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Hewitt: "Mate, it could be slower than [the] French Open."

silverwhite
01-19-2006, 02:25 PM
The surface saga continues... :o

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2006-01-19/200601191137675169898.html


Q. What about the court speed? Obviously, you clearly are upset by the slow nature of it. I mean, how much did that play into Juan Ignacio's hands tonight?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, you know, it definitely helped him out, there's no doubt about that. You know, he still played extremely well, and, you know, he didn't give me a lot of opportunities out there.

But, you know, the court surface, it's very hard to dictate play out there. You know, and it's slower than last year, there's no doubt about that, whether it's the balls or not. They say changing to Wilson balls is, you know, to make it quicker or whatever for using a US Open ball, but the facts are this is a totally different top surface to a US Open. You can't compare two balls. This ball fluffs up on this court because it's so rough. It leaves a lot of fur out there on the court. Whereas the US Open is a painted surface on a hard court that's a lot slicker out there so the ball's going to get smaller.

I don't think there's been a lot of homework done how the balls play on this surface for some reason. It's bouncing a lot higher and playing a lot slower even this year from last year.

Q. Last year you said it was playing like the French Open. Do you stand by that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Mate, it could be slower than French Open.

....

Q. The struggles you've had with sort of the surface here and the sort of questions that's raised, does it take away the fun or the challenge you have here? Does it sort of make it ‑‑ I know you look forward to coming here, but does it detract from that a bit?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's a bit disappointing purely because I feel like I'm fighting with ‑‑ you know, fighting with people that, you know, we should be working together to try to make Australian tennis better. I know Flip feels exactly the same way. I know Wayne feels the same way. Yeah, I really don't know when some of these people are going to wake up to themselves.

Deboogle!.
01-19-2006, 02:31 PM
oh please, the other day he said the surface was playing about the same as last year. He beat Chela last year and made the FINAL.

This is seriously getting old. None of the other players who are better on faster courts with lower bounces are having trouble.

lilfairyprincess
01-19-2006, 02:33 PM
:rolleyes:

enough of the bitchin already!!..its gettin incredibly tired now.

marifline
01-19-2006, 02:34 PM
So perhaps we shoud make the clay quicker in FO in order to help a frenchie to win it :rolleyes:

mandoura
01-19-2006, 02:35 PM
:rolleyes: Here we go again.

Castafiore
01-19-2006, 02:35 PM
I fail to see why the Australian Open should be adapted to suit the Australian players.

All that Australia does is host the slam event, but that's it.

jazz_girl
01-19-2006, 02:38 PM
:yawn:

mandoura
01-19-2006, 02:39 PM
I fail to see why the Australian Open should be adapted to suit the Australian players.

All that Australia does is host the slam event, but that's it.

:yeah:

keep_er_lit!
01-19-2006, 02:40 PM
How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview? :p

bokehlicious
01-19-2006, 02:40 PM
So perhaps we shoud make the clay quicker in FO in order to help a frenchie to win it :rolleyes:

:spit: :haha:

lilfairyprincess
01-19-2006, 02:42 PM
How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview? :p

haha i didnt even notice the first time i read it.i was too full of rage at his moaning!!!..but yea ur rite...way too many! :lol:

artlinkletter
01-19-2006, 02:45 PM
I just went through the whole interview, and it seems as though Hewitt has taken up the "you know" habit that Clijsters has.

artlinkletter
01-19-2006, 02:46 PM
How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview? :p
Shucks, you beat me to it.

silverwhite
01-19-2006, 02:46 PM
How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview? :p

Isn't that Kim's trademark? :p

almouchie
01-19-2006, 02:47 PM
i sometimes think no matter what Hewitt says people are going to be no his throat
as for favoring home players in slams it has happened before & will continue
Agassi made the US open change the schedule so he can have more rest than his other semis opponent , who was none other than Federer
as for the courts & balls
I fail to see why they would keep changing it so much

tennisvideos
01-19-2006, 02:48 PM
Personally I don't think they should speed up the court. We already have a fast hardcourt at the USO. It's great to have a slow hardcourt for variety.

