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Knockers LaBroad
01-01-2004, 07:24 PM
Hewitt's plan to peak in Melbourne

By LEO SCHLINK in Melbourne
01jan04

LLEYTON Hewitt will attempt a high-stakes juggling act over the next two weeks as he seeks to reproduce the form which carried him to Davis Cup glory, while bidding to peak precisely for the Australian Open.

Hewitt and his coach Roger Rasheed have methodically worked to an end-of-season training regime designed to generate match wins at the Hopman Cup from Sunday and then at the adidas International in Sydney, where the South Australian has previously excelled.
But while Hewitt is typically intent on achievement in Perth and at Homebush Bay, it is the lure of Rod Laver Arena success which drives the dual Grand Slam champion 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.

"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 watershed change in the game Hewitt produced with chilling consistency to win Wimbledon, the US Open and two Tennis Masters Cups under Darren Cahill and Jason Stoltenberg.

While Rasheed and Hewitt have yet to team for a singles title, the partnership last month was instrumental in Australia's Davis Cup final success – an event which also signalled to the international tennis community the South Australian baseliner is back to his extraordinary 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."

Hewitt, 22, is yet to better the fourth round of the Australian Open in six attempts.

Strangely, Hewitt's record at his home Grand Slam is his worst of the Big Four.

He has won both Wimbledon and the US Open, where he has also reached the semi-finals on two other occasions, and has made the quarter-finals of the French Open.

Hewitt is desperate to become the first Australian male to win in Melbourne since Mark Edmondson in 1976 but will do so without the arguable protection of a high seeding.

The right-hander was eliminated last season by Moroccan Younes el Aynaoui. His preparation the previous year was blighted by having chicken pox and he was eliminated in the first round.

© Advertiser Newspapers Ltd

Knockers LaBroad
01-01-2004, 07:25 PM
TENNIS: Lleyton drafts an old friend
By LEO SCHLINK and RICHARD EARLE
02jan04

DUAL Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has bolstered his support staff ahead of an assault on the world No. 1 ranking.

Hewitt, 22, has added Adelaide pennant player and occasional Satellite tour competitor Jimmy Chaousis to his close-knit clan on the eve of the Australian summer circuit.

Chaousis will assist Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed.

Currently ranked 17th in the world after completing a season pockmarked by injury and relatively moderate Grand Slam form, Hewitt hopes to quickly regain a single digit ranking.

Chaousis will aid the former world champion's quest as both a hitting partner and will also offer advice on off-court training. Chaousis, an old friend of the West Lakes dynamo, has "settled in well" at Team Hewitt.

"He has signed me up for the year and we will see how it goes from there," Chaousis said.

"We grew up playing tennis together and I did a bit of touring with him when I was a bit younger," said Chaousis, who toured for five years beginning at age 16.

Chaousis' appointment continues Hewitt's approach to hiring predominantly local, trusted lieutenants.

"I think the first thing that's pretty important is to get along well and we do," Chaousis said.

"I know Roger (Rasheed) very well and all three of us have a good kind of combination going there. Obviously his tennis has gone up and mine didn't quite go that way so now I am helping him out.

"We were pretty good friends because we were in a lot of tennis squads together. I received a phone call one day and he asked me if I wanted to jump ship so I did."

Hewitt had noticed Chaousis coaching on the professional circuit – his work impressing the former Wimbledon champion.

Chaousis had been working with Russian Galina Fokina , ranked 150th in the world and coached American Timothy Neille to a world No. 3 junior ranking.

Chaousis said Hewitt was a supremely fit athlete but would strive for improvement where possible

Angele
01-01-2004, 08:01 PM
Thanks for the new thread Elke :yeah:

Found this article on Lleytonland... don't know how well this is gonna go over with Lleyton...

Rules force media access
Leo Schlink
02jan04

THE world's leading male tennis players have been ordered to become accessible to the media, including a demand for competitors to take part in television interviews as they walk on to court for matches.

In a plan designed to popularise the sport, ATP players have been given a list of commitments which, if not fully met after a three-month trial period, will result in fines that double with every offence.

ATP executive Chris Clouser says the changes in media commitments are "an effort to enhance the media-player relationship and to hopefully expand the amount of promotion dedicated to tennis".

There is no mention in Clouser's letter to players of former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt's multi-million dollar legal action against the ATP over interview requests ahead of his first-round match in Cincinnati 15 months ago, a dispute that has now reached the South Australian Supreme Court.

Under the new rules, which will be introduced from the weekend, players are required to:

TAKE part in pre-tournament interviews of up to an hour's duration;

PERFORM a pre-match interview with television during walk-on before a match. The interview is not to exceed two minutes. Broadcasters (not players) will have the option to request the interview take place at the practice courts on the day of the match.

SUBMIT to an interview of up to five minutes with host broadcasters after winning a match.

APPEAR within 30 minutes at a post-match press conference. Exceptions to the rule will be made only for injured players or those with good cause.

Clouser said no fines would be applied in the first three months of the 2004 season to "allow players, ATP, broadcasters and tournaments to adjust".

He said the ATP player council and board "felt that a stronger commitment was needed to ensure standards and expectations are consistent for all matches and players".

"Today's ATP players are among the most interesting and talented athletes in the world," he said.

"This new media initiative was undertaken to provide the best forums to demonstrate this fact to the press."

The rules include fines of $1300 for the first offence at ATP tournaments and $660 at Challenger series. Fines will double at ATP events for each repeat offence in a season.

Players have likened the ATP's stance to that of Cricket Australia, which has been criticised by players for placing excessive demands on their time.

Herald and Weekly Times

Aussie_Kim
01-02-2004, 07:29 AM
Yep I saw that article too Angele on the Herald Sun website & I straight away thought of Lleyton :p
I think its a bit unfair of the ATP, I think they already have to do enough interviews as it is!

NOMAD
01-02-2004, 09:25 AM
Hewitt plays cards close to chest
By Tom Wald
02jan04
A CAGEY Lleyton Hewitt refused to discuss how he proposed to Kim Clijsters after speaking publicly for the first time since their engagement was announced.

While his impending marriage to the Belgian clearly warms his heart, he showed there was no love lost with the media today.

"It was on Sydney harbour as you probably read (just before Christmas), that is all you are going to find out," he said after arriving in Perth for the Hopman Cup which starts tomorrow.

The former world No.1 tennis player was equally abrupt about his wedding plans, informing a journalist he would not be the first to know the details.

However, the temperamental baseliner conceded their similar career paths meant he and former world No.1 Clijsters understood the burdens of the tennis world.

"It is good we both know what each other is going through, obviously I got to the pinnacle of tennis and now she is up there," he said.

"And the pressures and whatever we don't speak too much about tennis but if we do we can sort it out or help each other.

"Everything has has been going well for the last four years on and off the court."

It has been a busy five weeks for Hewitt.

He was a part of Australia's successful Davis Cup campaign, carried Greg Norman's golf bag at the Australian PGA championship and opted out of next year's Olympics on top of popping the question.

In between he has even been able to fit in some tennis practice for his assault at becoming the first local male to win the Australian Open since 1976.

Hewitt earlier led Clijsters past a media throng at Perth Airport before using his trademark footwork to sidestep television cameras.

Clijsters sported a wide grin as her man led the way to a waiting car.

Hewitt will team up with fellow South Australian Alicia Molik in the mixed teams event.

The former world No.1 will play against his fiancee in the mixed doubles tie on Wednesday.

He dodged any questions about their upcoming showdown, instead saying he had to focus on the singles clash with Xavier Malisse of Belgium.

Aussie_Kim
01-02-2004, 09:37 AM
Oh you've gotta love Lleyton!
He sure knows how to deal with the media! :lol:

Knockers LaBroad
01-02-2004, 04:12 PM
Hewitt looking to net gains this season :scratch:

By AAP and Peter Ker
January 3, 2004

A refreshed Lleyton Hewitt may have committed to fiancee Kim Clijsters but he's finding it more difficult to agree to an increased playing schedule this year.

The 22-year-old, in Perth for the Hopman Cup, which starts today, eased speculation he would increase his playing schedule in an effort to return to the top of world tennis this year.

The 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion, due to face Clijsters when Australia play Belgium next Wednesday, is yet to decide on his plans after sliding from No.1 to 17th in the world rankings last year.

"[I will] see what happens, I've not got past the round of 16 at the Aussie Open yet and the Hopman Cup and [adidas International in] Sydney is about working towards Melbourne for me and getting as much match preparation [as possible]," he said yesterday.

Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Roger Federer have replaced Hewitt as the best male players after the South Australian scaled back his tournament commitments last year. But Hewitt said he had no regrets and felt the breather was a major factor in his crucial singles win over Spaniard Ferrero in Australia's Davis Cup final last November in Melbourne.

"It was awesome, I guess," Hewitt said. "Taking those last few months off before the Davis Cup final, I know people questioned it and the people closest to me didn't question it and knew what was best for me and it won us the Davis Cup in a lot of ways, as it won the match against Ferrero."

Hewitt toiled in hot conditions at the Burswood Dome yesterday for more than an hour and looked primed for another assault on the Australian Open in Melbourne, from January 19.

He'll be aiming to become the first Australian male to win the national open since 1976.

Hewitt said he felt stronger than ever and conceded the chance to become world No.1 again might provide too tantalising a challenge.

"I feel I have a lot of energy in the tank at the moment so if the chance comes around again to have a crack at number one I will be happy to take that chance."

Hewitt conceded there was unfinished business for he and Australian teammate Alicia Molik in the eight-nation cup tournament after they were defeated in the final by the United States last year.

The US have again been named top seeds for the mixed-teams event, but Lindsay Davenport has replaced Serena Williams this summer.

Hewitt will play unfancied Attila Savolt or little-known Canadian Frank Dancevic in Australia's opening tie on Sunday, depending on who wins today's qualifying tie.

Australia and Belgium have been installed by bookmakers as equal favourites.

The Russians have formed a strong team of 2000 US Open champion Marat Safin and world No.7 Anastasia Myskina and the Slovac Republic (Daniela Hantuchova/Karol Kucera) and France (Amelie Mauresmo/Fabrice Santoro) will also be competitive.

Hewitt played down questions about Wednesday's match-up against Belgium, and refused to discuss how he had proposed to Clijsters. He also was equally reticent about their wedding plans.

But he conceded their similar career paths meant he and the former women's world No.1 understood the burdens of the tennis world.

"It is good we both know what each other is going through, obviously I got to the pinnacle of tennis and now she is up there," he said. "And the pressures and whatever, we don't speak too much about tennis but if we do we can sort it out or help each other."

Meanwhile, Mark Philippoussis will contest next week's Qatar Open and the adidas International before returning to Melbourne Park for the Australian Open.

Speaking after a training session at Melbourne Park yesterday morning, Philippoussis said he was looking forward to beginning the year on a positive note.

"I've got two tournaments before the Aussie open, it has not been an ideal preparation for those, but they will be a good preparation for here," he said.

Much of Philippoussis's Christmas break was spent recovering from the pectoral muscle injury he sustained in the Davis Cup triumph.


This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/03/1072908915799.html

Jess
01-02-2004, 09:09 PM
Aw, well I guess it would be too much to hope for, for him to come out with soppy details about weddings etc.... he really doesn't like the media much does he?!

kim4eva
01-03-2004, 06:12 AM
Hewitt beefs up team
January 3, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt has bolstered his support staff for a fresh assault on the world No.1 ranking.

Hewitt, 22, has recruited Adelaide pennant and occasional satellite tour player Jimmy Chaousis to assist coach Roger Rasheed.

Currently world-ranked 17th after a year of injury and moderate Grand Slam form, Hewitt hopes to quickly regain a single-digit ranking.

Chaousis, who has a physical education degree, will help as a hitting partner and with off-court training.

Rasheed, condemned by many after Hewitt's first-round Wimbledon loss to Ivo Karlovic, was hailed by Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald during the 3-1 win over Spain.

The former touring pro formulated a high-risk fitness and recovery strategy for Hewitt after his foot injury in September.

At Rasheed's behest, Hewitt had a wart removed from his heel before embarking on a virtual pre-season preparation for the Davis Cup final.

The move paid dividends as Hewitt followed his Cup semi-final win over Roger Federer with an impressive success over Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. But it was not without cost.

By missing several tournaments after the US Open, Hewitt's ranking plummeted, leaving him without the protection of a high seeding at this month's Australian Open.

Hewitt, however, is unfazed because his main goal at the start of last season was Davis Cup success.

But now he wants to reprise his best Grand Slam form.

"The Australian Open is the one Slam I've always wanted to do well at," Hewitt said, while preparing for his first Hopman Cup match tomorrow.

"The funny thing is that I've never really done that well there, so I'm not that worried about where I'm seeded.

"I've had my best Grand Slam results overseas, but I'd love to win the Australian Open, obviously."

Hewitt will play either Canadian Frank Dancevic or Hungarian Atilla Savolt in the Hopman Cup on Sunday -- depending on the result of today's Burswood play-off.

He then has round-robin matches against Belgium's Xavier Malisse - and a mixed doubles confrontation with fiancee Kim Clijsters - and Slovakian Karol Kucera.

kim4eva
01-03-2004, 06:18 AM
Hewitt, Molik aim to go one better

By Russell Reid



LLEYTON HEWITT will begin a busy month of tennis when he and partner Alicia Molik try to go one better at this summer's Hyundai Hopman Cup.

The Australians, runners-up to Americans James Blake and Serena Williams last year, open their 2004 campaign tomorrow.

Molik and Hewitt clash with the winner of today's play-off tie between Canada and Hungary at the Burswood Dome.

South Australian Hewitt scaled back his tennis schedule last year to concentrate on Davis Cup and grand slam events.

But, in an indication that could change in 2004, Hewitt will also play in the adidas International in Sydney before the Australian Open, starting at Melbourne Park on January 19.

The former world No. 1 said his ranking had dropped to No. 17 because he had not played that many matches outside of Davis Cup commitments in the past three months.

"Apart from the last two Davis Cup ties, which were obviously a couple of big highs for me in my career, I haven't played that many matches," Hewitt said yesterday. "But it was awesome, I guess, taking those last three months off for the Davis Cup final.

"I know a lot of people questioned it but the people closest to me didn't question it at all.

"They knew what was best for me and it won us the Davis Cup, in a lot of ways, winning that first match against Ferrero."

Hewitt said he was not driven by an ambition to regain the No. 1 ranking.

"Not really," he said.

"I think if I put myself in a position early in the year, then I might have a crack at it."

Hewitt said he would like nothing better than to win the Australian Open.

"I've been going to Melbourne Park ever since it opened," he said.

V More, page 127Aussies buoyed

V From back page "I get goose bumps just going in the place."

Hewitt said he had never played his best matches in the Australian Open there.

However, he added: "I know it was only Davis Cup and not the Australian Open, but I have played two of my greatest matches ever in there.

"Those memories are going to flood back when I get in there."

Taking their place with Australia in group B will be No. 3 seed Belgium, the Slovak Republic and the winner of today's play-off tie.

Tournament top seed USA, No. 4 seed Russia, France and the Czech Republic make up group A.

kim4eva
01-03-2004, 06:21 AM
Has anyone suscribed to The Times? There's this article about Lleyton and Kim but only members could read it :o here's the title...

1. No love lost as Hewitt takes sides against Clijsters
2. Clijsters's engaged tone contrasts sharply with surly Hewitt
... Love — love changes everything, at least so Andrew Lloyd Webber, that well-known
philosopher, would have had us believe until Lleyton Hewitt came along. ...

Aussie_Kim
01-03-2004, 11:28 AM
Thanks for the article :kiss:
Please say someone has subscribed! Please...
It sounds good!
Kim is definetly a lot more open then Lleyton, if details are gonna be given, it'll be from her ;)

zanychick
01-03-2004, 11:38 AM
if you go to news.google.com and search for Lleyton Hewitt you can read the Surly Hewitt one

zanychick
01-03-2004, 11:41 AM
you can actually get them both

zanychick
01-03-2004, 11:44 AM
No love lost as Hewitt takes sides against Clijsters
By Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent



A COUPLE of years ago, Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec teamed up to represent Switzerland in the Hyundai Hopman Cup, the traditional curtain-raiser to the year. Now the pair are inseparable, to the extent that Vavrinec handles the burgeoning publicity demands on the 2003 Wimbledon champion’s time.
Next week, there will be a more dramatic twist to the romance of this mixed doubles event in Perth when Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters compete against each other for their respective nations, less than two weeks after a boat trip around Sydney Harbour, during which Hewitt went down on one knee and popped the question.



Australia against Belgium would not usually cause too many heads to be turned but from next Wednesday, that will change. It would be fascinating to be a fly on the wall of their preparation. When, before the Pacific Life Open finals day in Indian Wells last March — Clijsters was in the women’s match, followed by Hewitt in the men’s — a 6.30am alarm call woke the Belgian from her slumber, it did not stir her boyfriend. “He just rolled over and went back to sleep,” Clijsters said, not the least worried about what he might say when he discovered what she had said. Both of them won their finals, which took the edge off things.

A distinct keenness has already been added to the Hopman event in that Hewitt, who does few things by half, is treating the Hopman Cup more seriously in his Australian Open build-up than he has in the past. Roger Rasheed, his coach, spelt out the importance of these next two weeks.

“Everything we do on court, both in Perth and in Sydney the following week, is geared to having Lleyton in the best shape for the Open,” Rasheed said.

The Hewitt backroom team has been strengthened by the addition of Jimmy Chaousis to assist Rasheed. Chaousis, 22, an occasional satellite tour competitor, has impressed Hewitt with his coaching on the professional circuit.

Even though Hewitt begins the year ranked No 17, his lowest starting point in five years, he appears not the least anxious. “Being the No 1 hasn’t done me any favours, so why should going in at 17?” he said.

His mood will not have been improved with news that the ATP has adopted a new rule for 2004 ordering players to comply with television requests for interviews on the way to matches. Hewitt is still engaged in a legal battle with the ATP over his non-appearance at an interview in similar circumstances 18 months ago.

zanychick
01-03-2004, 11:46 AM
Clijsters's engaged tone contrasts sharply with surly Hewitt
By Owen Slot



LET US BE absolutely clear. Magic Sponge is all for love. Love — love changes everything, at least so Andrew Lloyd Webber, that well-known philosopher, would have had us believe until Lleyton Hewitt came along. Never exactly a ray of sunshine, Hewitt arrived on Thursday for the Hopman Cup in Perth high on Planet Love, fresh from persuading Kim Clijsters to take his hand in marriage — and as surly as ever. He sidestepped the media at the airport, refused to discuss the manner of the proposal and cut a journalist dead when asked about any wedding details. And no one was surprised.



But love on the sports pages isn’t easy. Tiger Woods’s engagement to Elin Nordgren in November at a secret location in South Africa was marred when the owner of the secretly located game park put up pictures of the happy couple to help to advertise his website. Not stopping there, he alerted the newspapers and invited the mayor and local schoolchildren to the airport when they departed. Tiger was so angry he could have eaten the lions.

But Clijsters is a sunny character who allows the common people to be touched by the warmth of sports-pages love. “Lleyton had a surprise for me!” she records in her website diary. “He produced all of a sudden a ring and earrings! I was so happy I didn’t know how to react. Let there be no doubt: I am full of joy.”

And this diary of hers is full of gems too. On December 8, she reports from Australia: “I start to be somewhat confused. The cangoroos and walibis even come onto our terrace.” The following day, she goes so far as to share with us the news that she has just had colon hydrotherapy. Indeed, www.kimclijsters.be is such a friendly place that it even gives its readers the opportunity of sending the couple their congratulations. Just don’t expect a reply from her fiancé.

Angele
01-03-2004, 12:54 PM
Thanks a lot Clare :kiss: You must be subscribed to The Times because I can't read the article from google news.

kim4eva
01-03-2004, 01:12 PM
thanks so much :kiss:
i can't read it from google news either...

zanychick
01-03-2004, 04:05 PM
I didn't think I was subscrbed to the times :confused:

well if anyone wants any times articles just let me know :):)

Jess
01-03-2004, 05:36 PM
Not sure if this one's been posted yet: from the Hopman Cup website. Most of the quotes have already shown up in articles.

Transcript - Lleyton Hewitt
2 January 2004

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Lleyton, how does it feel to be officially spoken for. I suppose it must have been an exciting few weeks, the last few weeks.

Yeah, it’s been good. Everything went well and I’m really enjoying it at the moment.

And I suppose it was just very important that she said yes, but you never doubted it.

Oh, I hope not. I hope there wasn’t too much of a problem. You know, everything has been going well for the last four years and we’ve both been able to help each other out a lot, both on and off the court.

How have you spent the last week?

Just training mate – the same as always.

So you don’t get to have fun just because you do something like that.

No, not at all mate. The Australian Open is coming up.

Lleyton, how good is it to have Kim, another elite athlete, as your partner – especially during the lows?

Yeah, you know, it’s good I guess. We both know what each other is going through. Obviously I got to the pinnacle of tennis, I guess, just before she did, and now she’s up there and we both understand the pressures. And we don’t talk about tennis that much, but if it does come up and we do have issues then sure, we can sort it out or help each other I guess.

And your parents were thrilled about…

Yeah, Mum was happy – it was good.

You’ve both got fairly hectic schedules, any thoughts on when the wedding might be? Can we expect it in the next 12 months?

Oh, don’t know mate. You won’t be the first to find out!

How do you go into Wednesday though Lleyton, when obviously that’s one that people want to talk about, considering you’re up against your fiancé, how do you approach that game?

I’m not up against her yet. I’ve got to beat Xavier.

In the mixed doubles though?

Well, we’ll wait and see if it’s live.

On the tennis front, what are your goals for this season?

You know, see what happens. I haven’t passed the round of 16 at the Aussie Open before. Obviously the Hopman Cup and Sydney for me is working towards the Aussie Open and getting as much match preparation as possible. Apart from the last two Davis Cup ties which were obviously a couple of the biggest highs for me in my career, I haven’t played that many matches. So for me it’s just good to get out there on one of my favourite surfaces, the Rebound Ace, and try to get some good hard matches under my belt. You know, I give myself a real good fighting outside chance, I guess.

Is that one of the things you aim for, to reclaim the world number one? I know you cut down on the amount of tournaments you played.

Oh, not really. I think if I put myself in a position early in the year then I might have a crack at it. But, you know, it was awesome taking those last three months off before the Davis Cup final. I know a lot of people questioned it, and the people closest to me didn’t question it at all and they knew what was best for me. And it won us the Davis Cup in a lot of ways, I guess, winning that first match against Ferrero. I feel like I’ve got a lot of energy in the tank at the moment and if the chance comes around to have another crack at number one, then I’ll be happy to take that chance.

Having won the Davis Cup, do you think you might scale up your tournament schedule this year?

I’ll wait and see how the summer goes and play it by ear.

Lleyton, you look like you’ve bulked up a bit in the off-season, or in your three months off and I know Roger (Rasheed) was saying you’re the fittest you’ve ever been, do you feel that way?

Oh, not really. Nah, I’m alright.

You’re wearing the muscle T Lleyton, come on!

Oh, it’s so hot here in Perth. Don’t you have air conditioning over here if I’m gonna come over from the east? Nah, I’m a little bit stronger I think. I’ve been doing a lot of work off court. You know, even leading up to the Davis Cup final I was probably the fittest I’d ever been going into that match against Ferrero, and in the end I think I wore him down. To wear a guy like that down, who’s probably in the top two or three in the world of the fittest guys out there, and to do that in those conditions on a very hot day in Melbourne – I was pretty pleased with that and hopefully I’ve gotten stronger since then.

Since the start of your career you’ve just jumped up, up, up and up and last year you had a bit of a climb backwards, have you learnt anything from last year?

Not really.

Because everyone, obviously, is trying to beat the number one all the time.

Yeah, I still feel like some of the matches that I played were as good as I’ve ever played. Coming back against Federer in those last three sets, was probably the best tennis I’ve played in my life. Against Ferrero – exactly the same. Against Enqvist in Sweden in the Davis Cup…it seems to always happen in the Davis Cup, but I had some pretty good matches last year. Even at the US Open I felt like, before I actually hurt my hip in that match against Ferrero, I was playing as well as I’ve probably ever played. I think a lot of the other guys have probably improved a little bit as well. There’s a lot of young guys out there who are playing extremely well and who believe now that they’re capable of taking that extra step and getting to the top of the game and winning Grand Slams.

So the Australian Open obviously would be the most important thing that you have yet to achieve, because you’ve achieved so much.

Yeah, pretty much. To win your own national tournament, I think. I’ve been going to Melbourne Park ever since it opened and I get goosebumps just walking in the place. I’ve never really played probably my best matches there. I know it was only Davis Cup – it’s not the Australian Open, but I’ve now played two of my greatest matches ever in there. So those memories are going to flash back as soon as I get in there, and I’ll really go out there and try and attack it right from the start. Grand Slams are weird though – you’ve just got to take it one match at a time.

Just one more question about Wednesday’s match, you and Kim never have played each other competitively, have you?

No, just practice.

So it will be a fun sort of day, I suppose.

Yeah, it will be fun if I win my singles. Obviously Kim is a red-hot favourite against Alicia, so Alicia’s going to go out there and try her butt off like she always does, but it’s going to be a tough one for her. And I’m going to go out there and try and beat Xavier, and make it a live rubber for everyone.

Lleyton, you’ve got Jimmy on board for training this year…

Oh, no just helping me out more than anything.

Was that your coach’s idea?

No, well Roger (Rasheed) is still my trainer more than anything.

So will that help you, having him here?

Oh, it’s more travelling with a mate along the place and he was someone I grew up with and played the Satellites and Challenger circuit together with and someone I get along really well with. He knows a lot about tennis and he’s very motivational as well. Hopefully he can add a little bit to my team.

How much do you know about your first opponent – it’s either Canada or Hungary.

Not a lot about the Canadian kid, Frank Dancevic. I’ve seen him play a little bit in the Canadian Open – I think he got a wildcard and might have won a round or lost close and he’s pretty talented from what I’ve heard. He’s only 19 or 20 years old I think. Savolt I’ve played once before on clay. He likes to attack a lot and he had his best year, I think, last year. But if I go out there and play as well as I can…it’s always going to be tough first match of the next year on a new surface…but if I can go out there, I’m sure I can hopefully wrap it up.

Do you feel you’ve got a bit of unfinished business here after last year? You haven’t quite gotten over the line here at the Hopman Cup.

Oh yeah, well last year I think Williams and Blake were definitely the best team in the competition, there’s no doubt about that – they deserved to win it. The year before I actually thought we were playing as well as anyone. I hadn’t lost a match and Alicia was starting to play well – she actually beat Sanchez that last match. I would have liked to say that I probably would have beaten Tommy Robredo on that day and we probably would have won it after that. So it was a little bit disappointing that year, but apart from that we just go out there and have a bit of fun – and try to get over the line. Alicia, I think, surprised everyone last year, how well she played, so hopefully she can back it up this year.

Just one last one, I know you’ve touched on it, but do you genuinely feel that this is the best way to prepare for the Australian Open, coming on this surface?

I think so. Nothing has really been quite right yet for me in my preparation. Last year I felt like I played really well in Melbourne. I lost to El Aynaoui in a very tough match and didn’t really have a lot that I didn’t do in that match – he was too good. I played the Hopman Cup and had a week off last year. This year I’m playing the Hopman Cup and Sydney, purely more because I probably took that end of season off last year so I get a few more matches going into the Australian Open. I feel like physically I can go through playing three tournaments in a row and hopefully I’ll be fit enough.

Lleyton, how did you propose?

Oh, it was just on the Sydney Harbour – like you’ve probably read. That’s all you’re finding out.

Thank you.

NOMAD
01-04-2004, 07:32 AM
Hewitt: Rafter return will tease
January 4, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt believes former Davis Cup teammate Pat Rafter will create contrasting emotions with his limited tennis comeback this summer.

The Queenslander will partner Josh Eagle in doubles at this week's AAPT Championship in Adelaide and at the Australian Open before playing singles against Mats Wilander in an exhibition event in Queensland next month.

The popular Rafter, 31, has not played competitively since retiring after Australia's 2001 Davis Cup final loss to France in Melbourne.

"I guess you are a little bit surprised he is playing in that exhibition (match) against (Mats) Wilander and then decided to play a few doubles matches," he said.

"It is good for tennis I think in one way, but they are going to get a little bit more of Pat Rafter and then he's going to not play again.

"So I guess it it is going to be disappointing for the crowd to see him once or twice again and then never see him again."

Hewitt said Rafter informed him of the abbreviated comeback during a round of golf last month but he did not know the dual US Open champion's reasons for returning to the court.

"I have not spoken to him about why he is actually playing doubles, whether it is to have a bit of fun with Josh Eagle, one of his best mates, I don't know," he said.

However Hewitt, who is currently playing at the Hopman Cup in Perth, said he did not expect Rafter to make a more prolonged return to the tour.

And Rafter himself has ruled it out.

tangerine_dream
01-04-2004, 07:53 PM
Hewitt promises aggressive stance

January 4, 2004

A beefed-up Lleyton Hewitt pledged to maintain his campaign of sustained aggression after opening the year with a straight-sets demolition of unheralded Hungarian Attila Savolt at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The fiery baseliner skidded from the top of the world rankings to No.17 last year after taking on a limited playing schedule and failing to win a grand slam for the first time since 2000.

Some critics suggested Hewitt, 22, could not handle bigger serving opponents such as Andy Roddick and Roger Federer and that his counter-punching style was being found out.

However, the South Australian's inspirational performances in the Davis Cup semi-final and final last year proved he was far from washed up as a world force.

Hewitt has added four kilograms in strengthening his upper body in recent months in a clear attempt to improve his power.

He said he wanted to dictate matches and was prepared for an increased number of unforced errors.

His comments came after dismissing world No.175 Savolt 6-2 6-2 in 54 minutes as he started his preparations for his greatest remaining goal - winning the Australian Open - which starts January 19 in Melbourne.

"Probably trying to be more aggressive, I think that has probably been the (aim over) last five or six months, not just the last couple," he said.

"But it is trying to consistently do that and you have to keep doing that in practice and sometimes it does not all pay off.

"But in a couple of my biggest matches in the Davis Cup it did pay off.

"I thought I was pretty aggressive out there today so even though I hit a few more unforced errors I am still pushing and dictating points a lot more.

"Off the court, my fitness has always been pretty good and I am trying to take that to another level."

Hewitt's win secured victory for Australia in the opening tie at the mixed teams event before Wednesday's meeting with Belgium and the enigmatic world No.55 Xavier Malisse.

"Xavier is a very tough player," Hewitt said.

"I think everyone knows that if he is switched on that he can have a great day, but then again he can have a couple of horrors as well."

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/04/1073151214980.html
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I think it's funny that critics said that Hewitt couldn't handle Roddick's serve. Hewitt's one of the few who can return it! And hello? His record against Roddick is 3-0! Seems he can handle him just fine. Doh! :retard:

kim4eva
01-05-2004, 03:33 AM
Hewitt seals Australia win :woohoo:

Lleyton Hewitt beat Attila Savolt 6-2 6-2 as Australia eased past Hungary 3-0 in their opening match at the Hopman Cup.
Alicia Molik beat Petra Mandula 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to give Australia the lead before Hewitt closed out the tie.

Molik and Hewitt then beat Mandula and Savolt 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 in the closing mixed doubles.

"I played well, very well," said Hewitt. "I am just looking forward to a lot more matches now."

He added: "I have been training really hard since the Davis Cup. I have barely had a day off since then.

"I was pretty aggressive out there today, that's something I have been working on and it was great to be able to come out here and get that win."

Mandula had Molik in trouble in the second set, leading by a set and 4-0 in the tiebreaker before Molik charged back into the match.

After being outplayed for the majority of the match, Molik grew in confidence and won 16 of the last 19 points.

Belgium play Slovakia and Russia take on France in matches on Monday.

The United States, featuring Lindsay Davenport and James Blake, begin the defence of their title against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

kim4eva
01-05-2004, 03:37 AM
Early signs look promising for a rebuilt and revitalised Hewitt

In the past five weeks, Lleyton Hewitt has been surprised by Pat Rafter, awed by Greg Norman, betrothed to Kim Clijsters and vindicated for a sabbatical gamble that helped deliver Australia its 28th Davis Cup.

He has also trained and practised with his customary zeal, the former world No.1 returning to the court yesterday with his new-year optimism and determination at their peak.

Virtually since his career nadir, last year's humiliating first-round loss to qualifier Ivo Karlovic at Wimbledon, Hewitt has set himself to play more aggressively, as he did during yesterday's slick Hopman Cup opener against Hungarian Attila Savolt. Far bigger occasions and better opponents are to come, of course, but the early signs were most encouraging.

Hewitt may now have won just three matches in more than four months - all in non-ATP events, and at great cost to his computer ranking - but the flipside is that he is also unbeaten since the US Open. Time away from the tour has its advantages, and the 22-year-old has used his tournament break to strengthen both his body and his resolve to play more attacking tennis, and more often.

"Probably trying to be a little bit more aggressive, I think; that's probably the last five or six months, not just the last couple, but it's trying to consistently do that, and you've got to keep doing that in practice," Hewitt said after yesterday's 6-2, 6-2 rout of world No.175 Savolt, whose foot injury cruelled any remote prospect of an upset.

"Sometimes it doesn't all pay off, but in a couple of my biggest matches in the Davis Cup it did pay off in both of those. Today, even though I hit a couple of unforced errors, I still feel like I'm pushing and dictating points a lot more. Off the court, trying to get a little bit more strength, I guess, and my fitness has always been pretty good, but trying to take that to another level."

Since laying the day-one foundation for the Davis Cup final success he claims compensated for his personal grand slam disappointments, Hewitt has taken just two weeks off during his Australian Open preparation, barely allowing himself a further day off since his brief dalliance with the golf tour early last month.

He has pushed himself through Adelaide's hot spell under the supervision of coach Roger Rasheed, acclimatising for the extreme physical demands of the Australian Open. In the interests of maximum match practice, Hewitt has booked a full January schedule that takes him from Perth to Sydney en route to Melbourne Park, where he has never passed the fourth round.

Davis Cup and the grand slams are his stated priorities again this year and, although Hewitt's ranking has slid from first to 17th, he belongs in single figures and seems certain to return there before long. "I know how good I can play if I play my game," the two-time grand slam winner said with the confidence of old.

Hewitt is also sure there will be no singles comeback for his friend Rafter, booked to play an exhibition against Mats Wilander in Townsville on February 2 and the recipient of unexpected doubles wildcards into the AAPT Championships and the Australian Open in partnership with Josh Eagle.

"I knew about it a little while ago. I guess you're a little bit surprised," Hewitt said. "It will be interesting. It's good for tennis, I think, in one way, but they're going to get a little bit more of Pat Rafter and then he's going to not play again, so it's going to be a little bit disappointing, I guess, for the crowd to see him once or twice again and then not get to see him again."

The Norman experience, which he described as the "chance of a lifetime", was one he will cherish. "He's got an amazing presence . . . I've never been around anyone with a presence like that," Hewitt said. "It was a true honour to actually be walking alongside him, and you see the game of golf in a totally different way. Not only the game of golf but little things that walking down galleries you don't get to see."

The Burswood crowd yesterday witnessed a 3-0 sweep of qualifiers Hungary by an Australian team comprising 36th-ranked Alicia Molik, fresh from her best year on the circuit, and the freshened-up, bulked-up Hewitt, renowned for his ability to find his rhythm and touch so quickly that it seems he has never been away.

Molik conjured a great escape against Petra Mandula, recovering from 2-5 in the second-set tie-breaker to close out the match 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. The South Australian tore a muscle in her left foot in October, prematurely ending a year that began so successfully in Perth and Hobart, the site of her first WTA Tour title almost 12 months ago, and had limited her practice in recent weeks on medical advice.

"It's been a while since I've played a set, let alone three sets, so it was pretty scratchy out there but a win's a win," Molik said. "It's just good to be out on the court and feeling healthy for a change; I've had a pretty big lay-off.

