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Hewitt withdraws from Masters Cup - It's Official

AlexNYR
11-08-2005, 03:49 AM
from the official masters cup site
http://www.masters-cup.com/en/news/2005/hewitt_withdraws.asp

TENNIS MASTERS CUP

Lleyton Hewitt Replaced by Gaudio

Impending fatherhood has forced two-time Tennis Masters Cup champion Lleyton Hewitt to withdraw from the circuit finale in Shanghai, which begins this Sunday. Hewitt and wife Bec Cartwright are expecting their first child within the next two weeks.

Hewitt won Tennis Masters Cup Sydney in 2001 and won a second consecutive title in Shanghai in 2002. He finished year-end No. 1 in both years.

Hewitt said: "I am extremely disappointed as I have always enjoyed playing Tennis Masters Cup and had a great time in Shanghai in 2002, winning the event and maintaining my year-end World No.1 status. With my baby due in the next two weeks, it is not possible for me to come. I wish the event well and am sure it will be a great success and I hope to qualify for next year’s Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai."

Tennis Masters Cup Tournament Director Brad Drewett said: "We're obviously all very disappointed that Lleyton can't be with us this year. He has had an amazing record at the Tennis Masters Cup over the years, but we understand his situation and wish he and Bec all the best for the birth of their first child."

Gaston Gaudio narrowly missed out on clinching a Shanghai berth last week at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris when he reached the quarterfinals. The Argentine, who qualified for Tennis Masters Cup Houston last year after winning Roland Garros, has won five titles in 2005: Vina del Mar, Buenos Aires, Estoril, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel.

Gaudio joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Guillermo Coria, Nikolay Davydenko, and Ivan Ljubicic in the eight-man field at the $4.45 million finale.

Tennis Masters Cup Doubles will be played concurrent with the singles final at the new Qi Zhong stadium. Teams competing are Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan and Jonas Bjorkman/Max Mirnyi – who are locked in a battle for year-end No. 1 honors - Wayne Black/Kevin Ullyett, Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor, Leander Paes/Nenad Zimonjic, Michael Llodra/Fabrice Santoro, Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley and Wimbledon champions Wesley Moodie and Stephen Huss.

PaulieM
11-08-2005, 03:57 AM
not that unexpected but it still sucks. :( good luck to him and his baby though :)

Lee
11-08-2005, 04:00 AM
So Hewitt waited until Ljubicic exhausted himself to get a place in TMC before he announced his withdrawl. ;)

tennischick
11-08-2005, 04:03 AM
So Hewitt waited until Ljubicic exhausted himself to get a place in TMC before he announced his withdrawl. ;)
no entiendo. would it have made a difference to Lju's status if Hewitt had withdrawn earlier? :shrug:

personally i like Hewitt's priorities. :worship:

MissMoJo
11-08-2005, 04:07 AM
So gaudio gets to play :o All the best to lleyton and his family

Lee
11-08-2005, 04:09 AM
no entiendo. would it have made a difference to Lju's status if Hewitt had withdrawn earlier? :shrug:

personally i like Hewitt's priorities. :worship:

please don't take it in a negative way. I actually agree Hewitt should wait until all tournaments are over before he announce the withdrawl.

and for whether it'll make a difference to Ljubicic, we'll never know :shrug:

tennischick
11-08-2005, 04:10 AM
please don't take it in a negative way. I actually agree Hewitt should wait until all tournaments are over before he announce the withdrawl.

and for whether it'll make a difference to Ljubicic, we'll never know :shrug:
i didn't take anything in a negative way.

i was asking a genuine question for which i do not have the answer. would it have made a difference to Lju's status if Hewitt had withdrawn earlier? i am honestly asking.

Deboogle!.
11-08-2005, 04:11 AM
Not a surprise, but an early congrats to them :). I love baby pictures, can't wait to see the happy family soon :D

josemanuel
11-08-2005, 04:12 AM
Congrats Gastón!!!

