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Hewitt to get guards for DC

R.Federer
09-15-2006, 05:20 PM
Lleyton Hewitt has been given unprecedented security for Australia's Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina in Buenos Aires this month.
Hewitt, who has had several run-ins with Argentine players, will have two minders for the tie on 22-24 September.

"We have held several discussions with Lleyton," said Team Australia media manager John Lindsay.

"And we felt it was necessary to have this kind of arrangement in place to ensure he was part of the team."

Hewitt had expressed concerns about his safety during the match and was only confirmed in captain John Fitzgerald's team last week, despite carrying a knee problem.


The security guards will accompany Lleyton throughout the weekend
Team Australia media manager John Lindsay

"We've also had productive talks with the Argentine federation and are hopeful things will go smoothly," added Lindsay.
"The security guards will accompany Lleyton throughout the weekend and give him the assurance we felt he needed."

Mark Philippoussis, absent from Davis Cup tennis since 2004, Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley are also in the team.

Argentina captain Alberto Mancini named world number four David Nalbandian, Jose Acasuso, Juan Ignacio Chela and Agustin Calleri.

It is the same team that played in Argentina's victories over Sweden and Croatia in the previous rounds.

Chela was fined for spitting at Hewitt at the Australian Open last year, while the Australian also had a verbal spat with Guillermo Coria during an ill-tempered Davis Cup singles rubber in Sydney last July.

"The situation has got steadily worse for visiting teams and it takes only one whacker over there to turn things on its head," said former US Open and Wimbledon champion Hewitt in July.

Hewitt holds the Australian record for the number of Davis Cup wins with 28.

Philippoussis, meanwhile, will play his first Davis Cup tie since Australia's 2004 first-round loss to Sweden in Adelaide.


Story from BBC SPORT:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/sport2/hi/tennis/5337642.stm

cmurray
09-15-2006, 05:33 PM
I'm confused. What exactly is Lleyton's problem with the Argentines? WHat'd he do, bitch about them? ANd it's so bad he needs SECURITY???

marti_228
09-15-2006, 05:34 PM
Whatever

hitchhiker
09-15-2006, 05:35 PM
will the guards dive in front of him when someone spits at Lleyton?

Rogiman
09-15-2006, 05:36 PM
I'm confused. What exactly is Lleyton's problem with the Argentines? WHat'd he do, bitch about them? ANd it's so bad he needs SECURITY???
For someone as opinionated about so many issues (modesty, humanitarian activity) as yourself you really know very little about the game, even its short-term history.

shotgun
09-15-2006, 05:41 PM
Enough of hyping up this tie. People don't realize that if the tie is decided on Saturday (good probability), we won't even see the anticipated Nalbandian-Hewitt clash on Sunday and this tie won't live up to its expectations.

GlennMirnyi
09-15-2006, 05:47 PM
Hewitt is just trying to make people hate him more, so he can play better. He always does that. I'd be very glad to see him beating up the Argentines, but that's not going to happen.

Pfloyd
09-15-2006, 05:50 PM
Hahahaha, what a way to call for attention. He's seriosly going to get harrased now. :lol:

GlennMirnyi
09-15-2006, 05:55 PM
Hahahaha, what a way to call for attention. He's seriosly going to get harrased now. :lol:

In fact, as probably he already knows it can't get much worse (as he's already like the second or third most hated person in Argentina), he's just trying to pull it as far as he can.

BATES
09-15-2006, 05:57 PM
3-day vacation for the guards

Pfloyd
09-15-2006, 05:59 PM
In fact, as probably he already knows it can't get much worse (as he's already like the second or third most hated person in Argentina), he's just trying to pull it as far as he can.

Is it because he's an "asshole". Or is it because of the incident with chela in the AO 2005?

tangerine_dream
09-15-2006, 06:00 PM
Good for Lleyton. That's what team Argentina gets for making it unnecessarily personal. :cool:

GlennMirnyi
09-15-2006, 06:02 PM
Is it because he's an "asshole". Or is it because of the incident with chela in the AO 2005?

He is an asshole and he has been having problems with the Argentines since the beginning of his carrer, as far as I know.
Let's not forget, though, that the Argentines are not the most polite people on the circuit.

Clara Bow
09-15-2006, 06:03 PM
They have had bodyguards in other sports. For example, Apolo Anton Ohno didn't go to compete in South Korea for 2 1/2 years or so after the 2002 Winter Olympics. When he finally did go to compete there, he had to have bodyguards. Of course, he received death threats after the 2002 games- and I doubt Hewitt ever has- but since he is considered one of the five most hated people in Argentina per whatever that survey was, I'm not surprised he has bodyguards.

and he has been having problems with the Argentines since the beginning of his carrer, as far as I know.