"There's no problem now; it's pretty much fine, but I just haven't got the amount of sets and match practice in me that I would like, but that's what an event like this is for. Hopefully I can give myself the perfect preparation going to Sydney next week and then the Aussie Open."

kim4eva
01-05-2004, 03:39 AM
Hewitt gets Aussies rolling in Hopman Cup

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt beat Attila Savolt 6-2, 6-2 Sunday to help Australia beat Hungary 3-0 in the opener at the Hopman Cup, a mixed-teams tournament featuring eight nations.
Alicia Molik defeated Petra Mandula 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to put Australia up 1-0. Molik and Hewitt downed Mandula and Savolt 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in mixed doubles.

Hewitt, a former No. 1 player, stopped Savolt in 54 minutes.

"I thought I was pretty aggressive," Hewitt said. "Even though I hit a few more unforced errors I am still pushing and dictating points a lot more. Off the court, my fitness has always been pretty good and I am trying to take that to another level."

Belgium plays Slovakia and Russia faces France on Monday. The defending champion Americans, featuring James Blake and Lindsay Davenport, play the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Kim Clijsters, who became engaged to Hewitt before Christmas, will open for Belgium against Daniela Hantuchova. Australia and Belgium meet Wednesday, putting Clijsters and Hewitt across the net from each other in mixed doubles.

The top teams in two round-robin groups play in the final Saturday.

kim4eva
01-05-2004, 03:39 AM
Hewitt hell-bent on return to the top

Sunday, 04 January , 2004, 19:32

Perth, Australia: The world number one spot couldn't matter less to Lleyton Hewitt. The Australian's eyes flash defiantly when he says it.

But as the 2004 tennis season explodes into action Down Under, Hewitt's preparations for the year already betray a very different feeling.

2003 was a year in which he was toppled from his place at the head of the rankings and left without a grand slam title in his possession. Now the 22-year-old is determined to put things right.

While the rankings may not be paramount in his mind, major success is - and with grand slam titles comes ranking points.

In the last few months, Hewitt has packed more power into his 1.80 metres frame, adding bulk to his wiry body.

While he says he does not care about being top of the rankings, he is certainly determined not to be blown off court by the present incumbent of that exalted position Andy Roddick.

Hewitt will not be cowed by Roddick. Not by the American nor anyone else.

"A ranking's just a ranking, mate," he said in the western Australian city of Perth on Sunday as he fine tunes his game for an assault on the Australian Open in two weeks' time.

"I couldn't care less about that."

The ATP's current list shows Hewitt at number 17 in the world but that is not a position which worries the Australian.

"I know how well I can play when I want to," he smiled. "And I have been training hard."

Beefed-up Baseliner

The beefed-up baseliner certainly has his focus firmly on success. A disappointing 2003 season was saved at the death by a Davis Cup triumph for Hewitt.

But the blond battler has no intention of leaving it so late this season before winning another big one. The Australian Open is in his sights.

Listed in the official ATP guide as weighing 68 kilograms, Hewitt has added "maybe four" kilograms to that weight as he looks to make himself tougher to beat.

A smouldering serve and rattling groundstrokes guided Roddick to the U.S. Open in September.

Andre Agassi won the Australian Open by being Andre Agassi while Roger Federer won Wimbledon by producing a game of such sublime touch and intuition that perhaps only the Swiss could draw on.

Hewitt knows what he is good at. He knows the game which lifted him to the Wimbledon and U.S. Open crowns and the world number one spot.

It is a game based on strength, both physical and mental, and it is that strength the Australian has been working on.

Hewitt is in Perth for the ITF Hopman Cup, a mixed team competition guaranteeing plenty of match play before the Open.

He is in good company. Former world number one Marat Safin is also in the western Australian city as well as James Blake of the U.S. and Czech Jiri Novak.

Blake's friend and Davis Cup team mate Roddick is heading to the Gulf to kick off his season.

The American, a strong favourite for the event, is drawn against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko for his opening match of the $1 million Qatar Open in Doha.

Roddick flies into Australia next week for a couple of explosive clashes at Kooyong, the former venue for the Australian Open.

These days it acts as a warm-up event for the Melbourne Park extravaganza and Roddick will be joined by Federer and Agassi on the old club's hard courts.

kim4eva
01-05-2004, 03:40 AM
Beefed-up Hewitt overpowers Attila

Digby Beacham
05jan04

A BULKED-up Lleyton Hewitt said he wanted to become more aggressive on court after combining with Alicia Molik to sweep qualifier Hungary 3-0 in the Hopman Cup at the Burswood Dome yesterday.

Hewitt needed just 54 minutes to dispose of 175th-ranked Attila Savolt 6-2 6-2, securing the tie after Molik had climbed from the canvas to defeat Petra Mandula in three sets.
The South Australians then accounted for the Hungarians 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 in the mixed doubles, adding further spice to Wednesday's clash against Belgium, represented by Hewitt's fiancee Kim Clijsters, and the unpredictable Xavier Malisse.

Hewitt's ranking has slipped to 17 because of his light schedule in the second half of last year and his inability to progress past the quarter-finals in any of the four grand slams in 2003.

He has since worked tirelessly with coach Roger Rasheed to improve his physical condition, adding 4kg to his 68kg frame, and he is hellbent on making use of it.


"I've hardly had a day off (since the Davis Cup final) so I've been training really hard," Hewitt said. "Probably trying to be a little bit more aggressive, I think.

"That's probably the last five or six months, not the last couple. You've got to keep doing it in practice and sometimes it doesn't pay off at all.

"In a couple of my biggest matches in the Davis Cup, it did pay off, and I felt like I was pretty aggressive out there today. Even though I hit a couple more unforced errors, I'm still pushing and dictating points a lot more.

"Off the court, I'm trying to get a little more strength."

Molik proved her 2003 achievements were not a flash in the pan when she rallied from a set and 5-2 down in the second-set tiebreaker to defeat world No. 40 Mandula.

Molik, who became the first Australian woman to win a WTA Tour event in eight years when successful in Hobart in January last year, never quit and, as Mandula tightened, the 22-year-old pounced to claim the second set.

She careered away with the third, eventually prevailing 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in 1hr 45min.

Molik and Hewitt are making their third successive appearance at the $1 million mixed teams championship and are aiming to go one step better than last year when beaten by the US in the final.

Molik announced her arrival here 12 months ago courtesy of victories against Daniela Hantuchova, Silvia Farina-Elia and Daja Bedanova, all of whom were ranked above her, before heading to Hobart and winning the Moorilla International.

She would make two more finals (Sarasota and Budapest) and, while beaten, her disappointment on those occasions was outweighed by two foot injuries at either end of the year, the latter finishing her commitments for 2003.

"The crowd really pulled me through that second set," Molik said. "It has been a while since I've played one set, let alone three sets, so hopefully I'll be better for Kim on Wednesday.

"I was not looking too good, but as long as you are in the match, you are a chance."

Belgium begins its campaign today against Slovak Republic.

star
01-11-2004, 10:54 PM
This is about Lleyton at the end. It's pretty humorous.

It was posted in GM

Court hunks too sexy for their shorts
Comment by Jeff Wells
January 12, 2004

WE'VE got the drugs. We've got the sex. Now let's rock 'n roll.

We're talking, metaphorically, about men's tennis 2004. Not hoping that John McEnroe or Pat Cash ever reappear with a guitar.

The drugs is the easy headline. Greg Rusedski, like a legion of athletes in different sports, has tested positive to the steroid nandrolone and claims 46 other players have done the same. It goes back to last July and ATP trainers had been unwittingly guilty of handing it out in supplements and tablets.

He has his hearing next month and could get two years. He is innocent until the tribunal finds him guilty. Yesterday at the adidas International Lleyton Hewitt said he wasn't a great mate of Greg's but would still "say hello". Rusedski came in and wasted time by making a statement to the same effect and refusing to answer questions - like what was his lawyer's phone number.

But it looks like we're stuck with the story, like a bad smell.

Now the sex. Sadly I came off a bad second best in a bruising interview room encounter with Hewitt on the subject. I was wearing a hat very popular along Oxford St and most of the local and international media left the tent thinking that I had become the gay lover of tennis media hunk John Thirsk - not that there's anything wrong with it -- who was sitting very close to me, baring his famously tanned thighs, in a very fetching pair of polyester-spandex Nike Andrew Ilie-autograph shorts with the little AFL cutaway on the sides.

My point was very simple. For years the WTA had been getting away with marketing their players as sex symbols, including some very strange people like Serena Williams, who is straight out of one of those R.Crumb "let's boogie" style comics from the 60s. We're talking about some big bulges, baby.

Now the women are fading fast and the Julios are taking over the men's tour. At number one we have Randy Andy Roddick. Great name. Then Big Roger Federer, who now has his own brand of RF Cosmetics, inspired by the pet cow he milked after winning Wimbledon. Then there is Juan Carlos "El Gel" Ferrero, and the great knob-head Mr Steffi Graf, who also has his own cologne called Andre Agassi's Aramis Life, named after a famous swordsman.

Lleyton is, unfortunately, spoken for but we can also parade The Poo. Is there a better looking man on the planet? Personally, he has grave doubts. American James Blake used to have the dreadlocks because he hated combing his hair. Now he still doesn't comb. He's bald as a billiard ball and the girls are going wild.

Frankly it is not even a contest any more. The boys are everywhere. RA Rod has made his acting debut on Saturday Night Live and magazines like Elle, GQ and Vogue - let alone the wristier sweaty body rags - have been queuing up for any male who can hold a racquet. Woman's Day may be doing a Fred Stolle centre spread.

The new ATP guide even has a picture of Ferrero at Real Madrid up close and personal with David Beckham and holding one of Becks' ... well, it appears to be some kind of soccer ball.

On and on it goes. The new ATP magazine Deuce has been described as more Vanity Fair than Sports Illustrated. Tim Henman is forever on the catwalk. And probably falling off. The WTA is in shreds. It's all over when there ain't no Kournikova.

Clearly, I put it to Hewitt, the challenge to the women had been well and truly issued. The women had been blatantly peddling sex.

"Do you like that?" he sneered, noting my very close proximity to the pulsating Thirsk.

"Certainly not," I said. Big mistake. I only meant that I'd always figured tennis ought to be promoted on talent alone.

"Thirsky does," he said.

"Thirsky and I are very close," I said. Bigger mistake. Now he had me pegged all right. Everybody had. So I droned on with a list of the top players and what a bunch of spunks they all were.

"All very sexy guys," I said. "Have the men really caught up with the women?"

"Are we? I don't know mate," he said. He didn't know, he said, if marketing sexy men, if talking about men's sex appeal, would be a positive, or draw bigger crowds. 'Someone like yourself," he winked, "you prefer not to see it." Obviously he was hinting that I couldn't see past a certain colleague.

Well, there you go. The ATP goes to extraordinary lengths to portray its new young guns as the ultimate hornbags. And this little goose, just because he has this fabulous fiancee Kim - who is a lot better than Kath - and loves nothing more than annoying the ATP won't give me a decent story and ruins my reputation into the bargain.

So he got up and left. And I noticed one thing. Thirsky had better legs anyway.

wellsj@dailytelegraph.com.au

The Daily Telegraph

dagmar7
01-11-2004, 11:12 PM
:lol:

That is very funny. Thanks for posting it.:) It's true that the men's tour does resemble a whacked-out male modelling agency.

dagmar7
01-17-2004, 10:54 PM
For lovers of romance, charity or just plain bling...:p

Hewitt bids for Delta's charm
January 18, 2004 - 12:00AM
The Sun-Herald

With a decidedly British air to the evening, Sydney's premier party crowd at the Barefoot and Black Tie cocktail party at Palm Beach again kicked up its heels for charity.

Setting the pace was tennis star Lleyton Hewitt, who won the bidding by phone with $16,000 for an 18-carat gold charm he bought for his fiancee, Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters.

The jewellery made in the shape of a miniature envelope was adapted from an original design by Louis Vuitton's Paris-based creative director Marc Jacobs with the help of singer Delta Goodrem.

Goodrem has struck up a friendship with Hewitt's Davis Cup teammate Mark Philippoussis.

Topping the VIP guest list was British model Jodie Kidd.

In Australia as a member of the British Women's Polo Team, Kidd at least knew a few faces in the crowd with countrymen such as club entrepreneur Robert Gorman and social prince Oscar Humphreys among the big names.

The chic fund-raiser, which marks the start of Sydney's social calendar, has set a standard in partying since it began three years ago.

Louis Vuitton, the event's chief sponsor, has been so impressed by Sydney's pedigree in the party department it has considered rolling out the concept for its rich and famous clientele in Malibu and St Tropez.

While it may be a marketing triumph for LV, the night's biggest winner is the Cure Cancer Australia charity, which last night aimed to top the $250,000 pay-cheque from 2003.

With the battle of the TV airwaves looming as the fierce fight of 2004, Seven's chief executive David Leckie led his channel's early charge, supported by glamour vet Katrina Warren and newsreader Anne Fulwood.

Angele
01-17-2004, 11:52 PM
Thanks for the article Dagmar :yeah:

It's a good thing Lley's not spoiling Kim :p

Lisbeth
01-18-2004, 12:46 AM
Thanks Dagmar - I was going to post that so you saved me the trouble! Same paper (Sunday tabloid, so who knows?) claims Andy and Mandy are no more, btw.

Murkofan
01-18-2004, 01:00 AM
For lovers of romance, charity or just plain bling...:p


Ah, you're learning the lingo, D ;) :p

NOMAD
01-28-2004, 03:58 PM
Coach backs Hewitt action
By Leo Schlink
January 29, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed yesterday rejected Pat Cash's claims the former world champion has a flawed serve.

Rasheed, who has presided over Hewitt's renaissance since his first-round Wimbledon defeat, said statistics showed Hewitt's serve had improved in the past six months.

"Lleyton has spent a lot of time working on his serve and it has improved immensely," Rasheed said.

"It showed in the Roger Federer match in the Davis Cup semi-final and I think he served at something like 65 per cent against Roger the other night.

"We've tweaked a few small things in his serve and it is working for him."

Wimbledon champion Cash said: "Lleyton's only shot that isn't excellent is his serve.

"He has his good days and he has his not-so-good days. And when you don't have your good days, I just don't think it's consistent enough and I don't think it's powerful enough."

Hewitt topped 200 km/h with his delivery against Federer but, according to Cash, the Wimbledon and US Open winner's action is "too side-on".

Cash's comments were coolly received within the Hewitt camp.

"There's a lot of past Australian greats whose opinions I respect and take on board," Rasheed said.

"And there are others I just let go through to the keeper. On this occasion, I'll let it (Cash's comments) go through to the keeper."

Hewitt, 22, is bemused by suggestions his metronomic game is suddenly outdated after suffering his first loss since September.

The world No. 11 won 14 matches in succession before lowering his colours to a rampant Federer in the fourth round at Melbourne Park on Sunday night.

His previous loss came when injured against Juan Carlos Ferrero in the US Open quarter-finals.

After recovering from injury, Hewitt then reeled in Wimbledon winner Federer from two sets and 3-5 down in the Davis Cup semi-final before outlasting French Open champion Ferrero in five sets in the final.

Hewitt was unbeaten in three matches at the Hopman Cup before claiming his 20th singles title at the adidas International in Sydney.

The Australian then negotiated his way past Cecil Mamiit, Karol Kucera and Rafael Nadal before being overwhelmed by Federer.

"I thought I played pretty well," Hewitt said. "I had my chances out there, but I was beaten by a player who was just too good."

Despite the loss to a player widely regarded as the most talented competitor in the world, Hewitt still holds a commanding 7-3 win-loss record against world No. 2 Federer.

Herald Sun

NOMAD
02-01-2004, 07:08 PM
can't go to CCL now
think you don't mind i post this here
maybe we should start a new lleyki article thread ;) :p


Clijsters battles to bury bogy
Paul Malone
02feb04

ACCORDING to her own plan, Kim Clijsters has 15 grand slam events left in which to ensure she is not remembered as one of sport's best-known bridesmaids.

Lleyton Hewitt's fiancee will get married later this year -- well-connected Belgian journalists believe soon after Wimbledon -- and few would think her a good bet to finally get to the grand slam altar in Paris and London before then.
Clijsters' fourth grand slam final defeat in the Australian Open decider against compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne was the most expensive lost opportunity in a career in which she was two points from victory on four occasions in her first, the 2001 French Open final loss to Jennifer Capriati.

She has no plans in tennis beyond the 2007 season, raising the possibility of retirement at the age of 23. The clock is ticking.

"I think it doesn't matter, you know, how the score was," Clijsters said at her post-match press conference.

"I played a lot better than in the previous finals I played against her."

The press, however, wanted to know why she had clawed back a 0-4 third-set deficit and then coughed up two double-faults on her two game points for 4-4. Clijsters blamed a lack of serving practice forced by her summer-long achilles tendon strain and the demands of playing Henin-Hardenne.

Clijsters, 21 in June, was also loath to blame an over-rule -- later shown to be wrong -- on a close line call that gave a jittery Henin-Hardenne a 5-3 third-set lead.

"I don't want to blame other things for today's loss. I'm not like that," Clijsters said after Henin-Hardenne found a couple of big serves to seal a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win.

"I don't think it's got anything to do with psychological (issues) at all.

"In the beginning of the third set, she hardly missed any balls. You try to go closer to the lines and then you miss a few. That's where she probably made the biggest difference today."

Clijsters might take consolation from the steely Ivan Lendl, who lost his first four major finals but eventually won eight grand slam titles.

But it's hard to see there is more improvement in Clijsters's than Henin-Hardenne.

Henin-Hardenne's maiden grand slam win in Paris in June came when she beat Serena Williams in a semi-final and brushed aside a nervous Clijsters in the final.

A return date is not yet known for Williams. "When Venus and Serena are going to come strong on the tour, it's going to be another kind of motivation to keep going this way," Henin-Hardenne said.

star
02-01-2004, 07:16 PM
Thanks Dagmar - I was going to post that so you saved me the trouble! Same paper (Sunday tabloid, so who knows?) claims Andy and Mandy are no more, btw.

hmmmm... got a link to that?

Jess
02-01-2004, 07:59 PM
I wonder where they're getting this info about a wedding after Wimbledon. They're probably just randomly guessing.

NOMAD
02-02-2004, 11:45 AM
Rafter backs Hewitt
By Leo Schlink
03feb04
PAT Rafter predicts a swift return to the top five for Lleyton Hewitt as the former world champion prepares to lead Australia into Davis Cup battle this weekend.







Rafter, who last night returned to singles competition for the first time in more than two years when he played an exhibition against Swede Mats Wilander in Townsville, does not believe Hewitt is a spent force.

"No way," Rafter said in reaction to the critics who interpreted Hewitt's fourth-round Open loss to Roger Federer as a sign that the South Australian's career was on the wane.

"The game is changing all the time and I saw that at the Australian Open, but Lleyton will always find a way to win.

"At the moment, Roger Federer is the No. 1 player in the world, but it doesn't take much to change things.

"Lleyton is a great player and he ran into Roger Federer at the Australian Open at the wrong time. He didn't play badly and he's always looking for ways to improve his game.

"He's going to be a force for a long time."

Hewitt was ranked No. 1 in the world for 75 weeks, a period in which he won two majors and two Masters Cups.

The baseliner's mark fell to No. 17 at the end of a season blighted by injury, but has since rebounded to No. 11.

The optimism surrounding the renaissance that started with a magnificent Davis Cup semi-final win over Federer and a tournament victory in Sydney faded after his Open defeat to Federer. But Rafter had no doubt his former Davis Cup teammate would soon regain a single-digit ranking.

Rafter paid scant heed to theories Hewitt did not have the power to compete with Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Federer and rising Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

"Lleyton's taken on bigger, stronger guys throughout his career and he's done very well," Rafter said.

"He has his own way of winning and, although the game is changing all the time, he's moving with it."

Rafter, who returned briefly to ATP and grand slam competition in doubles with fellow Queenslander Josh Eagle, warned Australia would have its hands full with Sweden from Friday.

Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge combined to thump Wilander's Swedes 5-0 in Malmo in April, but will strike greater resistance this time.

"Davis Cup is always tricky," Rafter said. "It doesn't matter who you play or what their rankings might be.

"I expect us to win with the players we have, but you never underestimate the Swedes."

Hewitt and Philippoussis are likely to be confronted in singles by Thomas Enqvist and Jonas Bjorkman.

NOMAD
02-03-2004, 02:26 PM
Shark attacks as golf's women tread in shallow waters
By Richard Hinds
February 4, 2004

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Greg Norman gets quite emotional when he talks about the experience of sitting in Kim Clijsters' courtside box during the Australian Open final.

He says he could sense the tension of her fiance Lleyton Hewitt. He could feel the love between the high-profile pair. :angel: Yet the Shark gives the impression his eyes would not have been quite so moist had he been watching the mixed doubles.

Norman is not a fan of men and women playing together. Not in his backyard. He objects so strongly to the concept he says he would think twice before playing in an event such as the ANZ Championship at Port Stephens next week, where Laura Davies will tee it up. He wants the rules changed so that cannot happen.

It is not unusual for Norman to voice strong opinions. After one day at the tennis he was complaining about the "shitty line call" against Clijsters and calling for an improvement in the technology. That's just Norman. Give him five minutes at the zoo and he will tell you that they are feeding the monkeys the wrong type of peanuts.

However, even with the less strident support of the more circumspect Ernie Els and Stuart Appleby, it is much easier for Norman to give his opinion that a woman's place is on the LPGA Tour than it is to back it up.


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Since 14-year-old Michelle Wie shot a second-round 68 and missed the cut at last month's Sony Open in Hawaii by just one shot, the argument against women playing in what were once men-only tournaments has become as brittle as Damien Martyn's defence.

Wie's amazing performance has removed the ability factor from the debate. She has proven that a woman - even a schoolgirl - can compete, in some circumstances, on the world's toughest golf tour. The question has become not whether the very best women should play, it is where and how often? So when Norman said "it's got to stop", he sounded as authoritative as a US military intelligence report.

"I'm very impressed with her game, very impressed with her attitude and demeanour at such a young age," Norman said of Wie. "But I think the rightful place is that women play on their tour and we play on ours."

To justify this view, he raised the hoary old defence that it is not fair for women to play on the PGA Tour because men are not allowed to play women's events. You can't even get away with that one at a lawn bowls club any more.

Adopting the pose of an advocate of women's golf, Norman said the sponsors of LPGA Tour tournaments would suffer if stars such as Annika Sorenstam played in conflicting events on the men's tour. Never mind the fact women's golf is hardly knocking the Super Bowl off the back page of The New York Times or that LPGA Tour officials did cartwheels about the publicity they received when Sorenstam took on the men.

In a similar vein, Appleby suggested that Wie might hurt her own career if she plays too many men's events, and that she should go step-by-step through the amateur ranks to establish herself - as Tiger Woods did.

It is a reasonable point and, certainly, attempts to milk Wie's instant fame could distract her. But surely she will suffer no more than Woods, who was being paraded as a novelty item on prime time TV shows when he was three years old.

Another argument that does not wash is that women are threatening the livelihood of worthy male players by taking a place in the field. After all, there have been no picket lines formed to protest the presence of US amateur champion Nick Flanagan at the Heineken Classic this week. Like Wie in Hawaii, Flanagan is playing on a sponsor's invitation. Similarly, no one ever decried the presence of over-the-hill former champions at the US Masters as a gimmick - although most of the old men couldn't even beat Wie if they were allowed to play from the ladies' tees.

Wie's performance convinced Els, who won the Sony Open, that it could be possible in the future for a woman to compete full-time against men. Yet, in the next breath he said: "I'm not sure of the future of that. They might run into some problems."

So far, however, no one has said with much conviction what those problems are. Wrongly or rightly, you cannot help but think the fragile egos of the men in the locker-room next door are the main ones.

Angele
02-03-2004, 09:00 PM
He says he could sense the tension of her fiance Lleyton Hewitt. He could feel the love between the high-profile pair. :angel:

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Jess
02-03-2004, 10:38 PM
Aw :hearts: :hearts: That's sweet.

Ashie_87
02-04-2004, 03:11 AM
He says he could sense the tension of her fiance Lleyton Hewitt. He could feel the love between the high-profile pair. :angel:

:hearts:

Give him five minutes at the zoo and he will tell you that they are feeding the monkeys the wrong type of peanuts.

:haha:

thanks for posting the article :kiss:

Danni
02-04-2004, 05:55 AM
Thanks :kiss: very sweet.....:hearts:

kim4eva
02-04-2004, 08:24 AM
thanks Nomad :kiss: it's really nice :angel:

Goonergal
02-04-2004, 08:48 AM
It is not unusual for Norman to voice strong opinions. After one day at the tennis he was complaining about the "shitty line call" against Clijsters and calling for an improvement in the technology.

Right on :yeah: :worship:

That's just Norman. Give him five minutes at the zoo and he will tell you that they are feeding the monkeys the wrong type of peanuts.

:lol:

Thanks for the articles :D

Goonergal
02-04-2004, 08:54 AM
For lovers of romance, charity or just plain bling...:p

*raises hand for bling bling* :p Lleyts knows how to splash his cash on 'look at moi' Kimmie :p

Goonergal
02-04-2004, 12:56 PM
http://www.sportal.com.au/optusteamtennis.asp?i=news&id=47539 [Complete with a rather unflattering pciture of Lleyton]

Masur: Hewitt ready for greatness

Davis Cup coach Wally Masur has predicted that Lleyton Hewitt could make himself one of the greatest Davis Cup players of all time.

If the 22-year-old wins both his Cup singles rubbers against Sweden in Adelaide this weekend, he will become Australia’s most successful Davis Cup player, ahead of Adrian Quist.


But Masur told the Herald Sun that much greater things could await Hewitt, who already has a superior Cup ratio record than Roger Federer (15-6), Mats Wilander (36-16) and Stefan Edberg (35-15).

"Lleyton has a way to go but he could be up there with Borg and Becker, among the best of all-time in Davis Cup," Masur said.

"It would be terrific for Lleyton for it (the record) to happen here and terrific for us because it might clinch the tie for us.”

"It's an amazing record for a 22-year-old and he's winning between four and eight matches a year," he said.

Masur said such was his respect for Hewitt in the competition, that future teams will be built around him.

"It's a team event and we need to keep a good team about him. If he gets plenty of wins and we aren't in the world group, how significant is it?" Masur said.

"It's important that the likes of Todd Reid and Chris Guccione step up over the next few years. Hopefully Mark (Philippoussis) will stay healthy."

Meanwhile, Hewitt said he was not focussed on breaking Quist’s record this weekend.

"I don't think about it but any record like that is pretty incredible and to have the chance to at least tie it in Adelaide would be an awesome place to do it," he said.

"I have to get the job done on Friday and hopefully it doesn't come down to whether I break the record on Sunday afternoon.”

"It's a court where I've practised a lot but this is one of the toughest first-round encounters you can have. We'll have to be very wary especially on the first couple of days."

Edit: Poll on the website showing the Aussies rated Flip's exit as the biggest disappointment out of all the Aussies. Flip 56%, LL 32%, Wayno 8%, Todd Reid 3%

NOMAD
02-05-2004, 02:30 PM
Hewitt guns for fourth title

06feb04
SOUTH Australian athletes have always punched above their class on the world stage – but the 10 finalists in The Advertiser/Channel 7 Sports Star of the Year confirm the state is reaching a rarified altitude on the sporting summit.

Ultimate recognition for peerless achievement will be bestowed upon South Australia's finest sportsperson tonight at the National Wine Centre. The winners of Junior Sports Star of the Year, Team of the Year, Special Olympian and the Tanya Denver Award will also be announced. The nomination period extended from November 1, 2002 to October 31, 2003.

Three-time Sports Star winner Lleyton Hewitt has engineered a splendid renaissance in Australian tennis – underlined by a 75-week reign as the ATP Tour's No.1 ranked player.

Hewitt relinquished his No.1 mantle on April 27, 2003 but displayed trademark patriotism in focusing on Australia's Davis Cup commitments for the rest of the year. The West Lakes wonder hauled Australia to semi-final victory against Switzerland, hammering Michel Kratochvil then new world No.1 Roger Federer.

Australia went on to win its 28th Davis Cup final against Spain, Hewitt dispensing with world No.3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the opening rubber.









Hewitt's Sports Star triumphs in 1999, 2001 and 2002 meant he joined a hallowed foursome of triple winners comprising runner Lisa Ondieki, squash legend Vicki Hoffman-Caldwell, tennis ace Mark Woodforde and former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell.

Adelaide provided Australia's leading players in both men's and women's tennis with Alicia Molik achieving her best career ranking of 34 last year.

The 23-year-old won the Moorilla International in Hobart in January 2003 and partnered Hewitt in an all-SA team at the Hopman Cup where Australia was beaten in the final by the United States.

Molik's Wimbledon charge was stopped by current world No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Luke Roberts and Jobie Dajka epitomise South Australia's grand cycling tradition and were among the favourites for last year's Sports Star Award.

They are joined by fellow cyclists Rosealee Hubbard and Tour Down Under sensation Stuart O'Grady as standout nominees.

Roberts scaled cycling's Mt Everest as the Australian men's 4000m teams pursuit clinched gold with a record-breaking performance at the world track cycling championships in Germany last August.

In collusion with Brett Lancaster, Graeme Brown and Peter Dawson, Roberts smashed Australia's old world mark of 3:59.583 to record a staggering 3:57.185.

Roberts went on to collect six wins, four second-placings and three third-placings to cap a glittering year that probably didn't arouse the attention it deserved in his home country.

Track cyclist Dajka, 22, won silver in both the keirin and the sprint at the world championships and was the overall champion of the international keirin series in Japan.

Grant Schubert answered Australian hockey's SOS for a clinical finisher – emerging from AHL obscurity to finish 2003 as the most promising new talent in the world. The 23-year-old became the Kookaburras' elite marksman scoring nine goals in six matches during the Champions Trophy in Amsterdam last August.

Hotshot Schubert had debuted in a pre-Champions Trophy friendly against Germany. Only Argentinian Jorge Lombi (10) found the net on more occasions than the Riverland's Schubert at hockey's blue ribbon competition. The International Hockey Federation acknowledged Schubert's stunning arrival with the 2003 men's young player of the year award.

The last 12 months in Aussie batsman Darren Lehmann's life have literally been boom or bust, triumph or tragedy.

Lehmann endured a cruel wait to establish a spot in the Australian Test and one-day sides after being made 12th man for Australia against Pakistan back in 1989 as a 19-year-old.

Lehmann played more first-class cricket and piled up more runs than any other Australian in history before making his Test debut in Bangalore in 1998. But "Boof" accepted the catch from Zaheer Khan against India in March's World Cup final in Johannesburg that enshrined Australia as back-to-back champions. Four years earlier the entertaining left-hander had scored the winning runs at the 1999 World Cup at Lords.

A maiden century (160) at Port of Spain against the West Indies in April followed by two more tons against Bangladesh during the Top End tour in July had Lehmann at the peak of his game and entrenched in the Test team.

The SA captain averaged 77.44 in his seven Tests in 2003, raising his career Test average to 49.75 but a debilitating achilles injury eliminated Lehmann from the Test series against Zimbabwe in October.

Lehmann had just returned to the first-class arena last month when deeply affected by the passing of boyhood idol, close friend and SA team-mate David Hookes.

The greatest personal achievement in Adelaide Crows captain Mark Ricciuto's career came last September in winning the 2003 Brownlow Medal.

Ricciuto, 28, was the first SA-based player to wear the medallion but joint-winners Nathan Buckley (Collingwood) and Adam Goodes (Sydney) also hail from the Festival State.

The 1998 premiership midfielder received his second Malcolm Blight medal (Club Champion), best team man award and sixth All-Australian berth.

"Roo" booted 24 goals and registered more kicks than any other Crow (333) while giving 232 handballs to finish with 565 possessions in 2003.

Diver Linda Dackiw headlined the Croweater contingent as Australia hosted the world's best diving nations in the 2003 FINA Southern Cross Diving Grand Prix in Adelaide.

There will be just one winner tonight but all 10 finalists will leave a meaningful legacy for years to come in South Australian sport.

Knockers LaBroad
02-07-2004, 02:54 PM
Titles record caps Hewitt's heroics
By WARREN PARTLAND and BRONWYN HURRELL
07feb04

THERE was no blood, sweat or tears but plenty of smiles, glamour and applause.

The sports world gathered to honour its finest last night, swapping shorts and T-shirts for black ties and gowns at the glitzy The Advertiser/Channel 7 Sports Star of the Year Awards. About 150 members of the sports community dined at the National Wine Centre, Hackney, where tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt created history when honoured with the Sports Star of the Year award.

Hewitt is the first four-times winner of South Australia's most prestigious sports award – which is supported by RAA Insurance – having claimed the title for the past three years as well as 1999.

The only previous three-in-a-row winner was another tennis star, Mark Woodforde (1995-97).

Former squash champion Vicki Hoffman-Cardwell and marathon runner Lisa Ondieki also have their name on the trophy three times.

The triumph enhances Hewitt's status as the state's most recognised and successful sportsperson on the international stage.

He outvoted an impressive array of talent including cycling world record holder Luke Roberts and Adelaide Crows captain and Brownlow Medallist Mark Ricciuto.

While Hewitt's year could be considered average compared to his previous few seasons, his performances still ensured he was ranked on top in the voting.

He was victorious in the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in November 2002, and last year amassed a 37-10 win-loss record for earnings of $873,589 in prizemoney.

The tireless baseliner retained his world ATP No. 1 ranking until April 27, ending a 75-week reign at the top in an effort not expected to be matched for some time.

But reflect on Hewitt's year and there is no doubt the highlight was his inspirational performance in the Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland at Melbourne Park.

After beating Michel Kratochvil, Hewitt showcased his enormous fighting qualities to beat the current world No. 1, Roger Federer, in a thrilling five-set battle.

Federer, who had won the Wimbledon crown before – adding the Australian Open title to his resume on Sunday – appeared set for victory when he grabbed the first two sets and had a break in the third.

This match, however, proved to be one of the best in Davis Cup history, with Hewitt climbing off the canvas to secure the rubber and set Australia on the path to a finals berth. His love for his country was again evident in the Cup decider against Spain when he beat then-World No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the opening rubber.

Tennis also took major honours in the Team of the Year with the Linton Cup and Wilson Cup sides taking the award. It is the first year SA's 18-and-under teams have won the national titles in the same season.

Redbacks squad member Chris Davies was named as the recipient of the Tanya Denver Award, having overcome adversity to play first-class cricket. Davies has had to battle cystic fibrosis, a debilitating disease which effects the lungs, to build an outstanding career.

"I'm truly honoured to be the winner of this year's Tanya Denver award," Davies said.

"I've never seen it (cystic fibrosis) as something that's held me back, just merely a hurdle along the way of becoming the best cricketer I can."

Davies said running for training was a challenge but, "it never stopped me from trying to come first".

"I hope somehow this shows members of the cystic fibrosis community they can still achieve and raises awareness in the general population."

Athlete Georgia Kaidonis capped a prolific season on the track, winning the junior sports star of the year.

Ashie_87
02-09-2004, 08:28 AM
Thanks for posting :kiss:
Here's an example of how crap our news channel is-they didn't even mention this whole thing. Confused? Same here.

Jess
02-10-2004, 08:56 PM
This isn't Lleyton news but a little info about "the wedding ;) "

From NZoom:

Wedding date too tricky

Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt, the most famous fianaces in world tennis, still do not know when or where they will get married.

"To fix a date is not easy with our tight schedules. And we must make up our minds on the place," said Clijsters, who is top seed at this week's Paris Open.

"We visited various locations in Belgium and Australia, but whether it's one or the other country, it will be a problem because our grandparents are old and cannot face a 24-hour journey," the Belgian world number two said on Tuesday.

"Because of all this, the wedding will probably not take place this year," she added.

Lisbeth
02-10-2004, 11:48 PM
Thanks for the wedding news! Trust Kimmie to be worrying about the comfort of their grandparents.

dagmar7
02-11-2004, 12:24 AM
Thanks for the article.:D

I'm going to be bold and say that I think this statement is to throw reporters/fans off the scent and that I predict they will get married this year.