GonzoFan
11-08-2005, 04:14 AM
Now I won't see any of my favs players in Shangai :sad:

but I wish all the best for Hewitt and his family :hug:

Pea
11-08-2005, 04:15 AM
Good luck to the Hewitt household!

Go Gaston!!!

haas'luv
11-08-2005, 04:16 AM
Now I won't see any of my favs players in Shangai :sad:

but I wish all the best for Hewitt and his family :hug:
then i will at least 1 of my fav players here in shanghai :angel: cant wait to see him in Hilton Hotel :cool: n the stadium

Caralimon
11-08-2005, 04:41 AM
Now Puerta is oficially the first alternate. But in case Roddick withdraws, Nalbandian will take his spot, as he confirmed he will only travel to play the matches.

mandoura
11-08-2005, 04:57 AM
personally i like Hewitt's priorities. :worship:

Me too. Very commendable.

I hope he and his wife are blessed with a healthy baby.

:woohoo: Gaudio.

jackieglover
11-08-2005, 05:07 AM
:yeah: for Lleyton knowing what's important in life. Best of luck to their family!

*Ljubica*
11-08-2005, 05:21 AM
I am not a fan of Lleyton - but well done to him for putting his wife and family first. Good Luck to him and Bec for the safe arrival of their baby. And - of course - I am happy for Gaston (and Mariano as alternate).

Tennis_Passion
11-08-2005, 05:30 AM
Now Puerta is oficially the first alternate. But in case Roddick withdraws, Nalbandian will take his spot, as he confirmed he will only travel to play the matches.
Good for him, Mariano is not gonna have another chance in his life.

*Ljubica*
11-08-2005, 05:38 AM
Good for him, Mariano is not gonna have another chance in his life.

I agree. Even if he doesn't get the chance to play, he will share in the occasion and the glory and be part of something he will never forget - and if he does get banned at least his last memories of the tennis world will be good ones. And - on a personal note - I just cannot understand anyone (apart from maybe Agassi who has done and achieved everything in his career) turning down their chance to be there - seems very arrogant to me - as though they're saying they're too good to be an alternate :rolleyes:

NYCtennisfan
11-08-2005, 05:43 AM
NOt that big of a deal really. He didn't have much to gain expect for the #3 ranking and he would have to have a great tourny to do that.

Happy fatherhood Lleyton.

bad gambler
11-08-2005, 05:50 AM
no suprise

just get it together for the AO Rusty

1sun
11-08-2005, 06:34 AM
pretty annnoyed about that but can totaly understand. good luck with the baby rocky

Eléa
11-08-2005, 06:40 AM
I am not a fan of Lleyton - but well done to him for putting his wife and family first. Completely agree with you Rosie :)
Happy to see Gaston in my TV again :o Good luck my GG :inlove:

Scotso
11-08-2005, 07:02 AM
:shrug:

Good luck, Gaston!

Action Jackson
11-08-2005, 07:04 AM
All the best for the Hewitts.

jenanun
11-08-2005, 07:31 AM
disappointed....
but the birth of his first born is much more important than TMC... good luck to hewitt and family!

that's enough... please, no more withdrawal.....

Betty
11-08-2005, 07:37 AM
good new for Gasty :angel:

RonE
11-08-2005, 08:36 AM
All the best for Hewitt- I think any self-respecting human being would have made the same decision were they in Hewitt's shoes. Mazel Tov for the upcoming birth.

Now I just hope Gaston can actually provide some competition other than being cannon fodder for the rest of the field and perhaps even win a match ( :tape: :eek: )

yomike
11-08-2005, 08:37 AM
Yehh! Congratz Gaston but please don't tank your matches.

ginny_legend
11-08-2005, 08:38 AM
HEWITT- FUCK OFF, WIMP!

landoud
11-08-2005, 08:40 AM
i'm really disappointed by this... i wanted him to go

Neely
11-08-2005, 09:28 AM
Bad luck for Hewitt and fans that he can't play this event and the timing of the baby is unfortunate, but I hope that the birth of his baby is going to be fine and it was the right decision.

gooner88
11-08-2005, 09:28 AM
No real surprise. He's about to experience one of the most special moments in his life; way more important than a tennis match. Good luck to the Hewitts.

