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Davis Cup: Australia vs. India 20-22 Sept @ Memorial Drive, Adelaide

09-09-2002, 11:09 AM
I'm going! :)...I have both my 3 day pass and my plane ticket there...now I just have to work out how I'm getting back to Melbourne

09-09-2002, 11:17 AM
I was going too gooo But booth my parents are away and theres noo was theyd trust me !! :p:p

09-09-2002, 12:04 PM
I'm 18, so they didn't really have a choice with me. I just booked everything and said "I'm going to Adelaide in a few weeks" and my mum was totally fine with it...I'll give you an update when I get back

09-09-2002, 04:08 PM
Cool :) You're so lucky! Any updates would be really appreciated, Thanx! :) Have a great time and take lots of photos so you can post them here! ;)

09-09-2002, 06:14 PM
Ditto about the pictures :D

And you're so lucky! I'm insanely jealous lol... maybe Kim will be there and you'll be able to clue us in on some cute lleyki momemts :p

Anyways have fun... and cheer on Lleyton for me :D

09-09-2002, 10:37 PM
photos...yeah, I really should get my camera fixed...but I don't have a scanner

09-11-2002, 11:01 PM
Have fun! Cheer for Lleyton on our behalf. Tell him we all love him if you get to meet him.
Take lots of pictures. :D

Go Australia! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

09-12-2002, 12:51 PM
I know this sounds horrible, but I'm actually hoping that whoever plays the other singles match for Australia loses...because then the Sunday match will be a live rubber and I'll get to see Lleyton play again (I'm so selfish. The poor guy wants to play footy)

09-13-2002, 10:02 AM
I hope that he doesn't hurt himself playing footy...

but then, it first remains to be seen whether Australia can get that 3-0 lead that is needed for Lleyton to be able to skip the last day and play footy for charity instead.

09-13-2002, 10:33 AM
It's just a charity match, so Lleyton is less likely to get injured (less likely to be fights he could get caught in the middle of)....well, I hope at least. If an AFL player wanted to hurt Lleyton they could crush his tiny (by comparison to theirs) body

09-16-2002, 12:05 PM
Jackie ............ Im soooooooooooo Jealous of you .......... And my mother!! She is going to melbrouen Via adelaide and soo she decided tooo watch DC for the day but i cant go coz theres no more plane tickets!! :sad: :sad: :fiery: :fiery:

09-16-2002, 04:17 PM
poor kets :( I've never been to a tennis event :p

Go Lleyton :D

09-17-2002, 07:28 AM
NO plane tickets from Perth to Adelaide? That's really wierd. There are flights from Melbourne to Adelaide every few hours

09-17-2002, 11:27 AM
I know Jackie .......... But Its from perth!! Its liek hell little and I think Its because Mum and dad wanted me too use their frequent flyer points coz there over the limit or sumfin!! :p:p
Mummmy sed shell take pictures for me!!

09-17-2002, 12:36 PM
That sucks. Tell her that you'll take her ticket!

09-17-2002, 02:09 PM
New pics of Lleyton on the practice courts:

(there are several on Getty Images, btw)

09-17-2002, 02:10 PM
and taken on Sept 16

09-17-2002, 05:25 PM
Is he wearing an NYC shirt?! And, um, what's he holding?

09-18-2002, 07:35 AM
illi hes hodling he ankle brace soo he dosnet sprain it!! ;) I think he is wearing an NYC t-shirt!!

09-18-2002, 07:10 PM
Hmm, I have those chairs in my garden

09-19-2002, 03:36 AM
I get to see him play tomorrow :)
Sorry for making everyone jealous

09-20-2002, 07:08 AM
Lleyton took the first match for Australia.

Friday September 20, 03:09 PM

Hewitt's homecoming ends in a romp

Lleyton Hewitt returned to his favourite Memorial Drive centre court for the first time since winning two grand slam titles and becoming the world No.1, and lowly-ranked Indian Harsh Mankad never looked likely to spoil the homecoming party.

Hewitt predictably thrashed Mankad - ranked just 831 in the world - 6-1 7-6(7-2) 6-1 to hand Australia the opening rubber of the Davis Cup relegation tie in his hometown Adelaide.

Hewitt cruised through the opening set in just 27 minutes, but to Mankad's credit, he pushed the world's best player hard in the second set, holding all of his service games to take the set to a tiebreak.

But after Mankad held serve in the first game of the third set, Hewitt raised his intensity to storm away with the last six games of the match.

Hewitt said it had been an exciting feeling to be representing Australia back on the court where he launched his career by winning the Adelaide ATP tournament as a 16-year-old wildcard entrant in 1998.

"For me it's just a buzz to be out there," Hewitt said.