After all, this problem doesn't have any solution. The grandparents aren't going to get any younger, and if they wait too long, none of them will get to see it.:o

Also, who is meant by the "we" visiting locations in Belgium and Australia. If she means she and Lleyton, then I don't think the proposal was a big 'surprise' like Kim said it was.;) :o

tournesol
02-11-2004, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the article.:D

Also, who is meant by the "we" visiting locations in Belgium and Australia. If she means she and Lleyton, then I don't think the proposal was a big 'surprise' like Kim said it was.;) :o

i can't help my cynical side :rolleyes: : the big surprise would have been 'no proposal'

Murkofan
02-11-2004, 04:09 PM
I think the 'surprise' was more in reference to the specific time, date, location and way in which the proposal was delivered.

Jess
02-11-2004, 07:39 PM
I'm sure the proposal was hardly a total surprise. They've been going out for four years. They live together. I'm sure marriage must have been discussed on more than a few occasions ;)

Murkofan
02-22-2004, 01:13 AM
The run-on sentences aren't mine, but any other typos are :p Included with this are 4 pictures: Lleyton and Kim kissing at Wimbledon, laughing on court playing mixed doubles at the 2000 French Open, talking during a 2003 DC tie (the one where they both have a foot up on one of those green courtside signs), and a rather nice drawn portrait. I'll see if I can scan that in and post it later, as the likeness is really quite good, especially of Lleyton...goatee and all :p

From the April 2004 issue of Tennis magazine.

The Odd Couple
By Peter Bodo

It was Valentine’s Day 2003, in Antwerp, Belgium, and the pressure was on. Not on national hero Kim Clijsters, who was playing a match at the Proximus Diamond Games before thousands of adoring fans, but on her Australian boyfriend, Lleyton Hewitt. Everyone in the crowd was wondering: Was Hewitt going to do it? Would the shy lad, then the No.1 in the world, follow in the footsteps of a number of other men, including Pierre-Yves Hardenne, the husband of Clijsters’ rival, Justine Henin-Hardenne? Would Hewitt, too, march out after the last ball was hit to present Clijsters with a bouquet of roses, or at least give her a peck on the cheek to mark this romantic day?

Don’t hold your breath, folks, the tournament announcer might have said, because promoters had already pitched the idea, and the combative Aussie would have none of it. Instead of surprising Clijsters on court when the match ended, he slipped back into the bowels of the stadium to keep counsel with another of his regular companions, Kim’s father, Leo.

Hewitt’s bailout doesn’t rank up there with, say, forgetting Kim’s birthday or celebrating it by giving her a brand-new vacuum cleaner. But the incident is telling, for it reveals just how resolutely—and for Hewitt’s and Clijsters’ fans, maddeningly—the recently engaged couple flies under the public’s radar, all the while building a relationship that for active top players is all but unheard of.

Indeed, we haven’t seen an engagement like this since the couple known worldwide in the early 1970s simply as “Jimmy and Chrissie” (Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert, who called it off after less than a year). The hot-blooded Hewitt, 23, and the cheerful Clijsters, 20, have already lasted far longer, perhaps due to their extraordinary talent for being, well, ordinary. Separately or together, they’re modest, grounded athletes who enjoy movies (“Lleyton doesn’t like the scary ones as much as I do,” says Kim, a fan of grisly fare like The Bone Collector), love dogs (Kim has a Newfoundland and an English bulldog), and have the homebody tendencies that you might find in a couple twice their age. Mainly, though, their marriage will be one that’s made in jock heaven. In addition to tennis, their shared activities include mountain biking and racquet ball, and they’re both mad about Australian Rules football.

“You would think that Kim herself is an Aussie,” says Iggy Jovanovic, ATP director of public relations. “She’s like players used to be in the old days, a bit of a larrikin [jokester].”

But Hewitt and Clijsters are very different, too. He’s introverted and clannish, averse to letting all but a select few people into his life. She’s gentle and easygoing, with a disarming smile that she bestows on one and all. Clijsters spends much of her downtime at tournaments happily playing with the children of fellow players, while Hewitt is obsessively focused on sports: He looks up to his beloved Adelaide Crows of the Australian Football League with a true fan’s dewy eyes, even though he is friends with half the club.

This is also a couple that has been mistaken for brother and sister since their days on the junior circuit. Clijsters says, “I sort of grew up with Lleyton a little bit. I’ve known him since I was around 12.” And when you throw both sets of parents into the mix, Lleyton and Kim seem to be just parts of one big traveling athletic combine. Leo Clijsters, a former soccer star, is Kim’s manager, while mother Els, once and Olympic gymnast, is her frequent traveling companion. Glynn Hewitt, a former Aussie Rules footballer, and his wife, Cherilyn, a former netballer, travel with Lleyton to many events. On top of all that, each has a gifted sibling: Jaslyn Hewitt was the No. 1 junior in Australia in 2000, and Clijsters’ younger sister, Elke, was an internationally ranked junior.

Lleyton and Kim play a strikingly similar brand of dogged baseline tennis that has brought them success on court. But their aversion to the public eye is often repaid with apathy by fans who are hungry for star power.

Consider Hewitt’s curious history: In 2001, he became the youngest player (at 20 yrs, 9 months) to reach the top of the ATP’s rankings. But instead of emerging as a superstar—say, another Boris Becker—Hewitt was seen as an overachiever in need of a charisma transplant. The next year Hewitt began a bitter legal dispute with the ATP over a fine levied against him for allegedly blowing off a television interview.

Where Hewitt’s problems are rooted in his rough edges, Clijsters’ stem from her rounded ones. More amiable than intriguing, she’s been overshadowed by the WTA’s more high-profile stars, despite having been the No. 1 player for part of last year. She’s still better known for her sunny disposition, her blown chances, and what she hasn’t won (a Grand Slam title) than what she has (most everything else).

“Lleyton is my best friend, in everything,” Clijsters says. “I guess not everybody finds the right guy on the first try. But a few do.”

Clijsters says that Hewitt was so much a part of her youth that she doesn’t remember a proper first date with him, but she recalls that the romance began early in 2000 Down Under. They had each won a tournament and found themselves linked as promising stars. As Clijsters says, “That was when we really started talking. Then it was from one thing to another, and it started. But when you’re so young, you never think that the first one is the one you’re going to end up with.”

Hewitt, though, had a perfectly good reason for seeing Clijsters as a potential partner for life. His parents married young, when Glynn was 20 and Cherilyn 19. Cherilyn says, “I guess Lleyton and Kim are just following in our footsteps.”

The maturity Hewitt has shown in his life off the court is striking. After all, he’s frequently been characterized as an insolent child-warrior, incapable of reigning in his emotions or embracing traditional Aussie notions of sportsmanship and sociability. Cherilyn, though, says she knows her son better than the critics do. “It didn’t surprise me one bit that Lleyton got engaged,” she says, “even though I didn’t know anything in advance. He’s very caring and loving, and he always looks out for people. You don’t see that side of him on a tennis court, but that’s how he is.”

Most of Hewitt’s Aussie mates agree with that assessment, citing his fierce loyalty to longtime friends and even Australia itself, as evidenced by his passion for Davis Cup (though that loyalty doesn’t extend to the ultimate competition of nations, the Olympics: neither Hewitt nor Clijsters will play in Greece, leading some to speculate that while the world focuses on Athens later this summer, they’ll quitely marry).

Clijsters often seems more of an Aussie by temperament and interests than some Australians—she’s already been dubbed “Aussie Kim.” She’s a regular at the annual barbecue thrown by Australian doubles great Mark Woodforde, hanging out with a set of friends that includes Natasha Woodbridge, wife of Woodforde’s former doubles partner, Todd Woodbridge. Woodforde, who won 11 major doubles titles with Woodbridge, says, “Kim didn’t just fall in love with an Aussie, she fell in love with a whole country.”

John Fitzgerald, Hewitt’s Davis Cup captain, adds, “Kim’s been to several of our Davis Cup ties and she’s a real treat to have around. In Malmo [Sweden], it was almost to the point where she was looking out for us. She wasn’t exactly doing the laundry, but she helped us get organized with everything, including the food in the locker room.”

Although Clijsters recently finished building a house in her hometown of Bree, Belgium, she took charge of decorating Hewitt’s new seaside home in the suburbs of Adelaide. “Lleyton knows I love to decorate,” she says, “so he lets me do what I want. I believe in doing things myself, and it will be like that for our marriage, too.”

Several weeks after Hewitt proposed to Clijsters during a romantic Sydney Harbor cruise and presented her with an enormous ring (Britain’s Daily Telegraph estimated it to be worth more than $200,000) that he selected himself, Hewitt was asked about wedding details. “I don’t know any of that stuff, mate,” he replied with his trademark curtness. “I’ll just rock up”—Aussie slang for “do my part and show up”—“and she can organize it.”

Hewitt doesn’t exactly fit the stereotype of a typical SNAG (sensitive, new-age guy). But in the same interview, he also said, “It’s been very settled four years [with Kim]. She obviously saw what I was going through, maybe a year or two before she got to the top. We’ve both just been able to help each other out when we need it throughout the year.”

Although the party line is that the couple rarely talks about tennis, that notion, given their occupations and sports-mad personalities, seems preposterous. How could they not? This is a couple that goes out to hit balls together on a whim, and each fills in when the other is short a practice partner. Sharing the same profession has also given them an advantage in their relationship that other athletes lack.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to explain the pressure and expectations to someone who’s not in the game,” Woodforde says. “But Lleyton and Kim always know what the other is talking about. They understand the pressure that are on a high-profile athlete, and they can just close it all off and talk about it when they get away together.”

Clijsters says, “Not everybody thinks the way we do. But I trust Lleyton. He’s the first person I go to if there’s something bothering me.” Hewitt must be especially sensitive to the frustration Clijsters feels when pundits says she’s “too nice”—read: too weak, mentally—to win Grand Slam events (she’s 0-4 in finals). And Clijsters must have comforting words for her fiance to offset the chorus suggesting that he may have permanently fallen off the pace now being set by Roger Federer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Andy Roddick.

Clijsters and Hewitt have certainly sought more than each other’s emotional support in addressing these issues. She has decided to cut back on her doubles events to conserve more energy for singles. And Hewitt, under the supervision of his coach, Roger Rasheed, spent a good part of December and early January focused on fitness and gym work designed to build him a sturdier foundation for 2004.

He was joined in many of those workouts by Clijsters, who flew her own coach, Marc Dehous, to Adelaide in December. Always game, Clijsters even tried Hewitt’s notorious legwork program on the local sand dunes. Perhaps Clijsters’ performance there provided the tipping point that led Hewitt to propose. Whatever the case, just weeks later in Melbourne, Clijsters was killing time in the locker room at the Australian Open chatting about wedding gowns and menus with the Aussie trainers and poring over bridal magazines, some of which were delivered by recently married American friend Lindsay Davenport.

Get ready to rock up, Lleyton.

Jess
02-22-2004, 01:16 AM
Thanks Marly ;) :worship: Really nice article!

Danni
02-22-2004, 01:35 AM
thanks marly! great article :hearts:

possie
02-23-2004, 09:29 PM
Thanks for posting the article Marly :kiss: Some great quotes ( :hearts: ) and while I new that Leo and Els married (and had children) young, I never knew (but I guess, really wanted to know) about Lleyton's parents. I had no idea they married so young too. I wonder how old they were when they had Lleyton?

“Lleyton is my best friend, in everything,” Clijsters says. “I guess not everybody finds the right guy on the first try. But a few do.”

John Fitzgerald, Hewitt’s Davis Cup captain, adds, “Kim’s been to several of our Davis Cup ties and she’s a real treat to have around. In Malmo [Sweden], it was almost to the point where she was looking out for us ( :angel: ) She wasn’t exactly doing the laundry, but she helped us get organized with everything, including the food in the locker room.”

Well, with all those boys at DC, I guess they needed a bit of a woman's TLC.

Clijsters says, “Not everybody thinks the way we do. But I trust Lleyton. He’s the first person I go to if there’s something bothering me.” Hewitt must be especially sensitive to the frustration Clijsters feels when pundits says she’s “too nice”—read: too weak, mentally—to win Grand Slam events (she’s 0-4 in finals). And Clijsters must have comforting words for her fiance to offset the chorus suggesting that he may have permanently fallen off the pace now being set by Roger Federer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Andy Roddick.

jule
02-28-2004, 09:39 AM
i've found a nice article about LL's and kim's wedding! :hearts: :hearts:

Wedding Match: Clijsters May Marry Hewitt Within The Year



02/28/2004

In March, Kim Clijsters and fiance Lleyton Hewitt will walk onto the court as defending singles champions at Indian Wells. In the coming year, tennis' top couple may take another trip together — a walk down the aisle.

In a conference call with the media today to promote her appearance at the Pacific Life Open, Clijsters revealed she may soon trade her tennis skirt for a wedding gown and marry Hewitt. Though the couple have not selected a wedding date or location for the ceremony, Clijsters spoke as if the wedding plans are in progress and suggested the marriage could take place within a year.

"We're right in the middle of it (wedding plans); we've been looking at a few places in Australia and in Belgium as well," said Clijsters from her home in Belgium. "It's so cold here, I'm not really looking forward to be wearing a wedding dress at the end of the year because that's probably the only time we feel we have a chance — is either at the end of the year or I don't know when else."

Asked if the wedding ceremony could take place before the end of this year, Clijsters replied "Maybe, maybe" before adding "Next year, even in the summer after Miami where we have got a pretty long break coming up after Miami in a few weeks. So we're still looking at those things and even the rules and everything with the Australian and Belgian passports and everything and seeing what's possible and what we can do where."

Before they can exchange vows, the couple must confront another challenge: paperwork.

"That's something that we're going through at the moment: It's a lot of paperwork and a lot of things to read," Clijsters said. "But it's fun. I'm sure from the moment that I can start decorating and designing and doing stuff for my wedding dress that it will be fun and that's what I'm looking forward to."

When they do tie the knot, the pair will share plenty of closet space as they plan to maintain homes in both Hewitt's hometown of Adelaide in Bree, Belgium where Clijsters owns a house.

"I've always been in Australia at the end of the year so that might be our base, but I've got a house here in Belgium as well and that's where we're at now and so both," Clijsters said. "For me Belgium that's still my home and when I got to Australia it still seems like a big holiday every time I go there. I don't know how we're going to divide everything, but we'll just wait and see I guess."

Marriage isn't the only life-changing event on Clijsters' schedule. As the youngest woman ranked in the WTA Tour top 10, the 20-year-old Clijsters is eager to explore a new role — motherhood — within the next five years.

"I would like to have (children) before the age of 25, I think, but maybe 24," Clijsters said. "That's what I'm thinking now, but who knows if I'm still going as well as I am now then you never know what's going to happen. But that's what I'm thinking now at the moment."

Family has long been a central force in Clijsters' life. Her father, Leo "Lei" Clijsters was the 1988 Belgian soccer player of the year and a member of Belgium's 1990 World Cup soccer team, her mother Els was a national gymnastics champion and her younger sister, Elke, is also a tennis player who has played doubles with Kim in the past. The Clijsters' are a close family who leaned on each other for support when Els Clijsters underwent a liver transplant in March of 1999. The fact that mother and daughter are so close has heightened Kim's desire to have children while she's still young and build a bond with her child similar to the one she's shared with her own mother.

"I have a very, very good relationship with my mom and she's really young and that's something I would like to have with my kids as well," Clijsters said. "I would like to have a kid before 25 and that's something I'm thinking now, but who knows what I'm doing with my tennis career (then); it's something you have to feel at that time."

The four-time Grand Slam finalist said if she is able to finally break through and win a major it may — or may not — change her desire to have children in the next five years, but stressed she's felt the maternal instinct within "very strongly" during the last six months.

"If I won a Grand Slam I might want to keep going or even if I haven't won one I may still want to keep going," Clijsters said. "At the moment that (the desire to have children) is just what I'm feeling and I'm feeling very strongly about it the last few months or half year. I just have to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully give myself another chance of getting there and then we'll see."

Clijsters made it clear she's not quite ready to replace her racquet with a rattle. The birth of her children may be followed by the rebirth of her career as Clijsters suggested she could follow in French woman Sandrine Testud's footsteps and return to competitive tennis after becoming a mother.

"I'm not going to say I would quit completely, when obviously I might try to come back," Clijsters said."Look at Sandrine Testud; she was saying: 'Oh, I'll never come back. I'm going to have my kids and stay home and be a house wife and...' It's only been a year and she's back already. It's something I would really like."

The 23-year-old Hewitt and Clijsters already have another important date to look forward to — April 17th when the pair meet in an exhibition singles match in Bree, Belgium.

"I'm going to play a singles match against him " I'm sure I'll get killed," Clijsters said. "Lleyton has been walking around here in Brees and people here who don't have a chance to watch him play, because he never really plays anywhere nearby, are always asking 'When can we see you play each other?' So I think that is when we started getting ideas. It's not only going to be that match, it's going to be concerts as well going on. It's going to be a good day."

tournesol
02-28-2004, 10:04 AM
thanks for posting katha

star
02-28-2004, 12:42 PM
Great articles!!! :bigclap:

dagmar7
03-01-2004, 02:22 PM
another recent take on the baby/marriage question, found in The Age


Sporting Life
By Geoff McClure
March 2, 2004


Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters: offspring could be on the cards sooner rather than later.


The sight of a Lleyton Hewitt-Kim Clijsters offspring would be one to gladden the hearts of tennis fans everywhere and given these comments by the world's No. 2 women's player, it may happen sooner rather than later. Clijsters, who turns 21 in June, revealed at the weekend that she would dearly like to be a young mum and plans to have her first child within a year or two of getting married, at the very latest when she is 25. "It's something I've been feeling pretty strongly about for the past few months," said Clijsters whose own mum, Els, was just 19 when she gave birth to Kim (and, in fact, still looks so young that during this year's Australian Open in Melbourne, one of the courtesy car drivers mistook her for one of the players). "I have a very good relationship with my mum and she's really young and I think that's something I would like to have with my kids as well," said Clijsters. "You never know what's going to happen with your career but what I'm thinking now is that I would like a kid before I'm 25." Now exactly how many little Lleytons we can eventually expect to see is not known, the bride-to-be insisting she and Hewitt have not discussed how big a family they would strive for. "No, not at all," said Clijsters. "Let's see how the first one goes, if I'm not scared with the delivery and everything. It's something I do look forward to, though."

Homes sweet homes

And while the baby plans are up and running, there is still no word on where and when tennis's royal couple will actually tie the knot. Clijsters said recently the wedding may be put back until the first half of next year, one of the issues being where it should take place. And the topic of where they will call home is also undecided. Said Clijsters: "I go to Australia a lot at the end of the year and I think that may be our base. But I've got a house here in Belgium, too. So both. Belgium is still my home and when I (get) to Australia, it feels like a big holiday."

tournesol
03-01-2004, 02:27 PM
another recent take on the baby/marriage question, found in The Age



shall we sent kim :angel: e's post about her little cousin?

KaseyL
03-01-2004, 04:52 PM
shall we sent kim :angel: e's post about her little cousin?

:D humm...we could always try...we'll need all the help in the world after all


thanks for all the articles btw!

kim4eva
03-13-2004, 01:43 PM
found this article somewhere :p

Back to Reality for the Virtual Lleyton

By Alix Ramsay
Tennis Life Magazine, April 2004

There is a very fine line between inspiration and madness. The man who takes a large and pointed stick and thrusts it into a hornets’ nest could be deemed mad. Clinically insane, even. But the man who tries to wrap Lleyton Hewitt in a silly suit covered in electrodes, locks him in a stifling hot room for the best part of an afternoon and then invites his colleagues around to take pictures of what happens next is, it would appear, regarded as one of the inspired few. Or he was, once the Top Spin game from XBox was released.


Never the most media-friendly of players, Hewitt regards the intrusive and inky-fingered press as an unnecessary evil. And that is his polite response – he has now become a star of screen and game console as one of the main ATP characters in Top Spin, XBox’s tennis game. Anyone – you, me or Lleyton himself – can now play as the virtual Lleyton Hewitt in their attempt to conquer the world. They can even try their luck by playing against Hewitt, although that would take a braver soul than yours truly. Given his lack of patience for the more mundane things in life – ask Kim Clijsters, his fiancée, about trying to get Hewitt to sit still for more than a moment :lol: – Hewitt was quite happy to undergo the rigors of life as a screen star. What he was not expecting was the reaction from his fellow professionals.


“It was good fun because there were a lot of other players in there at the same time,” he said. “We were switching from room to room to take the photos in different colored outfits. Then we were going in there and putting the suit on with all the electromagnets all over your body, on your shoes, on your hat and racquets, on the ground to see the whole movement. They had all that connected to the computers.


“They had an indoor tennis court and we hit lots of balls but it was bloody hot wearing the suit indoors. It was pretty hard work, but it was enjoyable to see how it turned out. For us people who don’t know computers that well, you couldn’t actually see, at the time, how it was going to turn out this well. So it was pretty incredible for us to be there and see how they got it all together, all the information, how we move and return serve and serve and what we look like and how they’ve actually put it together now.”


That was the simple part. But having watched his every move, twitch and nervous tic in glorious Technicolor, he now knows why his friends have been teasing him mercilessly.


“It looks real similar to how I actually play,” he said. “I’ve seen my serve and my return of serve stance and stuff like that. My return of serve stance, I guess, is pretty unique. A few players like Scott Draper take me off pretty well. Now you can see why when you’re watching it.


“It’s a bit weird but it’s great to get on the game. I can actually be myself on a video game. Not too many people get the opportunity to do that – and even sometimes win a few matches on it as well.”


Winning matches is what makes Hewitt tick. Much to the dismay of the ATP, he turned his back on many of the tour events last year, choosing instead to focus his attentions on the grand slam events and the pursuit of his own personal Holy Grail, the Davis Cup. As his ranking plummeted from No. 1 to No. 17, he pinned everything on the Davis Cup final against Spain last December.


He stayed in Adelaide from September until the end of the season, spending a couple of weeks recovering from a minor foot operation and then throwing himself into practice and training. At the same time, the finishing touches were being put to his new house where, on one wall of the den, there were huge photographs of the victorious Australia team from the 1999 Davis Cup final. On the opposite wall, there was nothing but a large space. That was reserved for the pictures of the victorious Australian team in 2003. After Mark Philippoussis edged out the deciding rubber against Juan Carlos Ferrero, Hewitt’s interior decoration was complete. His plan had worked to perfection and now he was free to concentrate on 2004.


While he is not about to tell the world what his true goals and ambitions are for the coming year, he still likes the look of the top spot in the rankings. That, though, will mean either a couple of major titles or a punishing week-in-week-out schedule to mop up as many ranking points as possible. And that is a routine Hewitt wants to avoid.


Following the example set by Andre Agassi, Hewitt has been trying to protect his reserves and has only played selected events in the run up to the grand slam tournaments. Trying to gain enough match play without wearing himself out has not been an easy juggling act – as his first-round loss at Wimbledon last year showed.


“I’m not really sure what’s the right balance,” he said. “Until you hold up the trophy, you’ll never know what’s the best for you. I guess it depends on how many matches you’ve played towards the end of the year before, as well. If you go out there and lose first round, you’ve got to reassess it.


“I’ll see how the Australian Open goes, see how the Australian summer goes, but I’d like to put myself in a position probably to have another crack at No. 1 this year.”


The hard court swing through Indian Wells, one of his favorite tournaments, and Miami is punishing but at least he has time to recover and plan ahead before that fraught six weeks that takes in the French Open and Wimbledon. And one thing his Davis Cup experiences have taught him is that he does not need to be on a roll to pull out a great performance on a big stage.


“Even though the Davis Cup matches were spread out over a fair period of time,” he said, “I was still able to handle the pressure and expectation of those two obviously huge matches against two of the best players in the world [beating Swiss Roger Federer in the semifinal and Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final].”

Still, should he feel a little lacking in court time, he can always hone his skills with a couple of Top Spin matches. For we mere mortals, though, there is a word of warning: Mr. Hewitt expects the very best from all of us should we choose to play in his colors.


“I’m not a big fan of losing,” he said. “I hope you don’t let my reputation down!”

kim4eva
03-13-2004, 01:49 PM
and another bit from this article from tennisreporters.net

Lleyton debates Federer's dominance

After repeating in Dubai, Roger Federer comes into the Pacific Life Open with an 885 points lead over No. 3 Andy Roddick. With No. 2 Juan Carlos Ferrero’s drop-out due to the chicken pox, Federer will leave another desert as the top dog.

Since winning Wimbledon, the Swiss has been more than just good, but No. 7 ranked and two-time Pacific Life Open defending champ Lleyton Hewitt won’t put him way above the field. Perhaps that’s because Hewitt owns a winning record against Fed and is charging hard after winning Rotterdam, or perhaps its because that’s simply the former No. 1'ss mentality – never give your foes a mental edge.

"He’s an extremely good player but I don’t know if he’s a standout," Hewitt said. "He played an extremely good Australian Open and beat some pretty good players along the way. He won the Masters Cup and knows how to play some big matches. But I don’t know if he’s been dominant since Wimbledon. Roddick had a pretty good stretch in his US hardcourt run. Roger didn’t seem so dominant through that stretch.

"As soon as we get on the clay courts, we are going to start talking about Ferrero and Coria as well. I think there are a group of guys who are very competitive for all four majors. Obviously, Roger is very confident at the moment. He’s going to be tough on any surface."

Danni
03-15-2004, 05:52 AM
thanks for the articles Keira! :kiss:

KaseyL
03-18-2004, 09:59 PM
from the Advertiser:

I don't mean to be picky – but there must be easier jobs
By GEOFF ROACH
19mar04

IF EVER you are invited to participate on a panel to select the greatest person, deed or moment in any aspect of life, do yourself a favour and decline.

That way you won't have to wade through endless research, combat constant self-doubt and then endure almost certain recrimination when the task has finally been completed.

Having recently been foolish enough to take part in just such an exercise – with Neil Kerley, Kathryn Harby-Williams and distinguished former The Advertiser sports journalists Gordon Schwartz and Geoff Kingston – I can assure you it is a monumentally difficult undertaking.

Our requested assignment – part of an exercise being undertaken in all mainland states of Australia – was to initially nominate South Australia's Greatest Ever Sport Stars in 17 different categories then choose the No. 1 individual in each sport. Think about it.

Any Mission Impossible directive would have to be a breeze compared to sitting for such a diverse and subjective examination, one with broad criteria covering some 150 years of recorded SA sporting activity.

It will, of course, ultimately be a thankless task, as only one individual in each category is likely to agree with the decisions.

Yet, as Kingston so aptly comments: "It is a great honour and a wonderful privilege to share in the memories, the romance and the exaggerations of a sporting history that has inspired millions."

The other gratifying aspect is that proceeds from an associated "Night of Stars" dinner to announce the ultimate winners will support the renowned Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation whose work for the local and global community over 40 years has been of immense benefit.

That dinner – backed by sponsors Channel 7, FiveAA, Coopers and Initiative Marketing – will be held on Thursday night, April 29 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Table bookings or individual tickets (at $140) for what may well be one of the most memorable sporting evenings in SA annals are now available at 1300 137 149.

So here is the exalted list of nominees, one which will, no doubt, undergo intense public and media debate before and after the winners in each category are revealed.

Try picking your No. 1s from the following:

AUSTRALIAN RULES: Barrie Robran, Bob Quinn, Craig Bradley, John Platten, Ken Farmer, Malcolm Blight, Russell Ebert, Stephen Kernahan.

BASKETBALL: Werner Linde, Al Green, Rachael Sporn, Brett Maher, Jenny Cheeseman, Phil Smyth.

CRICKET: Clarrie Grimmett, Clem Hill, Sir Donald Bradman, Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, George Giffen.

CYCLING: Brett Aitken, Dean Whitehorn, Luke Roberts, Stuart O'Grady, Mike Turtur, Jobie Dajka.

DISABLED SPORT: Anthony Clark, Katrina Webb, Kieren Modra, Libby Kosmala, Neil Fuller.

GOLF: Bill Ackland-Horman, Bob Stevens, Bob Tuohy, Chris Bonython, Jane Crafter, Rhonda Watson.

HOCKEY: Alison Peek, Juliet Haslam, Katie Allen, Robert Haigh, Sandy Pisani, Trevor Smith, Evelyn Tazewell.

JOCKEY: Bill Pyers, Jim Johnson, John Letts, Pat Glennon.

NETBALL: Chris Burton, Jenny Borlase, Julie Francou, Kathryn Harby-Williams, Lyn Davey, Michelle den Decker, Monica Pukallus.

ROWING: Amber Halliday, Sally Causby, Brian Richardson, Collier Cudmore, Kate Slatter, Sally Newmarch.

SOCCER: Alex Tobin, Aurelio Vidmar, John Kosmina, John Perin, Tony Dorigo, Tony Vidmar, Damian Mori, Milan Ivanovic.

SQUASH: Chris Dittmar, Dan Jenson, Doug Stephenson, Vicki Hoffmann-Cardwell.

SWIMMING: Anna McVann, Dawn Fraser, Glenn Beringen, Phil Rogers, Sarah Ryan.

TENNIS: Adrian Quist, Darren Cahill, John Fitzgerald, Lleyton Hewitt, Ken McGregor, Mark Woodforde.

TRACK & FIELD: Bill Bruce, Chris Fisher, Glynis Nunn, Graham Boase, Kerry O'Brien, Lisa Martin, Tatiana Grigorieva.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (outside other categories): Gill Rolton, Wendy Schaeffer (equestrian), Dean Lukin (weightlifting), Vic Richardson (allround excellence), Kerri Pottharst (beach volleyball), Jack Young (motor sport), Colin Hayes (thoroughbred training-breeding), Bart Cummings (thoroughbred training), Simon Fairweather (archery), Yvonne Gowland (shooting), Duncan Chessell (mountaineering).

COACH: Jack Oatey, Fos Williams, John Cahill, Malcolm Blight (Australian Rules), Marg Angove (netball), Harry Gallagher (swimming), Charlie Walsh (cycling), Jan Stirling, Phil Smyth, Keith Miller (basketball), Zoran Matic (soccer), Darren Cahill (tennis), John Daly (track).

tangerine_dream
04-26-2004, 08:22 PM
Hewitt's best yet to come
Leo Schlink

27apr04

AUSTRALIAN Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald says Lleyton Hewitt remains destined for a banner season despite defeat in Monte Carlo last week.

Saddled with the obligation of matching the excellence of his dominant 2001-2 seasons when he was ranked No. 1 in the world, Hewitt has won 18 of 22 matches this year.

But, ever mindful of the high expectations placed on his cup spearhead, Fitzgerald has no doubts the South Australian is poised to return to grand slam glory.

"At the beginning of the year -- and I'll stand by it -- I said I thought he would have a fabulous year and maybe the best year he's had," Fitzgerald said of the Wimbledon and US Open winner. "This year, he's going to be a better player than he ever has been.

"Whether that gets him to No. 1 or not is a different story because since he's got to No. 1, there's been four or five awfully good kids that have come up.

"And (Marat) Safin's come back as well.

"So there's (Roger) Federer, there's (Juan Carlos) Ferrero, there's Safin, there's (Rafael) Nadal coming through, there's (Andy) Roddick, there's (David) Nalbandian, there's (Guillermo) Coria.

"These guys are a really strong young group.

"So whether he (Hewitt) gets to No. 1 again is a different story, but I think he's going to be a better player this year than he's ever been before.

"Things were going very well until a couple of weeks ago when he's had a couple of losses unexpectedly at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.

"I still think he's going to have a terrific year. He's fitter and stronger than he's ever been. He's hungry again.

"I'd back him for the rest of the year."

kim4eva
04-27-2004, 12:30 PM
thanks :kiss:

ally_014
04-27-2004, 12:35 PM
I really hope Fitzy's right! :p

Thanks for the article! :kiss: :)

donna
05-09-2004, 12:33 PM
:wavey: I have an interview with Andrew McLeod and he mentions Lleyton a bit. Thought you might like to read it.

Tell us a bit about your friendship with Lleyton Hewitt.
Lleyton's a footy nut and the way he plays tennis it's not hard to see that he's very passionate about sport in general. he's the crows #1 ticket holder and we met through the club.

Lleyton was #1 in the world at the time, so you must have learnt a lot from him?
I was fortunate enough to watch him play in the semi-final and the final of the Davis Cup. I drew a lot of inspiration from that. The way he carries himself as a true Aussie battler, we can learn a lot from him. He's a champion on and off the court.

Tell us about your involvment in Lleyton's purchase of an engagement ring for his fiancee Kim Clijsters.
I got by-passed - he ran it passed my missue a fair bit. I'm not into that sort of stuff so i just took a back seat. There was a lot of secrecy going on at the time. It's great for him and Kim. They're beautiful people and such a wonderful couple. They're sensational with my kids and other children connor (his son) has experienced a lot of things that other kids could only dream of, but he doesn't know any different. Lleyton is Lleyton and dad's dad.

Danni
05-10-2004, 08:05 AM
thanks heaps Donna, :kiss:
I think that's what ppl were talking about in WTA, from the footy record...

kim4eva
05-10-2004, 10:01 AM
thanks for the article :kiss:

NOMAD
05-11-2004, 12:07 AM
Hewitt, Paradorn spearhead Japan Open

AFP[ MONDAY, MAY 10, 2004 07:26:20 PM ]

TOKYO : Lleyton Hewitt will attempt to avenge his defeat to Thai star Paradorn Srichaphan when he returns to the Japan Open tennis tournament later this year, organisers said on Monday.




The Australian slumped to a 4-6, 3-6 quarter-final defeat here during his reign as world number one, one of several results that marked Paradorn's emergence in tennis' top-flight.



Paradorn, Sebastien Grosjean of France , Mark Philippoussis of Australia , and Russian heartthrob Maria Sharapova will also take part in the $860,000 outdoor hardcourt tournament from October 4-10.



Sharapova, who will turn 17 next week, returns to the centre court where she captured her first WTA titles last year, winning the doubles with Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand before lifting the singles.

ally_014
05-11-2004, 04:45 AM
From ABC Online
Tuesday, May 11, 2004. 12:29pm AEST

Aussies opt for grass to regain World Group qualification

Davis Cup Captain, John Fitzgerald, says the choice of grass as the surface for September's Davis Cup World Group play-off gives Australia its best chance of beating Morocco.

Australia has been forced into the play-off group after losing its first round tie to Sweden in February.

Fitzgerald says the grass court at Royal Kings Park in Perth was any easy choice after assessing who is likely to play for each country.

"They've got two extremely good players, two world class players who we assume will play if their best team is available and injury free," he said.

"We look at those guys and try to decide what surface we have the best chance on so, grass is almost a lay down misere I think.

Fitzgerald, says he is confident Mark Philippousis will return to form before the play-off.

Philippousis' form slump has continued at the Hamburg Masters event, losing in the first round to Sweden's Joachim Johansson in straight sets.

But Fitzgerald says there is a lot of tennis between now and September and he expects his form to improve.

"Well he's looking to try and get his game together before the French and then, of course, I think Wimbledon for him," he said.

That's probably where his major agenda is looking this year.

"He knows he can play well there, he picked up his game there very quickly last year and I'm sure he's got in the back of his mind he wants to play some of his best tennis this year because that's where he's got his big chance."

NOMAD
05-13-2004, 11:05 AM
MERCEDES-BENZ CUP ENTRANTS: Defending champion Wayne Ferreira and fellow 2003 finalist Lleyton Hewitt have committed to play in the 2004 Mercedes-Benz Cup presented by Countrywide.

The Mercedes-Benz Cup will be played on the UCLA campus at the Los Angeles Tennis Center from July 12 to 18.

Ferreira and Hewitt join an early player field that includes four of the top six American Davis Cup players ?Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent, Vince Spadea and Robby Ginepri.

The doubles field includes the world's No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

Ferreira, a native of South Africa, beat Hewitt 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the championship match of the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Cup and at No. 26 in the world rankings last year. Ferreira is currently ranked No. 61.