BTW, does anyone know if he was actually fit. I knew he started training again in Sydney, but there's this interview he did over the summer that I remember. The interviewer asked him how important making Shanghai was, and Hewitt replied that it was important but no way near as important as the Aussie summer.

RaVeR
11-08-2005, 09:29 AM
Gaudio in Masters Cup :help::help::help::rolleyes:

pommyNT
11-08-2005, 09:41 AM
good chioce

Nacho
11-08-2005, 09:51 AM
Gaudio in Masters Cup :help::help::help::rolleyes:

it's not like it's the first time he qualifies ... besides he's won 5 titles

Duncan
11-08-2005, 10:20 AM
how many were on this surface though?

Gaudio will be the Coria of last seasons masters cup

Corey Feldman
11-08-2005, 10:22 AM
Damn i miss Hewitt and his constant plucking of his racket strings that make him look like a shuffling madman playing a tiny magic harp that only he can hear.

Exodus
11-08-2005, 10:23 AM
well Gaudio is alright no won't be the weakest link cos that title already belongs to Coria

jazz_girl
11-08-2005, 10:30 AM
how many were on this surface though?

Gaudio will be the Coria of last seasons masters cup
Are you sure? He's been playing some good matches till last week, however Agassi hasn't played in ages, Federer couldn't even walk till a few weeks ago, Roddick is injured, Nadal's knees are still bothering...So, are you sure about what you're saying?

shotgun
11-08-2005, 11:09 AM
Good luck to Gaudio... he's gonna need it. And Hewitt, well, I'm already missing that bastard!

avocadoe
11-08-2005, 11:53 AM
Have a healthy baby, Lleyton and Bec :)

Duncan
11-08-2005, 11:58 AM
Are you sure? He's been playing some good matches till last week, however Agassi hasn't played in ages, Federer couldn't even walk till a few weeks ago, Roddick is injured, Nadal's knees are still bothering...So, are you sure about what you're saying?


very sure :p

Nadal won Madrid with bothering knees. Andy says he's injured but how much of it was just a put on so he could get back in time to play in his charity match. Fed say's he's injured but how many people actually believe its as bad as his people say it is? and Andre will be raring to go after this time off, he's one of the few players that can have time off and come back and show no signs of rustyness.

buddyholly
11-08-2005, 12:00 PM
Hewitt said: "I am extremely disappointed as I have always enjoyed playing Tennis Masters Cup and had a great time in Shanghai in 2002, winning the event and maintaining my year-end World No.1 status. With my baby due in the next two weeks, it is not possible for me to come.

Well, he clearly didn't think it through before jumping on Bec.

*Ljubica*
11-08-2005, 12:01 PM
very sure :p

Nadal won Madrid with bothering knees. Andy says he's injured but how much of it was just a put on so he could get back in time to play in his charity match. Fed say's he's injured but how many people actually believe its as bad as his people say it is? and Andre will be raring to go after this time off, he's one of the few players that can have time off and come back and show no signs of rustyness.

I am no fan of Roddick - but how can you think he would fake an injury and lose his chance of a Masters' shield just for a charity match :confused: I saw his matches in Bercy and he looked very genuine to me.

buddyholly
11-08-2005, 12:01 PM
how many were on this surface though?

Gaudio will be the Coria of last seasons masters cup

Coria will be the Coria.

Corey Feldman
11-08-2005, 12:02 PM
Well, he clearly didn't think it through before jumping on Bec.well at least one Australian seed got through.

Wojtek
11-08-2005, 12:10 PM
I won't miss him

shotgun
11-08-2005, 12:14 PM
Well, he clearly didn't think it through before jumping on Bec.

If you were in his place, would you? ;)

R.Federer
11-08-2005, 12:14 PM
That's both sad news, and great news.
I am so excited to hear about the baby coming! (I am myself due in the Spring ;) -ya, funny that a person named "R. Federer" is getting a baby! )
Anyone have a expected date of delivery for leyton's family?

