won
the tight first set and then I got off to a good start in the second."

"It's my first tournament back in a few weeks. It's nice to be able to raise your game when you have to."

"It was better. I mixed my serve up a little better today. The other night I had a couple of loose service games but today I didn't lose serve at all. It makes it a lot easier for me and I'm going to get chances to break and if
I'm holding serve it gives me a good chance to winning each set."

On playing Corretja
"It's always going to be a tough match no matter what surface you play Alex on. He's not going to give you an easy match on anything. Obviously clay is his favorite surface, then hard courts and grass. He's won Indian Wells before and he's beaten a lot of top players on hard courts as well. I got to go out there and be very weary of how good he is and try to step up my game another notch from today."

C'mon_Lley
03-07-2003, 09:26 PM
Hewitt whips Corretja, :D :D sails into Scottsdale semis :D

Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) - World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia dispatched two-time French Open runner-up Alex Corretja of Spain on Friday to secure a berth in the semifinals at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic.

The top-seeded and former Scottsdale titlist Hewitt brushed aside the sixth- seeded Corretja 6-4, 6-2 to reach his first semifinal of the year. Hewitt's only other ATP appearance this season resulted in a fourth-round upset loss at the hands of Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui at January's Australian Open.

Corretja had won his last three decisions against Hewitt, after the gritty Aussie captured their first two meetings in 2000. They hadn't met since 2001.

Hewitt is now 7-1 this season, including a Davis Cup singles victory against Great Britain's Alex Bogdanovic last month in Sydney. The 22-year-old star will meet American Taylor Dent or Spaniard David Sanchez at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess on Saturday.

The reigning Wimbledon champion Hewitt captured this Arizona event in 2000 after finishing as the tournament's runner-up in 1999.

The winner of this $380,000 hardcourt event will earn $52,000.

C'mon_Lley
03-07-2003, 09:36 PM
Hewitt advances to semis

From correspondents in Scottsdale, Arizona
March 8, 2003

LLEYTON Hewitt blasted into his first tennis semi-final spot of the season overnight, thrashing Spanish veteran Alex Corretja 6-4 6-2 at the $US400,000 ($A652,422) ATP Templeton Classic.

The world number one, who lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open in January and whose only other competition since was two Davis Cup rubbers against Britain, was impressive in the fast conditions.

The 22-year-old Hewitt will play Saturday against either Spaniard David Sanchez or American Taylor Dent.

Hewitt, whose all-conquering game has grown more comfortable as he hits his stride this week, established his authority against the 28-year-old Corretja with an early break in the first set.

Hewitt wrapped up the first set quickly then went to work in the second in his bid for a second title after winning this event in 2000.

The top seed broke midway through the third set for 3-2 and never allowed the frustrated Corretja back into the lopsided match.

The Spaniard had won their past three encounters, most recently at the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf on clay.

Agence France-Presse