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Miscellaneous Lleyton articles 2003

03-04-2003, 04:19 PM
This thread is for posting all the Lleyton articles that are not related to tournies he's playing. We'll start a new articles thread for every tourney he plays. This way it'll be easy to access articles :D

Sporting Life
March 5 2003
By Geoff McClure

C'mon, buy this

If it was good enough for the likes of Greg Norman and Shane Warne, why not Lleyton Hewitt as well. Yep, in news from Adelaide yesterday, the world's No.1 tennis player has agreed to have his name put on a new premium wine label.

All of which will come as a surprise to those who know our Lleyton as more of a cola drinker than a wine swiller, but it is a reputation that will change in a hurry if winemaker O'Leary Walker Wines get its way.

In all, only 500 cases (6000 bottles) of 2002 Adelaide Hills chardonnay and 2001 Clare Valley-Adelaide Hills cabernet-merlot will be made, the bottles bearing a small Hewitt signature and an "H" in the shape of a tennis court.

Alas, don't expect to spot too many of the Hewitt vintage in your local bottleshop, because, according to O'Leary Walker, most of the product will be destined for the American market.

Hewitt has been overseas during the bottling process, leaving most of the commercial dealings to his parents, Glynn and Cherilyn, who have wine interests in South Australia. According to Lleyton's father, the intention was to build the Hewitt wine as a quality product and for that reason the label is deliberately not ostentatious. The wine is expected to retail for about $30 in Australia and $US25 overseas.

I'm so gonna buy this! :D

03-04-2003, 04:39 PM
Terror ads make biggest impact
Maria Ligerakis

THE FEDERAL Government’s recent anti-terror campaign was a winner in terms of consumer recall, according to the latest Magnum Quarterly Awareness (MQAS) Survey.

The survey (commissioned by Melbourne agency Magnum Opus and involving more than 1200 respondents Australia-wide) found the anti-terror campaign topped the list of most recalled ads, followed by the Sorbent ad starring tennis star Lleyton Hewitt and an ad for chicken feed.

Magnum Opus director of creative strategy Steve Yolland said the anti-terror campaign outperformed other State and Federal Government campaigns in the road safety, illicit drugs, gaming and sexual health arena. “The ad has much higher recall because it is so topical,” Yolland said.

Humorous ads also rated well with Toyota’s “Bugger” campaign once again making the list.

“They [humorous ads] become like welcome friends, dropping in to our households for a chat.

The long-term positive effect on a brand of achieving that ongoing level of affection can hardly be underestimated.”

Top Ten Most Recalled

1. Terrorism—Federal Government

2. Hewitt Toilet Paper—Sorbent :p

3. Chicken Feed—Chicken Feed Shops

4. Falling Bird—Yogo

5. Adult Children—Vegemite

6. Head through the fence—Vanilla Coke

7. Imaginative Kids—HBA

8. Lotto-Lucky Duck—Scratch ‘n’ Win

9. You know you want it—Coca-Cola

10. Bugger—Toyota

28 February 2003

03-04-2003, 05:46 PM
LL is a GQ Man of the Year. Lucky him! :rolleyes:

Delta steals men's show
By Anthony Stavrinos
SOME of Australia's most talented men were recognised at a glitzy Sydney function by a fashion magazine reader poll, but it was a tall young woman that stole the show.

Neighbours television star turned songbird, Delta Goodrem, performed two of her singles, impressing a healthy turnout of Sydney social types at the swanky, inner-city Exchange Square.

Earlier more than 200 guests were told this year's men of the year, according to GQ magazine.

Heath Ledger, 23, the star of a string of Hollywood successes including The Patriot, A Knight's Tale and Monster's Ball, took out the actor category.

In a recorded message from the US where he is on filming commitments, Ledger said he was sorry he could not be in Australia to accept the award in person but was looking forward to coming home to promote the blockbuster Ned Kelly, in which he stars.

Entertaining guests tonight after claiming the comedy category, were Sydney's Nova 96.9 radio duo Merrick (Merrick Watts) and Rosso (Tim Ross).

Other winners at tonight's awards were: Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns (performing artist); Lleyton Hewitt (sportsman); Peter Morrissey (fashion designer); Tropfest founder John Polson (entrepreneur); Salt restaurant owner Luke Mangan (chef); Jamie Durie (TV personality).

But guests appeared to be more impressed with Goodrem than the award fanfare.

Sony Music spokeswoman Jo Grogan said Goodrem, 18, was leaving for the UK on Thursday to promote her chart-topping single Born To Try, which had reached "triple platinum" sales status in Australia, with more than 200,000 copies sold.

She performed the song and her second single, Lost Without You, to a live piano accompaniment.

Like other former Ramsay Street residents including Kylie Minogue and Natalie Imbruglia, Goodrem is focusing her efforts on breaking into the soap-obsessed UK.

03-04-2003, 05:48 PM
The most boring article ever. Enough already. We know all this

ATP gives Hewitt ruling the silent treatment
March 5 2003
By Linda Pearce

A verdict has been reached, at last, on Lleyton Hewitt's appeal against the $200,000 fine levied by the men's governing body, the ATP, over his failure to fulfil an interview obligation in Cincinnati last August. Just don't ask what the judgement was. No one will say.

In the five-year history of the ATP Stars Program, which co-ordinates players' off-court promotional activities during tournaments, no previous procedure has been so secretive. Aside from the player and his advisers, details of the Hewitt decision have been restricted to a handful of the most senior tour executives.

Recently, and without fanfare, the following joint statement was released by the ATP and Hewitt: "An appeals committee has reached a decision regarding Lleyton Hewitt's ATP Stars Program appeal from the 2002 Cincinnati tournament. The matter is now concluded. The ATP and Hewitt do not plan to release any further information regarding this internal matter, consistent with past practices regarding Stars Program appeals."

Yet there is an inconsistency, and a glaring one. Not only have past appeal results been revealed to ATP staff, key officials have been permitted to sit in on appeals committee deliberations. But not this time. Guilty or not guilty? The original fine or a reduced penalty, as previously flagged by ATP chief executive Mark Miles? Who knows? Is the avoidance of legal action the motivation? Don't ask. No one will say.

But more certain is that the relationship between the tour and its leading light remains strained. After the original fine was announced following Hewitt's refusal to conduct an interview with host broadcaster ESPN, Hewitt accused the ATP of dishonesty and threatened to reduce his 2003 schedule, regardless of its possible impact on his ranking.

This week's Scottsdale tournament is his first since his Australian Open loss to Younes El Aynaoui. "There are times when you feel like (walking away) . . . it is a great sport if the ATP would just get out of the way," Hewitt said last year.

Miles countered that "the interview needed to get done . . . we need our players to be accessible to the public through the media. The tour has a set of expectations we expect to be met. The Stars Program rule that passed by the players' council was designed by the players because most players believe it is their responsibility to promote the sport."

There will be no promotion of the verdict in this high-profile case, with the ATP/Hewitt statement concluding: "With the committee's decision behind us, we look forward to focusing on the 2003 season."

Still, one potential Hewitt-related fine remains unresolved until next week in Lausanne, where the Davis Cup committee will consider referee Norbert Peick's report on the Australian's non-appearance at a news conference held before the first-round tie against Britain in Sydney last month.

Hewitt was excused from attending the Tuesday interview by captain John Fitzgerald, leaving Tennis Australia liable for a fine of up to $17,000. Under new International Tennis Federation rules introduced to encourage greater player promotion, each team must conduct one group news conference, in addition to the mandatory session for both squads held after the official draw. Australia's was attended by Fitzgerald, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge.

When Hewitt did appear two days later, it was with the badge of Australia's team sponsor, Optus, conspicuously absent from his tracksuit, Hewitt having reached an out-of-court settlement late last year over the company's unauthorised use of his image in its advertising.

Optus spokeswoman Simone Bergholcs declined to comment on the matter when contacted by The Age. Optus is in the final year of its three-year sponsorship of Australia's senior and junior tennis teams, including the Davis and Fed Cup squads.

03-04-2003, 06:05 PM
LL is a GQ Man of the Year. Lucky him! :rolleyes:
His life is complete! This is what he lives for.:rolleyes:
The most boring article ever. Enough already. We know all this
No shit :rolleyes: Linda Pearce doesn't have anything better to write. Isn't her fav. boy Flip playing this week? Go on and write glowing articles about him.

08-14-2003, 10:33 AM
Think this belongs in here, from The Guardian.

Hewitt admits fitness problem

Richard Jago in Cincinnati
Thursday August 14, 2003, The Guardian

Lleyton Hewitt has suggested for the first time that there is something physically wrong with him after an alarming defeat by Xavier Malisse in the first round of the Masters Series here.

Hewitt, who until recently was the most feared player on the tour, had a point to go a set and 3-1 up before slipping to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat to a talented opponent ranked No68 in the world.

The speed with which Hewitt has lost his aura of fleet-footed menace has brought gossip that all is not well with the former world No1, who has not won a title for five months.

Hewitt, 22, admitted he felt drained after falling at the first hurdle in Miami in March and expressed similar feelings after winning a Davis Cup rubber in Malmo in April.

After the Malisse debacle he said: "I just physically didn't feel great out there today." This dramatic admission suggests he is vulnerable and hints that the very quality which made him so special may be dragging him down.

"When I'm feeling physically 100%, then I feel like I can beat up on anyone out there on a given day. But I didn't feel great out there and that really hurt my whole game," Hewitt said. "It was my legs; they just didn't feel great. I haven't had anything. I don't think this is something you can say, 'this is wrong with you'."

Such uncertainty is causing speculation about other possible causes of the slump.

It has not helped that he split with his coach Jason Stoltenberg just before Wimbledon. Even more undermining may be the legal action that is pending between him and the ATP.

It was triggered here last year when Hewitt allegedly refused to do an on-court interview for TV network ESPN before a match and was fined $100,000 (£62,000), later reduced to $20,000.

"I haven't heard anything about the legal things pretty much all year," said Hewitt. But Hewitt's representatives, which include the management company Octagon, are said to be locked into a collision course with the governing body of the men's tour.

Hewitt denies he has a long-term problem. But he has recently started rationalising his schedule. "Hopefully what's happened isn't going to be a general thing," Hewitt said.

Whether it is may become clearer at the US Open. He has 10 days to get into shape.

08-14-2003, 10:36 AM

From Daily Telegraph

Lleyton loses killer instinct

By Paul Malone

LLEYTON Hewitt will be hounded all the way through the US Open by a worldwide guessing game over his mystifying form slump.

Hewitt yesterday vowed his killer instinct would return in time for the August 25 start of the year's final grand slam tournament.

But Hewitt's first-round exit from the Tennis Masters in the Cincinnati event leaves him short of match practice.

The Australian, ranked sixth in the world, has now gone five months and eight tournaments since winning his last title in mid-March in Indian Wells, California and he said his legs lacked their usual drive in his 3-6 6-4 6-2 loss yesterday to Belgian Xavier Malisse.

Hewitt, the world's No. 1 player in 2001 and 2002, has won seven matches in five tournaments since coach Roger Rasheed was promoted from a position of conditioner after an unexpected split with coach Jason Stoltenberg in late May.

Hewitt is refusing to pinpoint the reasons for his fall from No. 1 and denied yesterday that factors included:

His legal battle with the ATP. He was fined 12 months ago for not doing a television interview in Cincinnati and he sued the men's tour organising body in the South Australian Supreme Court action a fortnight before his ill-fated Wimbledon defence.

The pressures of staying at No. 1 and winning more grand slam titles.

Having played only 12 tournaments in 2003, the fewest by any player in the Champions' Race top 40.

A respiratory virus which has been a recurrent problem over the past three years.

Keeping Adelaide as his base, rather than moving to the US, as most Australian players do.

Hewitt said he had been let down by the physical side of his game against Malisse, ranked No. 68, rather than the mental side. "I didn't feel great today. It was more my legs. I don't think there was something you can sort of put it down to," he said.

"That's just today. Hopefully that won't be a problem in a couple of weeks."

Australian Davis Cup coach Wally Masur said Hewitt would be ready in his attempt to win his second US Open, a tournament in which he has reached the last four for three successive years.

"He's run into a bit of a wall, but I have enough faith in Lleyton as a competitor and as a problem solver to think this is a blip, rather than a slump," Masur said.

"I don't know the reasons why. Is he tired from 3½ years of playing year round, with him being busy towards the end of each of those years?

"The courts in New York will suit him better. He can definitely win it."

08-14-2003, 10:37 AM
More from Daily Telegraph:

Hewitt in freefall

By Robert Lusetich

THE single-mindedness that made Lleyton Hewitt the world's best tennis player may have become his greatest threat.

In the same week that girlfriend Kim Clijsters reached the No.1 ranking in the women's game, Hewitt tumbled out of a US tournament in the first round, and appears to now be in freefall.

Hewitt, 22, continues to fight the ATP, the body that runs men's tennis, with the tenacity that once made him a feared opponent on court. And no matter how much he denies it, he is finding it impossible to wage war on two fronts.

Hewitt, without any big weapon, rose to world No1 because of a ruthless refusal to lose. But he turned in a flaccid, passionless performance against unseeded Belgian Xavier Malisse yesterday to crash out of the Cincinnati Masters Series.

It was his second successive early exit on the US hardcourt circuit.

Hewitt's ranking has been dropping since Wimbledon, where he crashed out in the first round. He went to Cincinnati ranked No5 and could now fall to No8 after his first-round demise.

"The last few weeks, it's been a little bit up and down," Hewitt said. "I just didn't feel great out there, I don't know why. It was my legs. I didn't feel 100 per cent."

Hewitt, who has held the No.1 ranking for the past two years, is embroiled in a legal battle with the ATP and has been caught up in coaching upheavals that appear to have taken their toll.

He won back-to-back tournaments in the US in March but that aside, his record has been bleak. Since making the final of the Los Angeles Open at the end of July, he has lost eight of 19 matches.

By comparison, last year he lost only 14 of 78 matches.

08-14-2003, 08:28 PM
Hewitt unfazed by rocky patch
August 14, 2003

Jason Stoltenberg backs his former charge to bounce back. Alex Brown reports.

Lleyton Hewitt remembers Rocky Balboa's upset victory over Russian giant Ivan Drago, knows the second-placed Adelaide Crows overcame an indifferent 7-5 start to the 2003 season.

For like his beloved Crows after round 12, Hewitt also owns a 7-5 win-loss record since splitting with former coach Jason Stoltenberg after the French Open.

And like Balboa, his favourite movie character, Hewitt has waged battles against larger, more powerful opponents in recent times, culminating in this week's opening-round 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss to unseeded Xavier Malisse in Cincinnati.

Now, barely a fortnight away from the US Open, the former world No.1 will require a Balboa-like form-reversal - and a critic-silencing Crows-style late season spurt - to overcome the big-serving giants of men's tennis.

Want to bet against him? Stoltenberg won't.

"Anyone else looking in might be getting more panicked than Lleyton would be right now," said Stoltenberg, who abruptly resigned as Hewitt's coach earlier this year. "Really, it only takes one good week to turn this whole thing around. It's just that everyone is so used to him winning all the time.

"It's so hard to focus out there every single day. And I'm sure Lleyton's not hitting the panic button. He knows he's good enough, we all know he's good enough. He's absolutely got the game to come out of this. He was on top for 18 months straight and it might have taken it out of him a little, but he's still probably got the best wheels out there.

"Obviously, people see Lleyton lose a few games and they tend to panic. But every champion goes through a patch now and then - if he goes out and wins the US Open now, everybody will be saying he had a good year."

Still, Hewitt's preparation for the US Open hit a critical snag on Tuesday, when the South Australian fell to Malisse - his second opening-round exit since Stoltenberg's June resignation.

In that time, Hewitt lost to Sebastien Grosjean (quarter-finals, Queens), Ivo Karlovic (first round, Wimbledon), Wayne Ferreira (final, Los Angeles), Max Mirnyi (second round, Montreal) and now Malisse.

He hasn't won a title since March (Indian Wells). He hasn't defeated a top-50 opponent since May (Nikolay Davydenko). He hasn't played with the all-court tenacity that propelled him to an over all 286-91 singles record, career prizemoney approaching $US12 million and his former mantle as the world's top player.

"I'd probably like to have more matches going into the open," Hewitt told reporters after his early exit at the Cincinnati Masters, joining fellow Australians Mark Philippoussis, Scott Draper and Wayne Arthurs as first-round losers at the event. "I didn't feel great out there. I don't know why . . . it was my legs. I wasn't 100 per cent. Hopefully I'll be able to get my game right for the open.

"But grand slams are different. If you can get through a few matches and the draw opens up and you get confident, then everyone knows [what can happen].

"Look at Pete Sampras last year, and even the two occasions I've won grand slams - I've gotten better as the tournament has gone on."

Neither Hewitt nor Stoltenberg have publicly divulged the true nature of their split - Stoltenberg still wary of commenting on the form of his one-time pupil, now coached by Roger Rasheed.

And despite reports suggesting that interference from Hewitt's father, Glynn, may have prompted his resignation, Stoltenberg wasn't buying into the controversy yesterday.

"We're not in touch that much," he said. "It's not that we don't get on, it's just Lleyton is away working hard. I'm enjoying a bit of a breather . . . I was on the road pretty much non-stop for 17 years. At the end of the year, I'll have a think about where I'm going.

"The standard of tennis is as good as it's ever been, and certainly the best that I've seen it. The ball is being hit so hard and the pace is amazing. There's no question that big serves and big, powerful players are the way the game is heading.

"But then you have a guy like Lleyton, who is also getting stronger all the time, who returns well and likes the pace and the ball coming onto his racquet. I think he'll be back."

Davis Cup coach Wally Masur supports Stoltenberg's theory.

"People ask me, 'What's happening to Lleyton, what's happening to Lleyton?' but what a lot of them don't realise is that one or two points can be the difference in any match," Masur told AAP. "When you're not quite where you want to be, it just doesn't seem to happen . . . we're not used to it from Lleyton, but he's a champion and he'll come good."

08-14-2003, 08:35 PM
Hewitt's court battle to hot up
By Penelope Debelle
August 15, 2003

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Troubled tennis ace Lleyton Hewitt will go to court for a bitter battle with the men's governing body, the Association of Tennis Professionals, only days after the final of the US Open.

While Hewitt, 22, this week continued his fall from grace by losing in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters, meaning his world ranking of No. 6 is likely to slide further, his $2.5 million legal action against the ATP has gained pace.

Documents filed in the South Australian Supreme Court by the ATP describe Hewitt's claim that he was defamed by the ATP as "in many respects embarrassing" and want itstruck out.

The ATP's response to Hewitt's legal attack has brought the role of Hewitt's father, Glynn Hewitt, into focus. Documents filed in Adelaide claim Glynn Hewitt threatened his son would deliver the ATP "the biggest sledging ever" if it forced him to do an interview with the American TV network ESPN before last year's Cincinnati Masters - in which Hewitt progressed through to the final.



In the same tournament this week, Hewitt was defeated in the first round by an unseeded Belgian Xavier Malisse.

Glynn Hewitt, who with wife Cherilyn often accompanies Hewitt on the professional tennis circuit, was acting on Lleyton's behalf, the ATP alleged, when he told an ATP official last August that Lleyton would do the ESPN interview, "but only for five minutes and that (the ATP) should be prepared for the biggest sledging ever".

Hewitt, who did not do the interview demanded by the ATP as part of his official obligations, said in a post-match interview that the interview request was "crap", according to the documents. The ATP contends other senior players including Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Marat Safin and Tommy Haas did their interviews without incident.

Glynn Hewitt later that month again intervened in Lleyton's fight with the ATP, telling them in a letter Lleyton "would never accept any fine or finding that (he) had committed any violation of the rules".

Lleyton Hewitt took the defamation action alleging damage to his reputation based on media statements issued by the ATP after it fined Hewitt for missing the interview with the host network.

Hewitt appealed and had asked for the appeal panel to include former players Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander but the ATP instead appointed Czech player Jakob Hlasek and US doubles champion Richey Renenberg.

Hewitt had arranged to take part in the appeal hearing by telephone conference, according to the ATP, but did not do so, telling the panel through his counsel he was unavailable.

The case has not been listed but is expected to be first heard before a Supreme Court judge in the week after the US Open, which finishes on September 7.

08-18-2003, 11:03 AM
LL in the wars again:

Award winner Hewitt a no-show
By Bruce McDougall
August 18, 2003
YOUNG Australian of the Year Lleyton Hewitt has not attended a single official function since winning the honour seven months ago.

The tennis champion has received at least five invitations to attend Australian of the Year events. But the National Australia Day Council does not expect him to perform any duties for months yet.

It hopes Hewitt, 22, will attend a Starlight Foundation tennis competition at year's end.

The former world No. 1 spends most of the year competing internationally, but his unavailability has raised questions about the suitability of candidates who can't guarantee to attend community events.

Critics claim his non-appearance is not helping to promote the awards.

Last year tennis champion Pat Rafter made about 20 visits.

But the board of the National Australia Day Council has decided not to change the selection criteria: excellence, community service and being an inspirational role model.

Winners are expected to go to hospitals, charity events, conferences, meetings with political leaders and community events.

Australia Day Council director Warren Pearson said Hewitt's unavailability should not have ruled him out of selection. "Lleyton has been selected because of his tennis prowess," he said.

"I'm not sure that Lleyton going to a couple of activities, or to lots of activities, actually would inspire people as much as if he was winning."

Hewitt's manager in Australia, Rob Aivatoglou, said: "Lleyton has indicated his willingness to do something - it's just a matter of it being able to fit into his tennis schedule.

"We've indicated that come the end of the year hopefully . . . he'll be able to do a few things."

The tennis star became a global ambassador for the Special Olympics in 2002 and supports organisations including the Bone Growth Foundation and the Starlight Foundation.

Nominations for the 2004 awards close in two weeks.

08-18-2003, 11:15 AM
Last year tennis champion Patrick Rafter was retired, of course, and had plenty of time to attend charity events...but why mention that?:o

Leave Lleyton alone, you jackals! :fiery: He has enough problems.


08-19-2003, 08:51 PM
Go on the attack, Lleyton
By John Thirsk
TENNIS legend John Newcombe says Lleyton Hewitt's game has become too predictable, cautious and defensive.

With the US Open starting at Flushing Meadows next week, Newcombe is concerned Australia's former world No. 1 has lost his natural attacking instinct and is playing not to lose rather than to win.

"I've noticed in the last 12 months . . . he has become too cautious with his game and his opponents know exactly what is coming at them," Newcombe said.

"And what is coming at them is not good enough."

Newcombe urged Hewitt to go back to basics and focus on his strengths.

"He has to turn it around; start to play to win rather than not to lose. He has to make a conscious decision to change all that around with the right guidance and self-belief . . . to get back on track again.

"It will be Lleyton's decision who he thinks will be the best to help him now."

Hewitt, 22, is in danger of slipping from his year-ending world No. 1 ranking out of the top 10 for the first time in five years.

The Australian will need a super charge in the Champions Race to qualify for the Masters Cup final in Houston in November.

He has won the tournament for the past two years in Sydney and Shanghai to hold the No. 1 position.

Newcombe does not consider Hewitt among the favourites to win in New York.

"I'd say Andy Roddick is favourite after winning three of his last four tournaments," he said.

Newcombe said there were tell-tale signs in Hewitt's game that his confidence was down.

"A lot of his shots are landing around half-court," he said.

"That immediately tells me he is playing not to lose rather than going for his shots.

"You can't stay right at the top of your game if you are not going for your shots and believing in the weapons you have. To me that is the adjustment Lleyton has to make."