R.Federer
11-08-2005, 12:15 PM
ps. I am really happy that the A.T.P counts the family reasons as good as injury reason to withdraw without penalty. First good thing I hear about A.T.P this year!

*Ljubica*
11-08-2005, 12:18 PM
That's both sad news, and great news.
I am so excited to hear about the baby coming! (I am myself due in the Spring ;) -ya, funny that a person named "R. Federer" is getting a baby! )
Anyone have a expected date of delivery for leyton's family?

Congratulations! I think Bec's due date is around 20th November but I'm sure a Hewitt fan could be more precise!! First babies are never on time though!!!

R.Federer
11-08-2005, 12:25 PM
Congratulations! I think Bec's due date is around 20th November but I'm sure a Hewitt fan could be more precise!! First babies are never on time though!!!
Thank you :)
I have asked on the leyton board, But I think only lleyton and his family must know. They are of course one of the most private couples also.
What an exciting time for them. The baby will bring leyton some luck

uNIVERSE mAN
11-08-2005, 12:39 PM
So we'll have Coria and Gaudio 0-3 again this year unless they manage to beat that idiot Davydenko. I'm 100% certain that Gaudio and Coria will NOT be in the same group, they need one weak player in each group to balance it out. So on the first day you'll have one of the top 4 playing one of these patsies to sort of warm up for the event, i.e. last year Federer-Gaudio start.

Action Jackson
11-08-2005, 12:42 PM
So we'll have Coria and Gaudio 0-3 again this year unless they manage to beat that idiot Davydenko.

Your posts just get better like a fine wine with time.

Corey Feldman
11-08-2005, 12:43 PM
:lol:

uNIVERSE mAN
11-08-2005, 12:44 PM
Your posts just get better like a fine wine with time.

Davydenko has been thumped repeatedly this autumn, am I missing something?? And Coria, Gaudio were 0-3 last year with not a set won, am I missing something there too?

MariaV
11-08-2005, 12:45 PM
Your posts just get better like a fine wine with time.
Enjoy them George!

uNIVERSE mAN
11-08-2005, 12:47 PM
When it plays out exactly like this then what!!

Action Jackson
11-08-2005, 12:49 PM
Davydenko has been thumped repeatedly this autumn, am I missing something?? And Coria, Gaudio were 0-3 last year with not a set won, am I missing something there too?

You're always missing something, but that's not the point.

See you are the kind who will piss and moan if Coria or Gaudio win a set, let alone a match and go on how they don't deserve to be there and the like.

If Gaudio doesn't win a game at all I will dance the conga line and have a week long party.

So keep going Nostradamus, chances that these 3 players will have a chance of meeting and to your annoyance one of them will win.

uNIVERSE mAN
11-08-2005, 12:49 PM
Coria and Gaudio will NOT be in the same group, I'll bet my life on it.

Action Jackson
11-08-2005, 12:58 PM
Coria and Gaudio will NOT be in the same group, I'll bet my life on it.

One of the combination of Gaudio, Davydenko and Coria will meet up in group play and enjoy it.

Galaxystorm
11-08-2005, 01:00 PM
Coria and Gaudio will NOT be in the same group, I'll bet my life on it.

Are you ready to die ??

Kristen
11-08-2005, 01:01 PM
Who would have thunk it.
The day when I am actually happy to see Gaudio on a tennis court. :shrug:

Socket
11-08-2005, 01:54 PM
I can honestly say that I'm so psyched about the forthcoming birth of Lleyton's child that I'm not even disappointed that he's not playing TMC.