"This is where it all started for me in 1998, but obviously I put in a lot of hours before, a lot of practice hours on that court and out the back.

"Just coming to this facility and playing here is a huge buzz. The memories obviously come back of how much this place changed my career."

Mankad, who had played only nine previous matches on the main men's tour, winning three of them, admitted he had been handed a valuable tennis lesson by a player who was faster, stronger and vastly more experienced.

"It's a huge exposure, I'm just coming out of college tennis, I was playing futures and satellite events all summer," he said.

"To play the No.1 player in the world is tremendous, for me there's everything to take from this match.

"I've never played in a grand slam tournament and Lleyton's won a few grand slams so there's a huge difference there."

Mankad said he now planned to use Hewitt as a role-model to improve his own game, as he was a similar size.

"Over the next three to six months I'll put in a lot of work, try to look at him, make him my idol and work towards that," he said.

"If I can get his speed and 25-30km/h faster on my serve I can improve."

In the second rubber, Australian Wayne Arthurs won the first set against India's No.1 player Leander Paes 6-4.

09-20-2002, 07:18 AM
Other article from AFP:

Hewitt puts Australia one-up over India in Davis Cup

ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) - World number one Lleyton Hewitt brushed aside Harsh Mankad in straight sets to give Australia a 1-0 lead over India in the Davis Cup World Group tennis qualifier at Memorial Drive here.

Hewitt, playing before his home-town crowd, took 105 minutes to post a 6-1, 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 win over Mankad, rated 831 in the world.

Hewitt, only the third world number one player to play in a Davis Cup qualifying tie for his country since the World Group began in 1981, breezed through the first set in 26 minutes against the nervous Mankad.

But Mankad, who was ranked 1,248 in the world before finishing second at an Indian Futures tournament last weekend, played his best tennis in the second set, taking it to a tiebreaker.

Hewitt stepped it up taking the tiebreaker 7 points to 2 and rattled through the final set in 26 minutes.

09-20-2002, 07:22 AM
And another one:

also by AFP:

Hewitt not too harsh on Mankad as Australia go one-up

ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) - Lleyton Hewitt shrugged off Harsh Mankad to give Australia its expected 1-0 lead over India in the Davis Cup World Group tennis qualifier at Memorial Drive here.

Hewitt, only the third world number one to play in a qualifying tie in the 21 years of the World Group, had a brief dogfight with the 831-ranked Mankad in the second set, before putting him away, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 in 105 minutes.

Wayne Arthurs was bidding to give Australia a perfect start to the opening day in the second singles rubber against Indian number one Leander Paes.

The 21-year-old Hewitt's passion in playing for his country shone through as he stepped up his game to win a second set tiebreaker and motor through the third set to wrap up the rubber and take his Cup singles record to 18-5.

"In the second set he picked his game up, he was coming to the net, he served extremely well and he definitely played a lot better than his 800 ranking," Hewitt said.

"When I was serving well it didn't give him a lot of opportunities to put any pressure on me, so I felt like I was holding serve comfortably and it felt like it was just a matter of time before I was going to break his service."

Australian captain John Fitzgerald has spoken of his admiration for Hewitt's unstinting loyalty to play the Davis Cup, and Hewitt let no-one down with his professionalism against his opponent.

John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg were the other two world world number ones to play Davis Cup in a qualifying tie, and Hewitt was disappointed to miss out playing in the first round loss to Argentina last February.

"I missed it big time, it was probably one of the most disappointing things that I wasn't able to go to Buenos Aires because I look forward to playing in those tough ties when I can put it all on the line, but I wasn't fit enough to play then," he said.

The ease of his win means Hewitt is expected to partner Todd Woodbridge in Saturday's doubles rubber against Paes and Vishal Uppal.

"I feel fresh enough and that's always the question after the first day which of the players feel fresher and can play for three days in a row, I don't feel like this match took too much out of me," Hewitt said.

Mankad, in the final year of an economics degree at the University of Minnesota, is looking to benefit from the experience of playing Hewitt in his bid to climb in the rankings.

"It was a huge exposure for my tennis and coming from US college tennis to play the world number one was tremendous," 22-year-old Mankad said.

"I've never played in a grand slam tournament and Lleyton has won two of them so it was a huge difference and hopefully I will be better for this experience."

Mankad was ranked 1,248 in the world before finishing second at an Indian Futures tournament last weekend. He intends playing on the satellite circuit for four weeks in Queensland after this weekend's tie.

09-20-2002, 07:36 AM
and Davis cup pics:

Here we go! :bounce:

09-20-2002, 07:37 AM
and from the match today:

09-20-2002, 07:38 AM

09-20-2002, 07:39 AM
and... (I think I am taking care of all the sick people in here, isn't it :D :angel: )

to cure everyone in need...