Iirc, there were even instances during his junior days. Something along the lines that he created a banner that was bashing the Argentine junior players.

lorenz
09-15-2006, 06:10 PM
In fact, as probably he already knows it can't get much worse (as he's already like the second or third most hated person in Argentina), he's just trying to pull it as far as he can.
It's going to be a Circus, as Wilander said. Nothing physically will happen to Hewitt. He going to feel too much pressure from the argentine fans, just that.

Remember that Tennis, is not the most important sport in Argentina, so he is not one of the most hated person in Argentina.

By the way, in my personal opinion, In order to win this tie, I prefer Hewitt to not come to ARgentina. But If I want to see nice matches and wanted to swear to someone, I would like him to come.

mangoes
09-15-2006, 06:11 PM
While I'm tempted to have a small laugh, the reality is that it's better to be safe than sorry. All it takes is one idiot to turn a DC meeting into a nightmare........

lorenz
09-15-2006, 06:24 PM
....Iirc, there were even instances during his junior days. Something along the lines that he created a banner that was bashing the Argentine junior players.

There is no much publicity about what happened on those junior's days. But, a couple o years ago I had watched something on TV, where someone said something about it. Something that Hewitt did against Nalbandian and Coria when they were kids.

Socket
09-15-2006, 06:45 PM
Perhaps the Argies should be grateful there are bodyguards so they don't get defaulted for doing to Lleyton what their fans did to Dominik Hrbaty. :eek:

Guards put Australia in the comfort zone
Richard Hinds
September 13, 2006

SUCH are the anxiety levels surrounding Australia's Davis Cup tie against Argentina next week, it seems line-ball which pair faces the toughest task - front-line singles players Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis or the two security guards who will travel with the team to Buenos Aires.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald did his best yesterday to hose down fears his team will be met by a fiercely hostile crowd whose already excitable nature has risen to boiling point because of Hewitt's public standing in Argentina - reportedly, slightly lower than that of Margaret Thatcher during the Falklands War.

Fitzgerald talked about how friendly the locals had been during the team's latest tie in Argentina in 2002 and of the pleasant evenings they had spent enjoying a famed local steak. The security guards were needed this time, he said, only "for comfort reasons".

However, as veteran Wayne Arthurs recalled, the 2002 tie was played under vastly different circumstances. With both Hewitt and Philippoussis absent, the Australian team was forced to rely on the dogged Scott Draper and the erratic Andrew Ilie, who won just six games in his two abject singles rubbers as Australia were thrashed 5-0.

As a consequence, the supposedly sold-out stadium was only half full and the atmosphere was no more intimidating than Arthurs might experience during an early-round doubles match at Melbourne Park. "I think it is going to be massively different this time," Arthurs said. "It is going to be really hostile."

For that forecast, Arthurs is not just relying on scuttlebutt. He played doubles last month with Dominik Hrbaty, who clinched the Slovak Republic's victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires in 1998 in the fifth rubber.

"He told me he got pelted with coins and the umpire had to stop the match at one stage," Arthurs said. "We are expecting the worst and if that doesn't happen, well, that's a bonus."
Arthurs and his teammates Paul Hanley and Philippoussis might feel slightly aggrieved that they will be caught in the crossfire created by Hewitt's bad relations with the Argentinians David Nalbandian, Juan Ignacio Chela and Guillermo Coria. However, they are well aware the combative nature that helped create that bad blood could inspire another epic performance from Australia's Davis Cup warrior.

Hewitt's most defiant Davis Cup match was an upset victory over the then world No.1 Gustavo Kuerten in 2001 when the Brazilian was almost unbeatable on clay. Fitzgerald recalls the local crowd was so loud during that tie he had to lip read when speaking with his players.

"[Hewitt's] been good in those situations," Fitzgerald said. "Certainly in the past it has been where he produces his best. I'm confident he will rise to the challenge like the other guys will."

The doubt is not about Hewitt's heart but his body. Fitzgerald believes the knee injury he carried through to the quarter-finals of the US Open will not affect him, but admitted his No.1 player was sore after returning from New York.

Philippoussis's presence in the line-up is as enigmatic as ever. Returning for his first tie since 2004, he has played just two matches on clay - at a modest Challenger in Bermuda this year - since the 2004 French Open. And yet Fitzgerald is gambling on some decent recent form and his strong Davis Cup record - knowing there is little else to choose from.

"He wants to be there," said Fitzgerald. "He really enjoys the team aspect of it and he likes all the Aussie boys and he wants to be involved with the team. Because he is fit and healthy and has hit some form, he very much wants to play."

With world No.4 Nalbandian leading a team that can choose between seven players ranked in the world top 100 - Australia has only No.19 Hewitt - the opposition on the court will be as difficult as that in the grandstand.

"I think we've got to go down there and be as one," Arthurs said. "There is not going to be anyone helping us down there. You've got to keep in your own little group and work to a goal and hopefully that is getting three points."

ae wowww
09-15-2006, 07:04 PM
:lol: 'one whacker' :D Love Lleyton

Deboogle!.
09-15-2006, 07:12 PM
While I'm tempted to have a small laugh, the reality is that it's better to be safe than sorry. All it takes is one idiot to turn a DC meeting into a nightmare........Exactly. And considering Wilander almost didn't take his team down there a couple years ago, I don't really see why this is funny. I dislike Hewitt with the best of them but come on, it's not worth it, he has a family and it's quite obvious he's detested there, I don't see what is amusing about any of this, but whatever :shrug:

Socket
09-15-2006, 07:12 PM
:lol: 'one whacker' :D Love Lleyton
Or wanker. As the case may be. ;)

cmurray
09-15-2006, 07:31 PM
For someone as opinionated about so many issues (modesty, humanitarian activity) as yourself you really know very little about the game, even its short-term history.

Oh yes. You are just the person to be giving me lessons on objectivity. Hypocrite. You must be very concerned about me to take note of my every little post. I suppose I should be flattered.

Here's an idea. Get used to the fact that not everybody shares the same opinions as you, you crybaby.

And forgive me for not knowing the whole story about this. Lleyton Hewitt, and Davis Cup for that matter, are barely mention-worthy by the folks at ESPN, much less news-worthy.

jayjay
09-15-2006, 07:32 PM
Is it because he's an "asshole". Or is it because of the incident with chela in the AO 2005?

The whole "Hewitt is one of the most hated sportsmen in Argentina" thing has really been very much overblown and over used. If I recall correctly, it was a poll in Olé that gave options to choose and with the stuff that had gone on with Hewitt already he was always going to get a fair amount of votes.

The idea though that the whole of Argentina particularly gives a shit about Hewitt is completely off base. If anything the whole fuss he has created and mystery over the "will he won't he" has antagonised even the most moderate of Argentine supporters because he makes out it's a war zone where he couldn't possibly be safe.

The atmosphere generated will be great, and it will be like watching a mini-superclásico as the fans will create a football like setting. It will be loud, it will be hostile, it will be intimidating. As it should be.

It won't be like GB v Israel for example infront of Grandmothers and their Grandchildren.

As for the posted article in the head post, most of that if not all of it is old news and fits in well with the BBC Tennis news which is seemingly often old news.

GlennMirnyi
09-15-2006, 07:34 PM
Davis Cup is of course mention-worthy.

DrJules
09-15-2006, 07:37 PM
While I'm tempted to have a small laugh, the reality is that it's better to be safe than sorry. All it takes is one idiot to turn a DC meeting into a nightmare........

A thought to ponder:

If the USA beat Russia they are likely to have to travel to Argentina.

GlennMirnyi
09-15-2006, 07:37 PM
Brazilians go there to play football. There's nothing more dangerous. Why is Hewitt going to be intimidated?

GlennMirnyi
09-15-2006, 07:38 PM
A thought to ponder:

If the USA beat Russia they are likely to have to travel to Argentina.

That's just NOT gonna happen.

cmurray
09-15-2006, 07:45 PM
Davis Cup is of course mention-worthy.


Not to the jerks who decide what to talk about on ESPN it isn't. They gloss right over it. And as far as I know, ESPN doesn't even televise American Davis Cup matches, much less matches where other countries are playing.

Sorry, didn't mean to make it sound as though *I* thought Davis Cup unimportant.

GlennMirnyi
09-15-2006, 08:03 PM
Not to the jerks who decide what to talk about on ESPN it isn't. They gloss right over it. And as far as I know, ESPN doesn't even televise American Davis Cup matches, much less matches where other countries are playing.

Sorry, didn't mean to make it sound as though *I* thought Davis Cup unimportant.

Ok then. ;)

shotgun
09-15-2006, 08:35 PM
And considering Wilander almost didn't take his team down there a couple years ago, I don't really see why this is funny.

The tie against Sweden was in February this year. And it's not like Wilander considered not making the trip, allegedly he considered abandoning the tie while it was being played (which I think is a bit of an overreaction considering that the only thing that happened was that the Swedes were insulted by Maradona and the crowd).

cmurray
09-15-2006, 08:39 PM
The tie against Sweden was in February this year. And it's not like Wilander considered not making the trip, allegedly he considered abandoning the tie while it was being played (which I think is a bit of an overreaction considering that the only thing that happened was that the Swedes were insulted by Maradona and the crowd).

Wow. It's like thug tennis. Who'da thunk it?

Neely
09-15-2006, 09:52 PM
You can just hope that everything will be fine and that his additional security measure will not be needed in action. No country is safe of attacks or too rude fan behaviour, but I understand the situation between Lleyton and the Argentines is especially spicey.

lunahielo
09-15-2006, 10:29 PM
Stay safe, Lleyton......whatever it takes. :yeah:

Action Jackson
09-16-2006, 09:39 AM
I love it good old Socket has to come in with the scaremongering and overhype.

Hewitt has done himself no favours and even then he can still pull out of this tie and the last minute injury isn't too far away if needed. At the same time this is a handbags at 10 paces stuff to create more interest in a tie that in reality won't be close.