And I for one prefer the rallies to encouraging the big serves. I am baffled at this take from Lleyton. I mean he should be suited by a slow court with his counter punching game. If he came up against a big server I am sure he would appreciate the slower court then.

Anyway, who cares. Keep the surface as it is. I think it's fair for ALL - fast court players and clay court players. :)

lau
01-19-2006, 02:49 PM
How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview? :p
34 times if I´m not wrong :p

uNIVERSE mAN
01-19-2006, 02:49 PM
what's the german phrase for "you know", see if Clijsters uses it there.

NicoFan
01-19-2006, 02:53 PM
Just excuses.

All the other players have to deal with it.

And Lleyton is just one person - the tournament shouldn't have to be run to suit his and only his needs.

RonE
01-19-2006, 02:53 PM
what's the german phrase for "you know", see if Clijsters uses it there.

Kim is from the Flemisch part of Belgium, not Germany :p

Deboogle!.
01-19-2006, 02:57 PM
And I for one prefer the rallies to encouraging the big serves. I am baffled at this take from Lleyton. I mean he should be suited by a slow court with his counter punching game.But his particular game and his strike zone is such that he prefers lower bounces. Rebound Ace bounces pretty high.

I love the surface, except for the injuries. The ankles rolling, knees that twist, etc. But as the ESPN commentators here said, the AO tends to produce some of the best matches every year and that's due in part to how fair the surface is, and it lets lots of people produce their best tennis. I'd love to see it made a little safer somehow, but I don't know how that could be done feasibly.

Angle Queen
01-19-2006, 04:08 PM
Blah, blah, blah, Lleyton. Surface is the same for both players. :rolleyes:

IDJ49
01-19-2006, 04:35 PM
i sometimes think no matter what Hewitt says people are going to be no his throat
as for favoring home players in slams it has happened before & will continue
Agassi made the US open change the schedule so he can have more rest than his other semis opponent , who was none other than Federer
as for the courts & balls
I fail to see why they would keep changing it so much
Actually Agassi requested that the US Open put his match first, any player can make this request. If I remember correctly Hewitt requested to have a Tuesday start for this tourney.

shotgun
01-19-2006, 04:37 PM
Yeah I didn't see Roddick or Ljubicic complaining about it.

Stop being such a :baby:, Lleyton.

alfonsojose
01-19-2006, 05:15 PM
go and tell baby Mia these lame stories :p

Rex
01-19-2006, 05:19 PM
two words the people of MTF

SORE LOSER

nobama
01-19-2006, 05:51 PM
Hewitt needs to quit whining. :baby: He didn't lose yesterday because of the speed of the court. It's the same as last year and last year he made it to the finals.

ServeAlready81
01-19-2006, 06:12 PM
Come on Lleyton, just admit you weren't prepared for this event. Honestly, I'll even go as far to say that Hewitt was out of shape. I mean when Hewitt took off his shirt last night to change it, he looked a little flabby. Last year, he was ripped, cut, had muscles and probably weighed about 5-10 lbs more (muscle weight that is). Hewitt will be back I'm sure, he just probably didn't have the time to prepare for this event like he usually would.

Turkeyballs Paco
01-19-2006, 06:58 PM
It's pretty rare for a player to take full responsibility for poor performance. I'm pretty sure some of our other favorites have found ways to blame something or someone else, and usually Hewitt owns up to the fact that he wasn't the better player.

Maybe the interviewer is just spinning it to seem like it's not Lleyton's fault or whatever. I wouldn't worry too much about it, everyone knows he played pretty crappily out there compared to what he was normally capable of in the past.

I hope this year gets better for him, but I have always had my doubts that he would be able to stay at the top after starting a family. It's going to be hard to watch for me, but I expect his performance to continue to drop off for awhile.

Maybe he'll figure out a way to work it out, but honestly, I always figured the announcement of the baby was the beginning of the end of his tennis career. He's accustomed to being at the top, and he'll eventually decide it's not worth the drain on himself and his new family to be just mediocre. I wouldn't be surprised if he retired fairly soon.

That would be sad, but he's already 24 or 25 and has plenty of money, so there's no reason he should feel compelled to keep going. Trust me people, Agassi, still playing in his thirties with a family, is the exception - not the rule.

1sun
01-19-2006, 07:01 PM
your all complainging about his comments and that there getting old wel just dont fucking read them becuase your all getting fucking old with your repeated bitching.
i mean shit, he just got kocked out of his home slam in the 2nd round, give him a break.

1sun
01-19-2006, 07:06 PM
Actually Agassi requested that the US Open put his match first, any player can make this request. If I remember correctly Hewitt requested to have a Tuesday start for this tourney.
but wasnt this is literally last second. hadnt they released the order of play with roger to play first and then changed it. im pretty sure roger was told he was on first and then was told different.

Leo
01-19-2006, 09:38 PM
Lleyton, you are a whiny bitch.

No one can deny that, not even his wife.

Federerthebest
01-19-2006, 09:55 PM
he is right, it is too slow.
i think maybe some of clay nations bribing tennis australia to keep surface slow.

Liverpool4ever
01-19-2006, 11:21 PM
To be fair to Hewitt, Federer also said that the courts are very slow for a hard court and probably should be sped up. Interestingly he added that the courts would be slower during a night match due to the lack of heat, which further fuels Hewitt's claims. Then there is Judy Murray, who is another with the same sentiments.

It's funny that Hewitt gets criticism for these comments where as no one mentions Federer's.

nkhera1
01-19-2006, 11:33 PM
They can't be slower than clay otherwise Roddick wouldn't be able to get past the 2nd round. :p

CooCooCachoo
01-19-2006, 11:33 PM
Hewitt :smash:

Sore loser.

Hendu
01-19-2006, 11:36 PM
he is right, it is too slow.
i think maybe some of clay nations bribing tennis australia to keep surface slow.

yes, I heard the Argentine Tennis Asociation is also planning to bribe Wimbledon to change the surface, because they have too much money and don't know what to do with it...

Sam L (WTAW)
01-19-2006, 11:39 PM
What an idiot! It is not slower than clay. Never has been, never will be. He knows that, he's a pro tennis player, he's just using it as an excuse to fool those who aren't tennis savvy and those are delusional to make them think that he's still a top player.

Just take the loss Hewitt. You're NOT good enough!

PaulieM
01-19-2006, 11:40 PM
To be fair to Hewitt, Federer also said that the courts are very slow for a hard court and probably should be sped up. Interestingly he added that the courts would be slower during a night match due to the lack of heat, which further fuels Hewitt's claims. Then there is Judy Murray, who is another with the same sentiments.

It's funny that Hewitt gets criticism for these comments where as no one mentions Federer's.
hardly, since this is something hewitt's been going on about for over a year. it's fair to say he's moaning on and on about it. :shrug:

How many times did Hewitt say "You know" in that interview? :p
that's the first thing i noticed once i got passed the moaning, i swear it's a record.

Blaze
01-19-2006, 11:47 PM
To be fair to Hewitt, Federer also said that the courts are very slow for a hard court and probably should be sped up. Interestingly he added that the courts would be slower during a night match due to the lack of heat, which further fuels Hewitt's claims. Then there is Judy Murray, who is another with the same sentiments.

It's funny that Hewitt gets criticism for these comments where as no one mentions Federer's.


This is what Federer actually said


How did you find the speed of the courts?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it was quick. He served me aces, didn't he? No, I guess it's sort of a fair surface. It's definitely no faster than last year. Yeah, sort of a little unexpected after Lleyton already said something last year, I thought they might speed up the courts a little bit. I don't feel that's the case too much.

He played well last year. I did, too. Maybe we can expect the same again this year.

L James
01-20-2006, 12:00 AM
Hewitt :rolleyes:

Maybe you should worry about your declining game rather than using the court as an excuse. Is the court speed the reason why you keep meekly making unforced errors and serving double faults at critical times? :rolleyes:

esther
01-20-2006, 12:38 AM
I fail to see why the Australian Open should be adapted to suit the Australian players.

All that Australia does is host the slam event, but that's it.