09-20-2002, 07:40 AM
and it's not over yet...

09-20-2002, 07:45 AM
and Lleyton congratulated by Fitz after winning the first match today:

09-20-2002, 01:21 PM
Thanx 4 the pics Ingrid!

Well Done Lleyt Mate! :D

09-20-2002, 01:44 PM
SEPTEMBER 19, 2002 : Lleyton Hewitt prepares to serve during a practise session in Adelaide, 19/09/02, on the eve of a World Group Qualifying Round Tie against India


09-20-2002, 02:20 PM
World number one Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates winning a point during his match against India's Harsh Mankad during their Davis Cup world group qualifier in Adelaide September 20, 2002. Hewitt won the match 6-1, 7-6, 6-1 to give Australia a 1-0 lead.


09-20-2002, 02:24 PM
Another One


09-20-2002, 04:45 PM
What a minging outfit! But :D nevertheless.

09-21-2002, 05:18 AM
Aussieland triumphs! :D

09-21-2002, 10:02 AM
Thanx for all the piccies and articles! :D :D :D

Go Aus! :bounce: :bounce:

09-21-2002, 10:45 AM
Well Done Aus! :D :bounce: Here are some pics from the dubs.

Austraia's doubles pair of Lleyton Hewitt , left foreground, and Todd Woodbridge are in action on the way to a 6-3, 7-6, 6-1, victory over Indian pair of Leander Paes and Vishal Uppal wearing cap at top right, in their Davis Cup qualifying tie in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002.

Australia tennis ace and world number one Lleyton Hewitt stretches for a half volley with partner Todd Woodbridge to beat India's Leander Paes and Vishal Uppal by 6-3, 7-6, 6-1, in their Davis Cup qualifying tie in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002.

The Indian and Australian players pose before their doubles match in the Davis Cup qualifying tie in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday Sept. 21, 2002. From left are Vishal Uppal, Leander Paes of India, and Lleyton Hewitt, Todd Woodbridge of Australia. The Aussie won the match 6-3, 7-6, 6-1.

Australia's doubles pair of Lleyton Hewitt, right, and Todd Woodbridge celebrate after their 6-3, 7-6, 6-1, victory over Indian pair of Leander Paes and Vishal Uppal in their Davis Cup qualifying tie in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002.

09-21-2002, 01:20 PM
Congrats to Oz :D :bounce:

09-21-2002, 02:42 PM
Hewitt, Woodbridge put down India's doubles squad


ADELAIDE, Australia -- Lleyton Hewitt, the world's top-ranked player, has combined with Todd Woodbridge to give Australia a winning 3-0 lead over India in their Davis Cup qualifier.

The doubles victory means the Davis Cup runners-up last year have avoided failing to qualify for the 16-nation World Group next year and relegated India to the second tier.

Hewitt and Woodbridge beat Indian veteran Leander Paes and newcomer Vishaal Uppal 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 at Memorial Drive as the home team finished strongly after a tight second set.

Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs won the opening singles matches on Friday. The reverse singles in the now dead rubber will be played Sunday.

"I felt like we raised our game at the right time. The second set could have gone either way," Hewitt said in an on-court interview after the doubles match.

Down 4-5 and 0-30 on serve, the 21-year-old showed his fighting qualities.

"Yeah it was tight. I made four tough first serves so I was able to get out of that game pretty well," Hewitt said.

Woodbridge, the Wimbledon doubles champion, and Hewitt, the Wimbledon singles champion, breezed through the first set in 29 minutes.

The Indians forced a tiebreak in the second set before a clearly nervous Uppal, ranked No. 703, double-faulted to give the Australians the set in 44 minutes.

Uppal, playing in his second Davis Cup, dropped serve twice in the third set before Hewitt served it out in just 21 minutes.

India's U.S. Open doubles champion Mahesh Bhupathi had pulled out of the tie with a shoulder injury while Australia were without former U.S. Open singles finalist Mark Philippoussis, who has a knee problem.

Hewitt, the U.S. Open singles champion last year, said he was keen to continue playing Davis Cup doubles.

"Obviously playing singles throughout the year, it makes it extremely tough for me to play a lot of doubles matches on the tour," he said. "But I love playing the big doubles matches."

Australia's non-playing captain John Fitzgerald said complacency was always going to be the home team's biggest danger against their lowly-ranked opponents.

"It's a relief today to get over this Indian team. I just can't be more thrilled," he said, highlighting Hewitt's decision to make himself available for the tie.