Truc
11-08-2005, 02:10 PM
One of the combination of Gaudio, Davydenko and Coria will meet up in group play and enjoy it.
Yes, there will be one group with Gaudio-Coria or Gaudio-Davydenko.
One more withdrawal, and Coria, Davydenko AND Gaudio can be in the same group. ;)

rofe
11-08-2005, 02:13 PM
Gaston must be cursing Hewitt. He has to appear at the TMC now instead of sipping beer on a beach somewhere in Argentina. :D

His tanking backfired on him. :devil:

LaTenista
11-08-2005, 02:20 PM
I agree. Even if he doesn't get the chance to play, he will share in the occasion and the glory and be part of something he will never forget - and if he does get banned at least his last memories of the tennis world will be good ones. And - on a personal note - I just cannot understand anyone (apart from maybe Agassi who has done and achieved everything in his career) turning down their chance to be there - seems very arrogant to me - as though they're saying they're too good to be an alternate :rolleyes:

:scratch: Didn't both Agassi and Nalbandian turn down the alternate spots last year?

maryam619
11-08-2005, 03:02 PM
gaston gaudio took his place noway a better player should have took the place!!

knight_ley
11-08-2005, 03:05 PM
:bigclap: Vamos Gaston! :bigclap:

tangerine_dream
11-08-2005, 03:52 PM
I can't wait to see the new Hewitt tater-tot! :bounce:

Now I just hope Gaston can actually provide some competition
Maybe not competition but he could provide the comedy relief. :p

ugotlobbed
11-08-2005, 03:54 PM
damn women

Action Jackson
11-08-2005, 03:57 PM
:scratch: Didn't both Agassi and Nalbandian turn down the alternate spots last year?

Yes they did, it was Cañas.

Gaudio's tanking is terminally more enjoyable and comical than most of the posts on MTF, yours are one of the exceptions to this rule.

Kyla
11-08-2005, 04:01 PM
:scratch: Didn't both Agassi and Nalbandian turn down the alternate spots last year?

They were both injured. I don't know what it was in Agassi's case (hip?) but he got it in the Stockholm final and Nalbandian had a knee injury (and had already cancelled Paris because of that).

AlexNYR
11-08-2005, 04:16 PM
Yes they did, it was Cañas.

Gaudio's tanking is terminally more enjoyable and comical than most of the posts on MTF, yours are one of the exceptions to this rule.



gaudios tanks are legendary....when i saw the score in paris 06 gaudio in the 3rd, i ran home and skipped to that set cause i knew it was one of those gaudio tank jobs....getting booed off the court was classic as well

revolution
11-08-2005, 04:23 PM
Hmm... well at least we can 'look forward' to a few tank jobs.

Deboogle!.
11-08-2005, 04:34 PM
damn women:retard: wtf is that supposed to mean.

*Ljubica*
11-08-2005, 04:46 PM
:retard: wtf is that supposed to mean.

Well didn't you know that Bec was clever enough to get pregnant all by herself at the most inconvenient time just to ruin the TMC :rolleyes:

Raquel
11-08-2005, 05:21 PM
I think it's great that Lleyton is being there for Bec, but I will miss him at the YEC. It seems like so long since I saw him play. Good luck to Lleyton and Bec :hug:

Horatio Caine
11-08-2005, 06:25 PM
I can honestly say that I'm so psyched about the forthcoming birth of Lleyton's child that I'm not even disappointed that he's not playing TMC.

I van't wait for the day when someone addresses the kid "G'day Spud" :tape:

Horatio Caine
11-08-2005, 06:26 PM
Gaudio in Masters Cup :help::help::help::rolleyes:

Ancic in 2006 :help::help::help::rolleyes:

uNIVERSE mAN
11-09-2005, 03:08 PM
Are you ready to die ??

I told you! Gaudio and Coria in different groups, they're the two weakest and no way would the atp put them in the same group. It's so fucking obvious!

uNIVERSE mAN
11-09-2005, 03:09 PM
Federer-Agassi and Nadal-Ljubo semifinal, Federer-Nadal final. Federer wins TMC.

Socket
11-09-2005, 03:37 PM
I van't wait for the day when someone addresses the kid "G'day Spud" :tape:
Tangy already came up with the best nickname for the kid, the little Tater Tot. :worship: :worship: