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Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender look over

L James
01-12-2006, 06:20 AM
Anyone see his match today? One of the most pathetic performances I've seen from him, along with the Davis Cup match where he lost in straight sets to Nalbandian last year. He choked like a mother, like never before
5-3 up in the 2nd set serving for the match, then 5-3 in the 3rd with 2 match points but blew them all with weak errors and double faults

Family life has finished him off it seems

Losses to Kohlschreiber and Seppi within 2 weeks. No one would ever have thought that a couple of years ago. Sad to see him fall

rexman
01-12-2006, 06:21 AM
Give him a break, he's also pretty sick.

Not to mention hasn't played since the Thailand Open, where he had to retire.

Phunkadelicious
01-12-2006, 06:27 AM
I think you might be writing him off a just a little too soon ;)

L James
01-12-2006, 06:27 AM
No I don't think it was his sickness. He was actually playing quite well in the first set, some traditional Hewitt style. But he seemed to really lack confidence to finish the match off in the 2nd set, maybe from a lack of matches. It's just very unusual to watch Hewitt collapse and choke with no confidence, usually it's him making others collapse and taking advantage. Sad to watch him double fault away important service games and then basically put the ball in play very safely, hoping Seppi would make errors. Give credit to Seppi, there was no way he was going to beat himself and Hewitt didn't seem to have the confidence to finish him off.

A very un-Hewitt like performance and a worrying sign. He looks finished as a major player.

Dirk
01-12-2006, 06:29 AM
Can you wait until the end of the year to say that? Hewitt is rusty and has been sick. Just because he starts out well doesn't mean he has enough energy yet to keep it going.

As for his Oz goes, he could be finished in the first week. That much I will give you.

L James
01-12-2006, 06:32 AM
Can you wait until the end of the year to say that? Hewitt is rusty and has been sick. Just because he starts out well doesn't mean he has enough energy yet to keep it going.

As for his Oz goes, he could be finished in the first week. That much I will give you.

I'm not so sure. Hewitt said before this year started he had been training very strongly and felt fitter than ever, it sure isn't showing on court.

I would have laughed/cried if you told me last year he would be beaten by Kohlschreiber and Seppi in back to back weeks on home soil. Very sad indeed.

Dirk
01-12-2006, 06:34 AM
I'm not so sure. Hewitt said before this year started he had been training very strongly and felt fitter than ever, it sure isn't showing on court.

I would have laughed/cried if you told me last year he would be beaten by Kohlschreiber and Seppi in back to back weeks on home soil. Very sad indeed.


Just give him some time that is all. He will fire himself up but probably won't be great again until after Oz.

Devotee
01-12-2006, 06:39 AM
What's Hewitt sick with?

Deboogle!.
01-12-2006, 06:49 AM
What's Hewitt sick with?He had a stomach bug during his first round match against Spadea but seemed ok yesterday after a day off against Melzer. now he loses and people are saying he's sick again/still?

its.like.that
01-12-2006, 07:09 AM
Anyone see his match today? One of the most pathetic performances I've seen from him, along with the Davis Cup match where he lost in straight sets to Nalbandian last year. He choked like a mother, like never before
5-3 up in the 2nd set serving for the match, then 5-3 in the 3rd with 2 match points but blew them all with weak errors and double faults

Family life has finished him off it seems

Losses to Kohlschreiber and Seppi within 2 weeks. No one would ever have thought that a couple of years ago. Sad to see him fall

when was he ever a slam contender to begin with? :confused:

Sure he was gifted a couple slams - the weakest Wimbledon in Open era history, and a US Open in which the linespeople conspired against their own for once (talk about a change of tune)...

but besides those, he has never really had any shot at a slam in this sport.

ExpectedWinner
01-12-2006, 07:18 AM
I'm not so sure. Hewitt said before this year started he had been training very strongly and felt fitter than ever, it sure isn't showing on court.



What else are you expecting him to say? He's not going to admit that he's been changing diapers/ singing lullabies for a month or so.