Thank you

JennyS
01-20-2006, 12:53 AM
Wouldn't it be too unbalanced if 3 of the Slams all had fast surfaces? If they switched to a fast hardcourt it would basically be the US Open 2.

Daniela_CABJ
01-20-2006, 01:22 AM
Hewitt! please stop crying! that's it! you lost! don't blame it on the surface!
:baby: he probably cries more than his baby daughter!

and I agree with JennyS on the GS surfaces

kyleskywalker007
01-20-2006, 04:55 AM
Hewitt is an asshole, c´mon, it is not slower than the french open, and if it was...what´s wrong with it? It is unfair to have 3 fast-court slams, and only one slow! Think about it Lleyton.

hablovah19
01-20-2006, 05:04 AM
Excuses... excuses... :tape::haha:
well done, chela!!!! :yeah:

yomike
01-20-2006, 05:27 AM
Gaston just lost to Fabrice and Hewitt is saying its slower than the French. I don't think Hewitt knows what he is talking about.
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ExpectedWinner
01-20-2006, 05:43 AM
Gaston just lost to Fabrice and Hewitt is saying its slower than the French. I don't think Hewitt knows what he is talking about.
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Yeah, couch potatoes from this forum know everything... :rolleyes:

yomike
01-20-2006, 05:54 AM
Yeah, couch potatoes from this forum know everything... :rolleyes:

Actually I'm in school preparing for my exam in stochastic processes. You know that? No, I don't think you know :rolleyes: .
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Federerthebest
01-20-2006, 06:09 AM
federer is right, the courts are too slow at night.
see philipoussis' match against grosjean and roddick's against lamer.
despite sending serves down over 210kmh, these guys had very few aces.
and then hewitt has to play against a dirtballer on a slow court which favours topspin and people wonder why he's complaining. :lol:

ExpectedWinner
01-20-2006, 06:10 AM
Actually I'm in school preparing for my exam in stochastic processes. You know that? No, I don't think you know :rolleyes: .
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It doesn't matter. You did not play on Rod Laver arena yesterday night, did you? I think Hewitt knows more about the surface than anyone on this board (it doesn't mean I like his excuses though).

Btw, Santoro's win over Gaudio has nothing to do with this topic. Many variables, other than surface preference, come into play on extremely hot and windy day. :wavey:

World Beater
01-20-2006, 06:19 AM
even if it was clay, i would still give santoro a fair shot to beat gaudio.

its not like gaudio is some clay king.

hitchhiker
01-20-2006, 06:26 AM
dont need a magician to beat gaudio on a court faster then a turtle

Experimentee
01-21-2006, 02:39 PM
He's been playing bad all year. The courts were ok in Sydney and Adelaide, yet he lost there too, to worse players. Just making excuses again :rolleyes:

Ruski
01-21-2006, 03:16 PM
:yawn:

Whinge! Whinge! Whinge!

NyGeL
01-21-2006, 05:22 PM
hewitt is so gay... like coria.

nobama
01-21-2006, 06:37 PM
federer is right, the courts are too slow at night.
see philipoussis' match against grosjean and roddick's against lamer.
despite sending serves down over 210kmh, these guys had very few aces.
and then hewitt has to play against a dirtballer on a slow court which favours topspin and people wonder why he's complaining. :lol:I don't see Fed, Roddick, Hass, Ljubicic having much trouble on this surface. Hewitt's just being a big baby. Right now he's in a slump, but won't admit it, but rather blames it on the court surface. :rolleyes:

World Beater
01-21-2006, 06:55 PM
I don't see Fed, Roddick, Hass, Ljubicic having much trouble on this surface. Hewitt's just being a big baby. Right now he's in a slump, but won't admit it, but rather blames it on the court surface. :rolleyes:

hewitt doesnt have the power of the players you mention. hewitt feeds off the pace of his opponents and the surface.

hewitt cant feed off topspin. he is alone in his complaints for good reason. he doesnt have enough power and doesnt hit with topspin to do anything to trouble his opponents. the only thing he can do is retrieve and fight like last year.

however, hewitt wins his matches much easier at the usopen than in australia because of the surface advantage