Hewitt is now No. 9 in the world and finished No. 1 in 2002, while winning Wimbledon in the same year. Hewittt also won the 2001 U.S. Open.

kim4eva
05-13-2004, 12:18 PM
thanks for all the articles :kiss:

Sunshine1
05-17-2004, 10:51 AM
Hewitt back as Aussie No.1
May 17, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt has replaced Mark Philippoussis as Australia's top-ranked tennis player following his run to the Hamburg Masters semi-finals.
Hewitt has risen five spots to 12th in the new world rankings released by the ATP today, while Philippoussis has dropped five places to 18th.

Hewitt's surge up the rankings is a boost to his French Open chances as it will ensure he's seeded in the top 16 for the second grand slam of the year starting in Paris.

Hewitt, the long-time former world No.1, is sitting sixth in the 2004 Champions Race after capturing two titles and compiling a 23-6 win-loss record this season.

Philippoussis is languishing in 64th position having lost eight straight matches since the Australian Open in January.

Even the 87th-ranked veteran Wayne Arthurs is presently ahead of Philippoussis in 59th place in the Champions Race.

Swiss star Roger Federer continues to hold down both the world No.1 ranking and top spot in the Champions Race after winning the Hamburg Masters final overnight.

AAP

Jess
06-14-2004, 01:30 PM
This article was from the guardian newspaper - he's so sweet really :hearts:


Interview: Lleyton Hewitt

The Australian firebrand breaks a long silence to tell Donald McRae about his running war with the men who run tennis, his fears over drugs, and why he is desperate to win Wimbledon again

Monday June 14, 2004
The Guardian

'When I was a kid in Adelaide," Lleyton Hewitt says in an unusually reflective moment for a 23-year-old streetfighter of the court, "I dreamed of becoming No1 in the world, winning a grand slam and the Davis Cup for Australia." Hewitt looks thoughtfully at his right thumb and two fingers, having watched them count off those three soaring ambitions one by one. They soon fold back into the palm of his hand, each digit having made its point.

"I was lucky enough to win the Davis Cup in my first year in 1999. I won my first slam at the US Open in 2001 and became world No1 later that year. By the age of 20 I'd done it all."

Hewitt pauses meaningfully. He does not need to embellish his glittering record. For 75 weeks, from November 2001 to April 2003, he led the world rankings as the youngest-ever player to reach that exalted position in men's tennis. In the middle of that streak he won Wimbledon in 2002, crushing Tim Henman even more imperiously than Pete Sampras had done before him. Hewitt's desire, and the sheer force of character he exerted over bigger and stronger opponents, seemed unquenchable. His feisty willingness to speak his mind also made him, after Andre Agassi, the most recognisable personality on an anodyne circuit. His contrastingly sweet and understated relationship with Kim Clijsters, rising towards the peak of women's tennis at the same time, brought further attention.

Now, after 15 months of trouble and strife countered only by Hewitt's stubborn gumption and cheery happiness away from the court, the picture is more complex - and much more intriguing. Hewitt laughs knowingly when it is suggested that the older he gets the more interesting he becomes. He slipped 16 places in the rankings last year, ending 2003 in the near-anonymous slot of world No17. Yet his current struggle to fight his way back to the top, while continuing a bitter legal battle against the sport's governing body, the ATP, has become a compelling saga.

Hewitt is already on a little roll as he prepares for Wimbledon next Monday. He began the month by reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open, on clay, the surface he likes least, an achievement overshadowed by Henman's extraordinary run to the semis in Paris. Last week, while an exhausted Henman got dumped in his first match at Queen's, Hewitt cruised through to the last four where he eventually lost to Andy Roddick. He has climbed back to No8 in the world. Asked if he relishes the prospect of ramming even better results down the gullets of his critics, Hewitt shakes his head. "I don't think of it like that. When I go out to play I still believe I'm as good as anyone out there. I don't have to prove anyone wrong. I know what I've done and how well I can play."

This time last year, however, the cracks opened. At the French he had lost early to the unheralded Tommy Robredo after blowing a 6-4, 6-1, 3-0 lead, the kind of advantage he normally executes mercilessly. His former idol Pat Cash remarked that Hewitt "wins a lot of matches on his speed and determination and guts" - implying that without those attributes he was just "an average player".

Hewitt dropped his coach Jason Stoltenberg, who accused him of being "stressed out". He then walked on to Centre Court for the first match of Wimbledon against an unknown 6ft 10in Croatian qualifier, Ivo Karlovic. He began exactly like a defending champion, racing away with the first set 6-1 and closing in on the second, when suddenly his "wheels", which Sampras called the best in tennis, simply fell off. It was a humiliating defeat for a proud champion.

From the outside it was easy to assume that Cash was right and that Hewitt's limitations had been rumbled. It was just as simple to imagine another scenario - Hewitt, having fulfilled all his courtside fantasies, had lost the intensity which once made him so formidable. How long, after all, could he keep burning with such furious resolve? The truth, again, was more complicated.

Hewitt made a calculated withdrawal from the ATP tour. While he claimed, and still does, that his absence from the circuit for so many months last year was motivated by a desire to concentrate on the Davis Cup, and to heal a small injury to his foot, his disdain for the governing body was plain. Hewitt had instigated a $1.5m (£850,000) lawsuit against the ATP in Australia last year after they attempted to fine him $100,000 - later reduced to $20,000 - for failing to attend a television interview in 2002.

"Their whole case was built on a lot of lies," Hewitt says. "Apart from the TV interview there've been other situations. A lot of things need to come out."

He suggests that, in 1999, the ATP had attempted to "blackmail" him by threatening to withhold a wildcard to their Lipton tournament in Miami. "They were trying to make me have a physical the day before. The tournament director had already given me a wildcard and said that if I didn't do it then they were going to take it back."

While the blackmail accusation is driven more by youthful spleen than lasting substance, Hewitt insists that "I want to stand my ground [against the ATP]. It's not about the money. I think they've done a few [wrong] things and I want them to apologise." His running war will not just disappear. "It's going to be a long battle," he smiles grimly. "These are murky waters, mate."

When Hewitt returned to the tour at the start of the year, in Australia, the murk became a little thicker after it was revealed that Greg Rusedski had tested positive for nandrolone - only to be eventually exonerated once it was shown again that the ATP could have issued tainted supplements to its own players. "It's weird the amount of stuff that's come out over the last few years. Before Rusedski there was [Guillermo] Coria and [Juan Ignacio] Chela and a lot of guys who said the tablets were contaminated - and some of it was being dished out by the ATP. I don't really know what to think."

Hewitt says that "when you see guys in the fifth set looking even stronger than they did in the first it does make you wonder a little bit how clean the sport is. The thought does go through your mind - you're not human if it doesn't. I don't know what the whole deal is with the ATP supplements; I just know that something's going on."

Hewitt's trust in his own game, at least, is absolute. He helped Australia win the Davis Cup last year with monumental victories over Switzerland's Roger Federer, the current world No1 and reigning Wimbledon champion, and Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero. Against Federer he came back from two sets down and 3-5 in the third. "What he did today," said John Fitzgerald, his Davis Cup captain, "I'll never forget for the rest of my life."

"I played as well as I've ever played," Hewitt agrees. "Federer was producing great stuff but I started attacking more and just kept running for balls. I ran over him in the fifth."

Federer exacted revenge at the Australian Open, beating Hewitt with some magical tennis which illustrated why John McEnroe regards the Swiss player as possibly "the most talented player I've ever seen". Hewitt shrugs nonchalantly as he is entitled to do with a 7-4 record over Federer. "At the Australian I had to hold my hand up - 'too good, mate'. But he won't have forgotten the Davis Cup."

Hewitt is amusingly laconic when asked if Federer is the world's best player. "He's up there. But [Marat] Safin, on his game, is as hard to beat. And Andy Roddick has that huge serve. A lot of guys can beat you if you're slightly off your game."

Having beaten Henman in all seven of their matches, Hewitt cannot be expected to be anything more than polite about Tiger Tim. While he showed startling conviction in Paris, Henman will now endure even greater expectation. Hewitt's warning that the French is "the toughest of all the slams" might haunt Henman as fatigue takes hold of him in Wimbledon's fevered atmosphere.

"Tim's coped well at Wimbledon but it's hard. I know how he feels because I've been trying to win the Australian for ages - the pressure keeps building. But I don't believe any hoodoo's stopping me in Melbourne. Tim will be just as positive he can win Wimbledon."

Since winning the tournament Hewitt's passion for Wimbledon has deepened. "The more you go back the more you love it. At first it was weird. You can't see it on TV, but the aura gets you, seeing all the names of past champions and especially that walk to Centre Court. I struggled initially. People said I wasn't big enough to do well on grass or that I should serve and volley more. After a while I just said: 'Stuff it, I'm going to play my game and make it work.'

"Wimbledon became my whole focus in 2002 but I got a tough first-round draw. I played Jonas Bjorkman and he'd won Nottingham the week before. But I got through in straight sets and some of the bigger names dropped out. Then came that semi against Henman. I think Tim would agree he'd have been a big favourite for the title if he'd got past me. But I never thought I was going to lose."

Hewitt has had a year to become more philosophical about his doomed defence. "I'd heard of him," he says of Karlovic, "and seen him practice. I also prepared with my sister's boyfriend, Jochaim Johannsen, who has as big a serve as that guy. For a set and a half I returned beautifully and had set points to go 2-0 up. I wasn't able to take them and the whole match turned. He got real confident and I had few opportunities to break his serve. It was horrible.

"I had to hang around until the very end because Kim made it through to the semis and she was in the doubles as well. So I ended up watching the men's final on TV in London - only because Mark Philippoussis was playing. I didn't enjoy it."

There will be no such torture this year. The injured Clijsters will be a mere spectator rather than a contender. She will also come to Wimbledon as Hewitt's fiancée after he proposed to her just before Christmas "on a boat in Sydney Harbour. I kinda knew she was going to say yes but it was very cool."

Hewitt's candour and unexpected warmth envelopes his conversation, whether he is addressing the flaws in his tennis ("not enough cheap points on my serve, mate") or celebrating the wonder of the Adelaide Crows and Aussie rules football ("best sport in the world, mate"). Yet he is at his most endearing when talking about Clijsters. "I first spoke to Kim at the Australian Open in 2000. I don't want to sound like I was hunting her down but I really liked her. At the Open we ended up at the same table with a girl I knew from the juniors. We started talking and, boy, that was it."

While Hewitt is entertaining when describing their fantastically ostentatious new house in Adelaide - featuring an indoor cinema and an outdoor waterfall - he is positively earnest when stressing that, "at home we just like chilling together. We'd love a little more privacy but, apart from being recognised all over Australia, we're kinda big news in Belgium! But we don't like the limelight like most famous couples. We prefer to be normal because attention should only be on us when we're out on the court. That's where we shine in public. The rest belongs to us."


Edit: Sorry - just realised this is also posted in the Wimbledon thread :p but it's a nice article so I'll leave it here too ;)

Goonergal
06-14-2004, 01:35 PM
Awww :hearts: Thanks for that article Jess :D :kiss: It's nice to hear Lleyton being so open :D

jule
06-18-2004, 06:13 PM
kit!??? :wavey: (sorry i can't send you a pm for some reason)
i just wanted to tell you that there is a Lleyton interview in the german tennis magazine!
if anybody else is interested, i can translate it if anybody wants me to! just tell it!

Angele
06-18-2004, 08:05 PM
It would be great if you could translate that for us! Thanks so much in advance :kiss: :kiss:

Lisbeth
06-19-2004, 12:48 AM
That's such a darling article. Thanks Jess! Lleyton is such a sweetie.

kim4eva
06-19-2004, 04:25 AM
Please will you please translate it? Thanks loads :kiss:

NOMAD
06-19-2004, 07:42 AM
Please translate it for us :bounce:
thanks a lot :worship:

SomL.
06-19-2004, 10:09 AM
Thanks you ^_^

Gaga
06-19-2004, 10:47 AM
thanks you ! ;)

jule
06-19-2004, 11:15 AM
i've already made the tranlation!
but i still have to write in on the computer! i have a tennis tournament for the rest of the day but you can expect the interview tomorow!

kit
06-19-2004, 02:32 PM
kit!??? :wavey: (sorry i can't send you a pm for some reason)
i just wanted to tell you that there is a Lleyton interview in the german tennis magazine!
if anybody else is interested, i can translate it if anybody wants me to! just tell it!

Gut, dass du das sagst, der Termin steht zwar in meinem Kalender, aber ich hatte noch keine Möglichkeit mir eins zu holen.
Was steht denn so drinnen??

jule
06-19-2004, 08:21 PM
here you have the promised interview:
Q: Mr Hewitt, you have dominated the ATP tour for about 2 years. You’ve won the US Open, Wimbledon and the masters in Sydney and Shanghai. But now there are some players in front of you in the ranking. Why don’t you belong to the best players anymore?
L: The crunch point has been the first round in Wimbledon. I had won it in 2002 and then, last year, I lost in the first round. Because of that I lost a lot of points. After that I played relatively well. I was in the Quarters at the US Open. I think I have lost most of the points because I concentrated on Davis Cup after the US Open. I didn’t play Paris-Bercy where I have been in the final last year. And I didn’t qualify for the masters so I couldn’t defend the points which I won last year in Shanghai.
Q: And suddenly you were number 17 in the world…
L: Because Davis Cup was my priority. My goal was it, to win the Davis Cup final. For Australia. And I got it. I was able to beat Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero under difficult circumstances on hard court and on grass. There have I prooven myself that I’m still able to beat the best players in the world.
Q: Finally you weren’t even seeded for some tournaments.
L: Anyway, it was the right decision. I played very successful in the beginning of the year. I didn’t lost a match at the Hopman Cup and in Sydney. And then I won Rotterdam.
Q: You have been the youngest number 1 of all time. And you only needed 4 years to get to the top. Do you think it is more difficult to get there for the first time or to get back to number1?
L: It isn’t my goal to get back to number one. I’m not intersested in this.
Q: You’re joking. Everybody wants that!
L: I’m not joking. I want to play good at the slams. I don’t want to travel on the tour every week just to get a better ranking. The point is, that every player dreams of being number 1. I have already been number one for 75 weeks. I have already achieved that goal.
Q: Anyway you’ve lost a lot of matches. How was it for you, that there have suddenly been players who played better tha you?
L: It haven’t been many frustrating moments. I guess it was only Wimbledon. It was only one match. Of course, it hurts when the tournament is still going on. You watch the matches on tv and aren’t in the tournament anymore. But I’m the kind of person that tries to look into the futur. I only have to defend one point at Wimbledon this year, so I’m not nervous at all.
Q: You have always beaten your opponent because of your physical and mental strenghts.
L: I’m still like that. I personally think, that I’m more aggressive than I have ever been.
Q: but ou make more unforced errors than before. And it seems as if you don’t pump your fist as often as you did before. Was has happened to that Bad Boy, who always encouraged his opponent with his body language?
L: This was blown up by the media. When I came to the tour, I got a lot of attention because of my behaviour on court. I don’t I have changed at all. But all the people got used to it.
Q: A lot of players didn’t like you.
L: It haven’t been that many.
Q: Tommy Haas, for example.
L: Yeah, Tommy. But he plays with a lot of tricks himself. But I don’t have a problem wih him. It’s more the opposite. I think it’s great how he came back after his injury.
Q: players like Roger Federer and Any Roddick have collected a lot of titles over the last months. Is the competition today more difficult, than 2 years ago?
L:At this there have been Sampras na Agassi. To win against one of them, also wasn’t easy. But everything is possible on the mens tour, today. Everybody can beat everyone. How you feel that day makes the difference.
Q: Was it very hard for you, when Australia lost in the first round in Davis Cup earlier this year?
L: Yes, it was hard. But we can’t complain. In the last five years we have been in the final for four times. Now we will play the qualy in september. We will play in Perth against Morocco. If everything goes well, we wil play for the title again, next year.
Q: You got a lot of distinctions and you were honoured a lot of times. Are you still so popular in Australia?
L: I think so. Sports is a big thing in Australia. At Davis Cup last year, the whole nation was celebrating. And I was involved because I won 2 matches. When I step on court in Australia, I get an icredible amount of support.
Q: Probably the people in Australia like the fact that you love Australia. You’ve just bought a big house in Adelaide.
L: I have always lived there. This is my home. I leke the lifestyle – very easy. I watch fottball on tv, which is very relaxing.
Q: And Christmas you will marry your girlfriend Kim Clijsters?
L: Who is telling that?
Q: I was written down in every newspaper.
L: It is written a lot of crap. It is true that we try to spend as much time together as possible. And probably we will marry one day.
Q: Sme weeks ago you played the “Love Match” in Belgium. Was it difficult for you to win against her?
L: She plays really good from the baseline. But don’t worry, I have her still under control.

jule
06-19-2004, 08:24 PM
Gut, dass du das sagst, der Termin steht zwar in meinem Kalender, aber ich hatte noch keine Möglichkeit mir eins zu holen.
Was steht denn so drinnen??
kannst du ja auf english lesen! wenn du willst kann ich dir aber die deutsche version mailen!

Lisbeth
06-19-2004, 11:39 PM
Thanks so much for translating for us Jule! That's a great article! I like his attitude about #1 (as long as he remembers that lower rankings lead to earlier Federer!)

Jess
06-19-2004, 11:54 PM
Thanks for translating that article :)

star
06-20-2004, 12:39 AM
:bigclap: :kiss: :kiss:

Vielen Dank!! :)

Ashie_87
06-20-2004, 02:15 AM
Thanks for the translation :kiss: :hug:

kim4eva
06-20-2004, 03:42 AM
Thanks! :kiss: :yeah:

NOMAD
06-20-2004, 03:57 AM
Thanks a lot :worship: :worship: :worship: :kiss:

possie
06-20-2004, 04:50 AM
Thankyou for the translation :kiss:

Love the last line :angel: ;)

Q: Sme weeks ago you played the “Love Match” in Belgium. Was it difficult for you to win against her?
L: She plays really good from the baseline. But don’t worry, I have her still under control.

ally_014
06-20-2004, 07:54 AM
Thanks so much for the translation! :kiss: :)

SomL.
06-20-2004, 08:08 AM
Thank you ^_^

Danni
06-20-2004, 11:26 AM
Thanks Katha :kiss:

Gaga
06-20-2004, 02:29 PM
thanks ! ;)

kit
06-20-2004, 04:16 PM
kannst du ja auf english lesen! wenn du willst kann ich dir aber die deutsche version mailen!

Das hast du aber gut hin bekommen, dass hätte ich, glaub ich nicht so gut gekonnt. :worship: :worship: Ich versuche am Montag das Tennis Magazin zu bekommen, aber wenn dann schon alle Exemplare weg sind, kannst du mir das Interview gerne mailen. Das wäre sehr nett. :)

lleyki4eva
06-21-2004, 01:57 AM
Tennis By Paul Mulvey
Sunday, 20 June 2004
The Northern Daily Leader
tamworth.yourguide.com.au

LLEYTON Hewitt hung around Wimbledon last year out of loyalty to fiancee Kim Clijsters, but it hurt him to watch the tournament unfold from the stands.

The 2002 champion winced as he watched on television while Roger Federer took his title - dismantling Mark Philippoussis in the final.

"I didn't enjoy it," Hewitt admitted. "It was tough at the time." Hewitt was only the second Wimbledon men's champion in 126 years to lose in the first round when the top seed was toppled in four sets on the opening day by Croatia's world No203 Ivo Karlovic.

Hewitt spent the rest of the fortnight at his rented house in Wimbledon, playing golf, kicking the footy and going to the courts to support Clijsters as she reached the semi-finals.

"You try and take out as many positives as possible from the loss, which was very hard at the time. It's not the easiest thing to do when the tournament's being played," he said. "But one of the main positives about tennis is you have another big tournament to look forward to a few weeks later."

He began his recovery by reaching the quarters of the US Open and then recorded two victories, which he considers among the greatest achievements of his career - a pair of five-set wins on grass over Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semi-final and final of the Davis Cup to secure Australia victory.

But, by taking nine weeks off the tour to concentrate on the Davis Cup, he slumped to a ranking of 17 at the end of the year and many were questioning whether the man who was No1 for 75 weeks could get back to the top.

This year, an Australian Open fourth round loss to Federer, his best clay court season, a semi-final at Queen's Club and a return to the top 10 has Hewitt in the shape and frame of mind to once again enjoy Wimbledon.

The seventh seed starts his campaign with renewed confidence and a first round match against Austrian Jurgen Melzer tomorrow. But the world No10 admitted it took a while to get over the 1-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to Karlovic.

"It was one of those matches I didn't feel I played a bad match. I just played a guy who got extremely confident and served massive and I still should have been up two sets to love," he said.

After the loss, the tightknit Hewitt camp came under scrutiny. The role of his parents, who continue to travel with him to every match, was questioned but the biggest criticism was reserved for Hewitt's decision to take on his fitness adviser Roger Rasheed as his fulltime coach. Rasheed replaced Jason Stoltenberg after the French Open and got off to the worst possible start three weeks into the job at Wimbledon.

Many pundits questioned the coaching credentials of a former player who reached no great heights on the tour.

"I think it was a joke," Hewitt said. "That's the media, they're going to try to hop on something and look for a negative aspect, they saw that as an easy target I guess."

While Hewitt, 23, won Wimbledon and the 2001 US Open with Stoltenberg, but has yet to get past the quarter finals under Rasheed, he has stuck with his long time mate from Adelaide and credits him with orchestrating his fightback toward the top.

"He's been great. Obviously it was a bit rough at the start but we put a lot of work in after I lost at Wimbledon and after I won the semi-final tie against Federer at the Davis Cup," Hewitt said. "A lot of that work was purely for that one match against Ferrero in the Davis Cup final which Roger doesn't get a lot of credit for. And that stood me in good stead for this year."

Hewitt will need to be on top of his game if he is to regain the Wimbledon title against Federer and Andy Roddick, who have leapfrogged him and taken his role as the standard bearers of men's tennis.

Lisbeth
06-21-2004, 02:06 AM
Thanks for the articles :)

PS media, his parents don't travel to EVERY match by any means, and so what if they did anyway? These guys can't win - if his parents didn't show up the media would be trying to beat up some "family feud"!

jule
06-21-2004, 07:45 AM
Das hast du aber gut hin bekommen, dass hätte ich, glaub ich nicht so gut gekonnt. :worship: :worship: Ich versuche am Montag das Tennis Magazin zu bekommen, aber wenn dann schon alle Exemplare weg sind, kannst du mir das Interview gerne mailen. Das wäre sehr nett. :)
danke! gut, sag mir bescheid, wenn ich dir das interview mailen soll!

tangerine_dream
06-22-2004, 09:48 PM
Hewitt wary of seed killers
Leo Schlink in London, tennis
23jun04

STUNG by the setback of Wimbledon 2003, Lleyton Hewitt yesterday resisted the temptation to look any further than the second round despite reproducing the cavalier form that first carried the Australian to the peaks of international tennis.

Utterly delighted with his 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 hammering of former junior All-England Club champion Jurgen Melzer, Hewitt buried his elation beneath a stony face as he purged the misery of last year's opening-round failure to unseeded Croat Ivo Karlovic.

The South Australian is scheduled to play today either Georgian Irakli Labadze or Belgian Kristof Vliegen, both unseeded. Thoughts of a quarter-final assignment with defending champion and world No.*1 Roger Federer, let alone a second Wimbledon title, are light years away.

"What happened in 2002 (title victory) and then what happened in 2003 (first-round defeat), that's a great example," Hewitt said, referring to the danger of anticipating success.

"You just can't get ahead of yourself at all. You know, there's too many tough players out there.

"Everyone can have a good day, especially on a grasscourt purely because of that service aspect. Only one or two points sometimes in a set and it can change the whole momentum of a match, as it did in my match against Karlovic last year."

Hewitt's post-match's language was as calculated as the balanced stroke-making that catapulted him serenely past frazzled Melzer in 90 minutes.

The Adelaide baseliner knows he is among the top four chances – along with Federer, Andy Roddick and Tim Henman – and, having rediscovered the perfect blend of aggression and defence, also senses this year's title is within his grasp.

"I feel like I'm capable of beating anyone on any given day," he said.

"But, you know, there's a lot of tough players ahead possibly (capable) of playing in a final or holding up a trophy.

"You can't look too far ahead. I don't know how many guys there are actually capable of winning the tournament but there's a lot of guys who are capable of causing upsets throughout the tournament.

"I've still obviously got high expectations of how I can play here and how I'm hitting the ball at the moment.

"I don't think I put any added pressure on myself this year or even last year when I came back (as) No.*1 seed.

"I feel confident where my game is at the moment. Hopefully I (can) keep getting through like I did today."

Nobody within the closely knit Hewitt camp was surprised by what transpired on a gloomy opening day as the former world champion lit up court one with an explosive array of groundstrokes, deft volleys and accurate serving.

Hewitt did not drop serve and won 81*per*cent of points on his first delivery. It was, in virtually every sense, a throwback to the glories of two years ago.

But, true to character, Hewitt remains wary of unheralded challengers – such as Labadze or Vliegen – on a day when Karlovic eliminated 13th seed Paradorn Srichaphan 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

"Labadze, I never played before," he said. "He's another left-hander, a little bit like Melzer – flashy.

"Vliegen, I've practised with him quite a bit in Belgium and he's a very talented player."


Labadze led Vliegen by two sets to love when bad light and rain ended play.


Federer smashed Alex Bogdanovich 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 as Wayne Arthurs teetered on the brink of defeat to German Florian Mayer 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5), 3-3 when bad light stopped play.

Goran Ivanisevic, the 2001 champion, returned triumphantly with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 elimination of 31st seed Mikhail Youznhy.

Jess
06-22-2004, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the article :yeah:

SomL.
06-23-2004, 10:35 AM
:angel: :angel: Go Lleyton against Labadze !!!!!! Come on Lleyton ^_^ :angel: :angel:

NOMAD
06-30-2004, 06:41 PM
Hewitt is a smash hit with special athletes

Few get the chance to play on the same court as a Wimbledon champion.

But a trio of Special Olympic athletes from Enfield did just that last week when they were invited to take part in a tennis coaching clinic with Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Marc Curtis, Craig Kerney and Alfie Russell travelled to Roehampton Tennis Club in London, where they were joined by four players from north Wales and three from East Sussex. The group of ten were taken through a series of tennis drills with the 2002 Wimbledon champion. They then got the chance to play alongside him to get some doubles' practice.

Hewitt rounded off a memorable day for the youngsters by signing autographs.

The Australian became involved with the Special Olympics following his early exit from last year's Wimbledon, when he travelled to Dublin to watch the tennis events at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

The next major Special Olympics' event in Britain will be the National Summer Games in Glasgow in 2005.

Tennis will again be among the sports contested and Marc, Craig and Alfie will all be hoping to compete.


6:21pm today

lleyki4eva
07-01-2004, 12:18 PM
Hewitt Rues Missed Chances





© Reuters

Wednesday, June 30, 2004





It is only those who stand and stare from the sidelines who can find the positive aspects of losing. The fact that Lleyton Hewitt is fast climbing back to his best did little to lessen the bitter disappointment that Australia’s best felt after losing 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-0, 6-4 to Roger Federer.

The fact that even Hewitt thinks that Federer is virtually unstoppable here did not help either. He was just kicking himself that he had failed to make the most of what few chances he had during those four rain-interrupted sets.

“All I feel is disappointment at the moment,” he said. “I had chances in the fourth set and I felt that I was the better player the whole of the fourth set. And now I have very little to show for it. It’s Wimbledon. You’re always going to be disappointed.”

Federer had set off like an express train at the start of the match but, thanks to a couple of lengthy rain delays and the indomitable Australian spirit, Hewitt had hung on, started to turn the match around and was beginning to pick away at Federer’s confidence. Given that the Swiss is the best player in the world at the moment, that takes some doing. But still it was not enough.

“He was up and down a little bit out there today,” he said. “I know that he knows at the back of his mind that I’m not going to go away. In the best of five sets, you will always get those opportunities but you’ve just got to make the most of them.

“I felt that I had a lot of chances but when he plays the kind of tennis he played in the first set, he’s tough to beat. He came out and he was on fire right from the start. He’s cut out those unforced errors he used to make two or three years ago, he’s seeing the ball very well and his returns are so much better than they were a couple of years ago.”

As is Hewitt’s way, he gave due credit where it was due and Federer deserved a lot after such an impressive performance. That said, Hewitt feels that things are beginning to come together for him, too, even if the loss was still hard to take.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve been hitting the ball,” he said. “I’ve done all the hard work. I feel with all the three majors this year, I’ve prepared as well as I could. And, at the end of the day, I’ve been beaten by Roger in two of them and Gaston Gaudio [the French Open champion] in the other. The guys were just too good.”

So now Hewitt’s focus is fixed firmly on the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. Closer to home, he can’t really see beyond Federer for the title on Sunday.

“He’s going to be the favourite for the next two matches,” he said. “Personally I can’t see too many guys beating him this week now. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t win his third major on Sunday.”




Written by Alix Ramsay

NOMAD
07-02-2004, 05:34 PM
Full article:http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/02/1088488153953.html

Just thought you should know

One of TFF's treasured readers by the name of Michael Campbell - who clearly has too much time on his hands - went through the transcript of Lleyton Hewitt's post-match interview at Wimbledon after his defeat of Carlos Moya, and counted the number of times the South Australian said "you know" in 10 minutes. The answer: 59 times! How is that possible?By saying things like this, in response to a question as to whether he might be a little burnt out. Hewitt: "Well, it's hard to say. I guess, you know, I had two years there where I, you know, played so many matches, I guess. When you throw Davis Cup into that equation as well, you know, I had the chickenpox straight after I got No.1 in The Masters Cup in Sydney, you know, played a Davis Cup final. You know, I guess, you know, maybe that wore me out a little bit at the time."


Hey, he didn't get a forehand like that by staying back after school and doing extra English classes! After being beaten by Federer, he said it 54 times. As good as Hewitt is in this field, though, he is still not in the class of David Beckham, who managed a possible world record 89 in just 11 minutes during a single interview at Euro 2004. Like, y'know, I guess, y'know, he just missed that penalty shoot-out goal, y'know? We know! Totally!

Jess
07-03-2004, 12:18 AM
:haha: :rolleyes:
Lleyts has always done that - there are very few top sportsmen who don't.

star
07-03-2004, 01:13 AM
I'm sure you've said this somewhere already, Jess, but I haven't read back. How did the sonogram go?

kim4eva
07-03-2004, 08:25 AM
LOL :haha:

Danni
07-04-2004, 01:15 AM
:lol: but how the the hell did Becks manage to say it 89 times in 11 minutes :eek:

Ashie_87
07-04-2004, 01:45 AM
:lol: but how the the hell did Becks manage to say it 89 times in 11 minutes :eek:
He's a soccer player, not a scholar ;)

Socket
07-04-2004, 01:56 PM
Full article:http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/02/1088488153953.html

Just thought you should know

One of TFF's treasured readers by the name of Michael Campbell - who clearly has too much time on his hands - went through the transcript of Lleyton Hewitt's post-match interview at Wimbledon after his defeat of Carlos Moya, and counted the number of times the South Australian said "you know" in 10 minutes. The answer: 59 times! How is that possible?By saying things like this, in response to a question as to whether he might be a little burnt out. Hewitt: "Well, it's hard to say. I guess, you know, I had two years there where I, you know, played so many matches, I guess. When you throw Davis Cup into that equation as well, you know, I had the chickenpox straight after I got No.1 in The Masters Cup in Sydney, you know, played a Davis Cup final. You know, I guess, you know, maybe that wore me out a little bit at the time."


Hey, he didn't get a forehand like that by staying back after school and doing extra English classes! After being beaten by Federer, he said it 54 times. As good as Hewitt is in this field, though, he is still not in the class of David Beckham, who managed a possible world record 89 in just 11 minutes during a single interview at Euro 2004. Like, y'know, I guess, y'know, he just missed that penalty shoot-out goal, y'know? We know! Totally!

I've seen a few articles like this before, and I've always wondered what the point is. Just to show that the person who counted the "you knows" is smarter, better educated, more articulate? Sure, that person doesn't type "you know" when he's writing -- he's using a computer and word processor. But you have to wonder what his first drafts looked like, and how garbled and ungrammatical they were.

If you were in Lleyton's shoes, wouldn't you be embarrassed and angry to read about someone making fun of the way you speak in public? I would be absolutely mortified. Public speaking is hard enough without being mocked for stumbling over your words, as you try to provide an answer to mostly inane (and often idiotic) questions. No wonder Lleyton has bad relations with the press, they treat him like shit, and this is just one example. Maybe Lleyton just lets this stuff roll off his back, but frankly, I'm finding it tiresome.

NOMAD
07-05-2004, 05:28 AM
Kylie's legs top poll
By Natacha Butler
05jul04

HER bottom has long been admired by men and envied by women but now Kylie Minogue's legs are threatening to upstage the Australian pop star's renowned derriere.

Minogue's shapely pins have topped a Gillette poll to find the celebrity with the world most perfect legs.
The Body Language singer's small, but sexy, limbs beat stiff competition including those of supermodel Naomi Campbell (No.6) and tennis babe Anna Kournikova (No.7).

Fellow Australian and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman strode into fourth place over the top of supermodels Kate Moss (No. 7) and Jodie Kidd (No.10).

In a respectable eighth place was pop wannabe Victoria Beckham whose love of micro-mini skirts and high heels have made her legs a bigger hit than her music.

The former Spice Girl's soccer star husband, David Beckham's fit limbs have also proved popular topping the list of best male legs.

The Real Madrid striker was one of four English sport stars to make the top ten alongside tennis star Tim Henman and rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson.

Australian tennis ace Lleyton Hewitt lost his chance to reclaim his Wimbledon title this year but won himself a spot in the top ten, jogging into eighth place.

The Adelaide native's legs were voted shapelier than Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe's muscular pins.

Troy stars Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom made the top ten perhaps heralding a long-awaited return to revealing toga fashion for men.


League of legs
Top 10 Women:
1 Kylie Minogue
2 Cameron Diaz
3 Jennifer Ellison
4 Nicole Kidman
5 Anna Kournikova
6 Naomi Campbell
7 Kate Moss
8 Victoria Beckham
9 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
10 Jodie Kidd

Top 10 Men:

1 David Beckham
2 Brad Pitt
3 Johnny Wilkinson
4 Tim Henman
5 Orlando Bloom
6 Peter Andre
7 Jude Law
8 Leyton Hewitt
9 Peter Phillips
10 Ian Thorpe

Knockers LaBroad
07-05-2004, 03:35 PM
:haha:

But Henman at 4 makes it less reliable....:tape:

Thanks for all the articles everyone :kiss:

Crazy_Fool
07-05-2004, 03:57 PM
Lleyton only at 8 :mad:

Auscon
07-05-2004, 05:50 PM
Full article:http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/02/1088488153953.html

Just thought you should know

One of TFF's treasured readers by the name of Michael Campbell - who clearly has too much time on his hands - went through the transcript of Lleyton Hewitt's post-match interview at Wimbledon after his defeat of Carlos Moya, and counted the number of times the South Australian said "you know" in 10 minutes. The answer: 59 times! How is that possible?By saying things like this, in response to a question as to whether he might be a little burnt out. Hewitt: "Well, it's hard to say. I guess, you know, I had two years there where I, you know, played so many matches, I guess. When you throw Davis Cup into that equation as well, you know, I had the chickenpox straight after I got No.1 in The Masters Cup in Sydney, you know, played a Davis Cup final. You know, I guess, you know, maybe that wore me out a little bit at the time."


Hey, he didn't get a forehand like that by staying back after school and doing extra English classes! After being beaten by Federer, he said it 54 times. As good as Hewitt is in this field, though, he is still not in the class of David Beckham, who managed a possible world record 89 in just 11 minutes during a single interview at Euro 2004. Like, y'know, I guess, y'know, he just missed that penalty shoot-out goal, y'know? We know! Totally!

I hope its something thats confined only to post match interviews, because when Lleytons career as a player is over, I'd still like to see him in a commentary position

Not sure if Rafter will commentate, and I cant see Mark doing it...but I hope that some of our top guys of recent times will in the future....

Lisbeth
07-06-2004, 03:31 AM
I'm not sure Lleyton would be up for commentating ... too shy, although he might grow out of that. I can see him as Davis Cup captain though, or even running an elite academy.

Mark Woodforde's been doing some good commentary lately.