Mistaflava
01-12-2006, 07:26 AM
Hewitt and other Aussies hate that Rebound Ace surface...he won't wins Oz Open but he will have a great season...

get a clue

Mechlan
01-12-2006, 07:44 AM
when was he ever a slam contender to begin with? :confused:

Sure he was gifted a couple slams - the weakest Wimbledon in Open era history, and a US Open in which the linespeople conspired against their own for once (talk about a change of tune)...

but besides those, he has never really had any shot at a slam in this sport.

He also happens to play in the same era as Federer. He's reached 2 finals in the past 2 years and lost in the semis of 2 others to Federer. If that doesn't qualify as being a slam contender, pray tell, what does?

1sun
01-12-2006, 08:01 AM
what a load of shite

tennisvideos
01-12-2006, 08:25 AM
when was he ever a slam contender to begin with? :confused:

Sure he was gifted a couple slams - the weakest Wimbledon in Open era history, and a US Open in which the linespeople conspired against their own for once (talk about a change of tune)...

but besides those, he has never really had any shot at a slam in this sport.

And you are a multiple Grand Slam winner yourself I guess to be in such a position as to run down Lleyton's record.

Sam L (WTAW)
01-12-2006, 08:34 AM
I've been telling you guys that he was finished for the last 3 years or so.

He won slams at a time when today's top players haven't matured yet. But nowadays they are real grown up men now and he can't compete with them anymore.

The problem was that Lleyton got too cocky when he won a slam here and there. He thought he was really good and he could keep winning. Boy, how mistaken he was.

He may still be delusional and think that he can win.

I have a feeling though that reality will set in a few years and he'll retire early claiming an injury or something.

bad gambler
01-12-2006, 08:38 AM
lets be fair, only federer and safin has really been able to trouble him consistently over the past couple of years

he will still make the QF/SF stage of the slams as to achieving anything more, only time will tell.

EDIT: I forgot to mention Karlovic :silly:

cris1085
01-12-2006, 08:39 AM
I've been telling you guys that he was finished for the last 3 years or so.

He won slams at a time when today's top players haven't matured yet. But nowadays they are real grown up men now and he can't compete with them anymore.

The problem was that Lleyton got too cocky when he won a slam here and there. He thought he was really good and he could keep winning. Boy, how mistaken he was.

He may still be delusional and think that he can win.

I have a feeling though that reality will set in a few years and he'll retire early claiming an injury or something.


I think it is a bit soon to cancel him from Slams. By the way apart Federer who are the other players that won so many slams in the past two years? ;)

hablovah19
01-12-2006, 08:49 AM
Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender over already ?
I don't believe it!!!!! :lol:

Hola Mr. SK
01-12-2006, 10:26 AM
too early to say that!
He needs time to get used to his current life...
He'll be fine!

fererrodf
01-12-2006, 10:41 AM
I think it's premature and silly to write Hewitt off - certaintly not the players. He might have lost early at Sydney's, it doesn't mean he won't do well at the Open. With the right conditions and luck of the draw, he might have a chance. No-one is invincible in tennis, although I like Roger's chances in any Grand Slams (French uh...maybe not the fave) and Hewitt should not be weighted light-feathered in the likes Nadal, Safin, Roddick.

Personally, I don't like Hewitt's antics but I cannot ignore the fact that he's one of the few who could reach deep in the Aussie Open, and from there, anything can happen.

Lleytonisthebest
01-12-2006, 11:29 AM
he's still 24 but i think in the next two years he won't win any slam! just have to get used to his new life and improve his serve

Federerthebest
01-12-2006, 11:32 AM
Hewitt is clearly being distracted by his new family-life and needs to return to somewhere near his old lifestyle if he wants to continue being successful as he has been in the past. He should, as soon as possible, put his child up for adoption, or divorce Bec.

Horatio Caine
01-12-2006, 12:20 PM
Hewitt is always a contender at the Slams...apart from the French. As for winning any of them - he probably won't with Federer around. Don't write him off - I will be surprised if he doesn't feature among the top 5 at the end of the year, assuming he has a full season.

shotgun
01-12-2006, 12:22 PM
Hewitt is always a contender at the Slams...apart from the French.