Newcombe said the pressure over five years of playing three Davis Cup finals and holding the No. 1 spot had taken its toll.

But he said to write Hewitt off as a force would be a big mistake.

"Most of the guys he's playing with are a lot bigger, stronger and heavier," Newcombe said.

"But he's a tough little customer and believes in himself and he'll find the path back again.

"It's just a question of how long it takes him."

08-19-2003, 08:53 PM
Much of the same with more quotes:

Confidence crisis
TENNIS legend John Newcombe believes Lleyton Hewitt's game has become too predictable, cautious and defensive.

With the US Open starting at Flushing Meadows on Monday, Newcombe is concerned that Australia's former world No. 1 has lost his natural attacking instincts and is playing more not to lose rather than to win.

"I've noticed in the last 12 months that Lleyton has started playing not to lose," Newcombe said.

"He has become too cautious and his opponents know exactly what is coming at them. And what is coming at them is not good enough."

Newcombe has urged Hewitt to go back to basics with his game and to focus on his strengths.

"Lleyton has to go with his strengths and develop his own game," he said.

"He has to turn it around: start to play to win rather than not to lose.

"He has to make a conscious decision to change all that around with the right guidance and self-belief . . . to get back on track again.

"It will be LLeyton's decision who he thinks will be the best to help him now."

Hewitt, 22, is in danger of slipping from his year-ending world No. 1 ranking out of the top 10 for the first time in five years.

The Australian will need a super charge in the ATP Champions Race to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston in November.

This is the tournament he won in consecutive years in Sydney and Shanghai to hold the end-of-year No. 1 position. Newcombe does not consider Hewitt among the favourites to win a second US Open.

"If you ask me halfway through the tournament, and he has played a couple of matches which I have seen and I think he is back to his best, I may change my opinion," Newcombe said. "But as we start the tournament he is not a favourite. I'd say Andy Roddick is favourite after winning three of his last four tournaments."

Newcombe said there were tell-tale signs in Hewitt's game that his confidence was down. "A lot of his shots are landing around half court," he said.

"That immediately tells me he is playing not to lose rather than going for his shots. You can't stay right at the top of your game if you are not going for your shots and believing in the weapons you have. To me that is the adjustment Lleyton has to make."

Newcombe feels the pressure over five years of playing three Davis Cup finals and possibly another this year, plus holding the No. 1 spot for successive years, has taken its toll.

"All that effort over the last five years is just starting to catch up with him a little bit," Newcombe said.

"The pressure of being No. 1 is there and it's been tough for him, especially at a young age. Most of the guys he's playing with are a lot bigger, stronger and heavier.

"But he's a tough little customer and believes in himself and he'll find the path back again."

08-20-2003, 02:12 AM
Thanks for the articles Duck - I appreciate all the effort you go to to bring us up to date Lleyton news!

08-21-2003, 08:37 AM
Pro-Ll propaganda. How bad! ;)

Hewitt aims to silence critics at U.S. Open
By Stephen Wood

ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - His critics suggest victory in a bitter legal battle with the ATP has become more important to troubled Lleyton Hewitt than success on the tennis court.

An extended run at the U.S. Open, therefore, would provide the Australian with a perfect riposte and a positive finale to a grand slam season which has been nothing short of miserable for the former world number one.

Hewitt filed a court case in June against the ATP, emanating from his row with the governing body over his refusal to give a media interview in 2002.

It is a messy situation which Hewitt will be confronted with time and again by media in New York, and it will be interesting to see how a player famed for his mental fortitude will cope.

The 22-year-old vehemently denies the affair is affecting his game but a poor run of results prove otherwise.

Even his demeanour on court -- a betrayal of the intense competitor many have come to love or hate -- has at times shown Hewitt in a different light.

A fourth round exit at the Australian Open in January ensured his ambition of winning in his home country remains unfulfilled, while he made it to just the third round of the French Open in May.

But it was a first round defeat to unheralded Croatian Ivo Karlovic at Wimbledon in June -- the earliest exit for a defending champion in the Open era -- which represented the nadir of Hewitt's year.

"I guess this loss will stay with me for a while," said Hewitt at the time. "I hope I can learn from it.

"You know, the big one for me now is the U.S. Open, the last grand slam of the year. Maybe this defeat will make me more hungry for that last grand slam. I'll have to wait and see."


To add to the maelstrom around the south Australian, people are now calling for him to replace his coach Roger Rasheed -- who took on the job after Jason Stoltenberg quit in June citing personal reasons.

Aside from making the Los Angeles final on August 3, his early exits on the hardcourts of the Montreal and Cincinnati Masters events do not bode well.

"I'd probably like to have had more matches going in to the Open," Hewitt, the 2001 U.S. Open champion, said last week.

"But grand slams are different. If you can get through a few matches and the draw opens up and you get confident, then everyone knows (what can happen).

"Look at Pete Sampras last year, and even the two occasions I've won grand slams -- I've got better as the tournament has gone on."

Sampras won against all odds at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago, yet New York and the U.S. Open remain the most unforgiving of grand slam environments.

It will be a shame if one of the game's most interesting competitors is crushed by both.

08-21-2003, 08:38 AM
Tough Open draw for Scud

August 21, 2003
LLEYTON HEWITT and Mark Philippoussis have been handed contrasting draws for the US Open championship starting in New York next week.

Both players have received favourable first-round draws, with Hewitt opening up against lowly-ranked Romanian Victor Hanescu and Philippoussis to meet a qualifier.

But while Hewitt looks to have a trouble-free run through the first week, Philippoussis faces a tough time repeating his great run to the Wimbledon final.

Philippoussis, the 20th seed, might have to beat Russian Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny, in-form Argentine David Nalbandian and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer just to make the quarter-finals.

Fellow Australians Scott Draper and Wayne Arthurs have tough draws, with Draper to take on second-seeded Federer first up and Arthurs to play seventh seed Carlos Moya.

In the women's event, Australian No.1 Alicia Molik has drawn a qualifier and Nicole Pratt meets American Jill Craybas.

08-21-2003, 08:39 AM
Hewitt helped by US Open draw

Pressure on Lleyton Hewitt eased a little when the struggling former world No.1 received a generous draw for the US Open starting in New York on Monday.

Unlike Davis Cup teammate Mark Philippoussis, Hewitt gets a golden opportunity to play himself into much-needed form before over the first week of the season's last grand slam.

In the first round sixth-seed Hewitt meets world No.84 Victor Hanescu, a 22-year-old from Romania who has played only 22 matches on the main tour and has done best on clay.

He could face Lee Hyung-taik or Vladimir Voltchkov in round two.

There is no "name" player in his path until Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in the round of 16.

Srichaphan is the 11th seed and won a tour-best 40 matches on hard courts last year.

Third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero looms in the quarter-finals and should Hewitt advance to the semi-finals - as he has on his last three trips to Flushing Meadows - the 2001 champion would likely confront top seed and world No.1 Andre Agassi.

Other dangers in Hewitt's top half of the draw include unpredictable Russian Marat Safin, Sebastien Grosjean and two recent victors over the South Australian, Max Mirnyi and Wayne Ferreira.

Philippousis, the 20th seed and 1998 finalist, opens against a qualifier but has landed in an rugged section of the draw also featuring Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, hometown favourite James Blake and in-form Argentine David Nalbandian.

Philippoussis will probably play Russian Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny in the second round and is on course to meet 13th-seeded Nalbandian in the third round before colliding with Federer in a mouth-watering Wimbledon final re-match.

Seventh seed Carlos Moya is Philippoussis' projected quarter-final opponent, with tournament favourite Andy Roddick, the fourth seed, expected to be lying in wait for the semi-finals.

Hewitt, normally at his best on the American hardcourts, has had a poor build-up for the Open.

He made a run to the final in LA month in his comeback event following a four-week layoff after his first-round elimination at Wimbledon.

But he has since lost to Mirnyi in the second round in Montreal and to Xavier Malisse in the second round in Cincinnati, consigning the two-time grand slam champion to the practice courts for a full fortnight before the Open gets underway.

Hewitt has tumbled from the top of the rankings prior to Wimbledon to world No.6 and his 13 tournaments contested this year are the second-fewest of any player in the top 50 in the ATP Champions Race.

But he insists his priorities for 2003 were the grand slams and Davis Cup.

While he has failed to progress beyond the fourth round at the first three majors, he has helped Australia reach a Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland next month.

Fellow Australians Wayne Arthurs and Scott Draper have tough draws, with Arthurs opening against Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler and Draper to play seventh seed Carlos Moya.

In the women's event, Australian No.1 Alicia Molik has drawn a qualifier and Nicole Pratt meets American Jill Craybas.

Molik has a great chance to reach her maiden grand slam quarter-final after being pitted in a section of the draw devoid of any of the game's current stars.

08-21-2003, 08:42 AM
ESPN- Malivai Washington:

Speaking of making a statement, Lleyton Hewitt has not made one all year on the court, though some of his off-court statements that he's made regarding the ATP are well-documented. If Hewitt doesn't win the Open, it'll be the first time since the Open 2000 that he went a season without winning a major.

Hewitt certainly must like his draw, starting out with Victor Hanescu and potentially playing Feliciana Lopez in the round of 16. For a player of Hewitt's caliber, who hasn't shown much on the court this year, this is the kind of draw that he would like going into his last major.

He's done a tremendous job the past two years finishing No. 1, but it's not going to happen this year. At the end of the year, maybe he'll really re-assess his game, his focus and decide that 100 percent of his energies have got to be focused around his game -- and not around his girlfriend's game or his lawsuit with the ATP. There has to be a single-minded focus for him to get back to the No. 1 spot.

It will be interesting to see how Wimbledon affected Mark Philippoussis. He showed that he's back from his knee surgeries and injuries. We'll see if he's truly sincere about working hard and keeping himself committed to the task.

Philippoussis reached the Open finals in 1998, so we know he can play on these courts. Can he put his big game together and follow up with another good major? Don't be surprised if over the next several months, he actually gets on a roll and is on the verge of finishing the year in the top 10 -- maybe the top 5.

08-21-2003, 09:43 AM
Thanks Ruth for the posts!

:rolleyes: re 'Malivai Washesaynton' : pfffff as if Kim is hampering him: just so not. Who knows he might be heading into a total depressed state if he wouldn't be with her. Where might he be without her love and support!

:rolleyes: & :rolleyes: again for that matter.

But so :worship: when it comes to the urgent need of hiring a real pro coach, and one who can have enough influence on him (and the parents, mind you) to install some renewed love for competing into Lleyton.

08-21-2003, 05:47 PM
Full steam ahead
By PAUL MALONE in New York
A REFRESHED Lleyton Hewitt has been dragged back to his Wimbledon nightmare by a US Open draw pitching him into a first round encounter next week with a towering, little known European.

Hewitt will play 22-year-old Romanian Victor Hanescu, ranked 84th in the world, two months after unknown Croatian Ivo Karlovic terminated his Wimbledon title defence in the first round to accelerate the Australian's puzzling form slump.

But an encouraged Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said after watching Hewitt practise at Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday that he was back to moving as well as ever after four days practising with Mark Philippoussis in Florida last week. :D :D

Some tour observers believe Hewitt's speed has not been as sharp as normal during his surprise five-month stretch without a title because he has reduced his tournament workload, becoming the player in the ATP top 40 rankings with fewest event appearances this year.

Hewitt appeared to be in a relaxed frame of mind in the players' lounge before practice as he joked with girlfriend Kim Clijsters, the women's singles top seed.

"He's moving great and I reckon he's hitting the ball today as well as he's hit it," Fitzgerald said. :bounce: :bounce: "He has to transfer that into winning his first couple of matches."

Hanescu reached the third round at the French Open and Wimbledon this year.

The Romanian right-hander lost to Dutchman Sjeng Schalken at Wimbledon, but has top 50 scalps in Juan Ignacio Chela, Sargis Sargsian and Mikhail Youzhny to his name this year.

Philippoussis, who is seeded 20th, drew a qualifier in the first round.

The roadbump rounds for the two Australians could be a fourth round clash for Hewitt against Thai serve-volleyer Paradorn Srichaphan, seeded 11th, and a third round danger match for Philippoussis.

Philippoussis would probably find after two wins that his opponent would be Argentina's David Nalbandian, seeded 13th and a much improved hardcourt player.

Hewitt could have to beat the world's top three players to salvage his Grand Slam year with a second US Open title. If the seedings hold, he would play third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero in the quarter-finals, then top seed Andre Agassi and have Wimbledon champion Roger Federer as his final opponent.

"Both Lleyton and Mark have got a reasonable section of the draw," Fitzgerald said.

"It could be worse for both of them."

Australia's other two direct entries suffered unkind draws.

Scott Draper will meet seventh seed Carlos Moya, and Wayne Arthurs will have to fight his way out of a form slump against Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler.

08-21-2003, 06:38 PM
But an encouraged Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said after watching Hewitt practise at Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday that he was back to moving as well as ever after four days practising with Mark Philippoussis in Florida last week. :D :D

"He's moving great and I reckon he's hitting the ball today as well as he's hit it," Fitzgerald said.

If only I trusted Fitzgerald's judgment :p

08-21-2003, 07:25 PM
Thank you very much for the articles :kiss:

08-22-2003, 05:57 AM
Thanks for the articles. Note to all gossip mongers - Lleyton is still joking with GIRLFRIEND Kim.

08-22-2003, 08:42 AM
Hewitt hoping for big 2003 finish
August 22, 2003 (Age)

Empty-handed Lleyton Hewitt insisted all along that he was devoting 2003 to the tennis grand slams.

He has been true to his word but the coming fortnight will determine whether he has been true to himself.

After a disappointing year to date, Hewitt's season hinges on his performance at the US Open starting in New York on Monday.

Hewitt cited the example of Pete Sampras, the most prolific grand slam winner of them all, who reduced his schedule but still won the US Open last year.

"For me, from now on, the slams are my priority and I'll set my schedule more so in the next few years to worry more about slams," said Hewitt before his successful defence of the Masters Cup in Shanghai last November.

"You look at a guy like Pete Sampras. Obviously Wimbledon was his number one priority and the US Open and the Aussie Open. He built his schedule around (the grand slams).

"He didn't play as many smaller tournaments. He concentrated on trying to peak for the big ones."

Accordingly, the 22-year-old South Australian has contested just 11 tournaments in 2003 - the second-fewest of any player in the top 50 of the ATP Champions Race.

Trouble is, he hasn't peaked for the slams as he'd hoped.

Hewitt said he "fought as good as I could" in his fourth-round loss to Younes El Aynaoui at the Australian Open and left Melbourne Park hoping he'd become "a bigger, stronger person" for the defeat.

He said simply "I don't know" when asked how he could ever win the French Open after falling to Tommy Robredo in the third round at Roland Garros.

Then he hoped he'd grow "more hungry for that last grand slam" after becoming the first top seed in the Open era to falter in the first round at Wimbledon.

"There's one major left, the US Open, a place I'm familiar with and had good results there the past four years," Hewitt said, maintaining a brave face as his season continued to crumble.

Experts have lined up to offer their theories for Hewitt's decline, former Australian champions included.

Pat Cash claimed the dual grand slam champion had lost his renowned competitive edge.

©2003 AAP

08-22-2003, 08:44 AM
August 22, 2003 -- Here's how truly open this year's U.S. Open is: The third seed on the men's side is Juan Carlos Ferrero, and the fifth seed for the women is Amelie Mauresmo.
It's not a "Who's Who" as much as it's a "Who's That?"

Predicting the Flushing Meadow victors is near impossible.

"It's not wide open, but there's a number of players who could win it," said Mary Carillo, who will be doing analysis for CBS' coverage of the Open.

Carillo's money is on the two hottest players.

"On the women's side I have to go with [No. 2 seed] Justine Henin-Hardenne," said Carillo, who is in her 18th year with CBS. "She has just come off two hardcourt wins and she seems like the toughest player to beat right now."

Henin-Hardenne, who added the hyphenated name after marrying Pierre-Yves Hardenne last November, is seeded second behind Kim Clijsters. Both would be seeded behind last year's champion, Serena Williams, if the defending U.S. Open champ's knee surgery didn't force her to skip the tournament.

To the casual fan, that would leave Venus Williams as the clear-cut favorite. But not to Carillo.

"She hasn't played since Wimbledon [in early July], so you don't know what kind of shape she's in," Carillo said. "But she's done this type of thing before where she takes time off and dominates. She seems to just get better with every match."

With last year's men's champion Pete Sampras out of tennis for the foreseeable future, if not longer, as he considers retirement, there also will be a new men's winner.

Carillo picked Andy Roddick and his blistering serve to assume that role. Roddick never has won a grand slam title, but like Henin-Hardenne, he's won his previous two tournaments on hardcourt.

"Andy Roddick is the form horse coming in," Carillo said.

What about last year's runner-up and this year's No. 1 seed, Andre Agassi? Is this the 33-year-old's last shot at winning his third U.S. Open?

"I wouldn't say it's his last shot, but he might as well go for it now," Carillo said of the oldest No. 1 player in men's tennis history. "You can never say it's over with him because he always surprises everyone. He's mindful of everything. He's going to have another baby and soon he will turn his attention away from tennis."

Lleyton Hewitt, another young gun, has been awful of late. Carillo blames the $1.5 million lawsuit he filed against the ATP and the resulting lack of playing time.

"He's a rhythm player," Carillo said. "He plays his best tennis when he hits a lot of balls. And he hasn't be doing that. He's far from the player he once was."

08-22-2003, 10:20 PM
Hewitt courts future plan for footy
article with rumours about Lleyton quitting tennis--apparently from his CBS interview

Paul Malone in New York, tennis

DEPOSED Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt has told the US television network CBS that he is toying with the idea of one day curtailing his tennis career to play Australian football.

Hewitt said in an interview recorded yesterday and yet to be aired on the network that he did not care if abandoning his tennis career cost him millions of dollars a year.

Comments Hewitt made in an interview with CBS telecast anchorman Patrick McEnroe, also the US Davis Cup captain, raise questions about his longevity in a career that has already earned him $A22million in prizemoney.

The 22-year-old Australian, a fervent AFL follower and the No. 1 ticket-holder of the Adelaide club, has slipped in the rankings to No. 6 for the US Open tennis championships, which start in New York on Tuesday morning (Australian time).

"He really surprised me by saying he would really love to play Australian rules football and not necessarily love to be a tennis player for the next eight years," McEnroe said yesterday.

"He said it like: 'No one has ever won two Slams and played Australian rules football'. We laughed about it in a way, but I sensed it was something that intrigued him.

"He (Hewitt) could be around tennis a long time if he wants to, but having spoken to him nothing would shock me."

Hewitt's agent Rob Aivatoglou, of Octagon management, said in Melbourne last night that the Australian remained "100 per cent committed to winning Grand Slam titles in New York this week and then Melbourne in January".

Hewitt, the world's year-end No. 1 in the past two years, impressed many with his football skills when he turned out for a charity match in Adelaide last September.

"I asked him if he wanted to be the Bo Jackson of Australia – Bo played baseball and American football (at the highest level) – and he said: 'I wouldn't go that far'," McEnroe said.

"I said I heard he was pretty decent at football, but it would cost him and he said he didn't care about that. He strikes me as someone, like Pat Rafter, who isn't playing for the money. Pat got burnt out."

Aivatoglou said: "He is passionate about following his footy, but that's as an outsider looking in and getting as close to it as he can. His career is tennis first and foremost."

While retraining Hewitt to the elite AFL level is hard to envisage, he could find an outlet for the competitive streak in his character at a lower level of the football code.

Hewitt has non-plussed the world's media in his two years at the top of tennis with his comments about the ups and downs of the Adelaide Crows and advised them to accept at the 2002 US Open that it was "the best game in the world".

Knockers LaBroad
08-22-2003, 10:25 PM
Whatever makes him happy I guess!:eek:
Haven't ever thought this as so serious!:o

08-22-2003, 10:30 PM
Whatever makes him happy I guess!:eek:
Haven't ever thought this as so serious!:o

Yes, but it doesn't make me very happy at all...:sad:



On the other hand, there's an article in the Australian with rumours that Peter McNamara will be Lleyton's new coach. McNamara sounds pretty keen on the idea from his quotations. I'll try to get it for you, but my computer is being a little stubborn.:o

08-22-2003, 10:36 PM
Long article with stuff on the lawsuit, the evil ATP and a new coach for Lleyton

Hewitt's blame, set and match
From AP
August 23, 2003
LLEYTON HEWITT is under siege.

The pugnacious South Australian has been stalked by anonymous enemies, undermined by powerful forces, abandoned by form and targeted by every male tennis player on the world circuit.

David versus Goliath has taken an unexpected turn and the odds he can fight all and sundry to win the US Open, starting in two days, are long.

For the formerly indestructible Hewitt, this is his last chance to rescue a disastrous 2003.

In practice this week in New York he was hitting the ball as sweetly as ever.

He joined Mark Philippoussis in Florida last week and looked like a man in control of his destiny. Not that too much should be read into that.

Before Wimbledon, Hewitt carved up his fellow countryman in practice only to be bumped out in the first round by the 203rd-ranked Ivo Karlovic.

It was a historic defeat.

A month later he was beaten in the final of the low-key Mercedes-Benz Cup by Wayne Ferreira.

A second-round defeat the following week at Montreal was followed by a first-round defeat at Cincinnati. All this in the past four weeks.

To compound the pressure of the form slump, Hewitt will take on the Association of Tennis Professionals in the South Australian Supreme Court straight after the US Open.

Hewitt says the ATP has maliciously damaged his standing and, in the process, stolen his love of the game.

According to Camp Hewitt, the ATP has stalked and harassed him for years.

In papers filed at the Supreme Court, Hewitt claims in 2002 a "male person who did not initially identify himself but who was a representative of the company engaged by the ATP to conduct out-of-competition drug testing on ATP players" approached him.

This character allegedly attempted to trick the tennis player into signing a document which could have led to a two-year ban.

Hewitt says it is part of a pattern of behaviour.

In 1998, the ATP suspended him for three months for not going to ATP university, in 1999 they threatened to withdraw a wild-card entry to play Key Biscayne, Florida, in 2001 its media officer "coerced Hewitt to undertake an interview that was subsequently found to be inappropriate", that is, with a soft porn magazine.

The final straw was a $193,065 fine reduced to $157,711 on appeal for not doing an ESPN interview at the Cincinnati Masters in August last year.

Hewitt claims this last act led to him losing $US1 million in international endorsements and sponsorship contracts, $500,0000 in the same for Australia and was "likely to sustain irreparable damage to his professional and personal reputations".

All up, it has cost Hewitt about $2.5m and he wants the money back.

More significantly, the court papers claim Hewitt's "enjoyment in playing tennis has diminished".

It remains to be seen if he can get that back.

Of course, he is not totally alone in the battle.

Glynn Hewitt, his father, has the ATP in his sights and warned them his boy would give the organisation "the biggest sledging ever" should he be forced to do certain interviews in Florida.

Former Wimbledon champions Boris Becker and Ashley Cooper plus others have begun to wonder aloud if Hewitt's parents play too great a role in his life.

Lleyton travels with his family – Glynn Hewitt acts as financial adviser while his wife Cherilyn advises on diet and fitness.

Hewitt Snr dismissed the critics as "jealous".

"It's at times like these when you find out who your true friends are," Glynn Hewitt told the Adelaide Advertiser.

His father is said to be behind the lawsuit which was filed a week before Wimbledon and will be heard a week after the US Open.

In another move which stunned the tennis world, Camp Hewitt parted ways with coach Jason Stoltenberg just two weeks before Wimbledon.

South Australian Roger Rasheed, a journeyman player and Hewitt's fitness adviser, took over as coach.