Goonergal
07-10-2004, 04:16 PM
In-law wars: Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt plan to marry twice, in Belgian and Australian ceremonies, to keep both families happily.

Tennis stars to wed twice
By BRUCE WILSON in London
11jul04

LLEYTON Hewitt and Kim Clijsters are set to marry twice, with ceremonies in both Adelaide and Belgium to keep both families happy.

With the bride's plans so advanced that her dress is being made, the window of opportunity for the weddings appears to be between October and February.
Last weekend it was rumoured the two were to have a swift, secret ceremony in Belgium.

The rumour was fuelled by reports of a rift between the world's No 2 women's tennis player and Lleyton's mother.

Clijsters was absent from the players' box during some of her fiance's Wimbledon matches.

February is the favoured date for the wedding, but tennis schedules will be a major factor. A February wedding would allow each to play in the Australian Open in January before leaving for Europe and the claycourt season.

Friends of both said Clijsters was determined on at least one grand event, with six bridesmaids.

During Wimbledon, it was made clear there would be a wedding in her home town of Bilzen, with a population of 30,000, in the Belgium province of Limburg, while Hewitt's parents -- Glynn and Cherilyn, widely known throughout the tennis world as The Griswolds -- are insisting on Adelaide.

Bilzen is looking a favourite for the first ceremony after Clijsters chose local dressmaker, Nicky Vankets, 25, from nearby Beverlo, to make her dress.

Her website says the gown is well under way.

She is also a hero in Belgium and under pressure from the Dutch-speaking community and government to marry there.

And, of course, there is pressure from her parents, Leo and Els.

Known as Lei, her father, like Hewitt's, was a football mini-star. His game was soccer. Glynn played Aussie rules.

The rumours of a rift over wedding plans between Clijsters and her future mother-in-law persist after the two appeared to put some distance between each other during Wimbledon.

But if there is any tension over the wedding, Lleyton Hewitt isn't letting on: "I'll just rock up, mate -- she (Clijsters) can organise it."

The question is: Will the Griswolds go along with that?

Goonergal
07-10-2004, 04:19 PM
As good as Hewitt is in this field, though, he is still not in the class of David Beckham, who managed a possible world record 89 in just 11 minutes during a single interview at Euro 2004. Like, y'know, I guess, y'know, he just missed that penalty shoot-out goal, y'know? We know! Totally!

LMAO! *still bitter* damn you Becks :rolleyes: :p

Goonergal
07-10-2004, 04:21 PM
:haha:

But Henman at 4 makes it less reliable....:tape:

Thanks for all the articles everyone :kiss:

:haha: Too right Elke! Who compiles this nonsense :rolleyes:

NOMAD
07-10-2004, 04:33 PM
Second service
BRUCE WILSON
11jul04
TENNIS players Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters seem likely to get married twice, with ceremonies in Adelaide and Belgium to keep both families happy.

The question is: when? There was a widespread rumour last weekend that the two were to have a swift and secret ceremony in Belgium to put an end to speculation. "That was never really on," a friend said.

One London newspaper speculated there was a "mystery" why Clijsters, 21, did not sit in the players' friends' box on centre court during Hewitt's matches at Wimbledon. It sparked talk of a rift between her and Hewitt's mother Cherilyn over the wedding plans.

However, the reason was not so much a rift as Clijsters making room for others who rarely get the thrill of sitting in those seats.

It was noted that Cherilyn and Kim ate at separate tables in the players' restaurant. The explanation for that was that Kim and Cherilyn were seeing any amount of each other at home.

Plans for the wedding are so advanced that Clijsters' dress is being made. The window of opportunity seems to be somewhere between late October and February.

February is favourite – a wedding then would allow each to play in the Australian Open in January before leaving for Europe and the annual claycourt schedule.

Hewitt, 23, has been quoted as saying he is leaving the plans to his fiancee: "I'll just rock up, mate – she can organise it."

Friends of both said Clijsters was determined to have at least one grand event, with six bridesmaids and other assorted attendants. But whether there will be two on such a scale remains uncertain.

During Wimbledon it was made clear there would be a wedding in her home town of Bilzen, in the Belgium province of Limburg, while Hewitt's ever-present parents were insisting on an Adelaide event.

What makes Bilzen favourite for the first ceremony is that Clijsters has chosen a local dressmaker, Nicky Vankets, 25, from nearby Beverlo, to make her dress.

Clijsters is a local heroine in Belgium and is under pressure from her Dutch-speaking community to get married there.

And, of course, there is pressure from her parents, Leo and Els.

Glynn and Cherilyn Hewitt are known throughout the tennis world – with a mixture of affection and exasperation – as "the Griswolds" and can be argumentative and fractious over what is best for their son.

They can be amiable and are unmistakable in their shorts, tennis shirts and baseball caps. But nobody denies they threw a protective blanket over Lleyton from which he has taken time to emerge.

The Hewitts have used their influence to separate their son from the media, especially the Australian media. He still refuses virtually all requests for one-on-one interviews, though he is both informative and amusing in his compulsory post-match press conferences.

He seems often to be ill-advised. For instance, he barred Australian tennis writers from his pre-Wimbledon briefing at Queen's Club, in London, while admitting the British press, who simply carried our tape-recorders in for us.

Those who have observed him over the years give Clijsters great credit for taking what might be called the larrikin edge off him.

"He is a much more adult and happy man since Kim," said a senior former Australian player and coach.

kim-fan
07-14-2004, 01:24 PM
Rafter fears for Lleyton
July 14, 2004

PAT Rafter says Lleyton Hewitt is running the risk of burn-out because he's so passionate but Mark Philippoussis, whose year went from bad to worse with another first-round loss today, is paying the price for rarely being passionate enough.

Hewitt trains the house down and plays every point as though it's his last, a whole-hearted approach that has earned him the Wimbledon and US Open titles and the world No.1 ranking, but Rafter fears it will end up cutting short the 23-year-old's career.

"Lleyton's going to go very, very hard - he's probably going to burn himself out quite early," Rafter told Channel Ten.

"It seems that way. He just goes so hard. I don't think anyone can sustain the way Lleyton plays the game. He keeps doing things that surprise you, nothing ever surprises me with Lleyton, but he's going to struggle."

Philippoussis' girlfriend has a song called Born To Try, but the two-time grand slam finalist must feel like giving up after suffering his eighth first-up loss from his last nine tournaments today.

He was beaten 6-1 7-5 by Frenchman Julien Benneteau at the $525,550 Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles, ensuring his world ranking, which was a lofty ninth at the end of last year, will continue to plummet.

He was 45th at the start of the week, but is likely to drop outside the top 50 because he's blown the ranking points he earned by reaching the semi-finals in LA last year.

"He's got an incredible game," said Rafter.

"He's one of the strongest players on the tour and has been for the last ten years, but I think he finds it hard to keep it going mentally day in and day out. Probably he doesn't do as much work as a lot of the other guys and now it's starting to come back and bite him."

Philippoussis saved two match points in the tenth game of the second set with an ace and an unplayable serve, but he was merely delaying the inevitable, bowing out shortly afterwards with a double fault.

He's lost 17 straight sets on hardcourts since the Australian Open in January and, even more alarmingly, lost every single match he's played in ATP tournaments apart from three victories on grass at Wimbledon, where he lost to Tim Henman in the fourth round.

Philippoussis' conquerors during his horror run have been Olivier Rochus (world No.115 at the time), Mikhail Youzhny (34), Jan Hernych (138), Tommy Robredo (113), Joachim Johansson (113), Luis Horna (34), Ian Flanagan (866) and now Benneteau (72).

Delta Goodrem's song made it to No.1 - a position Philippoussis seems increasingly unlikely to ever occupy on the world rankings.

AAP

Angele
07-19-2004, 12:39 PM
Some articles about Lleyton being home... This one is cute! Connor sounds like an adorable kid :angel: Also a little :scratch: about the two week holiday thing. Could he be skipping Toronto?


Here for a rest, but Lleyton is no layabout

19jul04
HE may be back home for a bit of a break, but it doesn't look like he's doing much resting at all.

Lleyton Hewitt has been spotted here, there and everywhere since flying home for a two-week holiday.

On top of attending the launch of the Hudson Maher Foundation on Friday night, Ley-Ley fulfilled his duties as the Adelaide Football Club's number one ticket holder on Saturday night, attending the Chairman's Dinner.

Seated next to his biggest fan, young Connor McLeod (son of Crows champ Andrew) Lleyton declined Confidential's requests for an "ultra-quick chat".

As Lleyton exited the dinner, Connor yelled "No Lleyton, this way". Mum Rachael McLeod quickly told him to lower his voice. "He's just going to the toilet," she explained.

Angele
07-19-2004, 12:40 PM
Looks like it's not just us :p


The question with Lleyton's locks

19jul04
ON the subject of Lleyton, the question has to be asked - what is going on with his hair?

The fella we affectionately call C'mon has taken to wearing a half-up, half-down pony tail with his approaching shoulder-length hair.

He's previously labelled Pat Rafter (that's Pat on the right) one of his heroes, but surely not his fashion hero?

Rafter sported the same forgettable look in 1997/98, before (now wife) Lara Feltham sorted him out. Our only hope is that fiance Kim Clijsters puts her foot down before their upcoming nuptials and makes him lop it off.

NOMAD
07-19-2004, 04:14 PM
Connor :angel: :angel: :angel:
Thanks a lot for the articles, Angele. :worship:

NOMAD
07-19-2004, 04:33 PM
Hudson's death was not in vain

19jul04
THE invitation says it all: "We're determined not to let his death be in vain. Somehow, something good has to come of this."

Olympic basketballer and 36ers captain Brett Maher and his wife, Tanya, launched the Hudson Maher Foundation on Friday night with a black-tie do at the Hyatt.

Hudson, just 13 months, died last year after succumbing to a rare bone marrow disease.

Already with a six-person committee, the foundation has raised about $70,000, with $38,000 coming from Friday.

"We would have been ecstatic with $15,000-$20,000," Tanya says.

"But $38,000 was overwhelming. We're so grateful for people's generosity."

They hope to use the money to assist families of children with Haemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), particularly when they go interstate for transplants, just as the Mahers did. "There are such huge costs involved," Tanya says.

"You put your life on hold.

"Even paying the weekly shopping bill can be a challenge when you're not working."

The basketball world came out in force on Friday night with Jacob Holmes, Mark Nash, Oscar Forman, Martin Cattalini, Paul Rogers, Phil Smyth and Scott Ninnis donning dinner suits for the affair. But the star guest was tennis ace Lleyton Hewitt who donated a racquet, which was auctioned off for $7000. Ley Ley's good mate, Andrew McLeod and wife Rachael were also on hand to celebrate the foundation's launch which is proving a cathartic experience for the Mahers. "It gives us something to aim for and we feel like we're helping others," Tanya says.

NOMAD
08-12-2004, 08:34 AM
Hewitt to headline 2005 Australian Men's Hardcourts
August 11, 2004


Former world No.1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt will head the player

line-up for the Australian Men’s Hardcourts in 2005, joint tournament director Peter Johnston announced today.


The Australian Men’s Hardcourts will be held from Monday 3 – Sunday 9 January 2005 at Memorial Drive in Adelaide.



"It goes without saying that the tournament in Adelaide is a unique one for me. I get to play in front of my hometown crowd, and can't imagine a better way to start the New Year than that," Hewitt said. "Obviously, Adelaide is where I launched my professional career by winning my first Tour title in 1998 ... hopefully, it'll be where I'll win my first title in 2005!"

Johnston said he was thrilled that Hewitt would be returning to Adelaide again.


"Memorial Drive has been the backdrop for many key moments in Lleyton's career. To have him confirmed to play in 2005 is a huge boost for the event. I would encourage all tennis fans to come along and celebrate Lleyton's achievements and see some of the best players in the world in action," Johnston said.


Hewitt won his first ATP Tour title at the Australian Men’s Hardcourts as a 16-year-old in 1998. The win made Hewitt the youngest Tour winner (16 years 10 months) since Michael Chang in 1988 and the lowest ranked winner (No. 550) in Tour history.


The victory in Adelaide was the start of big things for the South Australian. Hewitt has since gone on to claim 20 more singles titles including the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002; hold the world No.1 ranking in back-to-back seasons in 2001 and 2002; and helped Australia to four Davis Cup finals in five years.


The Australian Men’s Hardcourts is a $US380,000 International Series tournament played on Rebound Ace with a draw size of 32. As one of the oldest tournaments on the men’s circuit (having been first played in 1890) it currently forms part of Tennis Australia’s ‘Australian Open Series’. Past champions include two-time winner Hewitt (1998, 2000), Tommy Haas of Germany (2001) and Great Britain’s Tim Henman (2002). In 2004, Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty defeated French qualifier Michael Llodra 6-4 6-0 in the final.

Johnston, who is head of Men’s Tennis at Tennis Australia, is sharing the role of tournament director with former Grand Slam and Olympic champion Mark Woodforde at next year’s Australian Men’s Hardcourts, after the running of the tournament transferred back to Tennis Australia following Colin Stubs’ successful nine year period at the helm.

Tickets for the Australian Men’s Hardcourts will be available through Venuetix in October. For corporate box sales phone IMG Adelaide on 08 8863 5311.

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Hewitt heads home for open warm-up
August 12, 2004

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Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt will contest the Australian men's hardcourt tournament in Adelaide next January in another revamp of his schedule aimed at finding the ideal Australian Open preparation.

Hewitt won his hometown event as a 16-year-old in 1998, his first ATP tournament, and again in 2000, but has not entered it since 2001, when he lost in the quarter-finals.

He chose instead to play in the Hopman Cup in Perth for the past three years, as he believed that would better help him prepare for the Australian Open, in Melbourne in late January.

Announcing Hewitt's commitment to play in the January 3-9 tournament at Memorial Drive, tournament director Peter Johnston said yesterday that Hewitt now believed that playing the hardcourt title would be a better lead-up to the year's first grand slam.

"It's all about getting the right menu of events to prepare for the Australian Open," Johnston said.

"He's tried a few different ways over the past few years and I think this probably fits into his thinking - it gives him a lot of matches, a fully-fledged tournament, two weeks out."


Johnston said Hewitt was also motivated by wanting to help the event which gave him his start in professional tennis.

"He's very patriotic, as we all know, and I think he really wants to see the tournament succeed itself," he said.

Hewitt, now ranked eighth, won the US Open in 2001, Wimbledon in 2002, and made the quarter-finals of the French Open this year.

But he has never been past the fourth round at the Australian Open, losing to world No.1 Roger Federer at that stage this year.

Johnston said Hewitt's decision would be a major boost to the Adelaide tournament, which was dogged by poor crowds and a lack of high-profile players this year.

"We're really thrilled to have him involved in the tournament and not just because he's an Adelaide boy," Johnston said.

"If you can get somebody of that calibre to play in the tournament, it's just going to give the event a huge lift.

AAP

Angele
08-12-2004, 11:48 AM
No Hopman Cup :sad: :sad:

NOMAD
08-12-2004, 04:52 PM
Hopman Cup off Hewitt agenda :sad:

RUSSELL REID



The Hopman Cup has suffered a blow with the biggest drawcard in recent times, Lleyton Hewitt, ruling out a fourth consecutive appearance at Perth's premier tennis event.

Tournament officials have stepped up attempts to lure Australian No. 2 Mark Philippoussis for the mixed teams international at the Burswood Dome from January 1-8.

Former world No. 1 Hewitt has overlooked the Hopman Cup in favour of the Australian men's hard-court tournament in his home town of Adelaide from January 3-9.

Hewitt said the revamp of his schedule was aimed at finding the ideal Australian Open preparation.

Tournament chief executive Rick Williams said Perth could consider itself fortunate Hewitt had played at the past three cups.

"We have been pretty lucky to have Lleyton for three years in a row given that the Adelaide tournament, where he is from, is sitting there as well," Williams said.

"And there are other guys to replace him. Hopefully, we can get the Flip (Philippoussis)."

Williams said a new pairing could provide the impetus for the host nation's second Hopman Cup win.

Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic gave Australia its only Hopman Cup title win when beating Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Asa Carlsson in the final of Hopman Cup XI in 1999.

"We certainly aren't panicking and, if anything, it freshens up the tournament a bit," Williams said.

It is likely that Hewitt's fiancee, Belgium's Kim Clijsters, will also miss the tournament.

If that happens, cup officials will attempt to lure Belgian world No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne to WA.

Hewitt, ranked eighth, won the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002. He made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and at the French Open this year.

But the 23-year-old has never been past the fourth round at the Australian Open, losing to world No. 1 Roger Federer this year.

Hewitt won his hometown event as a 16-year-old in 1998, his first ATP tournament, and again in 2000, but has not entered it since 2001, when he lost in the quarterfinals.

Australian men's hard-court tournament director Peter Johnston said Hewitt now believed playing the hard-court title would be a better lead-up to the year's first major.




with AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

Crazy_Fool
08-12-2004, 10:42 PM
:sad:

Bibi
08-17-2004, 04:27 PM
I already wrote this in the "Kim vs Chezzila! thread", but I think it suites better here...
Some news about Lleyton wedding suite, from a Belgian newspaper (for the fellow Belgian's, it's HBvL)
I've tried to translate it a bit ...

OK, here's a quick translation (please don't mind the grammar & spelling mistakes ...)

After Kim Clijsters, now also Lleyton Hewitt will have his wedding suite designed by fashion designer Nicky Vankets.
This is good news for the 25-year old fashion designer, who's already friends with the world famous tennis couple.

'Lleyton was immediately sold when he saw one of my creations', says an enthousiastic Vankets. 'He turned in front of the mirror like 10 times.'

Kim & Lleyton will surely draw the attention on their wedding day. According to Vankets the designs aren't traditional. Everybody will be surprised!
(the picture that is shown with this article is the one at the Championships diner of Wimbledon (I think) => it's Kim in the light blue dress) => sorry I don't have a scanner, so I can't post it ...

At the end of June it got known that Kim had choosen a Belgian designer to design here wedding dress. (... then there is some info about Nicky Vankets, not that interesting for Lleyton & Kim fans ...)
'Lleyton was immediately sold', says a 'happy' Vankets. 'When Lleyton was in Belgium for a few days, he came to our showroom with Kim. He looked around a bit and saw a suite that he liked completely. You had to see him shine when he looked at himself in the mirror. He turned around at least 10 times, looking at himself in the mirror. Lleyton's suite will be 'tuned' to Kim's dress.'
Both the dress and the suite will attract attention. 'The dress & suite aren't traditional', says Nicky, 'for Lleyton this is a little bit more of a problem, then for Kim. In Australia people are much attached to traditions. But Lleyton likes the suite so much, that he's a 100 % sure of his choice.'

Nicky Vankets also says the 2 love birds haven't seem each others outfit yet!!!

'Lleyton really looked relaxt (is this even a word in English???)', Vankets continues, 'he's a real Aussie. It was really casual, nothing official, just at ease.'

Then there is some more info about how great it all is for Nicky Vankets and then they also write these things:
The salesmanager says: 'We are very pleased with the result, but then again, Lleyton is a very goodlucking guy hé. They guy really can wear everyting, it suites him all fine. Also Kim was happy about Lleyton finding his choice. Kim feared that Lleyton's suite would raise problems, because he's always very sporty dressed. But then again Lleyton also realised he couldn't walk to the isle in his jeans.'

This is about it ... Hope you don't mind I skipped some parts of the article, but they were all about Nicky & his stores, so I didn't think you would mind ...

There only 1 thing that I have to translate (it's a the end of the article) - it's said by the salesmanager of Vankets:
'It's a real blessing for Nicky's carreer. Both Kim & LLeyton have a super clean & pure image. Especially Kim is very popular, because she radiates an unknown sympathy. And this sympathy is real and not played. If she was acting she would already have been revealed!!'

Again, please don't mind the spelling & grammar mistakes ...

Angele
08-17-2004, 05:31 PM
That's a wonderful article :D Thanks so much for posting it :kiss:

This whole surprising, non traditional stuff is starting to scare me :lol:

Sarah
08-17-2004, 10:14 PM
That's a wonderful article :D Thanks so much for posting it :kiss:

This whole surprising, non traditional stuff is starting to scare me :lol:
lol I just posted almost the exact same thing in the other thread before reading this, and it really IS scary! who knows in which clothes they'll show up :o :scared:

Aussie_Kim
08-18-2004, 01:45 AM
Thanks for the article!
I agree! I'm worried too! What can Lleyton possibly be wearing a dress? :eek:

NOMAD
08-21-2004, 03:27 AM
:angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel:
Lleyton Hewitt helps launch Special Olympics
District of Columbia tennis program
17 August 2004

Top tennis professional Lleyton Hewitt and Special Olympics District of Columbia athletes drew a large crowd of spectators at a tennis clinic held on 15 August 2004 in Washington, D.C. (USA), during the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, an International Series event on the ATP tour.

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Lleyton Hewitt (right, red cap) works on tennis skills with Special Olympics District of Columbia athletes, including Larrita Grahm, front.


The sports skills clinic and demonstration at the William H.G. FitzGerald Center, home of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, officially launched tennis as a new sport for Special Olympics District of Columbia. The initiative was made possible by a grant and assistance from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Mid-Atlantic region. Special Olympics District of Columbia now offers 13 different sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Hewitt greets Special Olympics athletes.



Hewitt has served as a Global Ambassador and international tennis coach for Special Olympics since 2002, helping launch tennis as an official sport for Special Olympics China. He also has conducted many tennis clinics for Special Olympics athletes around the world, including in New York City prior to the 2003 U.S. Open; in Dublin, Ireland, at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games; and at the 2004 Hyundai Hopman Cup international mixed teams tennis championship in Perth, Western Australia. “I have been fortunate to have earned the title of champion in tennis, but Special Olympics athletes earn that title every day of their lives,” said Hewitt when he announced his commitment. “Their courage and success over daily challenges is the true definition of ‘champion.’” :angel:

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Volunteers from the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) assisted at the clinic. PTR was founded in 1976 by world renowned coach Dennis Van der Meer to educate, certify and service tennis teachers and coaches around the world. With more than 10,300 Members in 122 countries, PTR's mission is to provide education, international certification and service to tennis teaching professionals and coaches; its charitable arm has as its primary focus to bring tennis instruction and tennis equipment to children where the opportunity may not otherwise be available to them. As the sport of a lifetime, tennis can be beneficial in building a better future for children as well as a healthier lifestyle of wellness.


Joining Hewitt at the launch were Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics; Steve Hocker, Executive Director of Special Olympics District of Columbia; Rose Hobson, President of the Washington Tennis Association; and Ricardo Thornton, Special Olympics District of Columbia athlete.

The resounding theme of the day was empowerment. “Our athletes are fighting for a chance on the court, fighting for a chance to get exposure, fighting for a chance to be included,” said Shriver. “All of us are out here trying to make a difference in someone’s life ... and Lleyton, we are grateful for your being such an example of making a positive difference in the community.” :angel:

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Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, and Hewitt.



“Tennis is all about having fun and enjoying ourselves,” said Hewitt. “It is a privilege for me to be able to work with these athletes and give them an opportunity to see professional tennis and professional tournaments and what we go through week in and week out.” Hewitt was first introduced to Special Olympics in 1998 by his former coach Peter Smith. Smith would host tennis clinics in Adelaide at which Hewitt would speak and play with the Special Olympics athletes. Hewitt’s interest in supporting sport opportunities for all people globally helped mold his decision to join Special Olympics’ campaign for growth.

“Special Olympics athletes worldwide are looking for an opportunity to participate,” said Hocker. “If we don’t provide tennis or aquatics or whatever the sport may be, they don’t get a chance. Thanks to Special Olympics and the vision of [Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy] Shriver, these athletes have a chance to participate and train. I also thank Lleyton for coming and giving his time.”


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Left, Ricardo Thornton, Special Olympics District of Columbia athlete, joins Hewitt for a doubles match.



The clinic concluded with a true edge-of-your-seat doubles match, with Hewitt and Thornton facing Shriver and Special Olympics District of Columbia athlete John Bossard. The match had all the exciting elements of a center-court final, with extended volleys, great tennis strokes and amazing showmanship from all participants.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic is one of only 13 ATP Events in the United States. Competing in a single elimination draw are 32 singles and 16 doubles teams. The semifinals will be televised by Fox Sports Net and the finals will be shown live on CBS 12:30pm EST 22 August. In his opening match on Monday 16 August, Hewitt defeated Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark 6-1, 6-2. He continued his winning ways with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Alejandro Falla of Columbia on Wednesday 18 August.


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Hewitt works with a clinic participant.



A fiery competitor, 23-year-old Hewitt won the U.S. Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002. In 2001, Hewitt was the youngest player to finish the year ranked number one (at 20 years, 8 months); in 2002, he became only the fourth player ever to be ranked number one for the entire calendar year, and the seventh player to finish at that ranking in back-to-back years. In addition to his success in ATP events and Grand Slams, Hewitt is a key member of the Australian Davis Cup team with a 24-6 career Davis Cup record (22-5 in singles) since 1999. He was named Australia's male athlete of the year in 2002 at the Australian Sports Awards.



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Below, all participants— Special Olympics athletes, volunteers, instructors — gather for a group photograph at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center, a 7,500-seat facility in Rock Creek Park, a division of the National Park Service.


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kim4eva
08-21-2004, 07:19 AM
That's a lovely article :angel:
Thanks Tara :kiss:

Danni
08-21-2004, 11:43 AM
Ta Tara :kiss: :)

Aussie_Kim
08-21-2004, 12:58 PM
Thanks! Thats a great article.
I haven't seen a lot about his tournament cos its all olympics over here!! ;)

Sunshine1
08-21-2004, 01:47 PM
Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt Earns Wild Card Into TD Waterhouse Cup Field :)
American's Ginerpri, Martin Granted Other Wild Cards
Join Agassi, Srichaphan in Solid Long Island Field

Matt Van Tuinen
Alan Taylor Communications
COMMACK, N.Y., August 20, 2004 - Former world No. 1 and current No. 5 in the ATP Champions race, Lleyton Hewitt, accepted a wild card into the main draw as the 24th TD Waterhouse Cup presented by Roslyn Savings Bank begins play on Monday at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, it was announced by Kari Mutscheller, tournament director.

Hewitt, the former US Open and Wimbledon champion, has enjoyed stellar results during this summer's U.S. Open Series, including a finals appearance at the Cincinnati Masters (L. Agassi) two weeks ago and a semifinal berth this week in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, Hewitt returned to his top-ranked form of a few years ago when he held the No. 1 spot for 75 weeks, by claiming titles at Sydney and Rotterdam and quarterfinal results at Roland Garros and Wimbledon earlier this year.

"I am excited about finally having the chance to play at the TD Waterhouse Cup," said Hewitt. "I have heard great things about the event, and look forward to playing there next week."

A pair of Americans were also awarded wild cards into the main draw, up and comer Robby Ginepri and veteran Todd Martin. Ginepri registered career-best Grand Slam results this year by reaching the Round of 16 at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The gutsy Martin, a two-time Grand Slam finalist (Australia, '94, U.S. Open, '99), always brings his "A" game to the hard courts and will look to make another run.

Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi served notice earlier this month that he'll be tough to beat with his win at the Cincinnati Masters (over Hewitt) and a final four berth at Washington, D.C. The native of Las Vegas returns to L.I. for the first time since winning her in 1988.

Meanwhile, two-time reigning TD Waterhouse Cup champion Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, will look to etch his name in the record books in his attempt to become only the second player to win three consecutive titles on Long Island, joining Hall of Famer and five-time L.I. titlist Ivan Lendl (1984-86, '89, '91) was the first.

Strengthening the remainder of the draw are Olympic gold medal finalist Nicolas Massu of Chile, ATP Champions race No. 13 Juan Ignacio Chela, 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic and 2002 Roland Garros winner Albert Costa, among others.

"This is shaping up to be a very competitive Long Island field," said Mutscheller. "Adding Hewitt to the likes of Agassi and our defending champion Srichaphan should mean that our fans are in for some world-class tennis."

NOMAD
08-21-2004, 05:02 PM
I'm sure we all know the news from Kim's dairy :p
I post it anyway :p

PLAYERS
August 16, 2004
ATP INSIDER
Giving you an inside look into the ATP this week


UP FRONT....
->> - RODDICK, ENJOYS SPOTLIGHT AT OLYMPICS… Perhaps U.S. teammate BOB BRYAN described ANDY RODDICK'S presence in Athens the best: “Andy's a celebrity among the celebrities,” Bryan said. “All the athletes are coming up to him to get pictures and autographs.” U.S. wrestler Rulon Gardner was one of the athletes who sought out Roddick. Upon meeting each other, the two talked about each other's sports, then Gardner put a wrestling hold on the tennis star and lifted Roddick out of his sandals. “It's just like [he was] lifting a feather,” Roddick said. Roddick was also the center of attention as the Australian women's water polo team pooled together $500 for the first member of the team to kiss the young American. “I'm thinking that it is going to be a hit and run, while I'm standing in the line for food or something,” Roddick said. His doubles partner and roommate in Athens, MARDY FISH, offered to share their room key for half the bounty. See more at ATPtennis.com.
->> - USTA TO HONOR PAST CHAMPIONS … The USTA announced the 2004 Court of Champions inductees that will be honored during the 2004 US Open. From the Open Era, the Court of Champions inductees are Steffi Graf and John McEnroe, and, from Golden Era, Jack Kramer and Margaret Court will be inducted. The US Open Court of Champions salutes the tournament's all-time greatest champions with an individual, permanent monument that will serve as a lasting tribute to those who have helped to build the tournament into one of the world's top sporting events.

->> – WEB WATCH … With more than 3 million page impressions last week, ATPtennis.com climbed over the 110 million mark for the year, reaching that plateau 10 weeks earlier than in 2003. According to the traffic reports from Red Sheriff, a subsidiary of Nielsen, ATPtennis.com page impressions for 2004 total 112,249,538 through August 15. In addition to special features like the Fantasy Tennis Summer Swing, the visits to the site are boosted by a high volume of traffic to player pages. INDESIT ATP 2004 Race leader ROGER FEDERER also leads the page impressions among players with 346,440 for the months of May, June and July. ANDY RODDICK (265,618) and GUILLERMO CORIA (245,852) round out the top three.

TOURNAMENT TALES
->> - IN WASHINGTON, D.C.…ROBBY GINEPRI and TODD MARTIN participated in the All-Star Celebrity Reading Room along with 50 disadvantaged children. The annual event is part of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation's Arthur Ashe ‘Reading Is Fundamental' Program. The players read from the book “The Tale of Thomas Mead” and then answered questions from the children.

-- > Top seed and five-time Legg Mason champion ANDRE AGASSI spent 25 minutes taking questions from U.S. military personnel during a reception on-site for MZM Military Night. In attendance were 130 servicemen and women who have been at Washington-area military hospitals.

-- > Australian LLEYTON HEWITT and fiancé Kim Clijsters were taken on a private tour of the White House on Tuesday. Hewitt, who met President George W. Bush in Australia last October, was given the behind the scenes by a member of the White House staff.

-- > Doubles player MICHAEL HILL was preparing to serve for the game at 5-all in the third set of a first round match on Wednesday when a ball girl working the match sprained her ankle. Unable to put her weight on the injured leg, Hill put down his racquet and picked up the girl, and the Australian carried her off court to get medical attention. Unfortunately, the good deed was not repaid on the court as Hill and South African WESLEY MOODIE were broken in that game and eventually lost to Americans ROBERT KENDRICK and BRIAN VAHALY.

ATP Insider is compiled weekly by the ATP.

Angele
08-21-2004, 05:12 PM
Thanks for the info Tara :kiss:

NOMAD
08-21-2004, 05:36 PM
Hewitt takes the heat, comes up with 3-set win
No. 7 Saulnier beaten by No. 2 in Legg Mason
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/tennis/bal-sp.mason21aug21,1,7640299.story?coll=bal-sports-tennis
By Sandra McKee
Sun Staff
Originally published August 21, 2004
WASHINGTON - No. 2 seed Lleyton Hewitt was in position for the volley, poised and ready. But the ball that streaked by him for a backhand passing shot winner before he could wave his racket was just too good.
Hewitt looked across the net and took off his white hat.

"It wasn't a salute," he said. "I just needed some air." :lol:

On Center Court at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, things were heating up in the Legg Mason Classic.

It was the middle of the second set of Hewitt's 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) quarterfinal victory against No. 7 seed Cyril Saulnier yesterday afternoon, and it was becoming clear that to beat Saulnier would take an incredible effort.

Not only would Hewitt have to fight the blazing sun and on-court temperatures that reached 105, but he'd also have to beat a veteran player whose forehand and backhand cross- court shots were on fire.

"He's got a game that when it's on, it's hard to beat," said Hewitt. "Today, after the first set, I just couldn't get my teeth into it. I was dominating in the first set and then he picked it up and I was just holding on . . . I'm going to have to raise my game a level in the semis."

In the semis today at 1 p.m., Hewitt is to play No. 4 seed Robby Ginepri, a 6-3, 7-6 (3) winner over Raemon Sluiter yesterday. The victory puts Ginepri in a semifinal for the first time since last year at Newport, R.I.

The other semifinal, at 7 p.m., is to feature No. 1 seed Andre Agassi, who beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-4, 6-4, and Gilles Muller, who defeated Michel Kratochvil, 7-5, 6-7 (7-8), 6-2.

"So far in this tournament I feel great," said Agassi, who will be playing in his seventh straight semifinal here and 10th overall. "I'm rising to the challenge of each guy and raising my game for the next match. I feel I'm doing well and looking forward to the weekend."

Among the impressive things Agassi has been doing is serving, seemingly, harder and harder. He said last night that there is a reason other than just wanting to clobber the ball.

"It's the only place I've been where the balls are light and soft at the same time," he said. "You have to lean for your serves and you have to really hit it to get it to do anything."

Agassi, playing in the relative cool of the evening, was on and off the court in 82 minutes.

Hewitt, meanwhile, had to play the toughest match of the day to advance. It took two hours, 20 minutes in the midday sun. And he needed three sets and a tiebreaker to decide the outcome. Even then the result was in doubt until Saulnier netted his last forehand. Each man won 107 of the 214 points played.

"I was just worrying about finishing my points and holding my serve and taking an opportunity when it came," said Hewitt.

The opportunity finally came in the tiebreaker with Saulnier serving at 2-3. The 6-foot-3 Frenchman sent back-to-back blazing serves, the first at 126 mph, the second at 128 mph, over the net and Hewitt was able to get his racket around on them. He got off a down-the-line winner on one and forced Saulnier into a tricky slice backhand that fell short of the net on the other.

"It turned the match, right there," said Hewitt, who moved ahead 5-2.

Saulnier, 29, would close to within 5-6, but no closer.

"A couple of points I had a good chance," said Saulnier.
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an article about 2nd round match
but I think it's an nice article

Hewitt drives home his return point
No. 2 seed ousts Falla at Legg Mason Classic
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/tennis/bal-sp.mason19aug19,1,2720512.story?coll=bal-sports-tennis
By Sandra McKee
Sun Staff
Originally published August 19, 2004
WASHINGTON - It's night, under the lights at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, and No. 2 seed Lleyton Hewitt is still wearing his white cap backward, the bill of it running down the back of his sweating neck.
He looks skinny, but his right arm doesn't. It is so strong it could belong to Popeye, the cartoon sailor man. With an arm like an iron rail, Hewitt wields his tennis racket like a toothpick, his control remarkable, his placement usually superb.

Across the net, No. 120 Alejandro Falla, who had won only his first career hard-court match two days earlier, should have been scared, but at the start, at least, he didn't seem to be.

He exchanged breaks with Hewitt twice in the first six games. But then it became apparent Hewitt, 23, understands his racket and its power. And even on what for him might be considered an off night, he ousted Falla from the tournament, 6-3, 6-2.

"I'd never seen him play before and it took me a little more time to get my game going," Hewitt said.

Hewitt's two-fisted backhand delivers cross-court or down-the-line with equal verve. His forehand unloads straight-on-till-morning bullets that could leave the fans surrounding Center Court at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center fighting whiplash as they attempt to follow the speeding ball.

Hewitt powered his way to the quarterfinals and within three matches of a showdown with No. 1 seed Andre Agassi.

Two weeks ago in Cincinnati, Agassi, who is to play Kristian Pless tonight for a quarterfinals berth, curbed Hewitt's enthusiasm by beating him, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6.

"I didn't play badly against Andre in Cincinnati," said Hewitt. "I won a set. But, I think, every day is different."

Certainly, the days and years have been different for the Australian who ruled professional tennis as the world No. 1 in 2001 and 2002. When he earned the No. 1 ranking at the end of the 2001 season, he was 20 years, 8 months old, making him the youngest player to earn the honor in the history of the ATP rankings.

But after dominating for two years, Hewitt, an independent Aussie, decided to take a break. He spent several months at home in Adelaide and played just 13 tournaments last year. The result of that was his ranking dropped to a low of No. 17.

Tennis experts began to pick at him, questioning whether he could regain the form necessary to keep pace with the current big hitters and No. 1 challengers Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Hewitt said and continues to say he is not worried about such questions. But he increased his fitness training in January and has played a full schedule this season. His results, 46-13 in match play, have brought him to No. 8 in the ATP rankings.

In his first two matches here, you could see an unusual amount of desire.

Last night, the same emotion was present in the second set, when he broke Falla to go up 3-0. He turned and clinched his fist in the direction of fiancee Kim Clijsters, who was sitting four rows up in the stands. :angel: Hewitt has won two tournaments this season, but not since playing in Rotterdam in February.

As the U.S. Open approaches, he'd like another title. And, it is obvious he wants to win the Open, too.

"I chose not to go to the Olympics because I want the best chance possible at the Open," he said.

Also advancing to the quarters yesterday were Cyril Saulnier, 6-3, 7-6 (2), over Gilles Elseneer; Robby Ginepri, who rallied from a set down to beat Harel Levy, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; and Raemon Sluiter, who outlasted No. 6 Alberto Martin, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (2).

(Results, 7c)

ally_014
08-22-2004, 06:48 AM
Thanks for all the great articles guys! :kiss:

Jess
08-22-2004, 07:54 AM
That's a wonderful article :D Thanks so much for posting it :kiss:

This whole surprising, non traditional stuff is starting to scare me :lol:


:lol: That's just what I was thinking.
I'm just a little alarmed because having seen those ridiculous hats on the designers web site he clearly doesn't go in for traditional.
I'm sure they wouldn't be tempted by bright purple with horns but you never know :eek:

tangerine_dream
08-25-2004, 04:13 PM
I'm going to TD Waterhouse for two days! :banana: I really hope I can finally watch Lleyton in action live. :yeah:

Hewitt seeded fourth at US Open

August 26, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT is on a roll. Rather than taking a rest before next week's US Open, he accepted a wild-card into another tournament: the TD Waterhouse Cup on Long Island, New York, where he beat Olivier Mutis on Monday.

Hewitt next faces another French opponent, Michel Llodra, in the second round, and will be gunning for his 50th win for the year.

"I'm confident at the moment with the way I'm hitting the ball. I'm feeling very good," Hewitt said after his 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 win over Mutis.

The seedings for the US Open, the final major of the year, starting on Monday in New York, were announced yesterday and Hewitt was slotted in at number four. It's a significant development, because for the first time in a long time, he's guaranteed to avoid world No.1 Roger Federer and No.2 Andy Roddick until at least the semi-finals.

Hewitt's victory at last week's Washington Classic could well be replicated this week, with Andre Agassi's withdrawal leaving Peru's Luis Horna, two-time defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan and veteran American Todd Martin as his biggest dangers.

"I wanted to keep the momentum going. I'm just enjoying my tennis now. I should have won the first set easier than 7-6," Hewitt said.

His return to the world's top five this week came eight months after his dramatic fall to No.18. He is gradually clawing his way back towards the top spot, which he held for 75 consecutive weeks between November 2001 and April 2003, although Federer and Roddick are going to take some budging for the best part of the next decade.

Not that Hewitt cares too much about the rankings; he wants to win more majors.

Federer and Roddick both lost early at the Olympics, which Hewitt skipped to continue his preparation for the US Open, which he won in 2001. Last year he reached the quarter-finals where he lost to Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.

Ferrero, last year's runner-up to Roddick, has struggled all year to regain his 2003 form after an indifferent start to the year thanks to injury and illness. He has been seeded seventh for this year's championship, with compatriot Carlos Moya seeded three.

Heading the Australian women's challenge at Flushing Meadow will be Olympic bronze medallist Alicia Molik, who has been seeded 17.

She's brimming with confidence after beating French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and world No.6 Elena Dementieva at the Olympics.

With a big serve, big groundstrokes and sharp volleys, Molik has all the tools. She can beat anyone on her day and at 23, she's starting to blossom.

Serena Williams got a boost in the US Open seedings but her sister Venus did not.

Serena was seeded third behind Justine Henin-Hardenne and Amelie Mauresmo for the year's last Grand Slam tournament -- eight spots above her No.11 ranking thanks to the "protected ranking" the WTA Tour gave both Williams sisters in January as they came back from long injury lay-offs.

Venus is seeded 11th for the US Open.

Socket
08-25-2004, 06:05 PM
tangy, I hope you have as much fun as I did at the Legg Mason!

NOMAD
08-26-2004, 09:43 AM
Hewitt regaining Grand Slam form
By Pete Simpkinson, USA TODAY.com
WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks before the U.S. Open begins, former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt is back, and it looks like he's carrying a new attitude.

"No, not really," Hewitt said flatly.

OK, so the new Hewitt looks a lot like the old fist-pumping Hewitt, the one who won two Grand Slams before last summer's frustrations ended his 75-week reign atop the ATP Tour rankings.

Overshadowed by the star power of Roger Federer and Andy Roddick this season, Hewitt is back in the top 5 and is a contender to reclaim the Grand Slam title he won in at Flushing Meadows in New York in 2001.

"I think everyone would love to be No. 1," he said, "but I'm not going to go out and chase it."

While Federer and Roddick were crashing out of the Olympics this week, Hewitt has joined Andre Agassi in tuning up at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Hewitt won his second-round match Wednesday, defeating Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-2.

Agassi and Hewitt could be on a collision course for a final like the one they waged Aug. 8 in Cincinnati. Agassi won that match 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to deny Hewitt his third title of the season.

"Obviously I had a week off after a good week in Cincinnati," Hewitt said. "That gave me a lot of confidence, and it's about trying to prepare myself as well as possible for two weeks on."

Hewitt, 23, has reached the quarterfinals in the last four U.S. Opens and is in good position to make the ATP's season-ending championship in Houston, which he didn't qualify for last season. He waved off comparisons to his stellar form at the U.S. Open in 2001, but he has rebounded since Ivo Karlovic humbled him in their 2003 Wimbledon opener.

The defeat came a week after Hewitt lost the No. 1 ranking to Agassi.

Hewitt ended the year ranked 17th, his lowest spot since 1999. He went home, where he focused on Davis Cup matches in Melbourne in September and November. Hewitt captured five-set wins against Federer in the semifinals and Juan Carlos Ferrero in the finals to lead Australia to its first crown since 1999.

"I wouldn't swap anything for winning it last year," Hewitt said.

The confidence earned in that title run has carried over. It took the eventual champion to knock him out of each of this year's first three Grand Slams. Federer did it in the Australian Open's fourth round, and Gaston Gaudio blocked Hewitt in the French Open quarterfinals. Hewitt became the first player to win a grass-court set against Federer this year but could not carry their Wimbledon semifinal.

"I came out a little bit fresher at the start of the year as well, being able to stay home at Australia for a couple of months longer," Hewitt said. "And I just enjoyed it, and I guess I'm just enjoying my tennis now."

After playing an exhausting 254 singles matches from 2000-02, his scaled-back scheduling has helped him go 37-10 this season. His fiancee, world No. 5 Kim Clijsters, showed her appreciation for the down time on her Web site last week.

"We concluded our Cincinnati stay with a visit to Kings Island, a huge family resort with really spectacular attractions," she wrote. "One of them is this thing which takes you up to 200m and then you suddenly fall down. Lleyton only watched."

Clijsters ended the sentence with a winking smiley face. She can tease Hewitt after the way he has been avoiding sudden fall downs this year. :lol::lol::lol:

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Hewitt gives firsthand account of top U.S. Open threats
By Pete Simpkinson, USATODAY.com
Lleyton Hewitt has climbed three spots in the ATP Tour's entry rankings to return to the top five and has gotten there by playing his best this year

The 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion is comfortable with his game after winning the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington last week for his third title of 2004.
While he has re-emerged as a top contender for the U.S. Open crown, the former No. 1 probably knows better than anyone how the two-week tournament will unfold. He has faced front-runners Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Carlos Moya, Andre Agassi, Tim Henman and Marat Safin in recent months.

He won many of those encounters — and carries an amazing 8-0 career record against No. 6 Henman, including the 2004 semifinals in Rotterdam.

How does Hewitt do that against a player of Henman's caliber?

"I don't know," said Hewitt, 23. "You have to ask him. I just play him."

Hewitt also has gone 7-5 against top-ranked Federer, including three straight wins in 2002-03. Federer has won the past three meetings, including a round-of-16 clash at the Australian Open and the Wimbledon semifinals this year. Both of those matches went four sets.

"I think confidence is quite a big part in that," Hewitt said of the breakthroughs for Federer, who won both events as well as the 2003 Wimbledon title.

"He obviously believes in himself a lot more than probably a couple of years ago. He's a tough player. He's got all the shots in the book. Obviously, when he's got such a good serve he can take a few opportunities on his opponents with his service game and he's got a massive forehand as well and that's always going to put pressure on you."

Hewitt doesn't see Federer as invincible despite the Swiss No. 1 going 58-6 this year.

"He's obviously had an incredible year, winning two Slams, the Aussie and Wimbledon, and winning eight titles. So he's obviously been the clear best player out there. But I don't think that there are that many guys that aren't close behind him."

"Andy Roddick's one — he's always going to give you trouble purely just with his game as well. Andy just can hold serve so much. I think there's a number of guys — Roger had a downer in Cincinnati obviously, but that was due to playing a lot of tennis before that as well."

Dominik Hrbaty knocked Federer out in the first round in Cincinnati. No. 2 Roddick could not capitalize upon his rival's stumble and ended up losing to Agassi in the semifinals of the event.

Roddick has won four titles this year and has gone 60-12. But Hewitt has beaten him in three of four career meetings, including the 2001 U.S. Open quarterfinals and 2001 French Open round of 32.

Agassi is the rare top player to hold an even record against Hewitt, going 4-4. Agassi won their meeting earlier this month in the Cincinnati finals, the last big event before the topsy-turvy Olympics.

Hewitt committed 34 unforced errors in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 loss, but don't get the impression that Hewitt let No. 7 Agassi back in to his first title in 15½ months.

"I didn't play badly against Andre," Hewitt protested. "I won the second set."

Agassi, 34, became the oldest winner on the ATP Tour since 1989 and it didn't look like his hip was bothering him the way it did in his first-round loss in the French Open.

"You can never write Andre Agassi off, "Hewitt said. "He hits the ball so well out there. He's always going to come up with good results. I think he just wasn't able to play that much tennis and coming back on clay court probably just hurt his confidence a little bit more.

"Obviously, his movement maybe isn't the same as a couple of years ago and that's probably going to open up a lot more on a clay court rather than grass or a hard court. Yeah, he loves these tournaments. This is where he plays his best tennis, in my opinion, these lead-ins to the U.S. Open. Nothing really surprised me there."

Hewitt similarly wouldn't be surprised to see No. 4 Carlos Moya contend in the U.S. Open after a fourth-round run last year. Hewitt has won three in a row against Moya, including a four-setter in the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

"He's a class player," Hewitt said. "There's a group of guys I think that coming into the U.S. Open that I think have a good chance and you've just got to wait and see how the draw opens up."

The suspense of the draw comes largely from Russian No. 14 Marat Safin, who shocked Pete Sampras in the 2000 U.S. Open championship and was a semifinalist a year later. You never know what you'll get from Safin, who lost to Federer in the 2004 Australian Open finals but crashed out of the first round at Wimbledon. Safin blasted the grass-court play Slam that loss to No. 97 Dmity Tursunov and later apologized.

"He's a tough player to predict at any time," Hewitt said of Safin, "but he's got a hell of a game. He's a great player, he's a great ball-striker and when his game's on, he's going to be extremely tough to beat.

"That's what happened at the Australian Open when he came so close to winning it, being unseeded and coming back from a lot of injuries last year. He's got a great game and when he's at his best, he's going to be tough on any surface."

Safin's left wrist forced him to miss three Grand Slams in 2003 but has healed. He's still the antithesis of the consistent Hewitt, the seventh player ever to finish No. 1 in back-to-back seasons (2001-02).

Hewitt's legs will still be fresh after this week's TD Waterhouse Cup and his Legg Mason title is just the latest indicator of his energized play.

"I guess I'm just enjoying my tennis now," Hewitt said.

kim4eva
08-26-2004, 12:53 PM
Thanks for the articles :kiss:

NOMAD
08-26-2004, 04:37 PM
TENNIS: Hewitt confronts his demon on Day One
By ANNA COCK in New York
27aug04
LLEYTON Hewitt's bid for a second US Open title faces an early challenge next week when the in-form Australian meets his sometime nemesis Wayne Ferreira in the first round.

The tournament's 2001 men's singles champion was defeated by the South African veteran at their last meeting in 2003 but if Hewitt manages to push through into the second round, his half of the draw positions him as a likely semi-final contender.

If the 23-year-old gets that far, his likely opponent would be defending champion and No. 2 seed Andy Roddick, although along the way he could have to face Argentina's David Nalbandian.

"He'll be a serious factor in this tournament and I would not be surprised to see him in the semi-finals," US Davis Cup captain and commentator Patrick McEnroe said of Hewitt's chances yesterday.

"He has the motivation and intensity as when he won a couple of years ago, so he's looking good," added US Federation Cup captain Zina Garrison, a co-host of yesterday's draw ceremony at the United Nations in New York.


USTA chief executive Arlen Kantarian also noted that if Hewitt wins this week's TD Waterhouse Cup event in Long Island, he will move from third place to the top of the US Open Series standings.

That shift would put Hewitt in the running for a $709,000 bonus on top of the winning prize purse of $1.4 million should he recapture the US Open men's single title.

The two other Australian men's singles competitors, Wayne Arthurs and Mark Philippoussis, join Hewitt in the bottom half of the draw but if the unseeded pair get through to the second round they are likely to meet 18th seed Tommy Robredo and 14th seed Fernando Gonzales respectively.

In the top half of the men's draw, world No. 1 Roger Federer will also be tested in the first round by Spaniard Albert Costa.

The draw could lead the Swiss top seed to a quarter-final berth against sixth seed Andre Agassi, the eight-time major champion and crowd favorite who won the US Open title in 1994 and 1999.

In the women's competition, burgeoning Australian star Alicia Molik, the 17th seed, meets Frenchwoman Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the first round. Should she progress, the draw becomes particularly tough for the Olympic bronze medallist in the fourth round where Molik's probable opposition would be imperious American Serena Williams, a two-time US Open winner.

Australian veteran Nicole Pratt, in the top half of the draw along with No. 1-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne and Americans Venus Williams and Linday Davenport, has a 1-0 winning record against her first-round opponent, unheralded Colombian Catalina Castano.


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the US Open Series standings(after wasington)

Rank Total Points
1 Andy Roddick 155
2 Andre Agassi 123
3 Lleyton Hewitt 120 :bounce:

Sunshine1
08-26-2004, 10:08 PM
I found this on Lleytonland :)

The groom also wears 'Vankets'

We already knew that Nicky Vankets of Limburg was to design Kim Clijsters' wedding dress. But that's not where his job ends. Lleyton Hewitt has already visited the 25-year-old 'wonderkid' a few times to try on some clothes. Vankets will design an original weddingsuite for the Aussie, who by nature is both traditional and sporty, to which he will have to get used to.

At the same time, the news has come out that Kim's other choice besides Vankets, Dirk Bikkembergs, has not been overlooked completely. The Flemish designer will have the task of designing a second weddingdress that Kim will be wearing at the ceremony in Australia. Vankets' dress is meant for the ceremony in Bree.

So it's twice the party, and twice a succesful Belgian designer.

Clara Bow
09-11-2004, 04:37 PM
This is from the AAP Newsfeed and I think it's hilarious:




HEADLINE: Ten: Tell us what you really think Lleyton

BYLINE: By Darren Walton

DATELINE: NEW YORK, Sept 10

BODY:
When Lleyton Hewitt yells "c'mon" we all know what it means, but some of his other catch-words need decoding.

When reporting the strengths - and rarely the weaknesses - of his prospective opponents Hewitt uses pet words like compact, flashy, classy, crafty, dangerous and, the real favourite among the tennis players, tough.

One of the more articulate players on tour, Hewitt is seldom disrespectful of his rivals.

In fact, the Australian is often more than generous towards his opponents.

But does encrypted dialogue hide what he really thinks of his next adversary?

For example, Hewitt's first-round foe Wayne Ferreira was a "smart" and "tough" player who used his head a lot on court.

True enough, but also take that to mean: "He's 33 and I've got way too much energy for that old has-been".

Result: 6-1 7-5 6-4, with Hewitt easing up.

In the second round, Hewitt found himself up against the "crafty" Hicham Arazi, the Moroccan left-hander who plays with a lot of "finesse".

In other words: "This bloke's got plenty of skill but he's mentally suspect and, if I keep the ball in play long enough, he'll eventually fall to pieces."

Result: 7-5 6-1 6-2 to Hewitt as the Moroccan gave up the ghost.

Hewitt then took on "flashy" and "dangerous" Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez for a place in the last 16.

So read: "He's got a big serve, big forehand, big game all-round really, but he's hit and miss and I've got the chump covered".

Result: 6-1 6-4 6-2 to Hewitt in a canter.

Along came the "very compact" Slovakian Karol Beck, who apparently rarely makes mistakes.

What Hewitt probably meant was: "This guy plays like me, but I'm 10 times better and I couldn't possibly lose this one".

Result: 6-4 6-2 6-2 Hewitt without getting out of second gear.

"Big-match player" Tommy Haas was supposed to have been "a top-five, top-10 player regardless of his ranking" and ready to pose a serious threat to Hewitt in the quarter-finals with his "great all-court game".

In other words: "There's no doubt this guy can play on his day, but my form is too hot and I ain't stopping now".

Result: Hewitt 6-2 6-2 6-2 running away.

Hewitt said semifinal opponent Joachim Johansson, boyfriend of his sister Jaslyn, was "close" to him and possessed the "firepower" to blow anyone off the court.

What he didn't say was: "If that clown thinks he's taking my sister and my title, he's got another thing coming".

It can only be assumed that if Hewitt met world No.1 Roger Federer in the final, the Australian would be expecting a "tough" contest against the "talented" Swiss.

Meaning: "I've had enough of everyone being on my back about how this guy is in another league. He's toast".

Jess
09-11-2004, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the article :)

Danni
09-11-2004, 11:55 PM
:lol: thanx for sharing :kiss:

Socket
09-12-2004, 12:12 AM
Clara, that was just hilarious. Thank you very much for hunting that down.

ally_014
09-12-2004, 04:01 AM
:lol: That's great! Lleyton's cliche code is cracked!

possie
09-12-2004, 04:13 AM
That is a fantastic article :lol: Thankyou.

Angele
09-12-2004, 04:43 AM
Some greats news :yippee: From http://www.masters-cup.com/ Congrats Lleyton :kiss:

ITwo-time Tennis Masters Cup champion Lleyton Hewitt and Argentina's Gaston Gaudio have qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. By reaching the US Open final, Hewitt sealed a place for his fourth season-ending championships and confirmed Roland Garros winner Gaudio will make his first appearance.

ally_014
09-12-2004, 05:14 AM
Thanks Ange! That is good news :)

NOMAD
09-14-2004, 11:35 AM
Davis Cup setback for Aus
14/09/2004 10:45 - (SA)


Sydney - Mark Philippoussis has withdrawn from Australia's Davis Cup team for the World Group playoff against Morocco later this month.

The former Wimbledon and US Open finalist injured his gluteal muscle and had to retire in his US Open match against Nikolay Davydenko earlier this month.

He said he wouldn't be fit in time for the September 24-26 match in Perth against the Moroccans.

US Open runner-up and No 3-ranked Lleyton Hewitt is Australia's top singles player and Wayne Arthurs, ranked 84th, will likely fill the second singles spot.

Multiple Grand Slam doubles champion Todd Woodbridge and 20-year-old Todd Reid were also included in the team.

Former Wimbledon junior champion Reid, ranked 107th in singles, has worked as a hitting partner with the Australian team in recent Cup matches.

Philippoussis was the hero of Australia's 2003 Davis Cup final win over Spain in Melbourne and finished last year inside the Top 10.

He lost both singles matches in Australia's 2004 opening loss to Sweden in Adelaide, which forced the champions into a must-win match against Morocco to retain a place in the elite World Group for 2005.

"Although we will certainly miss Mark, I look forward to welcoming him back into the team early next year," Australian captain John Fitzgerald said when announcing the team on Tuesday.

Without Philippoussis, Hewitt will be under extra pressure to win both his singles matches.

Australian coach Wally Masur had no doubt Hewitt, who went down in a lopsided US Open final to No 1 Roger Federer on Sunday, would be back at his best for the Morocco match.

"Lleyton is a realist," Masur said. "There was the obvious disappointment (but) he understands that he got beaten by a better player on the day. Federer was virtually unplayable."

"Lleyton loves a challenge," Masur added. "Never put a ceiling on him because he keeps breaking through it." :D

Australia reached the final in 2001 before losing in the first round the next season and having to play off against India to remain in the World Group.

"In 2002, we were in the same position of having to play a qualifying round against India in Adelaide. We all looked at that (match) as the start of our push towards another final appearance the following year - a goal which we successfully achieved," said Fitzgerald. "I know this team is just as committed to that goal."

Australia, winner of 28 Davis Cup titles since 1905, hasn't met Morocco in the international team tennis tournament.

NOMAD
09-14-2004, 05:14 PM
Cup passion fires Hewitt
By John Coomber
15sep04
GETTING fired up for the Davis Cup will not be a problem for Lleyton Hewitt.

Despite his straight-sets hammering by Roger Federer in the US Open final this week, Hewitt is busting to put his country in a position to win the Davis Cup in 2005.

The campaign starts in a relegation tie against Morocco on the grass courts at Royal Kings Park in Perth next week.

Australia, the 2003 cup winner, needs to win this tie to stay in the World Group for 2005, following its 4-1 first-round loss to Sweden in February.

According to coach Wally Masur, Hewitt, the world No. 3, will be pumped and ready.









"I can't tell you how fired up he gets to play Davis Cup," Masur said yesterday.

"It's not lip service or a nice publicity stunt. He absolutely lives and breathes it.

"That rubs off on the rest of the team."

Masur believes some people would find it tough to come back from being on the wrong end of one of the most lopsided Grand Slam finals in years.

But not Hewitt. "Lleyton is a realist," Masur said.

"There was the obvious disappointment – there's no question about that.

"But he understands that he got beaten by a better player on the day. Federer was virtually unplayable."

There was an insight into Hewitt's mental resilience when he won his first game of the match after losing the first eight.

"He was down 6-0, 2-0 and he won a game. A lot of people, when they're in that situation, they raise their arm in mock triumph: 'I got a game', almost a humorous moment to relieve the tension."

Not Hewitt, who went back to his chair as if he expected to win the next eight games.

"It was business as usual. He still saw himself as a winner. He always sees himself as a winner," Masur said.

"Lleyton loves a challenge. Never put a ceiling on him because he keeps breaking through it."

Australia yesterday called 20-year-old rookie Todd Reid into the team following the withdrawal of Mark Philippoussis.

Tennis Australia said Philippoussis was forced out by the gluteal muscle injury that caused his fifth set retirement in the first round of the US Open.

Philippoussis played a key role in winning Davis Cup titles for Australia in 1999 and 2003 but he has had a dismal year, losing 12 first-round matches and sinking to No. 74 in the rankings.

He has returned to Los Angeles to practise and continue treatment in the hope of playing three tournaments in the US before Christmas.

"He's given us a firm commitment that he'll be back in 2005," Masur said.

Masur said Reid, ranked 107 in the world, was a chance to play singles, but at this stage world No. 84 Wayne Arthurs was likely to be Australia's No. 2 singles player behind Hewitt.

Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge are likely to play doubles.

Socket
09-17-2004, 03:40 PM
ABC Sport - Tennis- Hewitt to proceed with defamation action

[This is the print version of story http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200409/s1201966.htm]

Last Update: Friday, September 17, 2004. 9:49pm AEST

Hewitt to proceed with defamation action

The South Australian Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for an action by Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt against the sport's world governing body for alleged breach of contract and defamation.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) had sought to strike out most of the defamation allegations in Hewitt's statement of claim and some of the allegations relating to his multi-million dollar defamation claim.

This has been rejected by the court.

Hewitt claims he was defamed in statements issued by the ATP about his failure to attend a media conference during the Cincinnati Masters in 2002.

NOMAD
09-17-2004, 04:15 PM
thanks for the article :worship:
LL is in Adelaide now :D

Hewitt eyes home slam breakthrough
Leo Schlink
18sep04

FRESH from re-establishing a top-three ranking, Lleyton Hewitt yesterday set his sights on the 2005 Australian Open.

Humbled in the US Open final by Roger Federer, Hewitt is uncertain of his plans for the rest of a renaissance season in which his ranking has climbed from 19th to third.
But he already homed in on the January 17-30 Australian Open, which will feature a historic night singles final.

"I've played a fair few tournaments already this year," Hewitt said in Adelaide yesterday.

"I'm not sure how much more I'll play this year. I've qualified for the Masters (Cup in Houston) in November, but I don't know what my program will be before that.


"I'll be playing Tokyo (October 4-10) and I've qualified for the Masters. It's been a good, consistent year, but the four majors were my priority.

"If you're not going to finish No. 1, then at least I can go to the Masters and enjoy myself, unlike 2000-01 when I had the pressure of the No. 1 ranking.

"It's a big tournament again for me this year, but it's going to be a lot more enjoyable than it has been in the past.

"The big picture for me is looking forward to the Australian Open in January and doing well there."

Mark Edmondson (1976) is the most recent local to win the Australian Open. Hewitt is yet to reach a quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

Hewitt's best grand slam results -- Wimbledon and US Open victories, as well as a French Open quarter-final appearance -- have been abroad.

The winner of 59 of 73 matches, four titles and $2.8 million prizemoney this year, Hewitt believes he has improved significantly since his 75-week stay at No. 1.

"It's been great," he said.

"I've played as consistently well as I ever have and I feel I've improved a lot.

"Taking those eight weeks off before the Davis Cup final has really helped me. I was able to freshen up and build a really good base. Since then, I've played my best tennis week after week."

Trailing American Andy Roddick by 715 points in the rankings -- and with no points to defend -- Hewitt has the chance to move to No. 2 by season's end.

Apart from taking a month off for his February wedding to Kim Clijsters, Hewitt will again concentrate on the majors and Davis Cup next year.

He will try to keep Australia in the Davis Cup world group in the relegation tie in Perth against Morocco from Thursday.

Hewitt received a boost yesterday when the Supreme Court of South Australia handed down a preliminary decision in his favour against the ATP. He is taking legal action against the tour over a $147,000 fine imposed in Cincinnati over his alleged failure to complete an interview in 2002.

Justice Mulligan yesterday rejected an application by the ATP to strike out parts of Hewitt's claim.

Hewitt, 23, will now be allowed to continue with his defamation claim against the ATP, which runs the men's tour outside the four majors.
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Trial likely over $2.5m Hewitt case
September 18, 2004

AN attempt by the Association of Tennis Professionals to torpedo a $2.5 million lawsuit before it goes to trial has failed in the South Australian Supreme Court.

Lawyers for tennis player Lleyton Hewitt are claiming victory after Justice Ted Mullighan yesterday dismissed an association application to strike out a lawsuit over an incident in 2002.

Hewitt claims a $170,000 fine by the ATP at the Cincinnati, Ohio, Masters "irrepairably" defamed him and damaged his reputation. Hewitt allegedly failed to give TV interviews after matches.

But Hewitt claims the fine was in breach of the ATP's own guidelines.

ATP's lawyers sought to have parts of Hewitt's statement of claim struck out because they were "defective".

However, Justice Mullighan refused to grant their request.



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tangerine_dream
09-17-2004, 05:18 PM
Thanks for the articles, Socket and NOMAD. :wavey:

How to tame rampant Roger
By David Tanner
September 18, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT will have to rethink his game plan before he next goes on court against old friend and nemesis Roger Federer.

Last Sunday's 6-0 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 drubbing in the US Open final showed that Hewitt's counter-punching game is no longer good enough to beat a man being hailed as possibly the best tennis player we have seen.

Granted Hewitt played arguably his poorest match in two months and the serve that made him dominant through the North American hardcourt season deserted him, but the South Australian's game looked a class below that of Federer.

Hewitt has lost his past four matches against Federer - at the Australian Open, the Hamburg Masters, Wimbledon and the US Open - and each time has lost at least one set 6-0, so the question must be asked: how does Hewitt beat the world No.1.

Federer has lifted his game to a new level since he won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year. Even the mental chinks that over-rode his prodigious talent in previous years appear to have been fixed.

Federer has won nine tournaments in 2004 - including three Grand Slam titles - and has an extraordinary 64-6 win-loss record. In his 70 matches, he has lost just 31 sets, only two of them by a score worse than 6-3. So dominant has he been that his tally of 6760 ranking points is almost double that of world No.2 Andy Roddick.

Unless Federer has an off day, he appears invincible. But for part of this year's Wimbledon final, Roddick showed how you can get on top of the Swiss maestro - even when he has a good day.

Having won only one of their previous six meetings and knowing he had to change his tactics, Roddick came on to centre court at the All England Club with an all-or-nothing game plan devised with coach Brad Gilbert: either hit a blazing winner or make an error trying.

It was a high-risk ploy but it worked brilliantly early in the match. A stream of thundering forehands and a few surprise charges to the net behind his heavy serve helped Roddick to win the first set 6-4.

Rallies were scarce as the American dictated terms: Roddick either won the point or he lost it.

Federer was a spectator in terms of the direction the match was taking. He was unable to impose himself as the speed of Roddick's groundstrokes forced him to play defensively from behind the baseline.

Therein lies the secret to beating Federer: if you drive him on to the back foot, it minimises his chances of doing something brilliant. Sure, you might lose points through error, but there's a good chance if you don't try that Federer will win the point anyway.

For most of the US Open final, Hewitt played low-risk tennis, rarely chancing his arm by going for a winner. That allowed Federer plenty of opportunities to assume control of the point.

Hewitt also sorely missed the cheap points his serve had been producing until the final. Hewitt averaged almost eight aces a match leading up to the final; against Federer he managed just one.

The difficult part, of course, is maintaining the intensity and accuracy to keep Federer on the defensive throughout a match - as Roddick discovered at Wimbledon.

The American continued his all-out attack but his rhythm started to falter.

He was unable to produce the same steady stream of winners that he did in the first set and Federer was able to work his way out of defence and back into the match.

By the third set, Federer had taken control, was hitting two winners for every one of Roddick's and was well on the way to successive Wimbledon titles.

Federer's game is built around hitting the ball from on or inside the baseline. From that position, he can use his vast array of shots to send the ball to all corners of the court - as he showed to such effect against Hewitt last Sunday.

The South Australian, by contrast, was playing from several metres behind the baseline, which restricts your angles, gives your opponent more time to prepare for their next shot and makes it very difficult to hit winners (Hewitt managed just 12 to Federer's 40).

Federer's forehand is his biggest weapon and Hewitt, mindful of the danger of hitting to that wing, played most of his groundstrokes to the Swiss's backhand. But cheap points are hard to come by on the Federer backhand and Hewitt made few inroads there.

As is the case with many players, Federer's strength can be the best place to attack. He is so used to hitting winners off his forehand, Federer can be prone to blazing away rather than opting for a defensive shot when his opponent attacks on that side. As John Newcombe noted several times in his commentary, Hewitt would have been better served by trying to hit with less top spin, and therefore harder, to Federer's forehand.

Hewitt also seems loath to play backhand shots down the line, arguably the hardest groundstroke to hit. He invariably opts for the safer cross-court shot and that gives his opponent the safety of having a fair idea where the ball will go.

You only have to look at how, in the US Open women's final, Svetlana Kuznetsova punished Elena Dementieva for her reliance on her sliding serve to the forehand to realise how much of a weakness predictability can be.

Hewitt's technique on his groundstrokes is excellent, he is serving better than ever (last Sunday excepted) and he is without peer when it comes to chasing down seemingly unreturnable shots. But unless he is more aggressive in trying to win points - even by making a few forays to the net - he is likely to come off second best against a player of Federer's ilk.

The Australian

Socket
09-17-2004, 05:37 PM
And thank you, tangy.

Interesting about the law suit. It's likely to go to trial after Mark Miles leaves the ATP. I wonder if that will provide an opportunity for the new president to try to settle with Lleyton.

NOMAD
09-19-2004, 06:23 AM
Hewitt in Perth for Davis Cup showdown
September 19, 2004 - 2:44PM

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Lleyton Hewitt arrived in Perth for the Davis Cup tie against Morocco and coach Wally Masur has no doubt his No.1 charge is ready to ensure Australia retains its position in the world group.

Team-mates Wayne Arthurs, Todd Woodbridge and Todd Reid began warming up for the relegation tie on Friday on the grasscourts at Royal Kings Park, but Hewitt was given a couple of days grace after completing a gruelling US hardcourt season.

The world No.3 finished runner-up in Cincinnati and won tournaments in Washington and New York before running into a red-hot Roger Federer in the US Open final at Flushing Meadows.

It has been an arduous two months for the former Wimbledon champion, but Masur knows Hewitt will be ready for the Moroccans when the tie commences on Friday.

He cited a 2001 Davis Cup semi-final against Sweden, when Hewitt triumphed over Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson to steer Australia into the final just weeks after defeating Pete Sampras to win his first US Open.

"Lleyton likes a team atmosphere, he likes plenty of action and people around and Davis Cup certainly provides that," Masur told AAP.

"And he did this once, he won the US Open in 2001 and came back and played a semi-final against Sweden, he beat Bjorkman and Johansson in big matches.

"The thing with Lleyton is whether it's a semi-final or a relegation tie, I've never noticed a difference between his finals performance and his relegation round performance.

"He only knows one way. I just haven't seen him play an un-motivated match yet so I'd assume that he will be (ready to play)."

Australia will be fighting to retain its place in the elite 16-team world group against Morocco following an upset first round loss to Sweden earlier this year.

It was a substantial fall from grace for the Australians, who had lifted the trophy just two months prior with a gritty 3-1 win over Spain in Melbourne.

While Masur is confident Hewitt will rise to the challenge, the Australian coach feels the scheduling of the Davis Cup could be improved.

"It's a strange competition because it's so frequent, every few months you seem to be in a tie," he said.

"It was a bit of a shame we never really got to enjoy the win last year.

"Blink and it was over and blink you're into the Australian summer and blink you're playing again.

"I must say that was a bit of a shame and I think the players need more time after winning a tie.

"It all happened too quickly and I felt sorry for the players that they just couldn't savour the moment."

The draw for the relegation tie will be held on Thursday, with singles matches commencing the following day.

© 2004 AAP

NOMAD
09-19-2004, 04:41 PM
http://www.thewest.com.au/pictures/100-gen20hewitt.jpg


Rested Hewitt directs top US form at cup tie

RUSSELL REID and EMMA GEORGE


His batteries recharged, World No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt is set to play a key role in Australia's world group promotion-relegation Davis Cup tie against Morocco at Royal Kings Park this week.

Hewitt flew into Perth yesterday, dodging a media throng at the domestic airport.

Less than two hours later, he was at Kings Park for his first training session since the US Open.

Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald was impressed with Hewitt's transition from a hard court surface to grass and believes he is in the best shape of his career.

"His form is terrific and he is playing as well as he has ever played," Fitzgerald said.

"He has this innate ability to step on to a different surface and hit the ball in the middle of the racquet.

"He's hitting the ball well, his form is good. Once you have as many wins over the summer that he's just had in the US, it's really just freshening up that is important."

The 23-year-old has spent the past week recuperating in his hometown of Adelaide after winning two tournaments and finishing runner-up in a further two in the United States.

Included in that hot streak was a loss to world No. 1 Roger Federer in the final of last week's US Open.

The straight sets defeat ended a winning run of 15 matches for Hewitt - including tournament wins at Washington and Long Island - in five weeks.

Fitzgerald said he was confident a rested Hewitt could bounce back from such a demanding tournament schedule to spearhead Australia's assault for the tie, starting on Friday.

"If you do that well in tennis, you are hitting the ball awfully well," Fitzgerald said yesterday.

"Practice is not necessarily as important as getting the rest. More than anything after the US Open, he needed just to freshen up.

"Have some easy days, get a lot of massages and put his feet up . . . maybe rest his mind a little bit, too.

"He has had a week now since he flew back from New York. He needed a little bit of rest more than anything else."

Todd Reid remains in doubt for the tie with an ankle injury.

Reid and Wayne Arthurs are competing for the second singles berth after Hewitt. Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge are expected to pair up for the doubles.

Fitzgerald said he was confident Reid, the world No. 91, would be available for selection in the singles as well as world No. 79 grass-court specialist Arthurs.

"Todd's ankle has been a bit sore. He sprained it slightly about 11 days ago in Melbourne," he said.

"You always have things like this leading into a tie but we are not too worried about it. We are quite confident that he will be fine but if he's not, we will have to assess the situation in a couple of days.

"He is improving rapidly each day and is considerably better today than he was yesterday."

RaRaChick
09-19-2004, 04:51 PM
Thanks for the articles Nomad :kiss:

star
09-19-2004, 09:44 PM
"He has this innate ability to step on to a different surface and hit the ball in the middle of the racquet."

:)

Aussie_Kim
09-20-2004, 03:30 PM
Thanks for all the articles! :hug:

Socket
09-20-2004, 03:37 PM
FYI, everybody, Arazi has withdrawn from the DC tie (with an "injury" caused by lack of money). Certainly looks to be a low-pressure event for Lleyton now.

NOMAD
09-21-2004, 01:21 PM
Hewitt takes aim at Roddick


Lleyton Hewitt believes he can overhaul Andy Roddick before the end of the year to become world number two.
The Australian, currently in Perth for the Davis Cup tie against Morocco, fell to 17th before a superb run this year that led to the US Open final.

"I'm playing extremely well," said Hewitt. "I'm back at number three in the world now, got a chance to try and finish two, and it's been a good year.

"Since the US Open last year I haven't put too many feet wrong."

Hewitt enjoyed a 16-match unbeaten streak before losing to number one Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows earlier this month.

The 23-year-old lost to the eventual winner at each Grand Slam this year - three times to Federer and once to Gaston Gaudio at the French Open.

"Right through this whole period it's taken a hell of a player to beat me week in, week out, whether it's been smaller tournaments or the Grand Slams.

"The three majors Roger won I lost to him in all three and ended up losing to Gaudio in the quarters of the French and he went on to win it.

"So it's been an awkward year in that I haven't been able to grab one of the big ones."

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Hewitt to keep Australia in Davis Cup
September 21, 2004 - 6:39PM

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After 12 months spent forcing his way back into the elite of world tennis, Lleyton Hewitt now has just two wishes left in 2004.

Firstly the US Open finalist is determined to keep Australia in the Davis Cup world group for 2005, spearheading a relegation tie against Morocco at Perth's Royal Kings Park this week.

And his second objective?

Overtake Andy Roddick and finish the year ranked only behind runaway world No.1 Roger Federer.

Apart from steering Australia to another Davis Cup crown, Hewitt had a highly disappointing 2003 season, slipping to 17th in the rankings following two straight years as world No.1.

But the 23-year-old came roaring back into form this year, winning four tournaments and climbing to third in the rankings.

Hewitt lost in all four grand slams to the eventual champion, three times running into a red-hot Federer, and likes his chances of catching Roddick before year's end.

The South Australian is just 36 points behind the big serving American in the Champions Race with plenty of points on offer at the Madrid and Paris Masters Series events plus the year-ending Masters Cup in Houston.

"I'm playing extremely well," Hewitt said.

"Pretty much since the US Open last year I haven't put too many feet wrong.

"Right through this whole period it's taken a hell of a player to beat me week in, week out, whether it's been smaller tournaments or the grand slams.

"The three majors Roger won I lost to him in all three and ended up losing to (Gaston) Gaudio in the quarters of the French and he went on to win it.

"So it's been an awkward year in that I haven't been able to grab one of the big ones.

"But then again I'm back at number three in the world now, got a chance to try and finish two and it's been a pretty good year thinking where I came from since the end of last year."

Hewitt has adapted quickly to Perth's grass courts after his successful US hardcourt season, enjoying a high-quality hit-out with No.2 singles player Wayne Arthurs on Monday.

New team member Todd Reid is still battling an ankle injury but should be fit if required by captain John Fitzgerald.

Tennis Australia has decided to follow cricket's lead, with each Davis Cup representative to be given a number signifying the order in which they were selected.

Sir Norman Brookes was Australia's first representative back in 1905, Rod Laver came in at No.47 while Hewitt, our most successful Davis Cup singles player, was the 89th player selected.

Reid will have No.92 stitched on his team tracksuit.

Hewitt admits he knows little about the Moroccan team, which will be led by world No.428 Mounir El Aarej when the tie commences on Friday.

"Not really, but I'll have a little bit of a look over the next couple of days that I'm hitting," he said.

"But for me I'm hitting the ball extremely well at the moment, it's about going out there and playing my game.

"The way that I've been playing lately I'm in there definitely with a pretty good shot."

© 2004 AAP

NOMAD
09-21-2004, 01:36 PM
audio interview from DC website
Craig Gabriel talks to Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) about Australia's do-or-die Play-off clash with Morocco

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsaudio.asp?id=12924

Socket
09-21-2004, 02:05 PM
Thanks for hunting that down, NOMAD!

KaseyL
09-22-2004, 01:05 PM
Thanks a lot, Nomad!

Socket
09-25-2004, 12:35 AM
Cup king Lleyton
By Peter Law
25sep04

LLEYTON HEWITT yesterday became Australia's greatest ever Davis Cup singles player and took his team to the brink of a predictable 3-0 whitewash of Morocco in Perth yesterday.

Hewitt's straight sets thrashing of Moroccan Mehdi Tahiri at Royal Kings Park was his 25th Davis Cup singles win and broke Adrian Quist's 56-year-old record of 24 wins.
With many years of top-flight tennis still ahead of him, the 23-year-old said he had no idea what new benchmark he could set by the end of his career.

"The Davis Cup is one thing that I would like to play for a long time and I just love the whole build-up of Davis Cup ties, I just really enjoy being around all the guys," Hewitt said after his win.

"I've got no idea what could happen. Obviously I've got to play a lot of ties because I played in four finals in five years.

"The record was something that I never thought about until everyone kept bringing it up in the Adelaide tie earlier this year.

"But it wasn't to be and coming here knowing that we are not playing the best strength team on paper but knowing that I have an opportunity to break a record was a good bonus."

Yesterday's victory took Hewitt's overall Davis Cup record to 25 singles wins and three doubles wins, since his debut five years ago.

Quist's representative career stretched from 1933 to 1948 and he remains Australia's most successful cup player with 43 wins from 56 matches, including doubles matches.

In the relegation tie's opening match yesterday, Wayne Arthurs overcame early nerves to defeat Mounir El Aarej 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-3.

A focused and confident Hewitt showed no mercy as he thrashed Tahiri, the 507th- ranked player in the world, 6-0 6-2 6-2.

"It was an awkward match because I really had no idea of the guy's ability and Wayne and I both had everything to lose and not a whole heap to gain," he said.

Despite a change of surface to the grass of Perth's Royal Kings Park Club, Hewitt continued the red-hot form he displayed on the US hard court circuit in the past two months, which was only halted by world No.1 Roger Federer in the final of the US Open.

Proudly wearing the green and gold of Australia, the former Wimbledon and US Open champion blitzed Tahiri in the opening set in just 21 minutes before a crowd of 3618 on a warm Perth spring day.

Tahiri was visibly exhausted and unable to adapt to the lightning-fast lawns as Hewitt moved him around the court at will.

The Moroccan eventually won a game after nearly 30 minutes of play, but when Hewitt broke early in the second set the match was all but over.

While yesterday's win was over a tennis minnow, Hewitt has built a world-wide reputation as a fierce Davis Cup warrior since making his debut in 1999.

From the age of 15, Hewitt travelled and practised with the Australian Davis Cup team and formed a close bond with boyhood hero Patrick Rafter.

His Davis Cup baptism of fire came as a pony-tailed 18-year-old when he replaced an injured Mark Philippoussis for a quarter-final tie against the USA in Boston.

A surprise 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-0 upset of American veteran Todd Martin helped Australia clinch the tie and eventually go on to win their first Davis Cup in 13 years, while Hewitt went from child prodigy to tennis superstar.

Hewitt praised his first Davis Cup mentor John Newcombe and Tony Roach.

"They helped me out so much, both in Davis Cup and individually, so I owe those two guys a hell of a lot," Hewitt said.

Arthurs and partner Todd Woodbridge will look to wrap up the tie in today's doubles match against Tahiri and El Aarej and secure Australia's spot in the 16 nation world group.

ally_014
10-11-2004, 08:16 AM
This isn't exactly an article but I've had it on my computer for like a week and I've been meaning to post it but kinda forgot :o But anyway, the ABC did an interview with Glynn Hewitt on the Saturday of the DC tie and this is the general idea of what he said, and by no means exact quotes, I just put it in sentences to make it easier :)

Interview with Glynn

(Perth DC 2004)

Yesterday Lleyton got the record for most singles wins…
Yes we’re very proud, it just crept up on us, in the early days we were just hoping for him to win a match like at Adelaide in 1998 and now to have that record at 23 is unbelievable. We’re not really fully aware of it yet.

Has it gotten easier to watch him over the years?
No he is a nightmare to watch. Tennis is a very hard sport to watch, you’re right in every point so its tough to watch. I think Lleyton has realised just how hard it is by watching Kim play over the last 4 years.

You seem to be a very close family…
We all have a very close bond, we’ve always tried to be there for him, when he was playing juniors he usually went by himself but he likes to bounce off that support group and when you’re playing away from home and have very few supporters its tough. We’re lucky to have the Fanatics, and the players can get positive energy from them. That’s something that Newk instilled in him very early, to feed on the positive energy not get negative.

You’ve seen a lot of his matches, how does playing Davis Cup compare to the Grand Slams?
Lleyton loves the team atmosphere, like football, and, although he’s won two grand slams, some of his most memorable and best matches, like beating Kuerten and Federer have been in Davis Cup, and the Ferrero match. The times when he has really lifted the bar the most have been in Davis Cup.

You’re often travelling with him, how long are you away?
Generally we’re only with him during the majors and in the lead up to those, we’re not there all the time, and Davis Cup is really the team, just the whole support group and the team go out for dinner together and everything’s more controlled and we really only see him when he’s playing and on the court. Mainly though it’s just the lead up to slams. It’s enjoyable, but you really only see the tennis, hotels and whatever, we don’t go out touring and seeing the sights really because he’s there working the whole time so it doesn’t seem right for us to be going out having fun.

Do you meet other parents on the tour?
Yeah, from time to time, we stick pretty much to our own group and the other Australian players.

2004 has obviously been frustrating for Kim, hopefully she has a great 2005 coming up of course beginning with a wedding…
Yeah, we’ve got a wedding coming up…it’s been hard for her with the wrist but Kim’s playing in the next week or two, she’s been hitting forehands and slice backhands for awhile now but only just started hitting double handed backhands. The wrist will probably feel funny for a while after the operation, just stiff a bit, but she should be back soon.

I’ve got to ask you, is there any inside scoops you can give us on the wedding?
Oh I’m in the dark really, I think Lleyton’s handling all of that

Some question I didn’t get!
It was horrific with Pim Pim, we’d been out for dinner that week and the two of them were kidding when they first saw the draw that it could happen that they would meet in the semi finals but when it did happen it was hard for all of us.

Thankyou blah blah blah and all the usual good luck stuff!


Also in the same program, they had a strange astrologer guy who was making predictions for the next year. He said that Lleyton would do very well next summer and probably win the Australian Open because of something to do with Jupiter and Mars, that Kim would continue to suffer from nerves etc in big matches but if she could conquer that (and he thought she would) she would win the AO (but this was before the re-injury) and finally that they would indeed marry in early 2005 and would be happily married for a very long time! I don’t think I’d place that much hope on him, but he did get the federal election result right, the AFL and NRL grand finals right and the first test between Australia and India right so who knows!? *crossing fingers he’s right anyway lol*

Danni
10-13-2004, 06:53 AM
thanks ally! :kiss:

lleyki4eva
10-13-2004, 02:14 PM
they would indeed marry in early 2005 and would be happily married for a very long time!


you meant they won't be divorced? I hope so :)
I hope you didn't mean they will have a long happy marriage but they will be divorced when they are old :p

Sunshine1
10-13-2004, 09:56 PM
Hewitt after big serve of barra
By GREY MORRIS
October 13, 2004

Two of Australia's most recognised sportsmen arrived in the Top End yesterday determined to secure an Esky full of barramundi and a safe full of cash for NTFL club Darwin.

The world's No. 3 tennis player Lleyton Hewitt and Adelaide's dual Norm Smith medallist Andrew McLeod are in Darwin on a fundraising mission for McLeod's former NTFL club the Darwin Buffaloes.

While talking at a "Night Of Champions" sportsman's night at Kantillas Function Centre on Friday is a priority, so is catching and feasting on a giant NT barra.

"I'll be trying, that's for sure," Hewitt, 23, said when quizzed on how big a fish he was hoping to land on his first trip to the Top End.

"There's not many parts of Australia I haven't been in my travels and to come up here with a bloke (McLeod) who grew up here is great. So hopefully he can show me the ropes.

"If I can help out the footy club in any way, that's great too, but it will be good to go out there (Kakadu) and relax for a couple of days."

Hewitt, who won the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon a year later, was the world's No. 1 men's player for 80 weeks from 2001-03.

McLeod wants to show his mate what the Territory is about by giving him a safari experience he will never forget.

``Hopefully we can fix that up by going out with Mark West from the famous St Marys family and hooking on to a few barras as one of his secret spots,'' McLeod said.

``I'll be showing Lleyton the Cobourg area, Kakadu, Merganella and around the Darwin region so he gets to see the country.''

McLeod has again urged Top End sports fans to get behind Friday's sportsman's night.

``It might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the best tennis players to ever go around,'' he said.

Bids have already started coming in for an autograghed Hewitt racquet and playing jumpers worn by McLeod and former Crow and Kangaroo Wayne Carey.

Bidding has reached $550 for Hewitt's racquet, $275 for McLeod's sweat-stained jumper and $175 for Carey's guernsey.

Bidders can ring (0438) 817155. The phone lines are remaining open until 8pm on Friday.

Northern Territory News

NOMAD
10-14-2004, 03:09 AM
thanks for the article and interview :D :kiss:

Jess
10-14-2004, 09:01 AM
$275 for McLeod's sweat stained jumper :rolleyes: Well there's money well spent!

Zoecrick
10-16-2004, 09:27 PM
How come Lleyton isn't with Kim in Belgium? Or did she follow him?

Socket
10-17-2004, 11:58 PM
Lleyton's schedule for the rest of the year: Paris and Houston.

Hewitt boost in race for No. 2
By LEO SCHLINK
18oct04

LLEYTON Hewitt's push for the world No. 2 season-ending ranking gained momentum yesterday when Andy Roddick joined the Australian on the sidelines for the Madrid Tennis Masters series, starting today.

Hewitt, holidaying in the Northern Territory with close friend and Adelaide footballer Andrew McLeod, has opted out of the rich Spanish showdown - along with fellow Grand Slam champions Roddick and Carlos Moya - for personal reasons.

The Wimbledon and US Open winner is already planning his assault on the centenary 2005 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in January and will play only two more events this season - the Paris Indoors and the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston next month.

If the South Australian is able to continue his strong form over the next six weeks, he has a good chance of overtaking Roddick in the ATP entry system, which Australian Open officials will use as seedings for the first major of the new season.

Hewitt, 23, currently trails Roddick by 615 points - 3065 to 3780 - in the entry system but is only 43 points astern - 613 to 656 - in the Champions' race.

If Hewitt is able to snaffle the No. 2 ranking, he would end a resurgent season with increased confidence as he seeks to become the first Australian male since Mark Edmondson in 1976 to triumph at home.

Hewitt's ranking dipped to 19th in the world early this season, prompting premature career obituaries. He has responded with four title victories and an appearance in the US Open final.

The official tournament website accused Roddick of living "up to rumours of recent days as he pulled out of the penultimate Masters of the season claiming an elbow injury".

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ally_014
10-18-2004, 04:42 AM
Looks like he's doing everything but playing tennis! :p

Buffaloes and Crocs tied up
By CHRIS LEITCH
October 18, 2004

Southern Districts led all day but Darwin escaped with a draw and the John Boy AhMat memorial trophy after a spirited fightback in the NTFL clash at Freds Pass.

Midfielder Shannon Rusca had the chance to win the game for the Crocs with seconds remaining but he kicked a point to tie the match at 17.11 (113) to Darwin's 16.17 (113).

Crocs goalsneak Adrian McAdam said he was devastated not to come away with the win after leading all day.

``We played three brilliant quarters and ended up losing by less than one quarter,'' he said.

McAdam said the loss of ruckman Ross Pederson through injury in the last quarter may have turned the game in favour of the Buffaloes.

``We struggled to win the ball out of the middle in the last quarter,'' he said.

``But there were also four or five undisciplined acts that cost us.

``We have got to get that out to win games.'' But McAdam was also full of praise for his teammates.

``It was a great team effort, some of the young fellas stood up and the backline was terrific again,'' he said.

The game was played at a hectic pace in front of an enthusiastic crowd, which included pro-Croc Adelaide Crow Andrew McLeod and tennis star Lleyton Hewitt.

Adding to the drama, the scoreboard ran out of numbers in the last quarter so players and spectators were unsure of the final score.

After bolting early, the Crocs controlled the play for most of the game and answered every challenge thrown up by Darwin.

McAdam was outstanding for the Crocs, kicking five goals, while Rusca was no villain despite missing the winner.

He kicked three majors while picking up possessions all over the ground and helped the Crocs to a 20-point lead at three-quarter time.

But forward Ephram Tipungwuti gave the Buffaloes life by kicking four of Darwin's seven last quarter goals. Full-forward Michael Williams continued his good form with four goals after an absorbing battle with Crocs defender Rod Keelan.

Northern Territory News

NOMAD
10-19-2004, 09:12 AM
Sydney International tennis

Hewitt returns to court victory

By RAY KERSHLER

October 19, 2004

TENACIOUS Lleyton Hewitt will headline the stars at the Sydney International tournament in January next year – the same tournament which kick-started his 2004 revival in the world rankings.


Hewitt was in a slump and seeded No. 7 last year before he arrived in Sydney and went on to win, the beginning of a glorious comeback to the top ranks.

Hewitt's ranking had slumped as low as 19 before his victory in Sydney, but after his Sydney win over Carlos Moya he went on to make four finals in major events, including the final of the US Open.


His victories have lifted him to a current ranking of No. 3 in the world.


As 2004 draws to a conclusion, Hewitt is still battling away at the ratings list, hoping to grab the No. 2 position from American Andy Roddick.






Hewitt has never lost a match at the Homebush Bay courts of the Sydney International Tennis Centre where the Sydney International is played, bar a loss during the Olympic Games.


He has entered three tournaments – 2000, 2001 and 2004 and won them all. :yeah:


As integral a part of an Australian summer as cicadas and bushfires, the Sydney International tournament will again become a stage for many of the world's stars, including current women's No. 1 player Lindsay Davenport.


Officials yesterday released preliminary details of entrants this year for the $1.4 million tournament, confirming that defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and French star Amelie Mauresmo will join Davenport at the top of the women's seeds.


Henin-Hardenne has taken an extended break from tennis to try to shake off the lingering effects of a post-viral syndrome.


But she is desperately keen to return to Australia.


Mark Philippoussis and Tommy Haas have agreed to compete in the men's section with officials hopeful the Spaniards, Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero, will also join the field by the time entries close.


Once again the cut-off for the women's tournament is extremely tough and expected to be in the low 20s of the world rankings.


The cut-off for the men is expected to be high 30s or low 40s as the world stars take advantage of the positioning of the Sydney International, immediately prior (January 9-15) to the first grand slam tournament of the new year, the 2005 Australian Open.


Davenport, one of the most consistent women's players in history, is a regular in Sydney but she's never arrived before as the world No. 1.


The ever-changing face of women's tennis is evident as Davenport, the winner of seven titles so far this year, heads up a field including Mauresmo, Henin-Hardenne and two Russian women, Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova.


That Myskina is the French Open winner and Kuznetsova, the US Open champ, just shows how tough the competition is at the top of women's tennis.


That, too, is acknowledged by the division of prizemoney for the Sydney International – with the women receiving in excess of $132,000 while the men receive $74,000 plus.


The Sydney International is the only tournament on the world circuit where women play alongside men and receive more money.


In two grand slam events, the US and Australian Opens, the prizemoney is equal while the men get more money in the French and at Wimbledon.


While entries for the tournamentdo not close until the first week of December, officials yesterday were delighted at the initial expressions of interest in an historic event once known as the NSW Open, which was first played in 1885.


"Every year the tournament has grown to be biggerand better and this January's tournament will confirm that tradition," tournament director Craig Watson said yesterday.


"As an example, the 2004 tournament was rated among the three strongest fields on the circuit outside of the grand slams, which certainly augurs well for 2005.


"The Sydney International is must-see sport and in 2005 will celebrate its 120th year, which also makes it one of the oldest events on the entire circuit.


"As in 2004, our aim for 2005 is to create a festive atmosphere to allow the whole family to enjoy a great day and/or evening at the tennis.


"The Sydney International is probably the best value tennis tournament anywhere in the world and we are looking forward to breaking attendance records during the week."


With the likes of Hewitt in the men's draw and the top six world-ranked women, putting people in seats won't be a problem.

jule
10-19-2004, 07:07 PM
didn't lindsay say that she is not sure if she will continue her career after this season? :confused:
btw i'm back guys, i wasn't here for quite some time! :wavey:

Bibi
10-19-2004, 09:53 PM
didn't lindsay say that she is not sure if she will continue her career after this season? :confused:
btw i'm back guys, i wasn't here for quite some time! :wavey:
Welcome back jule :wavey:

Now that she's back on the number one spot, maybe Lindsay adds another year???

Socket
11-01-2004, 02:47 PM
Hewitt full of bounce
Bruce Wilson
02nov04

LLEYTON Hewitt, allegedly devastated by his failed romance, made his first public appearance last night determinedly upbeat, speaking of new challenges, but saying nothing of his personal life.

Hewitt, 23, is playing in his first tournament since being jilted by his Belgian fiancee, Kim Clijsters, ending the fairytale wedding plans of tennis's brightest young couple.
Clijsters remains in seclusion in her small hometown of Bree, just a few hours from Paris.

If Hewitt is heartbroken, he is not showing it. Promoting the Paris Masters, in which he is seeded second, Hewitt chatted amiably about tournaments while practising with Briton Tim Henman in central Paris.

Hewitt was prepared to talk, very briefly, on the firm stipulation the subject was tennis – nothing on his private life, and Kim was taboo.

Hewitt happily posed for silly pictures with gawping tourists.

He brushed aside well-meaning questions from two of them wanting to know how he was feeling. "OK, all right," he said.

Bibi
11-01-2004, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the article!!! :kiss:
=> do they (reporters) still don't get the point that only his tennis carreer is public & the rest is private???

kim-fan
11-06-2004, 11:46 AM
I just had to get out: Hewitt
From Dave James in Paris
November 6, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt today admitted that Paris proved to be the perfect bolthole when his romance with Kim Clijsters hit the rocks last month.

The Australian, who has steadfastly refused to comment on the split with the Belgian former world No.1, whom he was planning to marry in February, temporarily let his guard down after being knocked out of the Paris Masters.

"I just had to get out of Australia, to tell you the truth," said Hewitt after his 6-4 7-6 (7-2) quarter-final loss to Russia's Marat Safin.

"That's why I was in Paris early. I had nowhere left to practise so I thought I would come here.

"But the courts weren't laid at Bercy, so I was at Roland Garros for a week. Yeah, Paris is a nice place to be and ... I am happy that my game went up a notch."

Meanwhile, Hewitt also believes Paris can help him and his countrymen lead a revival in tennis in Australia where leading players, with the exception of himself, are beginning to fall by the wayside.

Only Hewitt, at No.3, commands a place in the world's top 80, with veteran Wayne Arthurs at 81, the unproven Todd Reid at 98 and the declining Mark Philippoussis at 105.

Hewitt believes that the clay courts of Roland Garros could hold the key to nurturing the next generation, and he has backed reported calls made by doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge for Australia to replace some synthetic grass courts with clay.

"It's something we need to do because even with the game that I have, I'm not a natural clay court player purely because I didn't grow up on it," said the 23-year-old.

"I think it is lot easier for the good players to adjust if they are a clay court specialist, to adjust to playing hard courts and grass courts rather than vice versa.

"I try my best, but I'm not quite there movement wise purely because I haven't grown up on that surface. The movement on clay is totally different. I move like a hardcourt player."

Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald is also pushing to have more clay courts built in the country to wean players off their reliance on faster surfaces.

"John has put in a big push to try and get more clay courts. We have a lot of synthetic grass, especially in Sydney," said Hewitt.

"But then again, to get European clay in Australia, it's pretty expensive. So the best thing we can probably do is try and get a couple of courts in each state right at the moment and get the best kids hitting on that from a young age."

Agence France-Presse

http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,11303160-23216,00.html

NOMAD
11-10-2004, 02:39 PM
Hewitt ready
Doug Robertson
11nov04

LLEYTON Hewitt will be mentally and physically ready to lead Australia in the Davis Cup tie against Austria in March, captain John Fitzgerald said yesterday.

And teammate Mark Philippoussis was "excited" and gearing up for the Australian Open and the Cup tie.
Fitzgerald said he had talked to Hewitt since his split from Belgian fiance Kim Clijsters last month.

He said the world No. 3 had shown amazing resilience by making the quarter-finals at the Paris Masters last week.

"He hasn't elaborated on it (the split) but he's fine. He played pretty good tennis last week," Fitzgerald said.

Hewitt will return to Adelaide for the Australian Hardcourt titles from January 3-9.

Fitzgerald said he was confident the inconsistent Philippoussis would fill the No. 2 singles berth behind Hewitt.

"Mark's very keen. I saw him last week and he's fired up about the Australian summer and next year," Fitzgerald said. "He's going back to the US to train there for three weeks."

raeesa301
11-10-2004, 06:55 PM
Thanks for the article!!! :kiss:
=> do they (reporters) still don't get the point that only his tennis carreer is public & the rest is private???

I don't think they are gonna get that for a long time. Even if they get tired of lleyton and kim before the end of the year it'll all start up again at the aus open. :rolleyes:

sprinterluck
11-10-2004, 09:53 PM
(The Age, Australia)
Sporting Life
By Geoff McClure
November 11, 2004
Page Tools

Craig's date is off

In the end, of course, it all came to nothing, but sketchy details are now emerging of the plans for what would surely have been the sport wedding of the year - the nuptials between our golden boy of tennis Lleyton Hewitt and his Belgian sweetheart Kim Clijsters. The "sometime next February" wedding date can now be revealed as Saturday, February 5, just six days after the Australian Open men's final and ideally placed to give Hewitt just under four weeks before Australia's opening-round Davis Cup clash with Austria in Sydney.

The wedding location was still a close-kept secret right up until Clijsters announced that it was off but it was believed to have been just outside Adelaide, with most of the guests, many of them international, booked to stay at Adelaide's Hyatt Hotel. And to ensure that the day was very much a tennis occasion, it is believed that Craig Willis, the former Channel Seven voiceover maestro and one-time on-court interviewer at the Australian Open, had been asked to be the reception's master of ceremonies.

Willis, who also carried out the on-court duties at this year's Athens Olympics, yesterday refused to comment on whether he had been asked to be involved with the wedding, saying it would be inappropriate to discuss private bookings, but he confirmed he knew both players very well. It is believed, however, that Willis was contacted by a Hewitt family member and asked to keep February 5 free. Alas, anybody who needs sport's golden voice on that day can be assured: he is now available.

NOMAD
11-12-2004, 02:09 PM
Shark helps Hewitt prepare :D
By Leo Schlink
November 13, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT's quest for the world No.2 ranking has taken the dual grand slam champion to Florida for a week with Greg Norman.

Hewitt used Norman's Florida base to train with coach Roger Rasheed before moving to Houston yesterday for the ATP Tennis Masters Cup.

Hewitt and Norman have forged a close friendship in recent years.

Hewitt has caddied for Norman, while the British Open champion has sat in Hewitt's corner at grand slam tournaments.

Hewitt and Rasheed flew to Florida after the Paris Masters, where the US Open and Wimbledon winner was beaten by a rampant Marat Safin.

The pair played golf with Norman between practice sessions.

Twice winner of the Masters Cup, Hewitt needs 671 points to overtake Andy Roddick for the world No.2 spot.

kim-fan
11-12-2004, 07:16 PM
aww, that's good to know. thx for posting :)

NOMAD
11-15-2004, 01:26 PM
Hewitt hunger returns
By Leo Schlink
November 16, 2004

PAT Rafter says Lleyton Hewitt will regain the No. 1 ranking from Roger Federer :bounce: - but it might take time.

And the dual US Open winner predicts Mark Philippoussis can return to the top 20.

Concerned over the shallow depth of Australian tennis, Rafter senses world No. 3 Hewitt is poised to make another ascent to the top of the sport.

"I've spoken with Lleyton recently and he's definitely fired up," :D Rafter said.

"It's been a tough time for him lately, but he's doing well. :worship:

"With Roger Federer playing so well, it's going to be difficult for Lleyton to get back to No. 1, but he's got a chance.

"You've got to remember that while Roger is the stand-out player now, it wasn't that long ago Lleyton was the stand-out player.

"Lleyton's got to be on his toes ready to sneak back to No. 1 and wait for Roger to drop his guard a bit.

"There's no doubt he can get back to No. 1."

Rafter says US Open and fellow Wimbledon finalist Philippoussis can redeem his reputation and ranking next season, despite a horror year.

The Victorian has stumbled from No. 9 to 105th - and could fall further unless he repeats his fourth-round performance at the Australian Open in January.

"Mark certainly has the potential to get back into the top 20," Rafter said.

"If he works hard, he can do it. But, as we know, the older you get, the harder it gets."

"I certainly didn't mean for my comments last week to be reflected in the way they were. It's not what I meant.

"If Mark can get back to playing his best, it's going to help Australian tennis.

"If he can do the work and get his ranking back up there, it will take the pressure off Lleyton a bit."

Herald Sun

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Hewitt prepared for Moya challenge
World number three Lleyton Hewitt says he is expecting a tough exchange with Spain's Carlos Moya, in their opening match of the ATP Masters Cup in Houston tomorrow morning (AEDT).

Hewitt and Moya have been pooled together in the Red Group of the eight-man tournament alongside world number one Roger Federer and French Open champion Gaston Gaudio.

The Blue Group includes Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Guillermo Coria and Tim Henman.

The 23-year-old Australian, who failed to qualify for the season-ending tournament last year, said Moya had always provided a tough contest when the two met.

"He played here last year, so he obviously knows the conditions and the situation out there and hopefully it's going to be a good atmosphere," he said.

"Hopefully I'll be able to go out there and I beat him at Wimbledon in the round of 16 there and I'm going to have to play one of my best matches to get through.

"But it's like every match this week, you've got to go out and play some of your best tennis."

Hewitt said he was hoping to draw upon his previous experience in the Masters Cup, having won the elite tournament in 2001 and 2002.

"I've obviously performed extremely well in the Masters Cup in the past and I look forward to hopefully a good week again this week," he said.

Federer, who is defending champion, will open the tournament with his group match against the Argentinian Gaudio.

He said last year's win helped build a platform for his performances in 2004, in which he won three Grand Slam titles.

Federer said his group match with American Andre Agassi had particularly given him confidence.

"That 7-6 (tie-break) in the match against Agassi where I saved two match points, was the turning point and maybe the turning point for many, many things," he said.

Socket
11-15-2004, 02:11 PM
Pat Rafter always has a diplomatic, optimistic way of looking at situations, and you can see that on display in his comments. I truly wish that he were available to help coach Lleyton, even on a part-time basis, because I think he would make a great contribution to Lleyton's game, both physically and mentally.

raeesa301
11-20-2004, 02:22 PM
Hewitt pumped all the way to semi-and bank
By Bill Scott
November 21, 2004
The Sun-Herald

Lleyton Hewitt thrashed French Open champion Gaston Gaudio, moved into the Masters Cup semi-finals and topped career earnings of more than $US14million ($18m).

His comprehensive 6-2, 6-1 rout of the outclassed Argentine has assured Australia's No.1 player a minimum payday of almost $US330,000 for his week of action at the Westside tennis club.

That amount has lifted Hewitt to $US14,153,682 and past American Jim Courier into 10th place on the all-time prizemoney earners list in men's tennis.

American legend Pete Sampras tops that list with $US43,280,489.

It was yet another impressive day on the court - and at the bank - for the fired-up, fist-pumping Australian firebrand whose world turned upside down with the recent break-up of his engagement to Belgian women's professional player Kim Clijsters.

Hewitt, 23, fled his family home in Adelaide for Paris when the shock engagement split hit the media and has battled with his emotions and focus before arriving in Houston for the season-ending event.

But Hewitt, who faces big-hitting American Andy Roddick in his semi-final after thrashing Gaudio in less than an hour, said he felt sharp both physically and psychologically and ready for the massive challenge that the tournament presents.

"I'm motivated," Hewitt said. "Obviously, when you're motivated out there and you're driven - especially with my style of game, I like to play with a lot of emotion - it's pretty easy, it just sort of happens naturally right at the moment."

The other semi-final will feature Russian Marat Safin against world No.1 Roger Federer after Safin beat Britain's Tim Henman 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

The fourth-ranked Safin took advantage of Henman's 14 unforced errors in the first set and his errant shots on the final four points of the match for the 100-minute victory.

This marks the first time since 1990 that the four highest-ranked players have reached the semi-finals.

Hewitt's clash with Roddick yields more big money, the winner of that shoot-out adding another $US375,000 to his week's total.

But with no price quoted for his tennis pride and determination to win, Hewitt can't be bothered to deal with all the figures floating around in his high-stakes world.

In fact, he says that these stockmarket amounts don't even register on his personal radar.

"I'm not going out there and playing for the money," Hewitt said.

"It's obviously a great event and I'm fortunate enough to be playing for this kind of money. But it's not even in the back of your mind.

"You come here for the Masters Cup to play against the best players in the world, and to try to play for that trophy at the end of the week."

Hewitt remains on track to rival former world No.1 professional golfer Greg Norman as Australia's most prolific sports earner.

Before coming to Houston for the final event of the ATP season, the Australian had banked about $US2million in official prizemoney alone since January. His Masters Cup week has been more financial icing on a cake which includes untold additional millions in sponsorship money and appearance fees.

Hewitt now has reached the Masters Cup semis for the third time in four appearances.

After playing down this event as only a step on the road to the Australian Open, Hewitt's interest has perked up noticeably. With a sniff at a third Masters Cup title not at long odds now, the Australian is keen to perform to expectations.

raeesa301
11-20-2004, 08:54 PM
This is an article from the masters cup official site:

Hewitt Blitzes Roddick


Lleyton Hewitt won last 20 points of the match Saturday, reviving memories of his glory days at the Tennis Masters Cup as he produced a 6-3, 6-2 humiliation of Andy Roddick to reach a third career final at the year-end event.
Australia's Hewitt lifted the year-end honor with Masters Cup victories twice, at home in Sydney in 2001 and the next year in Shanghai.

He now stands one victory away from a hat-trick of trophies, with a final Sunday against the winner from holder Roger Federer and Russian Marat Safin.

Hewitt was on fire against an off-the-boil Roddick, watched by his parents and thousands of Texas home supporters at the Westside tennis club.

Hewitt easily nullified the huge Roddick serve even as the American fired nine aces to run his record-setting 2004 total to 1017 for the season.

Hewitt used his superb return game to dominate against the frustrated local, who began basing himself in Austin several hours drive away, during 2003.

With clouds which had drenched the city with morning rain starting to clear, Hewitt wasted no time in storming into command against the man whom he has now beaten in four of five matches.

Seven first-set aces from Roddick - several to save break points - counted for little as Hewitt calmly cut off any attack form the disheartened American.

The Australian, currently third in the world but with a chance to pull past Roddick and take second behind Federer, profited from a dozen errors in the first set from the American, who lost at the semi-final stage here last year.

Hewitt completed the first set in 30 minutes and only got better as the second set began. Roddick committed 25 unforced errors, never had a chance at a winning volley and ended his ATP season on a low note. Hewitt struck 15 winners and committed a mere six errors.

Roddick came into the match with an ATP-best 74 match wins on the season and four titles from eight finals.


- Bill Scott

Here's an audio link:
http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/Gabriel8.mp3

Yasmine
11-21-2004, 03:33 PM
Thanks for the article :worship:, I hope he keeps the low UE against Federer tonight! ;)

sprinterluck
11-22-2004, 06:00 AM
Lleyton's post-match interview after the Federer final. Typical Lleyton dodging the question about the "altercation" with Roddick ;)

An Interview with Lleyton Hewitt
November 21, 2004

THE MODERATOR: First question for Lleyton, please.

Q. Almost the same question as Bud on the court today, what is most difficult when you play against him? What makes him so difficult to play?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, he just doesn't give you that many cheap points. You know, I think he served extremely well tonight. You know, he just mixes his serve up so well. He doesn't have as big a serve as a Roddick or, you know, those guys, Safin out there. But he's just got such good variety on his serve and he's able to work it around.
He hits a lot of lines out there and he makes a high percentage of first serves.
But he sets the point up so well on his serve, so you don't get that many opportunities I didn't have that many opportunities to get into his service games.
But, you know, he's such an aggressive player that he's always going to get his opportunities on his opponent's service game. So, you know, that's when he really steps up there and plays his best tennis.

Q. Roger is playing at such a high level now. He hasn't lost to a Top 10 player all year. I mean, you were saying at the end there that you're going to be working extremely hard to get ready for the Australian Open, which is obviously the title that you probably want to win more than any other now. What do you think now you need to do in order to maybe come back with a game plan to beat Roger Federer?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I don't know. I think, first of all, you know, Grand Slam, you've got to win seven matches. Going into the Australian Open, I won't be thinking about Roger that much.
At the moment, you know, I'll either have to play him in a semi or a final, if I can get that far. But there's a hell of a lot of good players to get through to get to that stage.
So tennis is a tough sport, it's not like boxing or something, where you know your opponent, who you're going to be challenging, and their strengths and weaknesses and you can work on that. You've got to work on your game. For a long time now, my game's matched up pretty well. Obviously, even this week, it's been good enough to beat nearly everyone but one guy. You know, the last two big tournaments, the US Open and here, the only guy I've run into who's been better has been Roger Federer.
It's an awkward situation because you can't just go and work on your game, something to beat Roger, but then you'll screw up against someone in the first or second round. That's the great thing about tennis, though.

Q. You were talking about his serve and the qualities of it. How difficult is it actually to pick when you're out there?
LLEYTON HEWITT: It's very tough. He's got great rhythm. He doesn't put a lot of effort into his serve. He's got a very easy motion out there. He can hit all the serves as well you know, he hits a great kick serve, he hits a great slice serve out there, a good body serve. He can generate pace on his serve when he wants to. It's never going to be in the same range as Roddick, but, you know, he doesn't need to.
Yeah, it's not the easiest serve to return out there.

Q. So what's the plan now? I mean, just sort of even tonight or the next couple days, what do you do?
LLEYTON HEWITT: For what?

Q. What are your plans? Do you relax, go out and see Houston? What do you do the next few days?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I don't know what I'll be doing.

Q. Museums?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Museums? I'm not really into museums right at the moment (smiling).
Yeah, I don't know. I'm going back to Australia and I'll put the feet up for a bit and then start training pretty hard.

Q. Towards the end of the first set, in one game you attacked your return and came in behind the return. Is that something you can work on to beat him?
LLEYTON HEWITT: You'll get a few points like that, but not all the time. You know, it's maybe another opportunity, like another dimension that you may need, you know, to pull that trigger on a big point maybe. I think Roddick tried that a bit at Wimbledon, especially had a bit of success early in the match, I think.
But, yeah, Roger came up a couple of times I came in on him. One opportunity where I pushed, 40 30 game, and I pushed the ball up his line after a dropshot. You know, I thought it was a pretty good shot. He hit a half volley backhand winner across court. Every other player in the world wouldn't make that shot, especially under the circumstances.
So, you know, I think sometimes you can maybe put a little bit of pressure on him coming in, but I think a lot of times I came in tonight, he was still good enough to handle it.

Q. You set yourself up nicely for the Australian Open, the form that you've shown this season. You must be feeling confident in yourself, confident in your game?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel good at the moment. I feel really good.
You know, I think I can take a lot of positives away not only from the whole year, but especially the last two big tournaments that I played obviously, the US Open and here at the Masters Cup against the best players in the world.
I feel like in all my matches, even the Moya match I dropped the first set, but I felt like I was the better player for the whole match. Right through the US Open, I felt I was the better player, didn't drop a set right through. It's only really been Roger that I've ended up losing to in the two finals.
I could have had a lot better results, I think, in the other Slams if I didn't bump into Roger in the Round of 16s.

Q. Andre Agassi has said "Federer is a cut above the rest of us." Would you agree?
LLEYTON HEWITT: For sure at the moment. There's no doubt about that, you know, the last year and a half he's taken it to another level. You know, that's what drives especially I'm sure a guy like Andre, you know, and I know myself, and I'm sure Safin and Roddick and these guys as well. Because you want to keep we've been at the top for a period of time; Andre has obviously been there for an extremely long time. He still believes that he's good enough to stay up there and compete with the best guys in the world, and I think we all do.
That's what drives you, the motivation to keep getting on the practice court and working on areas of your game.

Q. I've got to ask you about yesterday. You had a bit of an altercation with Andy. He said something to you, he was complaining about you saying, "C'mon" or something, and you said, "Have a crack at it, mate." What was going on there?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Did I? I can't remember that.

Q. Apparently, it was picked up by the television.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, yeah? Can't remember.

Q. Did Roger play any different tonight than he did in the US Open final?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. I think he probably played better at the US Open final. You know, it was pretty hard to fault the way he played in the US Open, especially at the start of the match. I don't think I've ever seen a guy play that well in my life.
So tonight he definitely had patches. But, yeah, as I've said, if you're holding your serve that convincingly all the time, you're always going to be able to go out there and play a few loose shots on your opponent's serve, but also step it up when you need to. He's that good a player that he can do that.

Q. Having played the likes of Agassis, Rafters, Samprases and company, where would you place Federer as far as your opponents are considered? Is he the best player that you've faced?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think there's been Agassi on his day and Sampras on their day are pretty awesome players. I think Roger is definitely up there.
It's hard to say because, you know, Andre plays Pete and Roger play a lot more similar than Andre to any of those two guys. Andre plays a totally different style of game where you can probably get a little more rhythm off him, whereas Pete and Roger play a different style of tennis, I guess. You know, they're able to hold serve a lot easier and then can really take advantage of their opponent's serves.
But he's definitely up there with, you know, the two of those guys.

sprinterluck
11-23-2004, 04:04 PM
Plane scare for Hewitt
Leo Schlink
24nov04

LLEYTON Hewitt's extraordinary string of near misses continued yesterday when he had another lucky escape in Houston.

Hewitt, 23, was on his way to the airport when a plane sent to Texas to collect former US president George Bush Sr clipped a telegraph pole, killing all three people aboard.
The jet, a Gulfstream G-1159A, crashed in thick fog, 3km south of the airport. It was due to take Bush, who lives in Houston, to Ecuador for a series of lectures.

Hewitt, who later flew on a similar private jet from Houston to California with his parents Glynn and Cherilyn, coach Roger Rasheed and friend Jarrad, was delayed at the airport as an investigation began.

The world No. 3, beaten in the Masters Cup final in Houston on Monday by Roger Federer, was told of the fatal accident as he waited to board his flight.

He later relaxed by playing golf with former James Bond actor George Lazenby at an exclusive California course.

Hewitt has narrowly avoided several disasters in his short career. He was flying to Australia from New York as the newly crowned US Open champion when the September 11 terrorist attacks were launched.

This year, he delayed his arrival in Italy for the Rome Masters in May, only to learn a fire had ravaged the tournament hotel, killing three people.

Andy Roddick was hailed as a hero during the blaze after saving the lives of several fellow guests, including Dutch player Sjeng Schalken.

Hewitt then travelled through Charles de Gaulle airport on the outskirts of Paris a day before a terminal roof collapsed, killing four people on May 24.

And he was buffeted by earthquakes and typhoons during the Japan Open in Tokyo in September.

Hewitt's semi-final in Japan was stopped because the indoor arena was flooded.

Hewitt has often reflected on the horrific September 11 carnage, remarking how "the world changed" while he was crossing the Pacific.

The South Australian will now take a short holiday before preparing for the Australian Hardcourt Championship in Adelaide in January.

He will play the Sydney International at Homebush before setting his sights on a revenge meeting with defending champion Federer at the centenary Australian Open.

NOMAD
11-23-2004, 04:05 PM
Plane scare for Hewitt
Leo Schlink
24nov04

LLEYTON Hewitt's extraordinary string of near misses continued yesterday when he had another lucky escape in Houston.

Hewitt, 23, was on his way to the airport when a plane sent to Texas to collect former US president George Bush Sr clipped a telegraph pole, killing all three people aboard.
The jet, a Gulfstream G-1159A, crashed in thick fog, 3km south of the airport. It was due to take Bush, who lives in Houston, to Ecuador for a series of lectures.

Hewitt, who later flew on a similar private jet from Houston to California with his parents Glynn and Cherilyn, coach Roger Rasheed and friend Jarrad, was delayed at the airport as an investigation began.

The world No. 3, beaten in the Masters Cup final in Houston on Monday by Roger Federer, was told of the fatal accident as he waited to board his flight.


He later relaxed by playing golf with former James Bond actor George Lazenby at an exclusive California course.

Hewitt has narrowly avoided several disasters in his short career. He was flying to Australia from New York as the newly crowned US Open champion when the September 11 terrorist attacks were launched.

This year, he delayed his arrival in Italy for the Rome Masters in May, only to learn a fire had ravaged the tournament hotel, killing three people.

Andy Roddick was hailed as a hero during the blaze after saving the lives of several fellow guests, including Dutch player Sjeng Schalken.

Hewitt then travelled through Charles de Gaulle airport on the outskirts of Paris a day before a terminal roof collapsed, killing four people on May 24.

And he was buffeted by earthquakes and typhoons during the Japan Open in Tokyo in September.

Hewitt's semi-final in Japan was stopped because the indoor arena was flooded.

Hewitt has often reflected on the horrific September 11 carnage, remarking how "the world changed" while he was crossing the Pacific.

The South Australian will now take a short holiday before preparing for the Australian Hardcourt Championship in Adelaide in January.

He will play the Sydney International at Homebush before setting his sights on a revenge meeting with defending champion Federer at the centenary Australian Open.

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Tue, Nov 23, 2004


Lleyton looks to historic Oz Open

LLEYTON Hewitt has set his sights on a breakthrough win in the 100th edition of the Australian Open next year after a season which has seen him almost return to his best.

The 23-year-old, who was outclassed by Swiss Roger Federer in the final of the ATP Masters Cup yesterday, is aiming to become Australias first home-grown winner of the tournament since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

“For me, the Australian Open, thats the big picture,” Hewitt said.

“Its 100 years, theres going to be a big celebration about it.

“If youre able to win it in that year, it would be fantastic.

“But Ill take the Australian Open any year I can get it.”

Federers record breaking year on tour has left everyone else in his wake but Hewitt has quietly picked up the pieces in 2004 after the disappointments of 2003.

After finishing both 2001 and 2002 as world No.1, last year proved a major disappointment for the South Australian, with injury and patchy form leading to a season-ending ranking of 17.

But 2004 saw a bigger and stronger Hewitt return to the court and, while there was no grand slam win, he did take out four tournaments and make the final of the U.S. Open.

He will finish the year at No.3 behind Federer and Andy Roddick.

Socket
11-23-2004, 06:32 PM
Holy crap, poor Lleyton!!!! I have to admit that when I first read about that private plane crashing at Hobby, I did think about him.

I want to say that I didn't have very high hopes for Lleyton's performance in Houston, because he didn't play all that well in Paris and Tokyo and I thought that he would still be distracted, but he absolutely exceeded my expectations, and I feel guilty now for having so little faith in him. :o
He really just hunkered down and performed out there. Right now, Federer is about as unstoppable as a player could be, and Lleyton has nothing to be ashamed of with his finalist's trophy. And I will always enjoy watching my DVDs of his great performances against Gaudio, Moya, and Roddick.

Here's to a great 2005 for Lleyton, both professionally and personally! Thank you for all the fun I have watching you play, Lleyton, and especially for the experience of seeing playing live and closeup in Washington!
:smooch: :hug: :inlove: :hearts: :kiss:

Yasmine
11-23-2004, 07:09 PM
Don't be ashamed :wavey: , I was a bit worried that he might not do well but he did! I even got everyone at home to cheer for him :bounce:!


Here's to a great 2005 for Lleyton, both professionally and personally! Thank you for all the fun I have watching you play, Lleyton, and especially for the experience of seeing playing live and closeup in Washington!
:smooch: :hug: :inlove: :hearts: :kiss:
:worship: I wish him all the best in the world for next year :hug:

ace4lleykim
11-23-2004, 10:40 PM
Hey Yas! Thanks for the articles. I was a lil scared and frightened too. Wow, Lleyton has avoided some of the disasters, he has a very big life.
Look like he's setting his goal for revenge in AO, and will be the winner of the 100th mark anniversary, hope he will achieve his goal.

NOMAD
11-24-2004, 03:14 AM
Holy crap, poor Lleyton!!!! I have to admit that when I first read about that private plane crashing at Hobby, I did think about him.


:hug: for the scare

C'mon Lley in 2005:bounce:

star
11-24-2004, 04:30 AM
Why was Lleyton flying out of Hobby? That seems sort of strange. Maybe it was a private jet.

star
11-24-2004, 04:31 AM
Oh, ok.. I should have read the article first. :smash:

Socket
11-24-2004, 04:46 AM
Oh, ok.. I should have read the article first. :smash:
:hug: :hug: :hug:

NOMAD
11-24-2004, 08:13 AM
:lol:

http://www.prweb.com/prfiles/2004/11/23/182245/Hewitt_Vicht.jpg

Lleyton Hewitt Lets the Vicht™ Fly at the Masters Cup
Lleyton Hewitt Lets the Vicht™ Fly at the Masters Cup

(PRWEB) November 24, 2004 -- The Vicht™ is flying again. Lleyton Hewitt, who is known for his animated repertoire of fist pumps and “come-ons!” broke out the distinctive salute several times on his way to a runner-up finish at the Masters Cup last week. It’s not the first time for Hewitt to throw a Vicht™. He tossed a handful of the DownUnder variety during last year’s Australian Open and has been known to Vicht-out on other occasions during his career.

The Vicht™ is a congratulatory hand-gesture created by former ATP touring pro Niclas Kroon used to celebrate his on-court exploits. Kroon started delivering “vichts” as a kid growing up in Sweden. The word “Vicht” is a bad pronunciation of the Swedish word that means “for sure”. Kroon used the Vicht™ throughout his career but it became visible to the most of the world when Mats Wilander used it repeatedly during the Australian Open one year. Since then it has been unfurled by athletes from all over the globe from the grass courts of Wimbledon, the soccer fields "Down Under" and swimming pools in several countries.

For more on the history, see The Story of the Vicht™ at: http://www.sidespinproductions.com/about.php#vicht

About SideSpin Productions, Inc.
SideSpin creates, develops and markets television and video projects and mission-critical project components, such as concept development, production, post- production and direction. The marketing arm of the company employs traditional channels as well as web- based promotion.

The company’s current project is Off the Racquet™ is a fast-paced tennis entertainment show for players, spectators, and people interested on what happens off-the court and behind the scenes. The show's theme is FUN! And co-hosts Tom Suhler and Niclas Kroon have lots of it with a guest-list that includes the best pros in the game, amateur court rats of all abilities and fans from all over the globe. The 30-minute show is packed with interviews, features, and commentary.

Visit SideSpin Productions at:
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Yasmine
11-24-2004, 12:06 PM
Hihi I love that vicht! ;)

star
11-24-2004, 03:24 PM
Oh that picture is SO cute!

:inlove:

Socket
11-24-2004, 05:31 PM
Lleyton looks like he's actually having some fun during an interview!

Yasmine
11-24-2004, 06:21 PM
Lleyton looks like he's actually having some fun during an interview!
Yeah you're right, he's having a laugh there! :lol:
Go go go go go Lleyton :cool: ! Keep us dreaming! ;)

Sweet Girl
11-24-2004, 06:27 PM
He looks so freaking cute in this pic! :hearts:

Bibi
11-24-2004, 07:14 PM
He looks so freaking cute in this pic! :hearts:
Yeah, you're right, he really looks cute :hearts: :drool:
just the hair ... :tape:

ace4lleykim
11-25-2004, 03:08 AM
Yea he did look like he had a lot of fun. Pumping up during the matches, and enjoy many out of court activities.

Yasmine
11-25-2004, 07:34 AM
just the hair ... :tape:
Actually Cindy I quite like his hair like that :p . Not when he's got it under his cap of course but he looks cute :angel: !

NOMAD
11-27-2004, 12:54 PM
There's no comfort in beating Roger: Newk
By Greg Prichard
November 28, 2004
The Sun-Herald

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Lleyton Hewitt has to break out of his comfort zone, strip his game down and reinvent himself with shots he has not previously been comfortable playing if he hopes to match it with Roger Federer again, his mentor John Newcombe says.

Newcombe described it as a massive challenge and one he's not sure Hewitt can meet. However, it's one he believed the former world No.1 would accept in an attempt to turn things around against Federer.

"I think Lleyton would see it as an exciting challenge," Newcombe said. "I speak to him regularly and I'll be floating my ideas to him and Roger [Rasheed, Hewitt's coach], for what they're worth." :worship:

Newcombe, who introduced Hewitt to Davis Cup when he was Australian captain, said the problem confronting the former world No.1 was the same every other player faced in trying to deal with Federer.

"Federer is playing as well as anyone I've seen," Newcombe said.

"He has raised the bar. He's doing it easily at the moment and it's unlikely he's going to drop unless he gets an injury or something happens psychologically to upset him.

"The rest of the guys have to try to catch up. It's no different for Andy Roddick than it is for Hewitt. Roddick isn't going to get better against Federer unless he improves his backhand and volleys."

Newcombe said Hewitt's playing style was still good enough against anyone else, but could no longer get the job done against Federer.

"Roger isn't feeling anything from the game Lleyton is throwing at him," he said.

"Lleyton has to come up with a different game plan and that means coming out of his comfort zone."

Newcombe suggested two shots Hewitt should work on to make his game stronger against Federer.

"Lleyton is not a big fan of hitting his backhand down the line, but he's going to have to do it," he said.

"And when he hits his forehand across court, he likes to hit it with topspin and relatively safe, but Roger is set up for that and if Lleyton drops it short, Roger is all over it. He has to flatten it out and hit it harder and deeper. I'm sure Lleyton's coach is already pointing this stuff out to him.

"Lleyton relies on his ability to get a lot of balls back and counterpunch and that used to be enough against Roger. Roger would get disenchanted and sulk and Lleyton would take advantage of that. But Roger is stronger now and Lleyton has to react to that.

"Whether he can make the necessary changes effectively is the question - and it would take a lot of work - but he can try."

Federer, who finished this year with a phenomenal win-loss record of 74-6, has won 23 straight matches against players ranked in the top 10 at the time of playing. Against the other players in the current top 10, he has a 22-1 record this year.

Overall against those current top-10 players, he has a 41-23 record, which means it stood at 19-22 before his domination this year.

Newcombe said that if Federer continued in a similar vein for another five years he would not only be one of the all-time greats, but maybe the best ever.

raeesa301
12-04-2004, 04:03 PM
LLEYTON'S NEW LOVE
December 5, 2004

What a way to mend a broken heart . . . just weeks after his split from fiancee Kim Clijsters, former Wimbledon champion and world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt has been raising eyebrows around the streets of Adelaide driving this $420,000 black Ferrari.

Lleyton's early Christmas present to himself is a 360 Spider model with a top speed of almost 300km/h. He bought the Ferrari – the only one of its type in Australia – from a Melbourne dealership. In the wake of his split from former fiance Kim Clijsters, the 2002 Wimbledon champion has found solace in one of the fastest cars in the world.

And he is certainly raising eyebrows around the streets of Adelaide in his 360 Spider model, which has a top speed of 300km/h.

Hewitt, who has career earnings of more than $18 million, is taking a break over Christmas/New Year – spending plenty of time with close friend and Crows midfielder Andrew McLeod.

The pair have become the talk of Adelaide, frequently seen about town, including the basketball and the Adelaide Test.

Hewitt, 23, bought the Ferrari – the only one in Australia – from a Melbourne dealership, following in the footsteps of fellow Davis Cup star Mark Philippoussis, who previously owned a $600,000 Lamborghini Roadster. While Hewitt's Ferrari isn't quite in the same league, it's still proving to be a traffic-stopper.

The convertible two-seater boasts leather trim and a top-of-the-range stereo system, as well as all the other luxuries you'd expect from a car with such a price tag.

The Spider has 294kW – or 400 horsepower – and also has a fuel capacity of 95 litres, which means it costs about $100 to fill up. Hewitt, who bought the car from Lance Dixon Prestige Cars in Melbourne, took delivery on Thursday.

The company's website shows the car retails for $395,000. Stamp duty is $19,950, vehicle registration $500 and dealer delivery charges at least $3500 – lifting the total price to more than $420,000.

The Ferrari was ordered from the company's headquarters in Maranello, Italy, shipped to the Melbourne dealership and then trucked to Adelaide.

While red Ferraris are the most popular, Hewitt specifically wanted a black model. A salesman flew to Adelaide to personally deliver the car to Hewitt and then took a drive with him.

Lesson over, Hewitt then took a spin from his luxury West Lakes home to AAMI Stadium, where he showed off his latest acquisition to McLeod and other Crows players.

On Thursday evening, the two dined in Glenelg before leaving in the Ferrari and heading home.

This is a picture of the car:
www.millionairesnight.com/360erspiderneu.jpg (http://www.millionairesnight.com/360erspiderneu.jpg)

Socket
12-04-2004, 04:18 PM
And here's what it looks like (in red). Lleyton, will you take me for a ride????? Please?????

kim-fan
12-04-2004, 04:46 PM
:eek: wauw

Guille_ElMago
12-04-2004, 05:24 PM
wow, that car is worth the price

Hagar
12-04-2004, 05:52 PM
OH
MY
GOD

Well, this clearly shows that the Golovin rumours are bullshit.
A guy who buys a car like that has decided not to spend money on women for a while.

Well done, Lleyton. Until now he always quite modest despite all his money. A little extravaganza won't hurt him.
I'm sure Kim must feel a little stir when she hears about this; she'd have loved a ride in that car.

raeesa301
12-04-2004, 08:27 PM
Someone (soz, cant remember who) posted a pic of lleyton in the car in the 2004 pics thread. I tried to posted it but the herald sun website seem a bit touchy!

sprinterluck
12-05-2004, 01:13 AM
OH
MY
GOD

Well, this clearly shows that the Golovin rumours are bullshit.
A guy who buys a car like that has decided not to spend money on women for a while.

Well done, Lleyton. Until now he always quite modest despite all his money. A little extravaganza won't hurt him.
I'm sure Kim must feel a little stir when she hears about this; she'd have loved a ride in that car.

The Golovin rumors could still be true. A rebound girl and a rebound sports car? Two toys and diversions to get his mind off his problems.
Hmmm... the beginning of a new era for Lleyts perhaps? In the past he's always opted to keep as low a profile as possible. Now it's all flashiness. This is strange indeed.
A guy usually gets a car like that when he's looking to pick up chicks! Perhaps he's making a statement: "Look at me. I'm young, successful, got the car and the cash...Now wanna go for a spin in my Ferrari?"
His way of saying he's moved on :rolleyes: Whatever.
He's not spending for a grand wedding anymore so he spent that money on some hot wheels :p Love the car especially that it's black not red.

ally_014
12-05-2004, 01:38 AM
Cool car! It's making news here, it was front page today! :eek: :lol:

I guess he's got to spend his money on something now he doesn't have to worry about diamond rings and hugemongous weddings :)

Socket
12-05-2004, 02:33 AM
Really expensive cars like that usually have a long lead time, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was ordered before the breakup. I had to wait about 7 weeks for my car, and I just bought an ordinary Saturn, never mind a top-of-line sportscar from Italy. :) :)

Sweet Girl
12-05-2004, 02:44 AM
Man, this car is amazing! can you imagine, a hot guy like Lleyton driving a car like that?!!!! :drool:
**THUD**

fifiricci
12-05-2004, 07:54 PM
I'm sure Kim must feel a little stir when she hears about this; she'd have loved a ride in that car.

Maybe Kim bought Lleyton the car as a consolation prize. :devil:

ace4lleykim
12-05-2004, 08:37 PM
Very cool car, a very good car to pick up some chicks around the town. :D I would go with him. :p

sprinterluck
12-05-2004, 09:07 PM
Maybe Kim bought Lleyton the car as a consolation prize. :devil:

Didn't you hear? Kim sold off her engagement ring to buy Lleyton's Ferrari as his consolation prize. :devil:

Yasmine
12-05-2004, 09:13 PM
Didn't you hear? Kim sold off her engagement ring to buy Lleyton's Ferrari as his consolation prize. :devil:
:haha: Sounds like a good deal to me :p

star
12-05-2004, 11:43 PM
If you have to move on, it's great to move on in style.... and with speed. ;)

Jac7_bella
12-06-2004, 01:44 PM
Ooooops sorry guys! I posted the report about the car as well. Sorry should hav really checked first but we hav it 2 now. Oh well!

raeesa301
12-06-2004, 04:17 PM
These are three articles I found that say pretty much the same thing but I posted them anyway:

Split won't worry Hewy
By Michelle Ainley
December 7, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt's sister Jaslyn yesterday came out swinging for her older brother when asked whether his break-up with Kim Clijsters and the residual media attention would affect his Australian Open chances.

"I don't think he's got anything to worry about," said the 21-year-old.

"I mean Lleyton on the tennis court is Lleyton on the tennis court and nothing ever changes that.

"His will to win and to compete has never changed and I don't think any of that [increased media attention] will have anything to do with how he is on court.

"Maybe there will be more [attention], but then that's up to you guys.

"He copes well under pressure and, considering how much pressure he gets given, he does a superb job."

Former Australian tennis great Peter McNamara, who this week heads a team of coaches at Melbourne Park working with Australia's up-and-coming tennis players, said Lleyton would not be the only player deflecting questions on his private life.

He also suggested the world No.3, whose Australian Open performances have been below his best, might have a "fresh approach" without Clijsters courtside.

"He might come out with a different approach to the Open, he might do things a little bit different," McNamara said. "There'll be more media scrutiny, that's unavoidable, and he'll say it's his private life, it's none of your business, but we all want to find out what's going on in their lives."

No Australian has made the final of their home grand slam since Mark Edmondson defeated John Newcombe in 1976.

Hewitt's best result in eight attempts has been reaching the fourth round - he's done it three times: 2000, 2003 and 2004.

McNamara said Hewitt's poor results at home were in part due to the increased pressure of playing in front of a parochial crowd.

"I think it's difficult for him," said McNamara. "A lot of people play really well at home - Philippoussis always did - but Lleyton does get a little nervous in front of a home crowd.

"I think he builds up the Australian Open and wants to win it so much that he puts a lot of pressure on himself.

"I just hope he goes out there and plays the way he's been playing for the last six months and he could easily win it.

"He's had a hell of a year, but he's just such an athlete and his last six months have been incredible.

"Everyone tried to write him off, but he's shown he's right back up there with the greats and I'd love to see a Hewitt-Federer final."

Hewitt to face up to public scrutiny

Melbourne, Australia

06 December 2004 10:31

Lleyton Hewitt will handle the scrutiny of his private life as he tries finally to land the Australian Open in Melbourne next month, his younger sister, Jaslyn, said on Monday.

Tennis coach Peter McNamara has also backed the world number three, who bounced back from his much-publicised break-up with Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters to reach the season-ending Masters Cup final against world number one Roger Federer in Houston.

Hewitt's private life is expected to be a media focus at the year's first grand slam tournament from January 17.

"I don't think he has got anything to worry about," Jaslyn said at a Tennis Australian function in Melbourne on Monday.

"Nothing ever changes ... his will to win; his will to compete has never changed.

"He always copes well, I think -- under how much pressure he gets, I think he does a superb job."

Hewitt lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open last January and was out of the top 10, but regained ground in the rankings over the past few months.

McNamara lauded Hewitt's mental strength, describing his return to top form in the past six months as incredible.

"Lleyton's had a hell of a year, really," McNamara said on Monday.

"I mean, he finished third in the world and if you'd said that at the start of the year, you'd have probably said, 'No, he wouldn't'.

"He's got as much chance as anybody of winning the Australian Open. He's going to prepare himself like he always does perfectly for the Australian Open.

"When he plays in front of his home fans, I think he gets a bit nervous. He wants to win so badly and he puts too much pressure on himself.

"We'd love to see a Hewitt-[Roger] Federer final, without question.

"The last six months have been incredible, considering where he came from."

McNamara hinted at Hewitt taking a new approach to the Open to cope with the inevitable scrutiny regarding his personal affairs.

"I think there's a lot of guys whose private lives are going to be delved into in the next few weeks -- not that it's very fair," he said.

"But he might come out with a different approach to the Australian Open. He might do things a little bit different.

"[About] his private life, he'd say [it is] none of your business, but everyone knows that we all want to find out what's going on in their lives.

"He'll come out with a fresh approach and train hard as he has done before, and I expect him to be thereabouts in the final." -- Sapa-AFP

Lleyton used to pressure: JaslynBy Karen Lyon and Dan Oakes
December 7, 2004

While others are predicting added pressure for Lleyton Hewitt in the build-up to next month's Australian Open, his younger sister, Jaslyn, believes the world No. 3 has nothing to worry about.

Hewitt will again go into the Open as Australia's best hope, but there is likely to be additional media scrutiny in the wake of his recent broken engagement with Belgian star Kim Clijsters.

Yesterday, tennis coach Peter McNamara, a former top-10 player, said the media intensity would add a further layer to the pressure Hewitt already places on himself in a bid to win his local grand slam.

"When he plays in front of his home fans I think he gets a bit nervous; he wants to win so badly and he puts too much pressure on himself. We'd love to see a Hewitt-(Roger) Federer final, without question," McNamara said.

But Jaslyn Hewitt, who yesterday began her own campaign for a spot in the Open field, believes nothing will distract her brother's famous competitive nature.

"I don't think he has got anything to worry about," she said. "He is going to be Lleyton on the tennis court . . . nothing ever changes that; his will to win, his will to compete, has never changed.


"I don't think any of that will have anything to do with how he is on court."

Jaslyn Hewitt said her brother, a former world No. 1 who has lived in the spotlight since he was 16, would, as always, absorb the pressure.

"He always copes well, I think. Under how much pressure he gets given, I think he does a superb job."

McNamara, who is running a week-long training camp for Australia's young players this week, believes Hewitt can win the tournament after a strong 2004 season in which the former Wimbledon champion fought his way back into the top 10 after falling to No. 16 at the end of 2003.

"Lleyton's had a hell of a year, really. I mean, he finished third in the world and if you'd said that at the start of the year, you'd have probably said, 'no he wouldn't'.

"He's got as much chance as anybody of winning the Australian Open. He is going to prepare himself like he always does, perfectly, for the Australian Open."

Bibi
12-07-2004, 08:07 PM
Thanks for the articles Raeesa301!!! :kiss:

tennnisgirl7
12-08-2004, 03:21 AM
Yea thanx for the articles Raeesa301! :D

sprinterluck
12-10-2004, 05:14 PM
Lleyton's really stepping up the training this year!

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,11649579%255E11088,00.html

Hewitt puts in the hard yards
Leo Schlink
11dec04

LLEYTON Hewitt has embarked on the most comprehensive pre-season preparation of his career ahead of his centenary Australian Open tilt.

The world No. 3 has spent the past four days in Sydney, where he has worked with coach Roger Rasheed to build peak fitness for the Australian summer circuit.
Packing six more kilograms on his slender frame, Hewitt has laid the fitness foundation for the Next Generation Hardcourts (January 3-9), the Sydney International (January 9-15) and the Australian Open (January 17-30).

He has swum, surf-skied and ran on Dee Why beach, interval-trained at an athletics track and spent sapping sessions in the gym during a private tennis camp after three-hour morning-practice sessions at White City.

"The training has been exceptional," Hewitt said. "We've really enjoyed it and we've worked really hard."


Australian Davis Cup coach Wally Masur and highly rated New South Wales junior Stephen Goh joined Hewitt and Rasheed.

Rasheed, a former top-150 player and SANFL footballer, chose Sydney to vary Hewitt's training environment.

"We just wanted to break up the monotony a bit by coming up to Sydney," Rasheed said.

"The week has revolved around hitting tennis balls for three hours in the morning and then it's been a combination of other activities in the afternoon.

"We've done a lot of surf lifesaving activities, such as swimming, long distance and sprint work on the beach and surf skiing.

"There's been football training. We've been on the athletic track and we've been doing different things.

"Our tennis training and fitness work has been at the extreme end. We've taken it to the extreme limits.

"We've gone for a complete mixture of different sports to get stronger and fitter.

"Every year, Lleyton's aim is to get fitter and fitter.

"We believe that by performing all these different activities outside of tennis that Lleyton will continue to develop athletically."

Hewitt rose from No. 19 to third in the world rankings after an outstanding season highlighted by four victories, and appearances in the US Open and Masters Cup finals.

The South Australian finished the year with a 68-18 record and more than $3.6 million in prizemoney.

Hewitt has gained 6kg in 18 months under Rasheed's direction, providing the South Australian with more power.

Hewitt and Rasheed used the latter stages of last season to train for the Davis Cup final, and the Sydney camp was a miniature of that.

"Lleyton's had only two weeks off since the Masters Cup in Houston," Rasheed said.

"But we balance his training needs and his playing schedule with small breaks. His aim is to be fitter than he's ever been by the time the Australian Open starts."

Hewitt's launched his career with victory at Memorial Drive in 1998.

He will return to the tournament next month for the first time in three seasons.

NOMAD
12-11-2004, 02:34 AM
Can't find the whole article(have to pay for money to see the whole article online)but check this out...:lol: Go Roger!

Fancy earning double time, coach?
Herald Sun, 11-12-2004, Ed: 1 - FIRST, Pg: 079, 356 words , SPORT
LLEYTON Hewitt wants to lure his coach Roger Rasheed out of retirement for a second time. The world No. 3 will ask tournament directors Mark Woodforde and Peter Johnston for a doubles wildcard into the Next Generation Hardcourts in Adelaide from Janu...


thanks for the article,sprinterluck
looking forward to the performance of Lley at the AO
because i finally got the coverage of AO next year:bounce: ( wasn't able to watch AO for two years :( )