Funny how, if we take out his last year's final run at the AO, Hewitt's overall performance at Roland Garros is slightly better than his overall performance at Melbourne.

heya
01-12-2006, 12:52 PM
He's the 2nd most talented player today! Don't you know??!!!! :secret: :scared:

Horatio Caine
01-12-2006, 12:54 PM
Funny how, if we take out his last year's final run at the AO, Hewitt's overall performance at Roland Garros is slightly better than his overall performance at Melbourne.

I'm talking about title contender - he will never get to a French Open final. At the other 3 Slams he is always top 5 contender for the title.

skel1983
01-12-2006, 01:16 PM
I've been telling you guys that he was finished for the last 3 years or so.

He won slams at a time when today's top players haven't matured yet. But nowadays they are real grown up men now and he can't compete with them anymore.

The problem was that Lleyton got too cocky when he won a slam here and there. He thought he was really good and he could keep winning. Boy, how mistaken he was.

He may still be delusional and think that he can win.

I have a feeling though that reality will set in a few years and he'll retire early claiming an injury or something.


HAHAHAHAHAHA i cant stop pissing my pants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you no anything about tennis my friend ????

Lleyton Hewitt has the second best GS over the past four years other than the best player that has ever lived!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHA some people are just so stupid it's unreal!! He gets beat in a couple of poxy events and Hewitt is rubbish he is this he is that, if he is not in the same half of the draw as Roger he will make the final for me, and u need to gain some knowledge before branding about rubbish such as that tripe you have presented to us on this forum!!!!

willrock
01-12-2006, 01:16 PM
Yeah these days were choke fests for him :rolleyes:
But i do think he's not finished for Slams.

Norrage
01-12-2006, 01:19 PM
His time as a grand slam contender is far from over..Actually, it's the other way around: his time as an ATP tournament contender is over. He cant motivate himself enough anymore for those tourneys, while in Grand Slams he has the extreme very best results out of every player on the tour, except Federer...(not counting what Agassi won before Hewitt came around)
Without Federer I think Hewitt would have won at least 2 out of the 5 Grand Slams Federer has beat him in over the past couple of years. Far from being a bad result. And even if he didnt, because of Federer, he does have numerous semi finals and finals at his name so this thread is total bullshit.

We will see at the AO.

alfonsojose
01-12-2006, 01:32 PM
Lleyton :hug: Leave him alone. He's Feeding Mia :tears:. Becca is so useless :smash: he has to do everything

Liverpool4ever
01-12-2006, 03:18 PM
His time as a grand slam contender is far from over..Actually, it's the other way around: his time as an ATP tournament contender is over. He cant motivate himself enough anymore for those tourneys, while in Grand Slams he has the extreme very best results out of every player on the tour, except Federer..

Will see come the second week of the open the actual truth, but I agree with this statement. I remember Hewitt being asked how he would cope with having a family and playing on the tour. Hewitt replied that he would focus on the slams and Davies Cup. I believe that Hewitt felt he would dominate tennis for the years on end and in truth without Federer this would probably have been the case. I have said before that Hewitt would most likely have had 4/5 slams now without Federer as well as a third masters cup. So no wonder its hard for the man, who felt he would win around 8+ slams in his career to be motivated for a tournament without any obly one top ten player.

R.Federer
01-12-2006, 03:23 PM
Come on.... a lot of players come alive only at the T.M.S and at Slams
leyton has many things on his mind now. Aside from Roge , leyton had the best performances in slams last year

cedez
01-12-2006, 03:32 PM
I'm not a huge Hewitt fan, but I think it's too soon to be writing him off. I do think his career won't be as long as some of the others we have seen. A lot of his strength lies in his ability to run balls down. As soon as he starts getting older and slowing down (which happens to the best of us!) other players will start surpassing him.

Lleytonisthebest
01-12-2006, 03:40 PM
no , i don't think so 'cause agassi isn't an offensive player like safin or federer and he's still here and hewitt can do more than defending i'm sure but he doesn't work it enough

etiage
01-12-2006, 04:47 PM
agassi might not go for outright winners, but he's still offensive in that he dictates points

and it's way too early to write hewitt off. i see him getting deep into slams. winning them might be another matter

prima donna
01-12-2006, 05:03 PM
Hewitt played a decent match, but Seppi was the better player.