John Newcombe said at the time he was surprised that the change of coach, and the lawsuit, coincided with Hewitt's defence of his Wimbledon title.

With Rasheed on board, Hewitt's form has spiralled. He won a title at Indian Wells in March and even that was an exception to the rule.

He was blaming his legs and not his coach at the Cincinnati Masters this month.

"I didn't feel great out there," Hewitt said. "I don't know why . . . it was my legs."

The ATP, the legs, the strange bloke in Zurich, the poor form . . . in a perverse way all these negatives are just the sort of preparation Hewitt needs going into a major.

"He's a counter-puncher," Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said. "You can't write him off."

Mark Woodforde, who is in the US this week to call the open for Channel Nine, says Hewitt's form slump is only to be expected. After all, everybody is gunning for the guy who was number one in the world two years running.

"It's a tough world out there," Woodforde told The Weekend Australian yesterday. "There are a lot of guys out there that see Lleyton Hewitt as a prime target. They want to kick him, they want to beat him and Lleyton has to work hard in every match he plays. And over the summer he's come up a bit short."

While Hewitt says the ATP court action is not a distraction, Woodforde isn't so sure.

"I wouldn't say that it's a big help, again I think you have to get it from the horse's mouth," he said.

"It's up to how he perceives it to be when he steps on to the court. One thing for Lleyton is that every time he steps on to the court he pretty much has to have full concentration to stay strong under pressure and if there are too many off-court problem areas causing him some concern of course he is not going to get the results he is after.

"Lleyton has said it is not playing on his mind but I'm sure it is there and it's just not helping him at this stage. He says it's not a detriment to him and I think we should leave it at that."

The tennis world is buzzing with rumours that Rasheed could be replaced as coach, with many tipping Peter McNamara for the job.

McNamara is flying to New York on Tuesday but denies he has been approached.

"There are rumours but there's no truth in it," McNamara said this week. "I'd jump at the chance, but that's up to Lleyton and the management to discuss that.

"Who wouldn't be interested in a job like that?"

Not that McNamara doesn't think Rasheed is up to the job.

"Roger's done a great job. He's a very fair man and it's not easy to be a coach," he said. " I mean, you can do the best as a coach to get him mentally and physically prepared, but he's got to go out there and do it.

"There were always going to be changes when you have a different coach. You had Jason (Stoltenberg) who was a different person, Darren (Cahill) who was different again. There's going to be changes and he's got to make a decision about where he's going and what he wants with the coach and settle himself down for 2004."

McNamara says that Hewitt may have to write off 2003 as a lost cause and concentrate on next year.

Knockers LaBroad
08-22-2003, 10:38 PM
yep, I'm no happy clappy either.:(
Mc Namara wouldn't be bad, I think.

08-22-2003, 10:44 PM
yep, I'm no happy clappy either.:(
Mc Namara wouldn't be bad, I think.

He's a darn sight better than Rasheed...:o At least, he's a professional with experience :o and he did a great job with Mark before Mark's dad decided to keep it all in the family.:rolleyes:

08-23-2003, 12:36 PM
More details about Lleyton's tennis clinic for the Special Olympics athletes

Hewitt Gives 100 Percent at USTA National Tennis Center

Former U.S. Open champ teaches Special Olympics athletes about tennis – and life – during clinic.


For one shining moment, Special Olympics New York athlete Tom Adimari looked like as much of a world-class tennis player as the man on the other side of the court: 2001 U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt.

Playing in a unified doubles match at the USTA National Tennis Center on Aug. 21, Adimari rushed the net and crushed a shot, scorching the ball in-bounds, past Hewitt and his partner. The large crowd gathered on both sides of court No. 4 cheered loudly.

“I thought it was pretty good that I scored against Lleyton Hewitt,” Adimari said. “I thought I could do it if I tried hard enough.”

And that was precisely the message Hewitt served to more than a dozen Special Olympics athletes from New York and New Jersey during an hour-long tennis clinic.

“Just give 100 percent,” said Hewitt, who was in Flushing for the 2003 U.S. Open. “And that’s not just in tennis or sports; that’s in life. If you give 100 percent, you’ll have no regrets.”

The 22-year-old Hewitt certainly has given Special Olympics 100 percent in recent years. His role as a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics has prompted him to conduct clinics in locales such as China, Miami and his homeland, Australia.

At the Flushing clinic, Hewitt volleyed with Special Olympics tennis players; he participated in a question-and-answer session, talking about everything from proper racquet grip to his career; and he participated in unified doubles play. He and his coach, Roger Rasheed, took turns pairing up with Special Olympics players.

Hewitt’s team tended to come out on top, thanks in large part to his crowd-pleasing trick shots. But he also encouraged the athletes on both sides of the net non-stop, clapping, exchanging high-fives and sayings things such as “Good shot, mate!”

“I liked playing with Lleyton,” said Special Olympics New York’s John Gianakouros, who competed at the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Connecticut. “I wish he’d be my partner in a tournament. We’d win.”

The clinic, conducted just four days prior to the start of the 2003 U.S. Open, drew media from all over the world, including The Tennis Channel and several television stations from Australia. CBS, which broadcasts the U.S. Open, also was on hand to record a segment about Hewitt’s relationship with Special Olympics.

Patrick McEnroe, a former tennis player turned U.S. Davis Cup captain and television commentator, interviewed Hewitt and then signed autographs for Special Olympics’s athletes.

Hewitt was still their favorite, though.

“I like Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati … But Lleyton Hewitt, he’s my No. 1,” said Maria Musich of Special Olympics New York. “He’s a good man.”

Adimari, meanwhile, concluded that he and Hewitt are not very different. “When I play, I do the best I can,” Adimari said. “And that’s what he does, too.”

08-23-2003, 01:17 PM
Here is an article in Blick. It is taken from an interview with PMac. It is probably a little sensationalized.

Hat Lleyton Hewitt genug vom Tennis?
Has Lleyton Hewitt had enough of Tennis?

NEW YORK – In einer Interview deutete die vormalige Weltnummer eins an, die Sportart wechseln und im Australian Football Karriere machen zu wollen.
In an Interview the former world number one indicated that he wanted to change sports and make a career in Australian Football.

Lleyton Hewitt, im ATP-Entry-Ranking in den vergangenen Monaten auf Position sechs zurückgefallen, kann sich eine Karriere im Australian Football vorstellen.
Lleyton Hewitt, who has fall to number six in the past months, can imagine a career for himself in Australian Football.
Er werde möglicherweise nicht noch viele Jahre im Tennis bleiben, sagte der 22-jährige Australier in einem TV-Interview mit dem amerikanischen Daviscup-Captain Patrick McEnroe.
He will possibly not remain for many years yet in tennis, said the 22 year old Australian in a TV interview with the america davis cup aptian Pactric McEnroe.
Glynn Hewitt, der Vater des zweifachen Grand-Slam-Turniersiegers, ist ein ehemaliger Australian-Football-Spieler. Lleyton Hewitt selber übte den auf dem Fünften Kontinent sehr populären Sport früher in einem College in Adelaide aus.
Glyn Hewit the father of the two time Grand Slam tournament winner is a former Australian football player. Lleyton Hewit himself practiced the fifth continent's very popular sport in a college in Adelaide.

08-23-2003, 01:46 PM
Article by the great Richard Hines -- but this is a serious piece for once. [actually the Oi Oi Oi home would be a good place to start a Richard Hines thread. He's routinely hilarious.]

Cup greats urge Hewitt to play bolder
August 23, 2003

Lleyton Hewitt must find his old audacious self again, writes Richard Hinds.

John Fitzgerald has just left the practice court in New York where Lleyton Hewitt has been hitting with Wimbledon champion Roger Federer. While any examination of Hewitt's recent results proves he is in a serious slump, the Davis Cup captain cannot identify any symptoms.

"Honestly, he is hitting the ball unbelievably well," says Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald had received a similar report from Davis Cup coach Wally Masur, who watched Hewitt hit with Mark Philippoussis in Florida for four days in the lead-up to next week's US Open. "Replicate that ball striking in a match situation and I think he will be fine," says Fitzgerald.

But therein lies the problem. Throughout a turbulent three-month stretch Hewitt has lost matches to Fernando Gonzalez, Tommy Robredo, Sebastien Grosjean, Ivo Karlovic, Wayne Ferreira, Max Mirnyi and Xavier Malisse. Hewitt used to be a world No.1. Now he just dates one. Yet, throughout his decline, Hewitt has never looked troubled in practice.

Before Wimbledon, Fitzgerald and Masur gave similarly glowing reports about his form. Yet the defending champion's unexpected defeat to the 204th-ranked Karlovic was one of the most stunning Wimbledon exits.

As he did at the time, Fitzgerald defends that result to the tall Croatian as a freak occurrence. "It was a very awkward draw against a unique opponent," he says. "If he had got through that match I'm certain he could have gone deep into the second week."

But the fact is Hewitt didn't. And defeats in the second and first rounds of his past two tournaments have made it obvious he's off his game.

"Yes, you could call it a slump," says former Davis Cup hero John Alexander. "And quite an acute one."

Alexander is one of the growing number of observers who believe Hewitt is playing too conservatively. That he is attempting to protect his spot among the world elite rather than playing the daring shots at vital moments that were once his trademark.

"He's playing with a fear of losing," says Alexander. "Ultimately, that means he is playing conservative tennis that allows him to be attacked by relatively modest opposition. Previously he had no fear of losing."

In softer tones, Fitzgerald makes much the same point. "He might need to be a little more aggressive," he says.

The words of wisdom for Hewitt from former greats is abundant. But because he protects his privacy so doggedly, and talks only to those reporters willing to spout his official version, it is difficult to tell how much of it Hewitt is willing to take on board.

One former player says that during the French Open Hewitt responded to the words of an insider by saying: "This is how I got to be No.1. I know what I'm doing. You don't."

Alexander says: "He is certainly at a point now where he needs to realise there is a situation that needs addressing. I don't know whether there is an element of denial, but that's how I see it."

After the Wimbledon defeat, many suggested Hewitt needed to find a more experienced replacement for former coach Jason Stoltenberg - South Australian Roger Rasheed has taken the job - and become less reliant on his omnipresent parents. Predictably, the advice was summarily dismissed - and perhaps rightly so.

Whenever an athlete begins to struggle there are many theories concocted as to what the cause might be. Hewitt is clearly reluctant to abandon the formula that has proved so successful in the past. But one theory that might carry weight is that an attempt by Hewitt to prolong his career by reducing his schedule has backfired.

Hewitt has always thrived on match play. In March he won back-to-back tournaments in the US. But before the French Open and after Wimbledon, he has taken long breaks. That might have allowed him to watch a lot of Adelaide Crows matches and perhaps addressed concerns about his health. But it does not seem to have helped his game.

Whatever the problem, Fitzgerald says Hewitt is well aware that there are "some improvements" that have to be made. "I think he knows that's the case. It might take some time. There is a bit of difference doing it on the practice court than in matches."

But Fitzgerald says some poor recent results have not affected Hewitt's outlook. "He's very relaxed. I think he knows his best form is never far away."

Normally, it might be said that Hewitt's early draw for the US Open is good. However, after falling to the big-serving Karlovic at Wimbledon, there won't be many taking short odds about his match with the 84th-ranked Romanian Victor Hanescu.

But Fitzgerald remains as confident as ever. "I've got absolutely no doubt he will turn it around," he says. "He may or may not do it here. But you should never rule him out."

08-23-2003, 02:03 PM
AFl: Hewitt floats idea of footy future
By PAUL MALONE in New York
DEPOSED Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt has told the US television network CBS he is toying with the idea of one day cutting back on tennis to play football.

In an interview recorded yesterday but yet to be aired, Hewitt said he did not care if abandoning his tennis career cost him millions of dollars a year.

Hewitt, 22, a fervent AFL follower and Adelaide's No. 1 ticket-holder, spoke to CBS anchorman Patrick McEnroe, also the US Davis Cup captain.

"He really surprised me by saying he would really love to play Australian rules football and not necessarily love to be a tennis player for the next eight years," McEnroe said yesterday.

"He said it like: `No one has ever won two Slams and played Australian rules football'. We laughed about it in a way, but I sensed it was something that intrigued him."

Hewitt's agent Rob Aivatoglou, of Octagon management, said last night the Australian remained "100 per cent committed to winning Grand Slam titles in New York this week and then Melbourne in January."

Adelaide Football Club spokesman Phil Harper said Hewitt had "certainly got the drive" to be a footballer.

"I understand he was a handy player as a junior," he said.

08-25-2003, 05:07 AM
Thanks for posting. Does anyone else think Lleyton is not 100% serious about this AFL thing - after all Pat Mac is a very easy target - and guaranteed to blab anything he's told.

I also find Hinds funny but have never quite worked out if he means to be!

08-25-2003, 05:28 AM
Oh yeah. He means to be. :)

Nah. I don't think Lleyton is serious. I think it's sort of what you like to be if you weren't an accountant........... so you say......... Rock Star!!

Even though you can't sing or play a guitar.

08-25-2003, 08:24 AM
Oh yeah. He means to be. :)

Nah. I don't think Lleyton is serious. I think it's sort of what you like to be if you weren't an accountant........... so you say......... Rock Star!!

Even though you can't sing or play a guitar.

Exactly. I'm sure he has moments where he thinks "I wish I was in AFL/ any team sport which lets me live in OZ" - but that's a country mile away from quitting and doing it.

09-09-2003, 11:58 PM
Sorry if this has already been posted somewhere else!


Sold: Hewitt pays record $3.2m for Adelaide house
By Real Estate Editor KYM WHEATLEY
TENNIS superstar Lleyton Hewitt has bought Adelaide's most expensive house, paying $3.2 million for a two-level property overlooking West Lakes.

The opulent, five-bedroom home boasts all the features expected in a multi-million-dollar property.
It comes equipped with a cinema, bars, indoor pool, rock waterfall and a sauna.
But, surprisingly, it has no tennis court.
While it might be Adelaide's biggest recorded residential sale, it will hardly dent the former world No 1's career prizemoney of $22 million or sponsorship deals totalling more than $18 million.
The State Government will be pleased with the deal – which marks a high point in Adelaide's property boom – with stamp duty worth almost $170,000.
Over the past few years, Hewitt, 22, has amassed a considerable residential property portfolio in Adelaide – including three adjoining blocks of land on Seaview Rd, Tennyson, which he bought for $1.8 million.
While he favours beachside properties, it is understood the main attractions of this house are its security features and access to watersports on the lake.
Selling agent Dan McDonald, of Phil McMahon Real Estate, would not confirm the most talked about rumour in real estate circles in the past few weeks.
"We can't discuss the sale until the settlement is reached," he said yesterday. "It is significant for Adelaide, but I think it's a sign of things to come as people recognise the quality of lifestyle, climate and so on that we have to offer."
The vendor, an Adelaide businessman, spent eight years building the home, but apparently lived there for little more than a year.
Neighbour Vicki Sylaidis said she thought adjoining property values would rise because a "celebrity" was moving into the area.
"He's more than welcome here," she said. "It's wonderful to have him next door."
The sale is the latest fillip in a booming property market that is showing few signs of slowing down, despite warnings the honeymoon must end soon.
The official June quarterly figures revealed a record 30 per cent increase in Adelaide's median house price to $221,700.
"It just shows that the Adelaide market is strong," Real Estate Institute of South Australia chief executive officer Joyce Woody said.
"There's every indication that the market is continuing on with volume and increased values.
"And this is just another example of the continuance of the market," she said.

09-10-2003, 12:56 AM
Water sports, huh?
Kim loves water sports.

09-10-2003, 01:37 AM
And Kim loves sauna,too.

09-10-2003, 02:20 AM
I think it's strange that everyone is saying "what! no tennis court?" Maybe when he retires he'll want one but don't they realise 1. He might want the odd break and 2. he'd be travelling to train on the best quality courts in the city anyway. Unless he wanted to hire a permanent court maintenance guy, I suppose.

09-18-2003, 05:39 AM
Last Update: Thursday, September 18, 2003. 3:25pm AEST

Lleyton Hewitt takes ATP to court (Getty Images)

Hewitt takes legal battle to another court
Media reports are being examined in a legal wrangle between Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and the world governing body for men's tennis.

Hewitt is suing ATP Tour Incorporated in a multi-million dollar defamation suit.

The former Wimbledon champion claims he was defamed in statements issued by the APT about his failure to attend a media conference during the Cinicinati Masters tournament last year.

Hewitt received a $100,000 fine for the violation, which he unsuccessfully appealed against but had reduced to $20,000.

He claims his reputation was irreparably damaged by ATP statements publicised throughout interstate and international media.

He is now seeking millions of dollars in lost endorsements.

In the Supreme Court of South Australia today, defence lawyers applied to strike out parts of Hewitt's claim, arguing the ATP statements were factual and did not make assertions about his moral conduct at the tournament.

The court also heard details about print and broadcast media reports into Hewitt's tour breach and subsequent fine.

The trial is continuing.

09-18-2003, 08:14 AM
Hmmm, interesting but what I really want to know is what the ATP is saying about that phony drug test guy!

Knockers LaBroad
09-18-2003, 04:49 PM
From The Age :
Tennis body denies fine statement defamed Hewitt
By Penelope Debelle
September 19, 2003

Tennis's international governing body, the Association of Tennis Professionals, has denied in court that it defamed Australian Lleyton Hewitt by saying he would be fined for missing a pre-match interview in the US.

Defending itself at the start of a $2.5 million lawsuit brought by Hewitt - who today opens the Davis Cup tie for Australia against Switzerland at Melbourne Park - the ATP said its statement could not have been made in a more neutral way.

Dick Whitington, QC, told South Australian Supreme Court Justice Ted Mullighan the ATP said nothing about Hewitt's conduct or the reason for his failure to fulfil his obligations under ATP rules to do a pre-match interview in the US last year.

The expensive legal clash between Hewitt and the ATP follows the ATP's disciplining of Hewitt at the Cincinnati Masters tournament in Ohio, in August 2002.

Hewitt was fined $175,700, half his tournament earnings, for failing to give an interview to US TV host network ESPN, but this was reduced on appeal to $35,000.

Hewitt then sued the ATP for $2.5 million claiming he was defamed and that this was part of a long-standing campaign of malice against him.

But Whitington said Hewitt had breached the rules and this was the basis for the ATP's statement he would be fined.

"No matter what your excuse, no matter what your reasons, if you have not complied, you have infringed the rules," Whitington said. "The (ATP) statement attributes no moral blame and it is not in any sense pejorative."

Justice Mullighan asked Whitington whether breaching the rules could be isolated from the concept of punishment in the minds of those who read it.

"It is the fact of the fine that reflects in some way - and I haven't really thought this through - something moral," Justice Mullighan said.

But Whitington said the statement did not mean Hewitt was unreliable, indifferent to his obligations or that he showed disrespect or disregard.

He said a suspicious person who had some prejudice against Hewitt might infer that but the court was required to assess the response of an ordinary, reasonable person.

Whitington criticised parts of Hewitt's legal case as "badly informed and therefore embarrassing".

He also said Hewitt provided his own "antidote" to any possible defamation by telling journalists why he had not done the contracted interview.

"It is Hewitt saying it, not us," Whitington said.

Whitington asked Justice Mullighan to strike out part of Hewitt's claim and to revise the rest using a lower standard of defamation based on meaning that had arisen, not what was arguable.

The case continues today.

10-15-2003, 10:59 PM
*crossing fingers for pictures*

SOCCER: Hewitt's helping hand for United
DAVIS Cup hero and former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt will help Adelaide United roar into the National Soccer League on Friday night.

Hewitt will lead an impressive line-up of South Australian sporting icons who will join about 10,000 fans at Hindmarsh Stadium for the opener against NSL leader Brisbane Strikers.

Joining Hewitt is Adelaide Crow Ben Hart, Port Adelaide star Gavin Wanganeen, Rachel Sporn (Adelaide Lightning) and Kathryn Harby-Williams (Thunderbirds).

United president Basil Scarsella said he was delighted Hewitt, Wanganeen, Sporn and Harby-Williams would be present for the club's debut.

"We are launching a new team but Friday night is also a celebration of South Australian sport," Scarsella said. Other local stars will offer their support from a distance. Former West Adelaide star Stan Lazaridis, who grew up in Perth but made his mark in Adelaide, and former Adelaide City striker John Aloisi, both current Socceroos, have passed on their best to the new team.

"It's brilliant that Adelaide has a team the whole state can support," said Lazaridis, who plays for Birmingham City in the English Premier League.

Socceroo coach Frank Farina will also attend the match with younger players on both sides having a chance to stake a claim for the under-23 Olympic squad. Farina will soon select his squad for the January Oceania qualifiers.

United players, who were surprised by the turn-out at the hugely successful family day on the weekend, will meet more of their new fans at a kick-and-autograph session under the canopy in Rundle Mall from noon to 2pm tomorrow.

Tickets for Friday night can be booked through VenueTix (8225 8888) and they will also be available at the gate.

10-17-2003, 04:13 AM
:kiss: for the article...but Adelaide VS Brisbane...i don't want to be in my house when that's played :unsure:

10-20-2003, 03:35 PM
Breach Of Confidence
by Allen Fox

I wonder if Lleyton Hewitt ever gets an uncomfortable feeling of foreboding when the name Martina Hingis comes up? There are dramatic similarities between the two — some positive and some (at least for Hewitt) scary negative.

For example, they were both extremely successful at very young ages because both were unusually mobile, ferociously competitive and highly intelligent as they picked apart and ground down more powerful opponents. The glue that held all of this together was their unshakable self-confidence. Both dominated by thin margins and any slippage in confidence could erode this and allow them to be overwhelmed by physically superior opponents. It happened with Martina Hingis and may be in the process of happening with Hewitt.

Hewitt has not had a bad year in 2003, as measured against ordinary mortals. But as compared with his own brilliant results during the preceding two years, it has been quite a downer. After all, winning tournaments at Scottsdale and Indian Wells and being ranked No. 7 in the world are not exactly chopped liver, but in the rest of the tournaments, he was able to reach only one final (at Los Angeles, losing to Wayne Ferreira) and no semifinals. This compares quite unfavorably to his own previous standard. In 2002, he was ranked No. 1 in the world and won at San Jose, Indian Wells, Queens, Wimbledon and the Masters Cup, while reaching the finals in Paris and Cincinnati and the semifinals in Miami, Barcelona and the U.S. Open. Hewitt’s 2001 results were equally excellent.

Some speculate off-court distractions have hurt his game — his fight with the ATP, the change in relationship that comes from girlfriend Kim Clijsters ascending to No. 1, the growing pains for any young man of traveling so much of the year with his parents. But I am convinced it is confidence and am reminded of what Brad Gilbert — a similarly tough-minded, if slightly less physically capable player — told me when he was winning matches while going through a tough off-court spell. He described the court as his "refuge" from distractions, the one place he absolutely could focus. No matter what else was going on, it never interfered with his play. And I have no reason to doubt that if it didn’t affect Gilbert, it doesn’t affect Hewitt.

Hewitt’s lack of confidence was very evident in the play I witnessed during this year’s Mercedes Benz Cup in Los Angeles. He hit a shocking number of unforced errors, and he can ill afford these with his body-punching, grind-them-down style of play. Of course, his normal greyhound speed and demonic competitiveness kept him in matches, but I have never seen him miss so frequently, particularly with his forehand and first serve. And these are generally confidence shots. A well-produced backhand, which Hewitt has, is a more mechanical stroke, and most players can keep it in the court even when they are not confident. But first serves and forehands are weapons. They are hit hard, have less margin for error and misgivings during execution can send them awry. Hewitt was not only missing both repeatedly, but he was also chipping his forehand serve return, a reliable sign of lack of confidence in the stroke. (In general, when you see your opponent chip his or her forehand serve return — even just a few times — you can bet that forehand is unstable).

Another confirmation that Hewitt’s confidence is suspect comes from the nature of confidence itself. He has been losing a lot, and losing always reduces a player’s confidence no matter who he or she is. Conversely, increased confidence comes from winning. As pitchman John Houseman used to pronounce for Smith Barney, you get it the old fashioned way, you "earn it." Confidence is not some sort of ephemeral, mystical phenomenon that your neighborhood shrink can talk you into. It is a subconscious and emotional "expectation of success," and we develop these expectations from an accumulation of past experiences. For example, since the sun has, without fail, come up in the morning for the past billion years or so, we expect it to come up tomorrow morning. In fact, we are completely confident it will do so. If it had, historically, come up only nine mornings out of 10 we would still be pretty confident of its rising tomorrow, but not absolutely confident, and if its history had been to come up one morning in 10 we would be downright dubious about the likelihood of greeting that yellow orb as the rooster crowed.

Of course, there is more to the confidence phenomenon than this. Some people are naturally more confident than others. With some people, one loss may shatter their confidence, while others must lose a half-dozen matches before their confidence is equally diminished. Nonetheless, losing even one match reduces anyone’s confidence; the amount of reduction just varies from person to person. Hewitt, champion that he is, probably takes a lot of beating before a substantial dent occurs. But then he has taken a lot of beatings lately, and the loss of confidence that comes with losing is not only cumulative, but also is affected by the recency of the losses. This means: (1) the more you lose, the lower your confidence goes; and (2) a loss last week hurts your confidence more than a loss last year. Both factors negatively affect Hewitt these days.

If you can call losing in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open a slump, Hewitt is in one. The general pattern is that when you lose a couple of matches your confidence falls. The more it falls, the more you play scared, the less likely you are to hit out for winners and the more you make mistakes you otherwise would not make. This, of course, causes you to lose more matches, further increasing your fears and reducing your confidence. As this progresses, you develop the lurking dread — particularly when the score is close, the point is important or the end of the match is near — that something bad is about to happen, that things are about to go terribly wrong and you will be beaten. The uncertainty of stroke leads to mistakes and even more losses. You enter this negative confidence feedback loop and spiral down until you get lucky, pick up a win or two, and start to spiral up.

Two outcomes are possible for Hewitt. The first and best for him is that he is simply in a temporary slump and that his old confidence will fully return. With it will come his success in close matches and, possibly, a few more Slam titles. I am hoping this is the case, as Hewitt is a colorful, gutsy, ornery little character whom I enjoy watching tackle the big hitters.

The second possible outcome is less favorable for Hewitt. It involves, dare I say it, the dreaded "Hingis Factor." With this scenario, his confidence never fully returns, and undergunned, he is never again able to reach his former heights. Having won his first ATP tournament at the unusually young age of 16, Hewitt was blessed with the fearlessness of youth. Now, having stared in the mirror at his own fallibility, he can never regain the super-confidence he needs to take his game to its highest level. In the same way that the Air Force likes to train its pilots young because they do not yet know enough to assess the dangers, so some young tennis players can swing away with blind abandon, still ignorant of all the things that can go wrong. Hewitt is now aware of them, and this awareness might be enough to dissipate the slim advantage he had over the hordes nipping at his heels.

A comparison here with two other champions is illustrative. Andre Agassi and Jim Courier were successful early, and both had their ups and downs. Agassi rebounded from the lows, while Courier didn’t — at least not as high. The differences might have been in their physical tools. In his day, Agassi had a surplus of physical abilities, and when he put his mind to it, he was able to play better than anyone else in the world. At some level, he must have sensed this and it carried him past the hard times. Courier, on the other hand, was physically limited. Although he had a competitive heart the size of Brazil, he was not quick on his feet, had a moderate backhand and serve, volleyed adequately, and won by taking big risks with his huge forehand. For two years in the early 1990s, he was winning Slams and beating everybody. Then he began to slip, unable ever again to reach his early heights. Because there has never been for me anyone more admirable in character and competitive spirit than Courier, it was hard for me to watch him lose. He took it like a champion. All through the mid-1990s, he worked, trained and competed unstintingly. Yet something was missing. I suspect it was the confidence to hit enough of the perilous winners off his forehand to compensate for shortfalls in other areas. His margin of victory against the very best had been too thin to withstand the slightest wavering of confidence.

This may also be the case with Hewitt. When everything is going right, Hewitt is playing with a highly-tuned, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. But the best of his opponents are working with six and eight cylinders. To beat them consistently, Hewitt can ill afford to have his little engine even slightly out of tune. The extraordinary mental effort he brought to this last Davis Cup tie, in which he willed Australia past Switzerland and into the Finals, with Oz down 2-1, offers the possibility of the the spiral turning up. He broke back against Roger Federer from two sets down and 3-5 in the third to steal the third set in the tie-break against the Wimbledon champ, claim the fourth set, 7-5, and dominate the fifth set, 6-1. Let’s hope his confidence returns so that the fans can enjoy the impossibility and joy of such matches for many years to come.

Former U.S. Top 10, Allen Fox played for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1961, 1963 and 1966. He earned both a B.A. in physics and Ph.D. in psychology at UCLA, has written extensively on tennis and is a consultant for numerous touring pros. His last story for Tennis Week was “Winning Ways” in the Oct. 24, 2002 issue.


10-21-2003, 09:05 AM
thanks for the article marly

how true does this sounds!

but on a more optimistic tone, as there is an apex there is a nadir from which point someone may feel that there's nothing to loose anymore; so no mental restraint; no fear and only one way to go

11-10-2003, 01:18 AM
Frustration eased with Reid's victory
By Linda Pearce
November 10, 2003

Lleyton Hewitt paid a weekend visit to the rather grandly named Uncle Toby's International in Beaumaris to watch a potential Davis Cup singles teammate of the future, one who has experienced some personal frustration in the recent past, and thus been left with a present ranking below both expectations and the world's top 250.

Todd Reid insists he is not too dismayed by his delayed graduation from lower-rung events, played before a handful of spectators for minimal reward, to the top 100 status for which he is aiming within 12 months.

Indeed, his Australian Institute of Sport coach, Richard Fromberg, believes the Sydney teenager is now playing tennis of a double-figure rankings standard, and his fourth career Futures title was delivered yesterday without losing a set.

"Yeah, I'd rather be playing Challengers, but it's no problem playing Futures. I think it gives your confidence a big boost," Reid said after his 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Bernard Parun, the German nephew of New Zealand's former Australian Open finalist Onny Parun.

"It's always good to win a tournament, whatever it is. (Getting) matches under your belt is the main thing."

Several injuries have impeded Reid's progress since he won last year's Wimbledon junior title and shared a grand Australia Day with Hewitt and doubles champion Todd Woodbridge. This year, soon after breaking through to win two rounds on grass at Queen's Club, including the second against world No.34 Jan-Michael Gambill, he suffered a pre-stress fracture of the arm, and then a pectoral injury, and has therefore played just two Challenger events since July.

"I missed half the year, but injuries are part of the game," he said. "Even though my ranking's what it is, I'm sure I'm hitting the ball a bit better than that. Definitely next year's a big year for me, and hopefully I can stay injury-free."

Fromberg has faith in Reid's ability, best demonstrated by his semi-final defeat of Todd Larkham, and confidence that he will continue to benefit from his regular role as a Davis Cup hitting partner. John Fitzgerald and Wally Masur have been among those encouraging the 19-year-old to develop his net play, even if it was rarely needed on the slow Beaumaris en-tout-cas.

A fledgling friendship with Hewitt has been another positive spin-off. "I've got to know Lleyton a little bit better," Reid said. "It's great that Lleyton shows interest; he's won a couple of grand slams, finished a couple of times at No.1, so it's great that he comes out to these events, and obviously it's really good for me."

Like Hewitt, Reid covers the court well and has worked to develop more power on his serve. Critics suggest that while his game is solid, it lacks penetration, but a definitive judgement is contingent on his body accommodating a full season.

After the summer, and a probable bunch of main draw wildcards, we may know more.

"It's a little bit of a learning process for Todd; he's still trying to learn how to manage himself as well as possible," Fromberg said. "But tennis-wise, he's made a big jump this year, and although his ranking doesn't show it, he's definitely capable of mixing it with the top 100 guys now. His serve's improved a lot, but his all-round game is a little bit bigger, he's hitting the ball a bit harder, he's a little bit stronger.

"It's been a frustrating last few months, but this win will be great for his confidence. This is what he needs going into the summer, and I think he's got a good chance of winning Frankston next week, too."

11-19-2003, 08:10 PM
C'mon, it's Lleyton v Kim

Lleyton Hewitt will lead his country into battle in next week's Davis Cup final against Spain in front of a massive Melbourne crowd but that's not the event that tennis fans on the other side of Australia are drooling about.

We're referring to the Hopman Cup, the Perth tournament that kick-starts Australia's summer of tennis. Hewitt, of course, is generally a drawcard wherever he goes but one particular tie at the Perth event has caused so much interest that it's already sold out, yet the final a few days later has not.

It's the January 7 showdown between Australia and Belgium that not only has Hewitt and his girlfriend, Belgium ace Kim Clijsters, in action but will also be the first time in their careers that they have been pitted against each other in the mixed doubles. Hewey and Kimmy have been on the same court at the same time as partners many times - in 2000 they even made the Wimbledon mixed doubles final - but this will be the first time they have eyeballed each other from opposite sides of the net.

And given that she wears the pants in the relationship (sorry, Lleyton, that's her observation, not ours: "He's not the bossy one. I think I am more," she once said) we're tipping beating her on that day will be almost as important to the former world No. 1 as knocking off Juan Carlos Ferrero next weekend. Let's hope she doesn't have to tick him off for too many "c'mons".

11-24-2003, 05:33 AM
Hewitt aims for higher ground
By Alix Ramsay
(Filed: 23/11/2003)

When Tim Henman finishes the season as the world No 15 and proudly places his Paris Masters Series crystal shield alongside the trophy he won at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington DC on the mantelpiece, his year is regarded as a roaring success.

But when Lleyton Hewitt counts a world ranking of 17, a title in Scottsdale and another at the Masters Series in Indian Wells as his only achievements for 2003, it is thought of as a catastrophic slump.

Then again, Hewitt's standards are higher than most. To date he has won two grand slam titles, he has finished the year as the world No 1 two years running, he has won the Masters Cup twice and he has help take Australia to four Davis Cup finals, winning one of them. All of this and he is still only 22.

On Friday he will make his first competitive appearance since September, walking out on to the newly laid grass court at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to take on Spain in that fourth Davis Cup final.

His year has been geared to this moment and his schedule has been pared down to keep himself fresh for the cup campaign and the four grand slams.

Playing only eight regular tour events in between the majors, he has arrived at the slams "under-cooked", his results have been mediocre and his ranking has plummeted. Still, if he, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge can beat Spain next weekend, Hewitt believes it will all have been worth it.

"If we go out and get to hold up the Davis Cup trophy then, in my mind, it'll be a pretty successful year," he said. "That was one of my main goals at the start of the year. I've set a schedule and stuck to it throughout the year to try to hold me in the best stead to try to win the Davis Cup.

"This is going to be our third match out of four matches at home so we've had a good draw and you just don't know how many opportunities you're going to have to play in another Davis Cup final at home. Especially after feeling the pain two years ago when we lost to France at home, if we can win this time then it will make it all the sweeter."

While Spain's top two, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya, have been schlepping around the European indoor circuit and on to Houston for the Masters Cup, Hewitt has been at home, working in the gym and on the practice court to be ready for the weekend.

An operation in October to remove a small cyst from his foot kept him idle for more than two weeks but since then it has been nothing but hard graft. According to Wally Masur, Australia's team coach, "the ball is just coming off the racquet so sweetly" in practice.

"Davis Cup matches are totally different to any other matches that you play because you play for your nation," Hewitt said. "I think more if you're mentally prepared for Davis Cup matches then that actually holds you in better stead than having a lot of matches under your belt.

"I've been in both situations when I've come off a bit of a break and I've played in Davis Cup finals at the end of the year and I've come in after winning Masters Cups and getting to No 1 and played Davis Cup finals. After playing the Masters Cup, you're on a bit of a high so I hope they don't feel too confident."

There is little chance of that as, between them, Ferrero and Moya won only one match out of six in Houston. Ferrero, the world No 3, looked tired and glum and, arriving in Australia on Friday, he has left little time to improve his mood.

For Hewitt, both the Davis Cup and the Australian Open are "bloody important to me in my career" and, he feels, success in one can only help in the other. Back in September he came back from a two-set deficit to beat Roger Federer in the Davis Cup semi-final and that, he believes, could be key to his comeback.

"I'd never really won a huge match at the Rod Laver Arena until then," he said. "I think that's just going to give me a lot of confidence when I step out there in the future, just to have those feelings and thoughts going and to have those memories coming back from that win."

While his form has dipped, Andy Roddick, Federer and Ferrero have taken centre stage and many have doubted Hewitt's ability to climb back to the top. Hewitt, though, fancies his chances, especially as the new season begins, for him, at home with a full schedule of tournaments.

It was back in the last century that his ranking was so low and he had won so few tournaments, so how exactly did Hewitt view 2003? "If you ask me after the Davis Cup final it'll be a lot easier to tell you." And that is something Tim Henman has never been able to say.

11-24-2003, 02:06 PM
Spanish sledge fires Hewitt up
Leo Schlink

Lleyton Hewitt answers Leo Schlink's probing questions.

How is the final shaping up?
It's going to be an extremely tough tie. Spain's best surface definitely isn't grass, but they're such a competitive side. You just have to look at their guys. Two of them (Ferrero and Moya) have won grand slams, two of them have been world No. 1 and Corretja has made a couple of French Open finals. They know how to play under a lot of pressure and they've been one of the greatest Davis Cup nations over the past five years.

People reckon they can't play on grass.

Ferrero has played on grass only a few times and he made the round of 16 at Wimbledon this year. The guy can play. He brings a lot of class with him. He's confident, coming off the final of the US Open. I lost to him along the way, in the quarters. I've got a lot of time for his game and Carlos Moya, he's one of my toughest opponents in the past. Carlos has got the type of game that could be quite dangerous on grass. He just hasn't taken up the opportunity to play a lot of matches. He could be the most dangerous out of their whole side with the big serve and he actually has an idea around the net.

Australia was given a hard time in Barcelona in the 2000 final. What are your memories?

That was the worst crowd I've ever played in front of. There was just very little respect for the whole game and the tradition of Davis Cup. I don't mind loud crowds and whatever. Even down in Brazil, it was a tough crowd, but they were more of a carnival type of crowd and even when I'd won my matches, I got a standing ovation when I walked off the court. They could understand it's a sport and they could understand I played an incredible match. It was an awesome feeling.

But not in Spain.

They were just throwing stuff. It was disappointing even after the match when I'd lost the fourth rubber and the tie. There's no worse feeling when you've lost and I was standing at the net for a couple of minutes waiting to shake hands with Ferrero and it's not Juan Carlos's fault because there was about 15 guys lying on top of him.

Including Javier Duarte.

Yeah, including their captain. I think it was dealt with in the wrong way. I know Juan Carlos and he's a really nice guy. I shook hands with him later on. It was more people on the sidelines causing problems.

Where did you shake hands?

We were lining up on centre court about 10 minutes later to accept the medallions and meet the King and he came up to me. I had no problems with Juan Carlos. He handled himself well. He wasn't any of the guys sledging at the start of the tie.

Were Duarte and Corretja the two principal offenders?

Pretty much. You'd throw (Albert) Costa in there behind them. There's no doubt Alex and Duarte were headlining the whole situation and built it up that way and were talking to the media and the write-ups that were coming out. We went to a restaurant in Barcelona and this Spanish guy goes, `Have you seen the newspaper?' and he brings it out to the dinner and he translates it for me and it says, `You've got to learn to hate this guy' and there's a picture of me. I guess it hits home and it made me all the more hungry to go out there and beat Costa on day one, which I was able to do.

Is there any lingering animosity towards Corretja?

Not really.

What about when he drilled you in Dusseldorf in the 2001 World Team Cup?

Everyone knows how nice a guy Pat Rafter is and I've never seen Pat have a go at too many people, but he was pretty disappointed at what happened in Dusseldorf. Corretja got a short ball and basically just took my head off. Then Corretja's making a lot of excuses and Pat just confronted him and said, `Mate, Lleyton's done nothing wrong here. You're the guy who's been at his face the whole day and you could have gone anywhere with that ball'. It was nice to have a guy like Pat Rafter on your side at a time like that. It was pretty heated and I tried to stay out of it as much as possible. Going into this tie, I've spoken to Alex since then and it's all in the memory bank.

You played 14 events this year. Will it be more next season?

I would have played more at the end of the year this year, but I wanted to get my foot sorted out for the Davis Cup final. We thought this was the best preparation to get ready for a grasscourt final. We'll know in a week's time, but I'll definitely play more tournaments next year.

How important is regaining the No. 1 ranking?

Sometimes you think about it and you want to get it back. It just depends how the year turns out. At the start of the year it won't be on my mind. It's gonna be more the Aussie Open. As soon I finish here, and hopefully we've got a win, I want to take that confidence into the Australian circuit and get as many tough matches as possible. I feel I've put in enough work to last me right through until February. I feel like I can put up a pretty good show at the Australian Open. I'm not gonna be one of the high seeds, but that doesn't bother me too much.

How do you assess 2003?

Up and down. They've been times when I've been hitting the ball pretty well, just haven't taken opportunities when they arose. Whereas the two years before that when I won the Masters Cup and won slams, any time I got a slight opportunity, I took it straight away.

Was Wimbledon an example of missed opportunity?

It was a hiccup. I was hitting the ball incredibly well in practice leading in. That was the most disappointing thing, because I felt I could have done a bit of damage in the tournament. The draws definitely open up at Wimbledon. I had a set and a lot of break points (in the first round against Croat Ivo Karlovic) and even a set point to go up two sets to love, but I didn't take that."

Was the US Open the turnaround?

I felt like I played great. I could have been up two sets to one against Juan Carlos (in the quarter-finals) and then I got a little injury to my hip and that was the end of that. Ferrero went out and destroyed Agassi the next day so, in no means, was that a bad loss. I turned things around in that tournament and it showed in the Davis Cup semi-final against Federer.

Why does your coach Roger Rasheed get bagged so much?

It was an awkward time for him to step up, but I just wish people would actually see or know before they start bagging him, just how much work he does put in. He puts in an incredible amount. He got bagged at Wimbledon for supposedly not knowing enough about my opponent (Karlovic). That's just rubbish because I've never had a coach who's scouted more and tried to find out as much as possible about that guy. It wasn't as if I wasn't prepared. He (Karlovic) had a freak day. I couldn't be happier with Roger.

How does he rate with your previous coaches, Darren Cahill and Jason Stoltenberg?

They're all different. Both Darren and Jason were great. Roger probably brings a little bit more to the table. He brings a big package. He's a great motivator, which is a huge thing for me. We both come from a football background, which helps. We have a keen interest. He works extremely hard, as hard as any coach I've ever worked with, and you only have to look at how strong and fit he is. If I'm half as fit as him, I'll be right. People wouldn't have a clue about him or what he's done behind the scenes. In tennis, it's one on one and any small problems, you've gotta be like their best mate, a coach.

What about the criticism about having your parents, Glynn and Sherilyn, at tournaments?

It's disappointing, there's no need for it and it's weird. When I lost the first round of Wimbledon, people are gonna try and blame something. For some reason, it was Roger, it was my parents, it was me staying to watch Kim (Clijsters) at the French Open final. All of these people are pulling out different reasons and you go back 12 months when I won Wimbledon, all the media was saying what a good influence it was to have my parents with me. It doesn't make sense. But what would they know? There's a lot of people who would not have a clue about me, my family or anyone. At the end of the day, I know the people who care about me, not only on the court but off the court as well.

How do you regard the media?

There are some great media people and there are some average media people. There have been times when I've struggled with a lot of media and the most disappointing thing is when people are always trying to find a negative, always trying to bag me and write negative articles.

Were you misrepresented in the controversy over racism with James Blake at the 2001 US Open?

For sure. The media built it up into something it wasn't and no one wants to believe your side of the story. It was tough fronting the media every day after that and it got to the stage where you just put a wall up basically. You gave them very little answers and tried to get out of there as soon as possible and this was while I was winning the US Open. I guess it made me hungrier. When I played Roddick in the quarters, I was always gonna win that match. I don't care how far I was down or how much it was hurting, I was gonna do everything to beat that because part of the American media was trying to push the Blake thing into something bigger than it was. It was a bad thing for Andy because I took it out on him in that match.

Have you ever stepped over the line with your attitude on court?

Probably a couple of times.


A match at the French Open in '99, first round against (Argentina's Martin) Rodriguez and it probably cost me the match because I wasted so much energy through the match.

Was it verbals against him or what?

I was negative the whole time, more than anything. If you can turn that negative into a positive, that's fine, but I had so much negative energy out there I was weighing myself down. I spoke to Newk a lot about it when he was Davis Cup captain and I feel most of the time I'm able to forget about it and build on to the positives and most of the time I do that pretty well.

What's the best sledge you've handed out or worn?

The one (I wore) before the Davis Cup final against Spain was a beauty.

Kafelnikov had a go during the '99 semi-final in Brisbane.

Yeah, that was a good one, too. Actually, Yevgeny and I get along pretty well now. You've gotta take Yevgeny with a grain of salt sometimes. He's a funny guy off the court.

Why don't you set up a US base?

The States just doesn't do it for me, living-wise. I just couldn't live anywhere else but Australia.

You spend a bit of time in Europe.

Belgium is sort of my base over there at Kim's place. I don't get hassled there. I can do my training over there and the people are great. But I love coming home and, with so many Davis Cup ties at home, there's really no point in having a place in the States. Everyone's different. Pat liked having a place in Bermuda; Todd Woodbridge liked Orlando; I just like coming home.

How much of an influence is Andrew McLeod?

He's sort of my best mate now. I've met him a few times and I've got to know him over the past year or so. He's such a down-to-earth guy. He's an awesome footballer as well.

How was the Brownlow?

Awesome. I was on the table with all the guys and to have someone from your club, Mark Ricciuto, get up there and win the Brownlow is pretty awesome. I'd just beaten Federer and then I'm going to the Brownlow night. It was a couple of awesome nights in a row.

What have you learnt from Andrew?

We both understand what the other is going through. A bit like me and Kim, I guess. We're all in the same boat, so if we go out to dinner we've both got to sign autographs, have photos taken. We both understand the pressures the other is under. He'd never seen a live tennis match until the Davis Cup semi and he was there for the Federer match, and I was starting to do a couple of Andrew McLeod moves out there when he kicks goals.

Is playing football still an ambition?

I don't think it's realistic. I'd have to put a bit of weight on, totally different conditions, but I love getting out there and having a kick. If you could change sports, that would be pretty awesome.

Pat Rafter's influence?

He really helped me out when he didn't have to. He did it for Australian tennis; that's why I get satisfaction hitting with Todd Reid and seeing his success. Newk and Rochey helped Pat with that and trying to build the next generation. Pat was an awesome guy to hang around with. People wanted a piece of him everywhere. To hang around with him for a couple of years before I had to go through that was a great learning experience. Plus he's a great mate. Whenever I'm having problems or need something, I can give him a call and feel like I'm talking to an older brother.

How did you cope with the politics between Pat and Mark Philippoussis back in 1997-99?

It was awkward because I didn't know Mark that well. I was an orange boy and I had no say in the Zimbabwe debacle in Mildura (in '98). I was seeing it all happen and not knowing much about it. Then I was playing doubles with Pat and he and Mark had a little bit of a thing going. Mark thought I was on Pat's side at the time and I didn't get to know Mark at all until the last couple of years.

How much has it changed?

We've worked on a good friendship and bond, we've played a lot of doubles together, a lot of golf together and he's a real nice guy.

Has Mark been badly treated by the media because he's not the same kind of bloke as Pat?

He's very similar to me in a lot of ways and there are knockers out there who'll knock Mark about anything, about what he buys, what he does, how he handles situations. He does a lot of things for charity, tries to help out where possible and loves playing for his country. He's misunderstood in a lot of areas. His parents have been bagged, mine have been bagged. I've got to know (his dad) Nick over this year and, mate, he's been awesome.

How important is popularity among the Australian crowd to you?

An awful lot, because I'm playing for them. When I was down against Federer, the whole crowd got behind me and backed me in from that point on. I was getting a standing ovation every time I came out. After I won that match, I was on a high for days.

Safin, Federer, Ferrero, Roddick and yourself. It's a pretty exciting group?

You can throw in Nalbandian as well. He's got an awesome game and probably should have beaten Roddick at the US Open. There's gonna be little rivalries all the time and you're probably not gonna see an Agassi-Sampras rivalry, just little ones all the time because there are so many talents out there.

Of that group, who's the most dangerous when they're on? Safin?

Safin's up there. He returns so well, moves so well on every shot. He hits it so hard on every shot and he's got a bomb of a serve and he can play on all surfaces. Roddick is still a bit limited on clay against Ferrero, Coria and Nalbandian. Ferrero is a great player on all surfaces, so is Nalbandian, and Federer is probably the most talented of all, but I've got the best record against him of all of them.

Are they all good blokes?

Most of them. I get along well with Roger. He's a great guy.

What about Roddick?

He's a different kind of guy. I don't spend a lot of time with him. His coach in the past (Tarik Benhabiles), I didn't have a lot of time for at all. He was a bigger problem than Andy.

How many coaches cheat?

Plenty who try and cheat.

What do you think of the officiating?

They've gotta work on it. There's a lot of blokes out there speaking to their coaches all the time in matches.

You've been on the road since you were 16. Have you missed out on anything?

I missed out on a few good parties, but I wouldn't change a thing. When the opportunity came up, either to stay at school and do Year 12 or play tennis, I didn't think twice about it.

What's your best match?

Against Kuerten in Brazil (2001 Davis Cup quarter-final) is up there; the last two sets against Roger (in September's semi); the Wimbledon semi-final against Henman (2002) and probably my last two matches when I won the US Open (2001).

How important has the relationship with Kim been for your career?

It's been great for both of us in the sense we've been there for each other during the best times of our careers. She got to No. 1, I got to No. 1. There's not too many couples who can say that and we were together at the same time. It's pretty awesome what's happened in both our careers and it's been great we've been there for each other.


Don't know at the moment. Play it by ear. She's a great girl and we're very happy at the moment. I don't know how far down the track that is.


I don't know until it presents itself. I'll keep playing while I'm enjoying it and the motivation is still there. Also injuries, you saw what happened to Pat. I definitely won't be going around at the same age Agassi is (33). I'd like to keep Davis Cup longer than anything else.

What are you worth?

Wouldn't have a clue. Glynn takes care of most of it. He worked in finance before. He spent a lot of time doing all that stuff. He lets me know what I need to know, but the numbers I wouldn't know. I'm not playing for the money, otherwise I wouldn't be playing Davis Cup.

11-24-2003, 03:28 PM
Lleyton calls his dad Glynn? :aplot: :p

11-24-2003, 07:10 PM
Wow, great article :D Thanks so much :kiss:

11-24-2003, 07:24 PM
Very interesting indeed.

'Are they all good blokes?

Most of them. I get along well with Roger. He's a great guy.'

Love it.

I'd rather he knew how much money was in his bank a/c and Glynn didn't have all that control over it. I'm sure he's made Ll plenty of money though and given himself 10% commission. I wonder if Ll looks on Glynn as a business manager rather than a parent

11-24-2003, 07:36 PM
Thank you very much for the nice interview. :worship: :kiss: :worship:
I like it. :)

12-08-2003, 01:16 PM
From the Herald Sun....should have won it last year...grrrr...

Hewitt heads back Don familiar path
Ron Reed

TENNIS star Lleyton Hewitt gets another chance this week to collect an important award that eluded him amid much controversy last year.

However, it won't be easy to win this time, either.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame has drawn up a formidable short list of five candidates for The Don award, which will be presented for the sixth time in Melbourne on Thursday night.

The award, named after the late Sir Donald Bradman, is unique in that it is based partly on performance and results, but more on inspiration, sportsmanship, courage and respect for the spirit of sport.

The Herald Sun is inviting you -- the sports fans who make up such a large part of our readership -- to have your say, in print, about who should win before the announcement is made.

The short list is:

LLEYTON Hewitt, whose major achievement in the relevant time-frame was his powerful comeback from two sets down to defeat Swiss star Roger Federer in the semi-final of the Davis Cup in Melbourne in September. It epitomised his passion for playing for his country.

MICHAEL Milton, who lost a leg to cancer when he was nine, and won the Laureus Award -- the Oscars of sport -- as the world's best disabled athlete after collecting four gold medals at the previous year's winter Olympics and then breaking the world speed record for a one-legged skier.

JASON McCartney, whose remarkable fightback from horrific injuries suffered in the Bali bombing atrocity to play one final game of AFL football needs no further documentation.

DAMIEN Oliver, who completed one of the most emotional Melbourne Cup wins in the history of the great race when he saluted on Irish stayer Media Puzzle a week after his brother Jason, also a jockey, was killed in a trackwork accident.

JANA Pittman, who showed tremendous character to come from behind to win the 400m hurdles at the track and field world championships in Paris.

The award runs from October to October -- which is why Oliver is eligible for a performance last year -- and is judged by a panel drawn from the Hall of Fame's members.

The criteria is: "The sportsman or woman who, by his or her performance and example, is deemed to have most inspired the nation in the last 12 months."

It was first awarded in 1998, when it was shared by Test cricket captain Mark Taylor and marathon runner Heather Turland.

Swimmer Ian Thorpe won in 1999, athlete Cathy Freeman in 2000, tennis star Pat Rafter in 2001 and winter Olympians Steven Bradbury and Alisa Camplin last year.

Many believe Hewitt was desperately unlucky not to win last year, given that he had just won Wimbledon and had defended his world No. 1 ranking.

His supporters contended he may have been paying the price for an abrasive attitude in his earlier years.

However, two of the judges, Hall of Fame chairman Neale Fraser and former Olympic sprinter Raelene Boyle, denied he had been snubbed.

Fraser and Boyle are again among the judges, along with marathon runner Robert de Castella, swimmers Kevin Berry and Karen Moras-Stephenson, cricketer Alan Davidson, media experts Harry Gordon and Bruce McAvaney and surf lifesaving administrator Alan Whelpton.

Their choices -- they also select new members for induction, and an annual legend -- must then be approved by the board of directors.

12-09-2003, 12:23 AM
GOLF: Beem keen to join Shark, Hewitt
GREG Norman didn't have to announce his surprise early arrival at Coolum yesterday to tackle this week's Australian PGA championship.

His sleek personal jet, labelled G1GN and perched prominently on the tarmac at Maroochydore airport, was confirmation enough that the Shark was back home again in Queensland.

It was instantly the topic of conversation among the large number of pros arriving via commercial flights who were delayed in Melbourne because of industrial action by baggage handlers and missed a vital afternoon's preparation.

By the time most had arrived at the complex, the Shark had long completed a practice round with this week's caddy, Lleyton Hewitt, and his tennis coach, Roger Rasheed, before flying in a helicopter to Brisbane to act as keynote speaker at a testimonial dinner for his old boss and coach Charlie Earp.

Earp, the longtime professional at Royal Queensland golf club, is stepping down at year's end.

As always when he returns, Norman has a frenetic week's activities crammed between his tournament rounds, including the official opening of his lauded Brookwater course outside Brisbane. So he was more than eager yesterday to get in a preparatory 18 holes before the tournament hoopla and the expected big crowds arrive.

US PGA champion Rich Beem was one of the late afternoon arrivals and had an instant request for officials. "Can you arrange for me to play with Norman the first two rounds?" he asked with a broad grin.

"I hear Lleyton Hewitt is caddying for him which means there will be a lot of pretty girls following the group. I respond to that sort of pressure," he laughed. :lol:

Beem is eager to atone for missing the cut at last week's Australian Masters and was more than satisfied with his first cursory look at Coolum.

"This looks like my sort of place," he declared.

He will be joined today by a contingent of talented countrymen including Stewart Cink, this year's Jacob's Creek Open champion Joe Ogilvie, Ryan Palmer, Chip Beck and the 2002 US amateur champion Ricky Barnes who has recently turned professional.

All are likely to feel right at home on the Robert Trent Jones-designed course which resembles many tournament venues in Florida. Another surprise entrant, Frenchman Jean van de Velde, will use the PGA as a vital stepping stone back to tournament golf after being virtually sidelined for the past 18 months.

Forever famed for his final hole disaster in the British Open at Carnoustie, van de Velde was forced to have a knee reconstruction in September last year, the end result of a skiing accident dating back to 1995.

He needed further surgery in October and last week's Hong Kong Open was his first tournament back and although he missed the cut with rounds of 73 and 74, he was more than encouraged.

Granted a six-tournament injury exemption by the European Tour, he plans to remain in Australia over the summer and contest both the Heineken and ANZ tournaments early next year.

Most of the Australian contenders for this week's title were still scattered across the country yesterday. Adam Scott remained in Melbourne for a charity day at Huntingdale, Peter Lonard was appearing at the final of the Holden Scramble on the Gold Coast, Peter Senior was hosting his own charity at Hope Island while the likes of Craig Parry, Steve Elkington, Peter O'Malley and Jarrod Mosely are due in today.

Meanwhile, South Australia's Wade Ormsby, who finished second in the recent European Tour school, has been granted a sponsor's invitation along with the gifted young New Zealand pro Eddie Lee.

12-09-2003, 04:40 AM
Tuesday 9/12/2003
Sunshine Coast Daily
Life's a ball with Shark and me
IT was like winning the Davis Cup all over again for Australian tennis ace Lleyton Hewitt yesterday.
Hewitt took his first steps next to idol Greg Norman at the Hyatt Regency Coolum Resort as Aust-ralian sport's new ''Dream Team'' prepared for this week's $1 million Australian PGA golf Champion-ship.
Hewitt played a round of golf alongside the two-time British Open champion in steamy conditions, but come Thursday it will be Hewitt the caddie lumping Norman's bag for the first time.
The former world number one tennis player and former world number one golfer, who have developed a friendship over the past 12 months, shared plenty of jokes throughout their round yesterday.
Hewitt said he was excited just to be in the Shark's company.
Norman arrived on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday after flying in on his private jet from Barcelona.
''He's someone I idolised growing up,'' Hewitt said.
''It's a great opportunity for me to spend some time with him this week.
''It's an opportunity which he wouldn't offer to many other people and I can't wait until we get to Thursday.
''I haven't been to many big golf tournaments so this is pretty exciting.'' Hewitt laughed off suggestions he would be as big an attraction as Norman, who will play his first round on Thursday morning alongside former US PGA champion Steve Elkington.
''No way mate.
They'll all be coming to see him, not me,'' he said.
Spectators will be able to check out Hewitt's golf game , he plays off a handicap of eight , in the pro-am tomorrow when he will again be in the same group as Norman.
Since arriving on the Coast for a holiday early last week with Belgian girlfriend Kim Clijsters, Hewitt has played four times at the Hyatt.
However, he does not believe the knowledge he has picked up during those rounds will come into play too much during his new job on Thursday.
Norman's regular caddie, Tony Navarro, will be on the Shark's bag until the tournament begins.
''We'll work it out later,'' Hewitt said of how much influence he would have on Norman's game.
And he is yet to throw Norman's sizeable golf bag over his shoulder.
''It does look pretty heavy.
Hopefully it's not as heavy as it looks,'' he said.

12-09-2003, 08:22 AM
Norman's interview
just a little bit about Lley
nothing important though :p

Greg Norman Interview - 9 December 2003
9 December 2003

Greg Norman interview, Monday 9 December 2003:

Greg, have you tried out the course yet?

Yes, I played it last year and I played it on Monday.

What do you think?

The golf course is a lot different this year to last year. There has been a lot of rain. Obviously, the greens are a little bit slower. The fairways aren’t going to play exactly the same way. The golf course is going to play a little longer.

Are you worried about rain during the tournament?

No, I’ve got an umbrella. I’ve got a good caddie so I’ll be right.

Do you know you’ve got a good caddie?

I know he can play so I’ve got to test him out. He’s looking forward to it. I think it is going to be good for both of us, a good buzz. At the end of the day, it is something I haven’t done before and something he hasn’t done and I think we will both enjoy it.

Do you fit in well together?

Yes. Over the last year and a half, two years we’ve been fortunate enough to play a bit of golf together. I’ve spoken to him on the phone a few times. I’m yet to go see him play tennis live. That is going to happen pretty soon.

He played in a skins game with Baddeley a couple of weeks ago and said he was asking for pointers about caddying. Who will do the yardages?

We have not discussed that yet. I asked him yesterday if he worked in metres or yards. I think he is fairly adaptable to that.

Is Tony here?

Yes, Tony’s here.

Not working?

He’s working until Thursday.

There has been some talk that you want to play in the US Open at Shinnecock Hills next year.

Yes. If I have to go to and qualify for a major championship next year, that would be the one. I like Shinnecock. To me, it is probably my favourite golf course, or in the top five or six. In the United States it is the hardest, fairest golf course you play day in and day out. And I have a lot of very good friends who live up in that part of the world. If I am not in, I would like to try to pre-qualify.

You had some strong opinions last year about the result of the PGA when there were joint winners. Then there was the Presidents Cup tie. Has your position on that altered?

I am not going to change my opinion on that. I think in sport you have one winner, not multiple winners, especially in the game of golf. We beat our brains out for 72 holes and I think there should be a one-winner deal. If I was in the situation, I probably would have wanted to come back the next morning to finish the job off. I understand all the consequences and circumstances that come with it but history has shown us that we do have one winner. I wasn’t at the Presidents Cup so I really can’t make a comment on that. I never even saw a shot hit. I just heard it was a tie and that was it.

There have been some calls for you to be the Presidents Cup captain. Is that something you have thought about?

No…I just said I haven’t thought about it. Nobody’s approached me. I don’t think about things prematurely. I’ll wait and see what happens and make a decision from there if that ever comes to fruition in the next couple of years.

What is the protocol?

I have no idea. I can only imagine it comes from Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour.

You are apparently hitting it well on the range. Is your confidence high?

Has Stoney been talking about me?

Is your confidence high, considering you have not had an extended preparation?

What is my confidence level? It is pretty hard to judge, to tell you the truth. I played well in the Shark Shoot-out we played a couple of weeks ago. My game seems like it is on the verge. It totally depends on how my back feels when I wake up. It seems like the more days I play, the more fatigued my back feels. I’ve just got to manage it. I can’t hit a lot of golf balls. I hit some balls on Monday and I felt great. How I feel as the week goes by will be interesting. I make sure before I come down here that I get myself into the right shape. I can’t go for four or five straight weeks and play golf like I used to. So really, I can’t answer how my confidence is. I’d love to be able to play three straight weeks and get a good barometer on how my game is but I can’t so I go basically week by week.

On which hole did your mother have a hole-in-one at Pelican Waters?

I couldn’t tell you.

I was wondering how far you hit the ball on that hole today.

I think it was the fifth or sixth hole… If it was, I hit it to about four feet today so she beat me by a stroke.

Have you come up with a deal with Lleyton over the prize money?

If Lleyton Hewitt needs money, then he’s in a bad way. Whatever percentage of prize money comes out of here, he’d be happy to let it go back to Tony.

There has been some talk that this is the last year of your contract with the PGA. You might not play another event in Queensland. Is that something that might spur you on?

You are hearing news that I haven’t heard before…

It is the last year of your contract?

Yes, it is the last year I am contracted for. I have an involvement with this event so I obviously will be looking at that as time comes by. Whether it is going to be the last one I play in, I can’t answer that. I enjoy coming back here. I love coming back to Queensland. Every time I come back home, whether it is Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane, it feels great. Hopefully I can keep coming back here and playing. But our young guns are coming along pretty good. Maybe there is no reason for me to come back.

Will you ask Lleyton to curb his pumping on the course? :rolleyes:

Hell no. He can pump it all day long. I hope I give him a reason to pump it. ;)

How was the dinner last light?

The dinner went very well, thanks Stoney. I think there were 261 people who showed up, 250-something RQ members. I thought that was tremendous for Charlie. He has done a great job. He was the backbone of that club for 45 years and it was a good night for him.

Did you keep a score in the game at Pelican Waters today?

No. All I know was that I was playing with George and Lleyton was playing with his coach. I think we beat them on the last hole.

Was there a bet involved?

I can’t tell you.

Was Rasheed playing off his 18?

He wanted more, but no. I think he got a shot a hole. He played very well.

12-09-2003, 01:06 PM
Thanks for the articles everyone...golf-mania rages on.;)
Edit: oops...found this one in The Age

Hewitt carries bag, but won't cash in
By Peter Stone
December 10, 2003

Lleyton Hewitt will do the hard work, carrying the bag for Greg Norman, but the Shark's regular caddie for the past decade - Tony Navarro - will be watching from behind the ropes and will pocket a percentage of his man's winnings.

It's one of golf's more unusual scenarios in the Australian PGA Championship starting tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency Coolum course where the former world No.1 has enlisted the former world No.1 tennis player as his bagman for the week.

Hewitt is no mug golfer, playing off eight at the Grange in Adelaide and Melbourne's National course. And he is a dab hand at fist pumping, which Norman hopes there will be a fair bit of if he lands a few birdies over the next four days.

But yesterday, while Norman and Navarro were quite happy to talk of what lies ahead, Hewitt kept his silence, courteously declining requests for media interviews. Perhaps that's one of the media lessons learnt in his chats with Norman.

"I think it will be good for Greg. I hope he plays well, and I think he will," said Navarro, who perhaps will give Hewitt a debriefing come the end of each day's play.

Indeed, it has been a buddy-buddy relationship this week. Norman's only practice rounds have been in company with the tennis player, while, under other circumstances, the Shark has teamed with up-and-coming golfers in recent years, giving his wisdom to them.

"I know he (Hewitt) can play, so I've got to test him out (as a caddie)," Norman said. "He's looking forward to it. It's going to be good for both of us. We're good buddies.

"At the end of the day, it's something I haven't done before and something he hasn't done. We're both going to enjoy it."

But, Hewitt is of the decimal age, and he will have to get his head around the old imperial measurements of the yardage books prepared by Navarro, who has been doing something to earn his keep this week and will again today when he caddies for Norman in the pro-am as he plays alongside Hewitt.

And, what about the 10 per cent caddie's percentage? "If Lleyton Hewitt needs money, then he's in a bad way, let me tell you," Norman said. "Whatever percentage of prizemoney comes out of here, he'll be happy to let it all go back to Tony."

Hewitt aside, the Shark has yet to forget last year's controversial splitting of the PGA championship between Peter Lonard and Jarrod Moseley when darkness halted the sudden-death play-off. He gave the decision a verbal backhander last year, and did again yesterday.

"I'm not going to change my opinion on that," Norman said. "I think in sport you have one winner, not multiple winners, especially in the game of golf.

"We beat our brains out for 72 holes and I think there should be a one-winner deal . . . come back the next morning and finish the job off."

Well, tomorrow Lonard and Moseley can, in their own minds, if they choose. With perhaps a sense of mischief, perhaps a denial of history, officials have paired them together in the opening two rounds in company with Craig Parry, who won the PGA title 11 years ago.

American Stewart Cink also arrived in town yesterday without checking into the tournament office to pick up a hefty appearance fee. He is here because he wants to be and phoned asking if he could get a spot in the field.

"Your tour gets a little bit overlooked in the States," Cink said. "It is snowing there and I'm here. I'm not here to get rich. I'm here to play and compete against good players on a good course in warm air."

Cink finished 35th on the US money list this year with earnings of about $US2 million ($A2.7 million).

12-10-2003, 03:44 AM
a little bit of Lleyton here :D

Chess officials hope grandmaster will pull crowds
Organisers say the chess world's equivalent to tennis hero Lleyton Hewitt will be in Adelaide for the nation's biggest chess tournament this month.

Adelaide will host top national and international chess experts, known as grandmasters, during the Australian Chess Championship and a number of exhibition events during December and January.

The Chess Association's South Australian president, George Howard, hopes the attendance of Australia's top chess player, Ian Rogers, and other grandmasters will raise the profile of the game in Australia.

"Pretty well everywhere else in the world these grandmasters, they're like Lleyton Hewitt," he said.

"They get mobbed, they're asked for their autographs, they're adulated in the same sort of way that say Steve Waugh is.

"But the country where chess has got less prominence and least support of any country in the world is in fact Australia."

12-11-2003, 04:34 AM
Greg Norman Interview - 11 December 2003
11 December 2003

Greg, a slow start?

It was frustrating because I did not make anything. I got a very bad break on the third hole I played today but struggled out of that with a par. I’m just not used to putting on very slow greens. That’s all it is. My timing is different, even though we practiced on the putting green. But you get out there and you don’t feel you want to hit it as hard as you need to hit it. I have never been a hitter of the putter. I’ve always been a stroker. It just took me a while to get my timing right. You have a tendency of over-swinging, thinking you have to hit it harder, and you decelerate a little and you are getting less hit on it. I had to shorten my stroke up over the last four or five holes and get more of a hit on the ball. It is a horrible feeling, as far as I am concerned.

What did you hit in to 12?

Four iron. It must have kicked off and rolled…

Did you have enough club?

I caught it a little toey. I had the right club. If I hit it solid, it was going to be okay. The pin position did not look as close as what it was to the front of the green. On the pin sheet it did not look as close. I would rather hit it long than short because even in the front bunker I would not have had a shot. I think that pin was a little bit out, to tell the truth…I would have played it long left, tried to hit the back left corner. Because then if you miss the shot, you would have a lot of room, like where Rod was. He was perfect. You’d get it up and down out of there 11 out of 10 times.

A lot has been written about Lleyton…

You have written a lot about him? Tennis or as a caddie? I think from a pure friendship point of view, it is wonderful. When you are playing in your prime, you don’t even think about doing anything like this. I thought it was a wonderful thing that he even asked me if he could do it, number one. As soon as he asked me I thought he had to do it, he would be a natural for it. He’s a sportsman He never got in the way today and he knew exactly what he was doing. He knew the yardages, he knew where the pins were. There was not one situation where I thought, Is he okay? He’s been under those circumstances, whether it is tennis or whether it is golf or any other sport. If you have a smart sportsman’s head on your shoulders, you respect the sport you are playing. He was great, absolutely phenomenal. :worship:

You both had yardage books. Were you taking your yardages or his?

We both double checked. It was the first time I’d used a yardage book in probably 13 years. I had to keep reminding myself to pull it out of my pocket as I walked off the green and start looking at it as I walked to the tee. Normally when I walk on the tee Tony will tell me where the pin is, where the bunkers are and where to hit it. Lleyton was a back-up, to make sure I didn’t screw up. Yesterday I looked at a pin position from the ninth hole, had a yardage from the ninth hole and I was on the 10th. Those stupid little things. I was only about 35 out. He was a good back-up and he never missed a beat. He was spot-on all the time.

Did he enjoy it?

I think so.

Did he say anything after the round?

He said that was a great finish. We are going back to the villa now. We don’t need the whole world to know but I am sure he had a good time. Like I said, I now have to come down to the tennis and watch him play, carry his racquets onto the course and see how he goes.

Are you going to the Australian Open?

I told him I’d never been to the Tennis Centre for the Australian Open. The last time I was there it was on grass courts. That was back in the late 1970s. I’d love to go. I leave to come back down here about the 28th of January so that is perfect timing. But I told him, Your arse had better still be in it. :lol: But if he’s not, we’ll go play golf. It’s as simple as that. :angel:

Did the finish today give you a kick?

It was a bit of a kick. I said to myself when I missed the putt on the sixth hole, All you have to do is finish three of the last four and you’ll be in good shape. You don’t expect it to happen but I trigger myself a little bit to try and get myself going. When I made that putt on the seventh hole and then hit that shot into eight, I thought maybe we could finish birdie-eagle-birdie. I was hitting the ball fairly well. It wasn’t like I was scrapping it around and I felt very comfortable doing it.

Did you hit three wood there?

Yes, into the breeze, 245.

How long was the putt?

Probably about 15, 14 feet.

What do you think of Rod Pampling.

Rod played very well. He played very crisp golf, which is what I call it. His second iron shots were really sharp. He only hit one bad one, which I think was on the par five. Every other one was crisp. He takes a lot of divot, his distance control is excellent. On these greens it is sometimes hard to do that because you don’t know whether you are hitting into the grain or down grain. Sometimes it is hard to judge. He putted great. He made all the good putts. He struggled early on too, with his speed, and made a quicker adjustment than I did, about three or four holes before I did. I think he made four or five in a row today.

You said earlier that you would never have had a celebrity caddie in your prime. Does that mean that…

I am not in my prime? Is that what you are saying? That I am not in my prime? I’m pretty confident in saying that I am not in my prime. When I was in my prime I was probably 35, a hell of a lot younger.

There have been some eyebrows raised about Lleyton, that you can’t be serious about this golf tournament…(inaudible).

John McEnroe said that? I don’t think it is a seriousness point of view. When the gun goes off, my concentration is the same and my application is the same. I think it is probably good for me to do my own yardages every now and then to get myself more into the game than I have been in the past. You are looking at the yardages, calculating, looking at the carry over the green, the green shape. Instead of just walking up there, getting a yardage and pulling a club out, which you do in your prime, you are really primed up then. Now it helps to gear into it a little bit better. I think it is more an asset than a liability. John McEnroe. Where the hell did that come from? John McEnroe has never been serious in his whole life. :lol:

12-11-2003, 10:17 AM
Hewitt Lending A Hand to Norman


Greg Norman and Lleyton Hewitt take centre stage on Thursday for the first round of the Australian PGA Championship.

The former world number one golfer will have Hewitt carrying his bag around the Hyatt Regency Coolum links course, hoping that the tennis pro proves as adept to judging distances as he is to measuring bruising forehands.

Norman and Hewitt, who has already won grand slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, are in many ways an unlikely pairing.

Age-wise, Norman is old enough to be his new caddie’s father. Now 48, Norman is nearing the end of his golfing career, while Hewitt, at 22, has many years left of his tennis shelf life.

It is a move which is generating increased interest in the tournament, where the field is made up mostly of Australians, with several Americans and a scattering of Europeans making up the numbers.

Hewitt will be up for the challenge too, according to Norman.

“I know he can play so I’ve got to test him out. He’s looking forward to it,” said Norman.

“I think it is going to be good for both of us, a good buzz.

“At the end of the day, it is something I haven’t done before and something he hasn’t done and I think we will both enjoy it.

“Over the last year and a half, two years, we’ve been fortunate enough to play a bit of golf together.

“I’ve spoken to him on the phone a few times. I’m yet to go see him play tennis live. That is going to happen pretty soon.”

It will most likely happen during the Australian hardcourt season next month, when Hewitt steps up his challenge for the new tennis season, after a disappointing 2003 campaign in which he lost his number one ranking and tumbled to 16th in the Champions Race.

The disappointing run of results through this year have not left the Adelaide-based player skint, as Norman pointed out. Any prize-money which Norman wins will go to his usual caddie, Tony Navarro.

“If Lleyton Hewitt needs money, then he’s in a bad way,” said Norman. “Whatever percentage of prize money comes out of here, he’d be happy to let it go back to Tony.”

Despite Hewitt’s involvement, it would be surprising if Norman was to be among the top five finishers come Sunday.

He has cut back on his golfing commitments in recent years and rarely competes, devoting much of his time to business interests.

So it will be to the likes of Adam Scott and joint defending champions Jarrod Moseley and Peter Lonard that many will look to as likely winners.

12-11-2003, 10:28 AM
Hewitt's the ace of clubs for Norman

By David Smith, Evening Standard
11 December 2003

It was new balls for Lleyton Hewitt today when the former Wimbledon tennis champion assumed the role of bagman to Greg Norman in the Australian PGA Championship.

Hewitt joined the growing cult of the celebrity caddie by agreeing to give Norman his yardages and clean the golfer's clubs over four rounds of competition at the Coolum course in Queensland.

But the pair were overshadowed on the first morning by playing partner Rod Pampling, who set the pace with a seven-under-par round of 65.

Norman was full of praise for his new caddie despite making his own club selection most of the time in an opening 67. He said: "Lleyton never got in the way. He knew the yardages and there wasn't one situation where I thought 'was he OK?'.

"He's been under those circumstances, and if you've got a smart sportsman's head on your shoulders then you respect the sport you're playing. He told me he enjoyed it very much."

Former football stars Matthew Le Tissier and Niall Quinn have both swapped the dressing room for the caddie shack.

Le Tissier regularly carried the bag for his friend and golf pro Richard Bland in European Tour events while Quinn caddied for 1995 Ryder Cup winner Philip Walton in this year's European Open at the K Club near Dublin. Hewitt's fellow Aussie tennis player, doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge, even played in a major by partnering Ian Baker-Finch in the 1997 Open at Royal Troon.

However, that was not a lasting pairing. Baker-Finch withdrew from the event after carding a first round 21-over-par 92.

Hewitt, a regular golfer who plays off a handicap of eight, jumped at the chance to caddie for his sporting hero.

The 22-year-old, fresh from helping Australia beat Spain in the Davis Cup Final, said: "Greg asked if I would carry his bag and I didn't even have to think about it. He is awesome, someone I idolised growing up."

The two men, both former world number ones in their respective disciplines, are no strangers.

Norman, 48- year- o ld winner of two Open titles, said: " We're good buddies. We've played a bit together over the past 18 months and I've enjoyed it."

Norman's regular caddie, Tony Navarro, watched from behind the spectator ropes with a particular interest in hoping Hewitt made a decent fist of his new role.

That is because the traditional caddie's share of Norman's winnings will still go to Navarro.

12-11-2003, 01:24 PM
More golf...:)

Odd couple of the links prove a big hit
By Peter Stone
December 12, 2003

Former world No. 1 tennis player Lleyton Hewitt looked every bit the golf caddie-towel over the shoulder, yardage book in hand and quiet words of encouragement laced with unbridled enthusiasm when appropriate.

And, in the end, he brought his man home with a five-under-par 67 in yesterday's Australian PGA Championship.

Mind you, for a while it looked as if it might be a struggle for the other former world No. 1 - Greg Norman - as frustration built through the first seven holes of the opening round at Coolum when all that was written on the card were pars.

As a publicity stunt for the tournament, the odd-couple pairing of Norman and Hewitt was a box-office hit.

More than 2000 spectators lined the opening fairway at 7.40am :eek: and among them were many kids. Whether they were there to watch Hewitt or Norman is questionable. Perhaps it was a bit of both.

There was no doubt who the older folk had come to see. The Shark has always had that special magnetism to keep the turnstiles clicking.

And when Norman finally collected a birdie on the 17th, his eighth hole, they erupted, with an old chap shouting: "That's what we've bloody well been waiting for all morning."

On Norman's arrival at the 10th tee to set off in company with fellow Queenslander Rod Pampling and young Victorian Marcus Fraser, Hewitt stood aside as the players and other caddies greeted each other.

Just as a double check, Norman carried his own yardage book. "Lleyton was a back-up to make sure I didn't screw up and he never missed a beat. He was spot-on all the time," Norman said.

"I think from a pure friendship point of view, it was wonderful (to have Hewitt caddie). When you are in your prime, you don't even think about doing anything like this. I thought it was a wonderful thing that he even asked me if he could do it.

"As soon as he asked me, I knew I had to do it. He would be a natural for it. He's a sportsman. He never got in the way today, and he knew exactly what he was doing.

"He knew the yardages and he knew where the pins were. There wasn't one situation where I thought, 'Is he OK?' He was great, absolutely phenomenal."

Norman's regular caddie Tony Navarro tracked them from behind the ropes, his facial expression impassive. Was he suffering withdrawal symptoms? "No," he said. "I get to stay in the shade."

But, when Norman finished with three straight birdies to sign for his 67, Navarro had a broad smile. "Hey bud, good shots coming in," he said to Norman when they met.

Some have argued that the Shark cannot be serious about this week but he said: "When the gun goes off, my concentration is the same and my application is the same.

"I think it was probably good for me to do my own yardages every now and then to get myself more into the game than I have in the past."

After Norman signed his card, a slightly built youngster was introduced to him. They had never met, but Norman did send his warm congratulations to Nick Flanagan after he won the US Amateur championship a couple of months ago. Flanagan then sat at the back of Norman's news conference hanging on the great man's words.

But, for Hewitt, there is a return of favour coming. Norman has never seen Hewitt play tennis live and has advanced his arrival in Melbourne for February's Heineken Classic appearance to January 28 and will be at the Australian Open, perhaps to carry Hewitt's racquets on to court.

"I've told him, 'Your arse had better be in it,' " Norman said when asked of the possibility that Hewitt might not be around at that stage in the second week of the Open.

"If he's not, we'll go play golf. It's as simple as that."

12-11-2003, 01:40 PM
From the Australian. Some quote overkill, but this one has some good bits about Lleyton's fidgeting and extravagant ball tosses. It provides a little more colour.:D

Norman, rookie bagman click early
By Mike Wood
December 12, 2003
It was not quite a dawn start for the new Team Shark, but a 7.40am tee-time meant an early wake-up call for tennis star Lleyton Hewitt on his first day as Greg Norman's caddie.

Hewitt has taken the place of Norman's regular bagman, Tony Navarro, this week, but Navarro was not far away, watching the pair on the putting green and then following the duo around along with a sizeable gallery.

Navarro was cagey about whether he had passed on any tips but said he had faith in Hewitt's ability. "He'll be all right," Navarro said as he walked to watch the opening tee shots. "Lleyton knows what he is doing, he knows about golf."

The opening tee shot can set the tone for a round. While Norman has been here countless times before and showed not a hint of first-tee nerves, the same could not be said of his new sidekick, who checked out his yardage chart, picked at the Shark's pom-pom head-covers, and generally fidgeted like only Hewitt can.

There were clear signs of relief when the boss nailed his tee shot with a three-wood and split the fairway.

Team Shark were under way.

It always takes time for a new working relationship to settle into a rhythm but Hewitt seemed to adapt quickly to the subservient role.

The job of a caddie has evolved greatly. Long gone are the days when a player's bagman might turn up for the morning's tee-off having slept in a nearby bush, smelling like he had used Johnnie Walker Black Label for aftershave.

The modern caddie has many roles: knowing when to keep up and shut up, when to offer advice, when to crack a joke, when to keep still (Lleyton would always have trouble with that last one). But in terms of carrying the bag, cleaning the clubs, confirming the yardages and generally keeping out of way, Hewitt did well.

"We never really saw him out there at all, which means he did a good job," was the verdict of Rod Pampling, one of Norman's playing partners for the day. "He did a good job. Never at any stage did we have to ask him to move."

At least Hewitt didn't have to quiet the crowd or yell "no cameras" in the style of Nick Faldo's caddie, fearsome Fanny Sunesson, or Tiger's snappy Steve Williams - but then Norman has his own security man on hand to do that for him.

Norman was clearly the boss in determining the distances for each shot and pulling the club. He admitted it was the first time in 13 years he had carried a yardage chart, the ever reliable Navarro usually doing the calculations. Hewitt, Norman said, was there as a back-up measuring man, just in case.

Team Shark clearly began to gel, and relax, as the round progressed. The first extravagant toss of the ball from player to caddie came at the 14th, their fifth hole. Norman overarmed the ball from nine metres to his bagman, who neatly pouched it and cleaned it in one fluid motion. Norman didn't try the same trick at the next after tapping in for his sixth straight par. Hewitt was standing in front of a lake and it could have been embarrassing.

The run of pars was finally broken at their eighth hole, the par-four 17th. A four-metre putt secured Norman's first birdie of the day but Hewitt refrained from his trademark fist-pumping, settling instead for a satisfied nod. Four more birdies followed after the turn, including three in a row to finish. That added up to an opening 67, five-under par and not a blemish on the card. Not a bad start for Team Shark, but then they have four major titles between them, two apiece, and both have been world No.1 in their respective sports, so they should know what competing is all about.

Norman lauded his new apprentice. "He never got in the way, he knew what he was doing, he knew the yardages and where the pins were," Norman said. "There was not one situation where I thought 'Is he okay?' He was great, absolutely phenomenal."

He even hinted that he might return the favour come the Australian Open tennis next month.

"Like I said, I now have to come down to the tennis and watch him play, maybe carry his racquets onto court and see how he goes," Norman said. "I told him I've never been to the Tennis Centre for the Australian Open. I'd love to go."

The new caddie's summation of his first day on the job?

"It was fun," Hewitt said. "I really enjoyed it."

12-11-2003, 02:07 PM
GOLF: Hewitt a natural – we didn't notice him


ROOKIE caddy Lleyton Hewitt has a golden future in the role if ever he decides to give up tennis.

That was the unanimous, tongue-in-cheek verdict of his player, Greg Norman, third-placed Rod Pampling and a swag of experienced Tour caddies after the Wimbledon and US Open tennis champion made an auspicious carrying debut at the Australian PGA championship yesterday.

Looking as though he had been performing the task for years, Hewitt, who had asked Norman for the job, smoothly handled every chore as the Shark birdied five of his final 11 holes and the last three in a row to finish at five-under 67.

Norman's regular caddy, Tony Navarro, who shadowed the group from outside the ropes, liked the way Hewitt carried the bag on his left shoulder – no doubt to avoid strain on his favoured right – and praised the studied manner in which he consulted his yardage book and cleaned the ball.

Pampling, who played with Norman, was equally generous.

"We really didn't see him at all. Obviously he was there but never at any stage did we have to ask him to move. He knew what he was doing," he said.

Finally, Norman was ecstatic with the success of the arrangement.

"From a pure friendship point of view it is wonderful," he said.

"I thought it was wonderful he even asked me could he do it. And I knew he would be a natural for it because he's a sportsman.

"He never got in the way today and he knew exactly what he was doing. He knew the yardages and where the pins were. There was not one situation where I thought `is he OK?' He was great, absolutely phenomenal.

"Now I have to come down to the tennis and watch him play, carry his racquets onto the court and see how he goes."

Immaculately attired in a white polo shirt, navy shorts and white Nike cap with the brim even facing the front, the Australian Davis Cup team hero looked, if anything, a shade too immaculate to be a regular Tour caddy as he marched onto the tee with Norman at precisely 7.35am.

With the temperature already hitting 26C and the humidity at 90 per cent, he was far more sensibly attired than the Shark, who, inexplicably for a Queenslander, was clad in black hat, navy trousers and a heavy-knit grey shirt which was soaked with perspiration from the practice fairway.

In stark contrast to the frenetic, noise-filled atmosphere in which Hewitt performs his sporting heroics, there was only respectful silence from the 2000-strong gallery, many of them teenage girls, grouped around the 10th green as Norman hit a perfect 3 wood to start proceedings.

For the first time in 13 years Norman carried his own yardage book and the pair liaised frequently on approach shots, most of which came up 10m short of the pin for the first seven holes which Norman parred.

But from the 17th onwards, where Norman holed a 5m putt for the first of his five birdies, everything fell into place.

12-12-2003, 01:27 AM
Here's an article that Jo typed up for me from MX, which is made by the Herald Sun. She told me that this paper isn't exactly a quality paper so I don't know how acurate this news is but I figured everybody might like to read it :)

Hewitt engaged in Secrets business

Lleyton Hewitt may have a secret romantic agenda during his trip to Queensland.

Hewitt will begin carrying Greg Norman’s bags in today’s Australian PGA championship, but witnesses suspect there is a more important matter on his agenda.

The Davis Cup hero was seen holding hands with his girlfriend Kim Clijsters while shopping in Noosa’s Hastings St jewellery shop Secrets Shhh… over the weekend, sparking ideas he will soon kneel with a certain question.

The cat had this morning got the tongue of a shop spokesman, who refused to divulge what the celebrity couple was searching for.

“We prefer not to talk about the people who come into our shop,” he said, adding reports on the matter would “not be very nice”.

Clijsters has been less subtle about the couples future plans on her website. She referred to Hewitt’s mansion as “our house in Adelaide”. But we take with a grain of salt her description of a trip into the mountains with Hewitt, after which she writes she “got back as a stiff”.

12-12-2003, 08:48 AM
Here's an article that Jo typed up for me from MX, which is made by the Herald Sun. She told me that this paper isn't exactly a quality paper so I don't know how acurate this news is but I figured everybody might like to read it :)

Hewitt engaged in Secrets business

Lleyton Hewitt may have a secret romantic agenda during his trip to Queensland.

Hewitt will begin carrying Greg Norman’s bags in today’s Australian PGA championship, but witnesses suspect there is a more important matter on his agenda.

The Davis Cup hero was seen holding hands with his girlfriend Kim Clijsters while shopping in Noosa’s Hastings St jewellery shop Secrets Shhh… over the weekend, sparking ideas he will soon kneel with a certain question.

The cat had this morning got the tongue of a shop spokesman, who refused to divulge what the celebrity couple was searching for.

“We prefer not to talk about the people who come into our shop,” he said, adding reports on the matter would “not be very nice”.

Clijsters has been less subtle about the couples future plans on her website. She referred to Hewitt’s mansion as “our house in Adelaide”. But we take with a grain of salt her description of a trip into the mountains with Hewitt, after which she writes she “got back as a stiff”.

omg :eek: ...this is so, i dunno how to say, if it's true, it'll be wonderful :angel:

12-12-2003, 09:03 AM
Hewitt and Norman hit it off

Ben Scadden
Friday December 12, 2003
The Guardian

Greg Norman's new best mate, Lleyton Hewitt, made his debut as a caddie in the Australian PGA Championship yesterday and the former Wimbledon champion placed no strain on their friendship as Norman shot a 67 to put him only three shots off the lead after the opening round.
Norman and his celebrity bag-carrier Hewitt, both former world No1s in their sports, made a perfect doubles combination on the lush Hyatt Coolum course just north of Brisbane on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Hewitt looked the part - cleaning clubs, wiping the ball, tending the flagstick and fingering his yardage book - but it was Norman who made all the decisions. "We both had yardage books and it's the first time in about 13 years that I've carried one," Norman said. "I double-checked with Lleyton. He was a back-up to make sure I didn't screw up."

Norman, 48, said he would not have considered using a celebrity caddie in his prime but pronounced himself delighted that Hewitt had asked some time ago if he could accompany him around Coolum. "From a pure friendship point of view, it's wonderful," Norman said. "He's a sportsman and knew exactly what he was doing. He knew the yardages, knew where the pins were and was spot-on. He was absolutely phenomenal."

Hewitt was beaming after Norman finished with three successive birdies. "Yeah, I had fun. I really enjoyed it out there," Hewitt said.

In turn Norman has pledged to attend the Australian Open in Melbourne to watch Hewitt in action. "Maybe I can carry his rackets," he said.

Norman twice came up short of his target, on the 12th and par-three 14th, but absolved his caddie of blame. "I had the right club but just didn't hit it solid," he said.

The man under least pressure was Norman's long-time caddie Tony Navarro, who watched his boss as an anonymous spectator from outside the ropes.

The first-round lead was shared by the Australians Peter Senior and Steve Collins with 64, eight under par. Senior fired nine birdies and a bogey while Collins had eight birdies. Next come two other Australians: Rod Pampling, who birdied the last four holes to finish on 65, one shot clear of Martin Doyle.

Senior gave up full-time golf this season to spend more time with his family. He showed he had lost little of his touch with his 11th placing in last week's Australian Masters.

"I was very happy with last week because I hadn't played for some time," Senior said. "I held it together pretty well last week and today I hit my short irons the best I've hit them for a long time."

Pampling revealed he had used a novel tactic: "I was hooking it from the first hole so I started aiming right and hooked it in all day."

12-12-2003, 09:30 AM
Offseason moonlighting

Tennis star Hewitt caddying for Norman at Australian PGA

Posted: Thursday December 11, 2003 1:49AM; Updated: Thursday December 11, 2003 1:49AM

COOLUM, Australia (AP) -- It made for an odd sight Thursday, both Greg Norman and Lleyton Hewitt doing things they'd never usually do, on or off a golf course.

There was Norman, yardage book in hand, trying to find sprinkler heads or other markers on the fairway to judge the distance to the green.

And Hewitt, the former world No. 1 tennis player and -- this week -- a makeshift caddie, with his Nike hat on frontwards, a wet towel draped over his shoulder, dressed in casual blue shorts and carting Norman's clubs in steamy 90 degree temperatures.

It was the first round of the Australian PGA tournament at the Hyatt Regency resort course, and the crowds predictably followed the pair, one Australia's most famous golfing son, the other one of its most popular tennis players.

Norman, trying to win his first tournament in more than five years, made his own club selection most of the time as he shot an opening-round 5-under 67, two shots off the lead.

"I probably haven't used a yardage book in 13 years," said Norman. "I had to keep reminding myself to pull it out of my pocket."

The idea was spawned a few months ago during one of the many phone calls between the close friends, and after Hewitt, 22, asked the 48-year-old Norman if he could carry his bag in a tournament.

Norman still brought his longtime caddie, Tony Navarro, with him to Australia but Hewitt will be on Norman's bag at least until Friday and the weekend -- if Norman makes the cut.

"As soon as he asked me, I said 'you got to do it, it would be a natural,' " said Norman. "He never got in the way today, he knew the yardages, and there wasn't one situation where I thought 'was he OK.'

"He's been under those circumstances, and if you've got a smart sportsman's head on your shoulders then you respect the sport you're playing. He told me he enjoyed it very much today."

Navarro should be thankful for a few days off, particularly in the hot subtropical temperatures. But he shouldn't be worried about losing his job to Hewitt.

"Normally Tony, when I walk on the tee, he'll tell me the yardage, where the pin is, where the bunkers are and where to hit it," said Norman. "Lleyton was a backup, making sure I didn't screw up. He never missed a beat."

The 8-handicapper Hewitt, often having to acknowledge frequent "G'day Lleytons" from the crowd, seemed uncomfortable so exposed outside the smaller confines of a tennis court and without a racket in his hand.

On the first hole -- Norman's 10th Thursday -- a 15-foot birdie putt rolled in, Norman's second of the day. When Hewitt walked up to Norman after the putt, there were no high-fives, backslaps or even handshakes. Hewitt grabbed Norman's putter, the two strode off the green and Norman managed a brief smile.

Norman had birdies on his final three holes, including his last where the ball did a circle around the cup before dropping.

The celebrity pair were often a sideshow to Australian Rod Pampling, a member of the same group who went on a streak of six birdies in eight holes to take the tournament lead with a 65.

"He [Hewitt] knew exactly what he was doing, he was never in the way," said Pampling.

Norman fended off criticism that he could not be serious about winning the tournament if he was using a celebrity caddie.

"I don't think it's a serious point of view," said Norman. "I think when the gun goes off, my concentration is the same. I think it's actually good for me to do my own yardages every now and then to get myself more into the game than I have in the past.

"You are looking at the yardage, you're calculating where the green shapes are. Instead of just getting the yardage and getting the club out, which you do in your prime, now it helps you gear into it a bit more. I think it's more of an asset than a liability."

12-13-2003, 06:10 AM
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Norman making ground
December 13, 2003

PETER SENIOR was still high balling it out in front, but Greg Norman gave his army of fans some thrills as he moved steadily up the Australian PGA Championship leader board today.

Norman's putter let him down yesterday with back-to-back double bogies at 12 and 13 costing him four shots in his two-over 74.

But it was working better today as he carved out six birdies to climb from three under to nine under.

The Shark's chances of winning will depending on whether Senior increases his score or comes back to the field in the afternoon.

When Norman walked off the Coolum course after his 66 he was eight shots behind Senior, who was 17 under after playing seven holes.

"Realistically around here that's too many shots to make up," said Norman.

"I don't think I can make enough putts out there to tell you the truth.

"I'd have to go out there and make 10 birdies and I just can't get a handle on these greens to be honest with you.

"They've got me frustrated, I just can't hit them hard enough."

Norman said if Senior came back to the field he might be a chance of winning.

"I'm going to have a crack at it anyway and I'd like to shoot a real low score and see what happens.

"But I can't see myself making up eight shots because you know the guy is going to make four or five birdies".

Norman said caddie Lleyton Hewitt had been great on his bag this week.

"He's seeing our sport in a different light," said Norman, who appeared more relaxed today after yesterday's 74.

"We (golf players) have to keep control of ourselves when we get mad. Like I said to him yesterday, I just wanted to let it go but I couldn't.

"He said in his sport he could yell or break a racquet and smash a ball back hard.

"But he said if I mis-hit a shot in temper, I'm basically out of it and he sees it differently."

Senior, chasing his first tournament win since the 1997 Canon Challenge, has been in sizzling form with his broomstick putter sweeping down 18 birdies in his first 37 holes.

He was playing aggressively which will either shut the door on his rivals or force the event wide open with several holes on the Coolum layout capable of punishing any careless play.

He was 17 under but had a few seasoned campaigners chasing, including Craig Parry who had a quick start picking up three shots in four holes with a birdie and an eagle to move to 12 under.

Adelaide's Wade Ormsby, who ruined his good 67 start with a 73 yesterday, compiled a sensational round today as he charged up the leader board.

Ormsby, who secured his European Tour card as the second leading qualifier, started the day at four under and 11 behind Senior but shot a stunning course-record equalling 63 to jump into second place on 13 under for the tournament.

12-13-2003, 01:28 PM
Golf....Norman shot a 66 on Saturday...and gives us some more great quotes about Ll.

Old Shark still shows some bite
By Peter Stone
December 14, 2003

Greg Norman concedes he cannot win the $1 million Australian PGA championship at Coolum, but vows to go out with all guns blazing in the final round today.

Yesterday, he gave the 5000 spectators a touch of the Shark of old with a seven-birdie haul along the way to a six-under 66, which catapulted him to nine under the card after 54 holes.

But veteran Peter Senior nailed a huge birdie putt on the 18th to sit an extraordinary 18 under, extending his lead to five shots from Craig Parry, Rod Pampling and Wade Ormsby, who had a sensational 63 yesterday.

Norman is nine behind Senior, and yesterday was still rueing three holes on Friday - two of them double bogeys - that virtually put him out of contention.

While Norman never contemplated missing the cut, tournament officials were getting twitchy.

"Apart from those three holes yesterday, I would have been right there. The cut never entered my head. I knew I was playing well and it was just a matter of staying patient to get him (former world No. 1 tennis player Lleyton Hewitt) for two extra rounds on the bag, so his shoulder gets really sore," Norman said. "I'm going to have a crack at it, anyway. I'd like to shoot a really low score tomorrow and then we'll see what happens."

The coupling of Norman and Hewitt has been a promotional masterpiece. "It's been fabulous," Norman said. "I know he's enjoying it. I'm enjoying his company (they've virtually been inseparable for the week, dining together each night). I think he is seeing our sport in a different light, which is great.

"When you play a practice round with these guys, you don't really get into it like you do in a tournament. He's seeing it from a top-echelon perspective. How we keep control of ourselves when we get mad. I said to him yesterday, 'Man, I just really want to let go of it right now, but I can't.' He said, 'I know. We can get away with it, we can break a racquet, we can hit a ball back as hard as we possibly can because it means nothing. You guys miss a shot out there and you're out of it.' "

Scott Gardiner, who has promised much but delivered little since turning professional and has had a rocky year, showed signs of form in the past three days and is 12 under. He returned from Europe after the British Open in July for three weeks to recharge the batteries, intending to return, but didn't. A virus and back problems didn't help, but one also suspects a little home-sickness may have been involved.

"I wasn't motivated, I wasn't enjoying it. I just wanted to get some enjoyment back in the game," Gardiner said. He would have enjoyed yesterday, a bogey-free seven-under 65 - a round he wasn't confident of repeating.

Adam Scott, who finished with a wet sail to reach a play-off in the Australian Masters last weekend, is even further back this time after a disappointing 74. Popular Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, meanwhile, had a third successive 69 to sit at nine under and is in a strong position for a top-10 finish.

12-14-2003, 07:01 AM
Senior wins Australian PGA

DENNIS PASSA, Associated Press Writer Saturday, December 13, 2003

(12-13) 22:33 PST COOLUM, Australia (AP) --

Australia's Peter Senior won his first tour title since 1997 on Sunday, closing with a 1-over 73 for a one-stroke victory in the Australian PGA.

The 44-year-old Senior, who had a five-stroke lead after both the second and third rounds, finished with a 17-under 271 total. He three-putted the 18th for a bogey, his second in a row.

"I was leaking a bit of oil at the end, but I hung on," said Senior, also the Australian PGA winner in 1989. The victory was his first since the 1997 Canon Challenge in Sydney.

Australia's Rod Pampling shot a 69 to finish second, and countryman Craig Parry was another stroke back after a 70.

Americans Chip Beck and Ryan Palmer were the only non-Australians in the top 15. Beck had a 68 and Palmer shot a 75 for 7-under 281 total. Rich Beem, the 2002 U.S. PGA champion, shot a 70 for a 3-under 285 total.

Greg Norman, with tennis star Lleyton Hewitt working as his caddie, finished with a 75 for a 6-under total.

"We had a great week," Norman said. "I think it was as memorable for Lleyton as it was for me. Irrespective of how I played, he had a great time and I'm glad we could do it."

Hewitt, a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon singles champion, said working with Norman was "one of the best experiences of my life."

12-14-2003, 12:10 PM
*crossing fingers and praying for pictures*

Senior snaps Aussie PGA
11.42AM, 14 Dec 2003

Peter Senior survived two late bogeys to win his second Australian PGA Championship by one stroke from Rodney Pampling.

The 44-year-old Senior, who had not won a tournament since 1997, closed with a 73 for a 17-under-par total of 271 at the Hyatt Coolum course in Queensland.

Senior, with tears welling in his eyes, said he was relieved the tournament was over after taking three putts for a bogey on the par-four 18th hole.

"I was leaking a bit of oil at the end, but I hung on," said Senior, who also won the Australian PGA in 1989.

"I guess I thought I had it won when I birdied 16," the Queenslander added.

"It's something no player likes to do (win with a bogey), you like to close it out in style. But it's been a long time between drinks and I'm over the moon."

Senior was joint leader after the first round and five shots clear of the field after three rounds.

Queensland's Pampling and Sydneysider Craig Parry were in joint second place after the third round and pushed Senior all the way on Sunday.

Pampling shot a 69 for a total of 16-under-par 272, shooting five birdies and two bogeys. The 34-year-old moved to 16-under-par after birdies on the 12th and 13th holes before closing with five pars.

Triple Australian Masters winner Parry fired a 70 to finish a shot behind Pampling in third place. Parry's challenge ended with a double-bogey five on the par-three 14th hole after his tee shot found water.

Scott Laycock closed with a 67 to finish fourth on 14-under-par 274, one shot ahead of last year's joint Australian PGA champion Peter Lonard.

Twice British Open winner Greg Norman finished with a 75 for a share of 20th place on six-under-par 282.

Playing in his home state of Queensland, the US-based Norman attracted an even bigger gallery than normal with former world number one tennis player Lleyton Hewitt as his caddie.

"I think it was as memorable for Lleyton as it was for me. I'm glad we could do it," said Norman, who plans to attend next month's Australian Open grand slam tennis tournament to support Hewitt.

Hewitt, 22, kissed his Belgian girlfriend Kim Clijsters, the world number two tennis player, after walking off the 18th green. :hearts: :angel:

"It was one of the best experiences of my life," the former US Open and Wimbledon champion said.

12-14-2003, 03:08 PM
*Joins Angele in prayer for pictures :p *

Although I didn't know that Kim was at the golf tournament too. I thought they said something about wives and girlfriends not being allowed??? Oh well, maybe I was just a little confused. I am very glad she was there :hearts:

12-15-2003, 01:17 PM
Anne--I don't think the pro tournament was the guys only thing, and Kim just came for the last day of the golf. I think she was at that beauty farm place, drinking salt water etc....In any case, this is from the Herald Sun--back to tennis for Lleyton...:D

Lleyton Hewitt drops bag and returns to net
Leo Schlink

FRESH from shouldering Greg Norman's bag at the Australian PGA, Lleyton Hewitt will revert to a more familiar task today: the business of preparing for a grand slam tilt.

Hewitt, 22, will pick up a racquet for the first time since Australia's Davis Cup triumph over Spain in Melbourne last month.
Rejuvenated after playing only one match in three months -- a five-set win over French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero -- Hewitt will today begin grooving his baseline game with coach Roger Rasheed.

The pair has adhered strictly to a schedule structured to have Hewitt peaking for last month's Davis Cup decider and again for the Australian Open (January 19-February 1).

"Our agenda after the Davis Cup final was to have Lleyton not picking up a racquet again until this week," Rasheed said yesterday. "He hit a lot of balls before the Davis Cup final, probably more than any other player in the world to be ready for the final, and we've concentrated on other areas since.

"We'll start hitting this week to get ready for the Hopman Cup, adidas International and the Aussie Open."

Hewitt might not have wielded a racquet since overwhelming Ferrero, but he has hardly been idle.

The right-hander maintained fitness during a golfing holiday at Coolum with regular stints in the gym and touch football.

And, before and after lugging Norman's bag last week, the South Australian completed training tasks set by Rasheed. Hewitt's workload was largely running-based and also incorporated more strengthening exercises in the gym. He built a solid foundation after opting off the ATP circuit in September after piloting Australia to victory over Switzerland in the Davis Cup semi-finals.

The US Open and Wimbledon winner used his time away from competition to have a wart removed from his foot, before resuming full training.

His impressive physical condition was apparent during the fifth set of his draining clash with Ferrero who, by comparison, looked exhausted as the Australian found reserves of energy to stream to victory.

Hewitt is eager to improve his record at Melbourne Park where, Davis Cup heroics aside, he has been unable to progress beyond the of the Australian Open fourth round in seven attempts.

The difference this season is twofold. Hewitt will play the Open having had the longest end of season respite of his short career.

But he will do so with his lowest ranking -- 17 -- since 1999, when he was 22nd in the world, leaving him without the protection of a high seeding.

12-16-2003, 01:26 PM
hey guys do any of u have any pics of lleyton and kim from the golf tourny

12-17-2003, 01:58 PM
Anne--I don't think the pro tournament was the guys only thing, and Kim just came for the last day of the golf. I think she was at that beauty farm place, drinking salt water etc....In any case, this is from the Herald Sun--back to tennis for Lleyton...:D[

Thanks for the info and articles Dagmar :kiss:

12-17-2003, 02:54 PM
Ll to miss olympics - pffff

Games bungle arms critics
Comment by Leo Schlink
December 18, 2003

INANE Olympic Games tennis scheduling exposes the sport not only to short-term loss, but also long-term damage.

Lleyton Hewitt's decision to bypass the Games is based purely on logistics and a healthy dose of pragmatism.

As with every other player in the world, Hewitt has been asked by tennis and Olympic officials to peak for the Athens Games from August 15-22 and then, just three days after the final, front at the US Open.

It is ludicrous scheduling and, as it was in Atlanta seven years ago, an administrative bungle likely to cost tennis its luminaries in Athens.

Tennis at the Games could have started on the opening day, August 13, which at least would have provided a five-day gap.

Or, even better, start before the opening ceremony, as soccer did at the 2000 Games.

Those who believe tennis has no place at the Olympics, despite its claims to be a founding sport of the modern Games, will seize on the absence of what is certain to be a raft of stars in Greece.

Despite the sport's full Olympic presence since 1988, it has sat uncomfortably alongside the purest Games pursuits such as track and field and swimming.

Tennis already has its four majors, Davis Cup and Fed Cup - all annual international highlights - so why the need for an awkward Olympic union every four years?

Having an Olympic outlet has been invaluable for the sport in Eastern Europe because of developmental concerns, but the Games are about celebrating the elite and those who aspire to it.

Without Hewitt, Kim Clijsters and possibly Andre Agassi, tennis is bracing itself for a repeat of the hollow Sydney tennis experience where Pete Sampras, Martina Hingis, Agassi, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport were absent.

Hewitt will cop flak for his decision but he has acted honestly. He sacrificed the closing quarter of this season - losing millions of dollars in potential earnings by taking time away from the regular circuit - to prepare for the Davis Cup final.

But critics should be aware that Hewitt's Davis Cup decision was not such much selfless as pragmatic.

His choice not to play Athens will be received with similar disapproval. He will be barraged for having the honesty to declare the Olympics do not fit his scheduling.

Never mind the fact Hewitt will continue to show up for Davis Cup - wherever and whenever it is held - nor the fact he contested the Sydney Games and, all things being equal, will probably play the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Hewitt's stance has nothing to do with Clijsters' decision to miss Athens. It is simply a matter of priorities.

If Hewitt was as accessible as his most vehement critics wished, the only issue to be examined today would be the tennis calendar and the positioning of the Olympic Games in it - both short and long-term.

Herald Sun

12-17-2003, 02:54 PM
Hewitt to miss Olympics
By Leo Schlink
December 18, 2003

AUSTRALIAN Davis Cup hero Lleyton Hewitt will miss next year's Athens Olympics.

Lleyton Hewitt leaves the court / AP

Scheduling concerns similar to those that drove a raft of leading players out of the 1996 Atlanta Games will force world champion Hewitt to bypass Greece in August.

The Athens tennis tournament is played from August 15-22, with the US Open starting three days later in New York.

"The big thing is when we had the Sydney Olympics in 2000, it was after all the four majors had been played," Hewitt said yesterday.

"Athens is being held right before the US Open and it's got the same feeling as the Atlanta Olympics (in 1996) when a lot guys were missing because it was just so close before the US Open.

"We're fortunate in tennis, I guess, that we're in a sport where we've got the four majors and Davis Cup every year and they're my main goals.

"I've sat down with (coach) Roger (Rasheed) and we've come up with a schedule designed for me to do well at the grand slams and Davis Cup.

"They're my priorities next year. I would like to win at least one major and help Australia successfully defend the Davis Cup."

Hewitt will play an expanded list of tournaments next year, starting with the Hopman Cup in Perth, then the adidas International, Australian Open and the first round of Davis Cup in Adelaide.

He will then contest Rotterdam before attempting to win a third consecutive Masters Series title in Indian Wells, California, before travelling to Miami.

Should Australia beat Sweden in Davis Cup next month, Hewitt will return to Australia for the April quarter-finals.

His claycourt season will take in two of three events in either Monte Carlo, Rome or Hamburg and there is a chance he could play the World Team Cup in Germany before the French Open.

Hewitt will then return to Queen's Club en route to Wimbledon before using Los Angeles, Toronto and Cincinnati to prepare for the US Open – leaving no room for Athens.

Hewitt is unlikely to be alone in his decision to bypass the Olympics.

Andre Agassi, the 1996 gold medallist, is rumoured to be an unlikely starter after missing the Sydney Games.

Hewitt makes no apologies for his stance.

"For athletes in many other sports, the Olympics are the be-all and end-all," the Wimbledon and US Open winner said.

"It comes around once every four years for them and it's understandably huge.

"For a tennis player, you can pack up your bags after losing at the Olympics and be on cloud nine two weeks later if you've had a win in New York.

"For me, Davis Cup is about representing Australia in a team sport and I love it. Although you're still representing Australia at the Olympics, you're doing it as an individual."

Hewitt lost in the first round of the Sydney Games to Max Mirnyi, of Belarus, but still enjoyed the experience.

The timing of Athens means it is likely to lose a host of players who will prefer to rest before the US Open, as Pete Sampras did before Atlanta in 1996.

Australia will be represented in Athens by Hewitt's fellow Davis Cup hero Mark Philippoussis, who was Australia's best performer at the Sydney Olympics, losing in the third round to eventual champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said Hewitt's dedication to the national cause was clearly evident despite his decision to bypass Athens.

"I reiterate how much Lleyton loves playing Davis Cup for his country," said Fitzgerald, who will manage the Australian Olympic tennis contingent in Greece.

"Lleyton's priority in 2004, apart from doing well in the grand slams, is a successful defence of the Davis Cup.

"Even without the Olympics, Lleyton has already got a full year."

Hewitt said his decision had nothing to do with his world No. 2 girlfriend Kim Clijsters' move to bypass the Games. Hewitt said the pair had made decisions on the Games independently.

Herald Sun

12-17-2003, 03:13 PM
thanks duck, a great schedule nevertheless

12-22-2003, 08:27 PM
Ut uh.... :mad:

Hewitt's reign unlikely to be repeated
By Patrick Miles

The 16-month tenure of Lleyton Hewitt as world No.1 is unlikely to be repeated or bettered in the next few years as a select group of men at their peak do battle for the top ranking.
Andy Roddick, 21, Roger Federer, 22, and Juan Carlos Ferrero, 23, are within 330 ranking points at the head of the leaderboard before next month's Australian Open, which offers 1000 points for the winner.

And according to Ferrero, Hewitt can be thrown into the mix as well, even though the 22-year-old South Australian is at No.17 in the world, 1450 points behind Roddick.

Hewitt became the first Australian year-end No.1 at Sydney's Tennis Masters Cup in November 2001, then clung on to his crown until last April when Andre Agassi returned to the top.

It was a period of frantic activity for Hewitt that almost inevitably resulted in a relatively unsuccessful 2003.

After Agassi, the 33-year-old Australian Open champion who can never be discounted, Ferrero, in September, then Roddick, the following month, assumed the position, the last two becoming the 21st and 22nd world leaders since the ranking system began in 1973.

Hewitt's run at No.1 was the eighth best effort among a group including Peter Sampras (286 weeks), Ivan Lendl (270), Jimmy Connors (268), John McEnroe (170) and Bjorn Borg (109).

Ferrero, who held the spot for just eight weeks, believes Hewitt will fight his way back into the top five next year.

"Hewitt can win more Grand Slams and he has the level to be in the top five," Ferrero said. "It will be difficult to return to No.1. Lleyton has to play very good to come back. But he will try with all his power."

Ferrero, who played the last match of 2003 against Mark Philippoussis on November 30 in the Davis Cup final, will begin his new campaign in Sydney at the Adidas International from January 11, when he will be joined by his Melbourne conquerors, Philippoussis and Hewitt.

The Spaniard, who won his first grand slam title at this year's French Open, said there was "no revenge" on his agenda, only a desire to defend the points he won in Australia last January - for runner-up at Homebush Bay and a quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

He believes the No.1 ranking will be closely fought between himself, Federer, the incumbent Roddick, and several other young men such as Argentina's Guillermo Coria.

"Right now, it's difficult," Ferrero said from Spain in a telephone conference yesterday. "Every guy in the top 10 has the opportunity to be No.1. It is not going to be easy. I know how difficult it is to get to No.1. You have to stay at the same level for a long time."

The four players at the head of the rankings are the winners of this year's grand slam singles titles - which proves the significance of the system.

"I think I can be No.1 again," Ferrero said, "because I'm very close on points."

Although the Davis Cup final was heart-rending for Ferrero, he has managed during his holidays at home with his family and girlfriend to focus again on the singular nature of the ATP Tour.

"It was two losses for me, but now I've really recuperated from this," he said. "I gave all of my talent but it wasn't enough. But I think I played good tennis on grass."

While keen to re-enter the fray in Sydney, where he lost last year's final to Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea, Ferrero is equally favourable to a plan to shorten the season by making a later start and an earlier finish.

"It will be perfect for us," he said, referring to the multi-party talks aimed at reducing the players' crammed schedules.

"I had to play the Davis Cup final - in Australia, in this case," Ferrero said. "To finish the year so late leaves no time for preparation, physical and mental.I hope that it will happen - more time to rest, more holidays."

12-23-2003, 02:09 PM
Lleyton pops the question :angel: :eek: :eek: :eek:
By Leo Schlink
December 24, 2003
THE first couple of tennis, Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters, are to wed.

Former world champion Hewitt proposed yesterday to world No.2 Clijsters while on a cruise on Sydney Harbour.

Hewitt's management company Octagon last night confirmed that the pair, who have been friends for four years in January, are to wed.

No date has been set for the union of the former world No.1 ranked players.

"It was a special evening together in one of the most beautiful cities in the world," the 22-year-old

Hewitt said. "We couldn't have asked for more."

Clijsters, 20, was overjoyed but still expressed some surprise at the trouble Hewitt went to with setting up the proposal.

"Lleyton did surprise me a bit but I couldn't be happier," she said.

"He has always been one to pay great attention to detail but I think he outdid himself this time. :angel:

"It was amazing."
Hewitt and Clijsters are the most high profile playing couple on the circuit.

They are regular practice partners and have played in mixed doubles tournaments - the highlight being their 2000 Wimbledon final appearance.

They had declared they were an item just weeks before at the French Open.

The relationship rivals that of Jimmy Connors who proposed to Chris Evert in the 1970s. The US pair were both world No.1s at the same time.

Tennis's other big love match is Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

Sports industry insiders believe Hewitt and Clijsters could become the most marketable tennis couple in the world because their best years still are ahead.

Hewitt last night told his parents - Glynn and Cherilyn - while Clijsters also was busy telephoning her family in Belgium.

"Both sets of parents are very pleased," Glynn Hewitt said last night.

Hewitt's Adelaide-based family are not alone in welcoming Clijsters to the Australian fold. Even before the wedding news, many fans considered her an honorary Aussie.

12-23-2003, 02:39 PM
:cool: :cool: :cool: :yeah: :yeah: :clap2:

12-23-2003, 02:42 PM
OMG Please tell me its true... *crosses fingers*
There's been too many fakes to make me believe staright off...

But having comments from the management company & Lley & Kim themselves wants me to think yes... :hearts:

12-23-2003, 09:12 PM
says pretty much the same thing.

Hewitt and Clijsters to marry

Tennis stars Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters are set to marry after he proposed during a romantic cruise on Sydney harbour on Tuesday.

The Australian former world No.1 and the Belgian world No.2, who also held down the top ranking for more than two months this year, are officially engaged, according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Sydney radio station 2UE also reported the engagement had been confirmed by Hewitt's management company Octagon, and said no wedding date had been set.

"It was a special evening together in one of the most beautiful cities in the world," 22-year-old Hewitt told the newspaper.

"We couldn't have asked for more."

Clijsters, 20, was said to be overjoyed.

"Lleyton did surprise me a bit but I couldn't be happier," she said.

"He has always been one to pay great attention to detail but I think he outdid himself this time."

Hewitt's father, Glynn, said both sets of parents were "very pleased".

The pair have dated for almost four years and are the most high profile couple on the world tennis circuit.

Hewitt and Clijsters have been drawn to play against each other for their respective countries at the upcoming Hopman Cup in Perth.

That tournament is part of their preparation for next month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Hewitt, who finished the year 16th in the ATP Tour's Champions Race, last month played in Australia's victorious Davis Cup team.

12-23-2003, 10:10 PM
Hewitt and Clijsters to marry

Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters are to marry after Hewitt proposed during a cruise in Sydney Harbour.
The stars of the men's and women's tour got engaged on Tuesday, according to Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

No date has yet been set for the wedding by the pair, who have been dating since mid-2000.

But Hewitt said: "It was a special evening together in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We couldn't have asked for more."

The 20-year-old Clijsters was said to be "overjoyed" by the proposal.

She added: "Lleyton did surprise me a bit but I couldn't be happier. He has always been one to pay great attention to detail but I think he outdid himself this time.

"He invited me for dinner on a boat and suddenly unveiled a ring and earrings. I didn't know what hit me, but I'm very happy about it.

"In Australia, being engaged means a lot. But there are no concrete plans (for a wedding date). But I'm extremely happy with my early Christmas present."

12-23-2003, 10:36 PM
Posted on December 23, 2003

Hewitt to Wed Clijsters in Tennis Doubles Coupling

Aussie Lleyton Hewitt popped the question to girlfriend and fellow former No. 1 Kim Clijsters on Wednesday during a cruise in the Sydney Harbour.

"Lleyton did surprise me a bit but I couldn't be happier," Clijsters told the Melbourne Herald Sun. "He has always been one to pay great attention to detail but I think he outdid himself this time. It was amazing."

Added Hewitt: "It was a special evening together in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We couldn't have asked for more."

The engagement marks the third such coupling between two former top ranked tennis stars, behind Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert in the 1970s, and more recently Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

So, will it be "Kim Hewitt" challenging for the No. 1 ranking in 2004 or Kim Clijsters-Hewitt? Or will the Belgian impose her will and you'll see Lleyton Hewitt-Clijsters competing at ATP events during the new year?

Both of the betrothed have decided to skip the 2004 Athens Olympics, so with no wedding date planned, speculation is that the pair could tie the knot during those two weeks before the US Open.

The 23-year-old Hewitt and the 20-year-old Clijsters, who adoring Australian fans call "Aussie Kim," first made their relationship public in 2000.

3:27pm EST

-- Tennis-X.com

12-23-2003, 11:16 PM
The day it actually happened varies...
As for the actual date, I'm still going with the end of the year

12-24-2003, 12:45 PM
this times article i found from Lleytonland from Kate

Hewitt takes love match with Clijsters to the next level
By Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent

LLEYTON HEWITT may not strike one as the most sensitive of souls. Beneath that granite exterior, though, there obviously beats the heart of an old romantic. The portents for an engagement between two leading tennis players may not be good but Hewitt’s proposal yesterday to Kim Clijsters — and he did not, apparently, have to urge her to “C’mon” to accept — has a feel of the everlasting about it.
Hewitt chose a wonderfully evocative place, astride the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to ask his Belgian sweetheart if she would do him the honour — they have been inseparable for two years — and there was no hesitation on Clijsters’s part. The wedding will probably take place in 2005.

It could hardly have been a more perfect December for the 2002 Wimbledon champion. He steered Australia to the Davis Cup victory he had set his sporting heart on, discovered that his wife-to-be had become the richest single-year earner in the history of women’s tennis — a cool £3 million and she did not even win a grand-slam event — and now he is to marry the most unspoilt 20-year-old who has ever trod the world’s courts.

Just recently, Hewitt shelled out $A4 million (about £2 million) for what is presumed to be the most expensive house bought in his home city of Adelaide. It has wonderful sea views, a cinema, waterfalls, a games room and, one supposes, plenty of room for extensions should any little Hewitts come along.

It will not have escaped the attention of Hewitt, 23 in February, that Clijsters loves to be around children and is forever dropping hints that she wants a big family. For now, their attention is focused on starting the new year by slaking their thirst for success on the courts, not least in Hewitt’s case, with the Australian Open, a tournament where dominant form has consistently eluded him, starting on January 19.

The pair are scheduled to play in the adidas International in Sydney the preceding week, where Clijsters will renew her rivalry with Justine Henin-Hardenne, her fellow Belgian and world No 1. Pat Rafter — a potential best man — who retired from the circuit at the end of 2002, has announced that he will partner Joshua Eagle in doubles at both the Australian Hardcourt Championships in Adelaide, starting on January 5, and the Open itself. There is no hint, as yet, that Rafter is planning a singles comeback.

12-24-2003, 01:07 PM
The day it actually happened varies...
As for the actual date, I'm still going with the end of the year

I agree. I don't think they will want to have all the wedding planing and festivities until the end of the year.

And then there is the question: Where will the wedding take place?

12-24-2003, 01:26 PM
Thats a really sweet article thanks Keira :kiss:
They interviewed J.A. (aussie tennis commentator, does aus open & DC) on Sunrise this morning & he said that the wedding would be in Belgium. But I'm not so sure .... :confused:
They will most likely get married abround December cos that's when they have their biggest break, & at that time of year Australia has better weather than Belgium.
Still, I have been wrong before.... ;)

12-24-2003, 01:30 PM
Ileana and I were talking about a possible date last night and she mentioned maybe after Wimbledon, when they usually go back to Belgium for a little break??

I think that would make sense because if they're going to get married in Belgium, I can't imagine that they'll do that in the middle of winter when it's summer in Australia!

Knockers LaBroad
12-24-2003, 02:40 PM
I think it won't be 2004, 2005 is more appropriate, imo...

But hopefully it will be sooner, we'll wait and see....

Thanks for the articles!:kiss:

Chesty Larue
12-24-2003, 04:20 PM
The portents for an engagement between two leading tennis players may not be good but Hewitt’s proposal yesterday to Kim Clijsters — and he did not, apparently, have to urge her to “C’mon” to accept — has a feel of the everlasting about it.

lol I'll admit it briefly crossed my mind :p

Kim accepts and Lleyton's like.. C'mon! *lleyki fist* :p

12-25-2003, 01:46 AM
Just a little break from Lleyki articles:
Waugh, Hewitt fighting spirit: PM
December 25, 2003

TEST cricket captain Steve Waugh and former world tennis No.1 Lleyton Hewitt represent the fighting spirit of Australian sport, Prime Minister John Howard said today.

Mr Howard, an avid sports fan, today discussed the great sporting moments of 2003 in a light-hearted Christmas Day interview with ABC radio.

Mr Howard said Hewitt's comeback on the first day of the Davis Cup tournament after being knocked out early during Wimbledon was incredible.

"That was a tremendous recovery and he is typical of the fighting never-say-die spirit which is characteristic of Australian sport," he said.

"Steve Waugh, Lleyton Hewitt and collectively the Wallabies (represent the fighting spirit of Australian sport)."

Mr Howard said the Wallabies' performance during their Rugby World Cup campaign was a credit to captain George Gregan and coach Eddie Jones.

The Australian cricket team, who play the Boxing Day Test against India in Melbourne tomorrow, have the "fight of their lives" on their hands, he said.

"It will be vintage, as far as atmosphere is concerned, we're one down, we don't have the bowling attack at full strength ... and the Indians are very good batsmen," Mr Howard.

Mr Howard said the cricket career of outgoing captain Steve Waugh had been "a great innings".

"It's very hard to say who is the greatest captain Australia has ever had, but he is certainly up there."


12-25-2003, 04:50 AM
still pretty much the same article thing in Hello! magazine but I'm definitely getting this mag :D


12-30-2003, 11:44 PM

Moya Warns Hewitt
Carlos Moya, the man who gives Lleyton Hewitt nightmares, has a warning for the Australian in the lead-up to next month's adidas International in Sydney.

"I am a better player now than when I was world No1 (four years ago)," Moya said yesterday. "I am a more complete player, more mature and four years older.

"I have the experience to know now what it takes to win and have belief in myself."

The last time the Spaniard played in the adidas International (1996), he was pipped by England's Tim Henman in the final but that proved a good lead-up to the Australian Open. Two weeks later the 27-year-old reached his first grand slam final, but lost to Pete Sampras 6-2 6-3 6-3.

The following year he won the French Open and was beaten in a US Open semi-final by Mark Philippoussis. He then became the first Spaniard to claim the No1 world ranking.

When Hewitt won the adidas tournament in 2000-01, it also launched the Australian towards grand slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and culminated in him finishing world No1 for the next two seasons.

Next month Hewitt will be chasing his third adidas International title in five years.

But Moya's unrelenting style has given Hewitt nightmares, with the Spanish star racking up the best win-loss record (5-3) against Hewitt on the circuit.

Many believe the extra bounce Moya extracts with his consistent top spin is what worries Hewitt.

Hewitt finds it tough to retrieve the high balls and Moya uses his huge forehand to punish any error.

Moya, ranked No7 in the world, also matches Hewitt for fitness and has a more potent serve since undergoing back surgery.

The Spaniard believes the battle to be No1 next year will be a dogfight, with grand slam champions Andy Roddick (US Open), Roger Federer (Wimbledon) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (French Open) yet to reach their peak.

But he is confident he can rise to the challenge.

"Having been in the top 10, four times at the end of the year, I know what is needed to get back to No1," Moya said. "To be No1 again I need to win another grand slam next year and for me that is a great challenge."

He expects Hewitt to be back up there as well.

"They (Roddick, Federer and Ferrero) are still very young (22-year-olds) but Lleyton Hewitt has been there (No1) and is a great champion.

"We have had some great matches and Lleyton (ranked 17) is only 22 too and for sure he can get back to top 10 and probably No1."

Moya does not share Hewitt's opinion of the Olympics.

"I heard Lleyton will not play the Olympics at Athens next year, but for me, I shall be there with Juan Carlos (Ferrero)," he said.

"It is a great honour to play for my country, if I get the chance. The same as it is for Davis Cup."

Moya is looking forward to a possible Davis Cup rematch against Philippoussis in the adidas International from January 11-17. (He beat the Scud in their rubber).

"Now I am in the top 10 again and feeling fit and confident, I can win this tournament," Moya said.

Congrats, Lleyton & Kim!

12-31-2003, 01:40 PM

And the winners are: Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters who both will play for Belgium; Late for work - triple major winner Tiger Woods and new wife Elin. Photos: Ray Kennedy, Getty Images

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And the winners are: Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters who both will play for Belgium; Late for work - triple major winner Tiger Woods and new wife Elin. Photos: Ray Kennedy, Getty Images

Steve Waugh and Tony Lockett to make comebacks, Mark Latham to become our next No.1 sporting tragic ... and Lleyton Hewitt to call Belgium home. Michael Cowley predicts who will whip whom, and by how much, in 2004.

What will occur in the sporting world in the next year? The Rugby World Cup may have come and gone, but the Athens Olympics soon will be upon us and, just like each year before this one, we'll have plenty of footy, cricket, golf and tennis to keep us engrossed and occupied.

Many things could happen, and nothing is impossible, so here's a glance into the future to look at some of the possibilities in each of our major sports.

CRICKET: After making a world-record 381 against India in the Sydney Test, Steve Waugh contemplates coming out of retirement. Australia win the Test series against Sri Lanka, despite Muttiah Muralitharan taking 50 wickets. Shane Warne returns to the Australian team but finds himself embroiled in another mobile phone scandal. He is cleared when it's discovered he was ringing ASDA only for advice on some pills his mother gave him. And England cricket fans rejoice after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in their five-Test series.

GOLF: Tiger Woods wins the first three majors of the year, but misses the grand slam when he is late for his tee time on the final day of the US PGA and disqualified. Turns out his new wife, Elin, wouldn't allow him to leave for the course until he had done the washing-up. In his absence, the 2004 US PGA Tour's leading money winner, Annika Sorenstam, wins her first major on the men's tour.



TENNIS: After much debate, both personal and in the public forum, Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters decide it's silly to play for two separate nations now that they are married. Belgium is granted a national holiday when Lleyton wins the nation's first Wimbledon title. Hewitt's biggest dilemma is finding out what is Belgium for "c'mon". The pair also announce they are expecting a child, a boy, to be named Balboa.

BASKETBALL: Shane Heal rejects an offer of $100 million (which includes a share of the Acropolis) to play for the Greek team in the Olympics. Instead, he leads Australia into the gold medal game against the US Dream Team, and scores 52 points before being ejected after a push and shove with Charles Barkley. Barkley is in Athens only to commentate on the Games. The Boomers win silver, their first Olympic medal. In the NBL, the Kings and the Razorbacks play off for the new championship trophy, a bronzed ugh boot.

OLYMPICS: Greece is ready for the Games. But a major drugs scandal erupts there when every runner in the 100-metre final tests negative for the synthetic steroid THG. On the track, Jana Pittman wins the 400m hurdles; in the pool, Ian Thorpe wins three gold medals, while American Michael Phelps wins eight - four at the swimming, one in water polo, one in the diving, one in beach volleyball, and another in the synchronised swimming. Michael Diamond wins gold at the archery, and in the Nike-adidas-Fila-Puma-Asics-Wilson-Head-Spalding-Slazenger-sponsored, gold medal tennis finals, Lleyton and Kim Hewitt win golds for Belgium.

RUGBY LEAGUE: In one of the biggest surprises of the season, South Sydney stun the experts by making the final eight. Not everyone is happy, though, and the Roosters threaten to sue them for being successful. The grand final is another huge success with A Flock of Seagulls reforming to perform at half-time. North Queensland beat the Wests Tigers in the decider. In the State of Origin, after losing game one, Queensland bring Allan Langer into the team for games two and three. Wayne Bennett smiles twice during the season.

AFL: Finally, after years of waiting, Sydney becomes the AFL capital of the country when a miraculous goal after the siren from comeback king Tony Lockett gives the Swans their first grand-final victory since moving to Sydney. Coach Paul Roos is presented with the trophy by Prime Minister Mark Latham.

SOCCER: Under new chief executive John O'Neill, the 10-team Australian Premier League is a rousing success, so much so that Australia's elite players want to come back from overseas to play full-time in Australia. Leeds United, newly relegated from the English Premier League, win the first APL title. In an attempt to win an English Premier League title, Russian millionaire Roman Abramovich buys another 18 clubs to go with Chelsea. Sadly for the Russian it's a Roman tragedy when the "other" team, Manchester United, win the title again.

RUGBY: Despite poor form in the Super 24s, where the only Australian team to make the top 12 was the newly formed Dubbo club, Australia bounce back to win the Bledisloe Cup. New Zealand react by sacking their coach, Graham Henry, and appointing John Mitchell. Overseas, after trailing 47-45 with seconds remaining, England narrowly lose the Six Nations trophy when Jonny Wilkinson - attempting to kick his 16th drop goal for the game - has the kick charged down, and the French run the length of the field to score the game-sealing try.

RACING: Local trainers are irate after officials allow 23 international horses into the Melbourne Cup. The visitors finish well behind the winner, in positions second through to 24th. One particular punter celebrates when a mistake by a telephone betting employee means he gets the Super-Duper-Quinfectarella (selecting the first 20 placegetters in correct finishing order) for $1 instead of 50¢. With his winnings he buys the 23 international horses.

MOTOR RACING: Valentino Rossi wins the formula one title, while Michael Schumacher wins the MotoGP crown. Australia's Mark Webber wins the Australian Grand Prix in amazing circumstances after race leader Rubens Barrichello is stopped for speeding and hit with double demerit points on the final lap. Victorian police deny it was merely revenue raising.

BOXING: Finally, after the fight has been postponed on 12 occasions, Danny Green and Anthony Mundine step into the ring in front of 100,000 people at Telstra Stadium for their undisputed super-middleweight world title clash. The bout, however, is put off until 2005 when an agreement cannot be reached as to which boxer receives the longer introduction. The undercard goes ahead with Jeff Fenech fighting Tony Mundine.

12-31-2003, 02:28 PM
TENNIS: After much debate, both personal and in the public forum, Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters decide it's silly to play for two separate nations now that they are married. Belgium is granted a national holiday when Lleyton wins the nation's first Wimbledon title. Hewitt's biggest dilemma is finding out what is Belgium for "c'mon". The pair also announce they are expecting a child, a boy, to be named Balboa.


12-31-2003, 04:01 PM

My two favorite couples :hearts: :angel:

TENNIS: After much debate, both personal and in the public forum, Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters decide it's silly to play for two separate nations now that they are married. Belgium is granted a national holiday when Lleyton wins the nation's first Wimbledon title. Hewitt's biggest dilemma is finding out what is Belgium for "c'mon". The pair also announce they are expecting a child, a boy, to be named Balboa.


...and in the Nike-adidas-Fila-Puma-Asics-Wilson-Head-Spalding-Slazenger-sponsored, gold medal tennis finals, Lleyton and Kim Hewitt win golds for Belgium.

:cool: :p

12-31-2003, 07:03 PM
Thanks Nomad :kiss:
Very funny!
Altho I can't imagine LLeyton ever playing for anyone but Australia

01-01-2004, 05:25 AM
Clijsters-Hewitt love match takes centre stage at Hopman Cup
1 hour, 1 minute ago

PERTH, Australia (AFP) - A first-round showdown between newly-engaged tennis stars Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters will grab centre-stage in the 1 million dollar (752,000 US) Hopman Cup starting here Saturday.

AFP/File Photo

Australian favourite Hewitt and Belgian world number two Clijsters go head-to-head in doubles of the prestigious mixed team event next Wednesday, barely a fortnight after revealing plans to tie the knot.

The match is already a sell-out ;) and will be one of the highlights of a tournament which kicks off a series of events building up to the Jan 19-Feb 1 Australian Open (news - web sites), the first Grand Slam of 2004.

"We're calling it the love match around here :angel: ," tournament director Paul McNamee said of the eagerly anticipated contest between Clijsters and Hewitt.

"Tickets for it sold out almost immediately. Everyone wants to see it. Kim is very popular with Australian crowds."

McNamee said the match would also be pivotal for the competition with the winning mixed doubles team likely to secure a place in the final.

Clijsters is using the Hopman Cup, played on a medium-pace Rebound Ace surface similar to that used in the Australian Open, as a springboard for the Open as she continues her quest for a first Grand Slam singles tournament win.

McNamee said it was impossible to split the top five of the eight countries in the tournament, which starts at the Burswood Dome on Saturday and includes four-seeded nations, with reigning champions the United States ranked top.

"I think it's wide open. There is absolutely nothing between the top five teams," McNamee said.

The US pairing of Lindsay Davenport and James Blake will start as slight favourites with the Australian combination of Alicia Molik and Hewitt seeded second, Clijsters and Xavier Malisse of Belgium third, and Anastasia Myskina and Marat Safin of Russia fourth.

But McNamee said the unseeded French duo of Amelie Mauresmo, currently ranked fourth in the world, and Fabrice Santoro were strong contenders.

"There's no doubt they are the dark horse. They are the a very strong nation," McNamee said.

"Amelie is a very, very hard player to beat and even if Fabrice loses his singles matches, there is absolutely no doubt he is the best doubles player in the tournament," McNamee said.

"You would have to say they would start favourite in just about any doubles match they play and that means they are well in contention, there's no doubt at all about that."

Davenport, defeated by Clijsters in the semi-finals of last year's US Open when she was hampered by a niggling left foot injury that later required surgery, is returning to form, rising to number five in the rankings.

The 27-year-old Californian was called in as a late replacement for world number three Serena Williams (news - web sites) who ruled herself out of the event saying she was not quite prepared.

Williams and Blake paired to win the tournament last year beating Australians Hewitt and Molik 3-0 in the final. It was the US' second win in the 15-year history of the event.

The tournament, played in a round-robin format, includes two groups of four teams each with two players per team to face each other in women's and then men's singles followed by a mixed doubles contest.

Group A consists of the US, Russia, France and the Czech Republic represented by Barbora Strycova and Jiri Novak.

Group B is made up of Australia, Belgium, the Slovak Republic team of Daniela Hantuchova and Karol Kucera and either Canada or Hungary who play-off for the fourth berth on Saturday.

All matches are the best of three sets with the exception of the mixed doubles which uses a tie-break system if scores are locked at one-set all.

The winning teams from each group will meet in the final on Saturday, January 10.

01-01-2004, 05:26 AM
Hewitt plan an Open bookLeo Schlink

LLEYTON Hewitt will attempt a high-stakes juggling act in the next two weeks as he seeks to peak for the Australian Open.

Hewitt and his coach Roger Rasheed have worked out a training regimen designed to generate success at the Hopman Cup from Sunday and then at the adidas International in Sydney.
But while Hewitt is intent on achievement in Perth and at Homebush Bay, it is the lure of success at Rod Laver Arena that drives him the hardest.

"We want Lleyton to be playing well over the next two weeks at the Hopman Cup and in Sydney, where he's going to try for a third adidas title," Rasheed said.

"But, while we want him to be playing well, we want his absolute best tennis, and for him to peak, at the Australian Open.

"The Hopman Cup, in many ways, is the perfect preparation for him. It's an event where you can test your skills against high-class opposition in competition in front of a supportive home crowd.

"It's not a tour event and it's not a grand slam, so while there's pressure, he can feed off the crowd a bit and get a lift there.

"He's guaranteed three matches (against Canadian Frank Dancevic or Hungarian Attila Savolt, then Belgian Xavier Malisse and Slovakian Karol Kucera) on the same surface as the Australian Open, so it's going to be great for him.

"And, after discussing what we think is the best way for Lleyton to be going into the Australian Open, we think the adidas is the way to go.

"If he happened to come out of Sydney with a third title there, that would be great preparation for the Open."

Rasheed has presided over a change in the game Hewitt produced under coaches Darren Cahill and Jason Stoltenberg to win Wimbledon, the US Open and two Tennis Masters Cups.

While Rasheed and Hewitt have yet to team for a singles title, the partnership was last month instrumental in Australia's success in the Davis Cup final, an event that signalled the South Australian baseliner was back to his best.

"I think we can expect to see more of that style of tennis," Rasheed said of Hewitt's new-found aggression.

"There's no reason to want to change what we all saw against Roger Federer in the Davis Cup semi-finals and then against Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final.

"The goal now is to peak at Melbourne Park.

"Lleyton's used the time since the Davis Cup final to top up the pre-season type preparation he had after the Davis Cup semi-final. Now he's ready to go again."

Hewitt, 22, is yet to make it past the fourth round of the Australian Open in six attempts.

His record at his home grand slam is his worst of the four.

He has won the US Open, where he has also reached the semi-final on two other occasions, and Wimbledon and has made the quarter-finals of the French Open.

Hewitt is desperate to become the first Australian man to win in Melbourne since Mark Edmondson in 1976, but will do so without the protection of a high seeding.

Hewitt has won four titles on Rebound Ace, two in both Adelaide and Sydney.