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@~@.Can a SWIM coach teach HEWITT how to be a MONGREL again?? No more Mr.NICE Guy!!

CmonAussie
11-04-2006, 04:03 AM
:wavey:
As a Rocky Llegs Hewit fan:devil: I found this article interesting;) ...
What do you guys think~ is Talbot right??~ Has Hewitt tried to change his on-court behaviour too much:confused: & can a swim coach teach a tennis player how to find his inner mongrel self again:confused:

Former swim coach offers to help Hewitt
Tue Oct 31, 9:29 AM ET

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's former head swimming coach Don Talbot has offered to help Lleyton Hewitt rediscover his aggression for tennis.

Talbot told the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday he had contacted Hewitt's camp offering advice on how the former world number one can return to the top.

Talbot believes Hewitt has curbed his aggression because of constant criticism of his on-court behavior but believes he should stick to his natural instincts.

"I rang his manager a couple of weeks ago and just said, 'I'm no expert on tennis, but I know how to win'," Talbot said.

"I am a huge fan of Lleyton, but he's changed his behavior and on-court demeanor because people were critical of his on-court behavior."

Hewitt needed to bring back a "mongrel element" to his game.

"Lleyton trying to be a good boy is just not him and if he continues along that line, he'll head into the wilderness."

Hewitt won the U.S. Open in 2001 then Wimbledon the following season to finish both years ranked number one in the world before his career started to go into decline.

He has not won a grand slam since although he has not been far away -- reaching the 2004 U.S. Open final as well the 2005 Australian Open -- and has slipped to 18th place in the world rankings.

DrJules
11-04-2006, 10:16 AM
:wavey:
As a Rocky Llegs Hewit fan:devil: I found this article interesting;) ...
What do you guys think~ is Talbot right??~ Has Hewitt tried to change his on-court behaviour too much:confused: & can a swim coach teach a tennis player how to find his inner mongrel self again:confused:

Former swim coach offers to help Hewitt
Tue Oct 31, 9:29 AM ET

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's former head swimming coach Don Talbot has offered to help Lleyton Hewitt rediscover his aggression for tennis.

Talbot told the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday he had contacted Hewitt's camp offering advice on how the former world number one can return to the top.

Talbot believes Hewitt has curbed his aggression because of constant criticism of his on-court behavior but believes he should stick to his natural instincts.

"I rang his manager a couple of weeks ago and just said, 'I'm no expert on tennis, but I know how to win'," Talbot said.

"I am a huge fan of Lleyton, but he's changed his behavior and on-court demeanor because people were critical of his on-court behavior."

Hewitt needed to bring back a "mongrel element" to his game.

"Lleyton trying to be a good boy is just not him and if he continues along that line, he'll head into the wilderness."

Hewitt won the U.S. Open in 2001 then Wimbledon the following season to finish both years ranked number one in the world before his career started to go into decline.

He has not won a grand slam since although he has not been far away -- reaching the 2004 U.S. Open final as well the 2005 Australian Open -- and has slipped to 18th place in the world rankings.

Marriage and child is going to make it difficult for Hewitt to fully commit to tennis again.

RonE
11-04-2006, 01:14 PM
Well he is partially right in the fact that I feel Hewitt's results have suffered because is intensity is not on the same level it used to be.

It always seemed to me the guy had a huge chip on his shoulder and would harbour the feeling (though often unjustified) that the whole world was against him and he was out to stick it to them.

Of course, this was not the case in reality but in Hewitt's mind he needed to feel it because that is how he motivated himself to bring out the best in him and come back conutless times from seemingly impossible situations.

Having a family now may have snuffed out that sense of him against the world because it is not just him now, he has a commitment to a wife and a littel girl. So that raw intensity may never be back at the same level it was.

Whatever the case, he certainly needs to find another source of emotional energy to motivate him because that is where his true strength lies and that is what has gotten him the great results he had.

Hokit
11-04-2006, 01:58 PM
Hewitt's mostly a defensive player and he needed all that intensity to make sure he didn't fold against bigger guys. It's too bad he gets a lot of negative press, but it wasn't any better in the past. If he could brush it all aside back then, there's no reason he can't do the same today. And he doesn't need a swimming coach to tell him how to do it :tape: Hewitt needs to get that intensity back, not controversy.

Castafiore
11-04-2006, 02:06 PM
Hewitt needs to get that intensity back, not controversy.
If he gets the intensity back, the controversy is sure to follow since there's quite a group of people who equate "on-court intensity" with "bad behaviour", esp. with Hewitt.

Not sure if you can force Hewitt into being more intense now if he's in a different stage of his life. Like Ron says: perhaps he no longer feels that it's him against the world now that he has a family.
Good luck to him anyway. :)

sanpo
11-04-2006, 03:17 PM
Any news about him anyway? Is he on an injury break? Or he took the time off the season to be a full-pledged father?