On this day, Seppi has simply outclassed him. There are no if ands or buts about it, the Australian was outplayed and can only hope to perform better down under.

Maybe home cooking will remedy this, but maybe not.

I sense that Seppi would have prevailed in this match under any circumstances, be it in a jungle or stadium court of Melbourne.

Lleytonisthebest
01-12-2006, 05:30 PM
pfffff seppi the better player! perhaps he was better today but hewitt played like a ***** ! seppi didn't win thge match hewitt lost it with 61 unforced errors! in a normal day hewitt would have win 2 and 4

prima donna
01-12-2006, 05:32 PM
pfffff seppi the better player! perhaps he was better today but hewitt played like a ***** ! seppi didn't win thge match hewitt lost it with 61 unforced errors! in a normal day hewitt would have win 2 and 4
The boy was simply outclassed, better luck next time.

Deboogle!.
01-12-2006, 05:34 PM
The boy was simply outclassed, better luck next time.Maybe so but any time a player throws in multiple doublefaults BOTH times he serves for the match, I think there's a little more to the story than simply being outclassed.

Lleytonisthebest
01-12-2006, 05:35 PM
of course! say that seppi 60th in the world with his palmares is better than hewitt with his

Lleytonisthebest
01-12-2006, 05:36 PM
why not seppi a future top5 ? aswell as kolschreiber .?

prima donna
01-12-2006, 05:38 PM
Hewitt may disappear off into the sunset this year, taking his classless antics along with him.

Lleytonisthebest
01-12-2006, 05:43 PM
.........hewill will disappear of course! federer will fall to n°5465875 on the atp just because he lost to haas at kooyong ??

prima donna
01-12-2006, 05:46 PM
Federer and Hewitt.

Oil vs Water.

Black vs White.

Harvard vs Junior College

Jesus vs Disciple


You get the point, right mate ?

shotgun
01-12-2006, 05:46 PM
why not seppi a future top5 ? aswell as kolschreiber .?

lol.. just because they defeated Hewitt? Why not Karlovic a top 5, then?

Lleytonisthebest
01-12-2006, 05:50 PM
lol of course!! :)

revolution
01-12-2006, 05:54 PM
He is not a Slam contender, only when Federer is not participating can he be called a contender- unless Nalbandian is in Fed's half he could then be considered if David can knock out Roger.

revolution
01-12-2006, 05:55 PM
its.like.that- you love the United States of America don't you. :)

Lleytonisthebest
01-12-2006, 05:56 PM
yeah you're right with federer in the draw hewitt don't have a lot of chances to win it but who does ??

Angle Queen
01-12-2006, 06:09 PM
I might agree that Hewy's days as a GS winner are over (or certainly numbered)...but he'll be a contender for a bit longer. His style of play relies on consistency...and he needs quality on-court time to get back in the groove. I know that's hard to get when you're knocked out early as he has been the past two weeks...but a doubles-draw here and there...and a hitting partner other than Roger R. might be what the doctor ordered. He's usually done well at IW and Miami, so I look for him to regain his form there.

Carito_90
01-12-2006, 06:41 PM
the Davis Cup match where he lost in straight sets to Nalbandian last year.

Excuse me while this has nothing to do with the thread but had to be pointed out and commented by me:

:hearts: Good times...


Yeah, back to Lleyton... uh... I have nothing to say about him that won't offend others but congrats for the baby. :lol:

Carito_90
01-12-2006, 06:42 PM
I might agree that Hewy's days as a GS winner are over (or certainly numbered)...but he'll be a contender for a bit longer. His style of play relies on consistency...and he needs quality on-court time to get back in the groove. I know that's hard to get when you're knocked out early as he has been the past two weeks...but a doubles-draw here and there...and a hitting partner other than Roger R. might be what the doctor ordered. He's usually done well at IW and Miami, so I look for him to regain his form there.

She has a very good point. Not that I like it, but it's a good point indeed.

Black Adam
01-12-2006, 06:45 PM
Be carefu guys, some of you might eat their words when Hewitt claims a slam this year ;)

FanOfHewitt
01-12-2006, 06:50 PM
He has lost to the eventual slam winner in the last 7 slams he has competed it. I don't know, maybe if he loses to the eventual winner in 14 slams in a row then possibly he'll reach the status of a contender. Until he does that I think he is finished.

Raquel
01-12-2006, 07:15 PM
Lleyton is very much still a contender.

He is not a Slam contender, only when Federer is not participating can he be called a contender- unless Nalbandian is in Fed's half he could then be considered if David can knock out Roger.

I think some people are reading too much into David's win over Roger in Shanghai. Suddenly David is the big threat to Roger and some people only have a chance to win if David knocks out Roger first? I don't think so. David played really well in the Shanghai final but Roger was coming back from an injury. I'd still put Lleyton above David as a Grand Slam contender, especially at the Australian, Wimbledon and the US Open.

heya
01-12-2006, 07:22 PM
At least Hewitt was fighting while facing dozens of break points. Players like Safin, Roddick and Coria would usually double fault and give up after bad line calls.

heya
01-12-2006, 07:25 PM
Nalbandian let 6 service games go to waste in Shanghai; that's playing very well.

prima donna
01-12-2006, 07:25 PM
The boy Roddick is cowardly, no suprise.

Dirk
01-12-2006, 07:26 PM
Heya for coming off a injury yes. Roger did a great job at making the final but couldn't get the job done with David. Andy can't even make a Cup final when healthy so what does that tell you?

tangerine_dream
01-12-2006, 07:44 PM
its.like.that- you love the United States of America don't you. :)
Aw, he picks up all his bad habits about America from mensa king GWHitler dontcha know? :lol:

Lleyton is very much still a contender.
Yes. And that's all that needs to be said about this thread's subject. :hatoff:

sprinterluck
01-12-2006, 08:13 PM
Hewitt's still a top contender.

First of all Hewitt's been sick the past few days. That being said, all the real contenders this year have had some sort of injury/illness: Federer (foot), Roddick (pulled out of Shanghai), Nalbandian (pulled out of Kooyong)...who else is there to consider? Maybe Ljubicic, but his GS record isn't all that great.
This tournament's gonna be about the survival of the fittest, or shall I say survival of the least injured.

Deboogle!.
01-12-2006, 09:07 PM
That being said, all the real contenders this year have had some sort of injury/illness: Federer (foot), Roddick (pulled out of Shanghai), .They've both pronounced themselves 100% healthy right now, though.

Of courew Hewitt's still a contender. He'll bounce back, he usually steps up at the slams just like most of the top players do, because of how important they are to them.

euroka1
01-12-2006, 09:54 PM
Roddick's Shanghai injury was one of convenience. He just didn't want to go. That's why I think that he is now in better shape than most of the competition and will do well in the AO.

I don't like Hewitt's chances much at all.

Merton
01-12-2006, 11:30 PM
Rumors of Lleyton's death appear exaggerated.

revolution
01-13-2006, 12:56 AM
Aw, he picks up all his bad habits about America from mensa king GWHitler dontcha know? :lol:

Don't bet against them sharing an apartment at the AO.

Fumus
01-13-2006, 04:28 PM
Hewitt won't go out at AO unless Federer beats him...you can count on that

Loremaster
01-13-2006, 04:53 PM
looking at the draw Hewitt may not reach semifinal - Murray, Ferrero , Gonzalez. I think that Murray may make a huge upset , looking at Hewitt in Sydney and Adelaide he has big chance.

lleyrules
01-13-2006, 06:13 PM
Rumors of Lleyton's death appear exaggerated.

I agree to a certain extent but I cant but compare LL to John McEnroe

In 1984 John McEnroe dominated menss tennis by 1985 he was finished - guess what happened in between - Tatum O'Neal!

LL has always been like Mac - long relationship with female tennis player (in fact I think LL looks like the possible lovechild of Mac and his then long rime girlfriend tennis player Stacy Margolin)
Intense relationships with men especially best friends Peter Fleming and Hayden Eckermann respectively
Mis-timed shotgun marriage to actress...... amid controversial rumours!

hope it doesn't lead down the same road

Rex
01-13-2006, 09:08 PM
its prolly been a while since a proper match, i reckon he'll get goin at AO- but frankly i really hope im right.......