09-21-2002, 03:00 PM
Hewitt leads Australia to 3-0 victory

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Doubles pair Lleyton Hewitt and Todd Woodbridge crushed India's Leander Paes and Vishal Uppal on Saturday to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in its Davis Cup World Group qualifying match at Adelaide's Memorial Drive tennis center.

World No. 1 Hewitt and doubles ace Woodbridge, playing only their second match together, were too strong for the veteran Paes and his young partner, winning 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-1 in just 94 minutes.

Paes was playing his 31st career Davis Cup doubles match, Uppal was only in his second match.

Australia took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five match on Friday when Hewitt crushed world No. 831 Harsh Mankad and big serving Wayne Arthurs beat doubles specialist Paes in four sets.

The victory Saturday -- with two singles matches still to play Sunday -- means Australia will be back in the 16-nation World Group next year, challenging again for the Davis Cup it has won 27 times.

"We looked upon this weekend as the start of what we are trying to do next year and that is win the Davis Cup," Woodbridge said.

Hewitt, an avid Australian Rules Football fan, was keen to wrap up the match quickly so he could watch his favorite team, the Adelaide Crows, play in the semifinal of the domestic cup competition. He drew loud cheers from the 3,805-strong crowd when he took to the court wearing a Crows shirt, which he took off before play started.

It was not immediately clear whether Hewitt would play singles Sunday -- he is scheduled to take part in a charity Australian Rules Football match later in the day.

Hewitt and Woodbridge had played only one doubles match together before Saturday but playing with other partners they hold 14 grand slam titles; Hewitt won the U.S. Open doubles in 2000 with Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Woodbridge has 13 titles, most of them with former partner Mark Woodforde.

Now Hewitt and Woodbridge say they want to play a few more doubles tournaments to hone the partnership for future Davis Cup matches.

Paes owns the 1999 Wimbledon and French Open doubles titles and with partner Mahesh Bhupathi reached the finals of the other two grand slams in that year. Uppal was playing in only his second Davis Cup doubles match.

Bhupathi pulled out of the Indian team last week. The team said he had a shoulder injury, but there has been intense speculation he is not injured.

Uppal's inexperience showed when Australia broke his serve in the fourth game of the first set, setting up a 6-3 set victory in just 29 minutes. Woodbridge said after the game the Australians deliberately targeted him as the weaker Indian player.

And Uppal was responsible for three errors in the tiebreaker that gave Australia the second set.

First he mis-hit a simple smash to give Australia a 5-3 lead, then he pushed a backhand volley wide to make it 6-5 before serving a double fault to give Australia the tiebreaker. He smashed his racket into the court in disgust as he walked to change ends.

India won two break points in the first game of the third set but could not convert them as Woodbridge fought back to hold serve.

"When they were under pressure they were able to pull out the goods," said Paes, who added he was "a little bit sore" from his Friday match with Arthurs.

Australia won two break points in the next game and Woodbridge converted the first with a crosscourt forehand.

That broke the Indians' resolve and Australia rushed to a 6-1 set victory and the match.

In comments after the match, Woodbridge sparked controversy by suggesting Bhupathi should have played.

"I did happen to watch the U.S. Open final and I thought he played pretty well," Woodbridge said after he and Lleyton Hewitt beat Leander Paes and Vishal Uppal to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five Davis Cup World Group qualifier.

He added that he believes Bhupathi is scheduled to play in a tournament next week at the Salem Open in Hong Kong. "If you can play the tournament next week, you can play this weekend," he said.

"It was a bit of a surprise I think," Woodbridge said of Bhupathi's absence. "If you have some difficulties you've got to play for your country if you get an opportunity. They are great moments in your career. I think at the end of the day he may regret that he hasn't played here."

Bhupathi and Paes are a strong doubles partnership that won two Grand Slams and lost the finals of the other two in 1999. They ended their successful tournament partnership in March this year, for undisclosed reasons, although they played Davis Cup doubles together against New Zealand in April and won.

The Indian team was unwilling Saturday to be drawn into the debate over Bhupathi, but team captain Ramesh Krishnan admitted he was missed in the doubles.

Krishnan dismissed Woodbridge's comments as "speculative."

"Whether Mahesh plays or not is our business," he said. "Mahesh has done well over the years ... he has had some injury problems over the last two or three years so I wouldn't read too much into that."

Paes declined to comment on the absence of his longtime partner.

09-21-2002, 03:13 PM

09-21-2002, 03:52 PM
another pic of Lleyton in his Crows shirt:

09-21-2002, 04:15 PM
Thanx 4 all the articles BBB! And the pic Ingrid, but Oh Lleyton *shakes head* I think you need a stylist mate :o :p

09-21-2002, 11:10 PM
Another pic of Lleyton today:

09-22-2002, 04:22 PM
From the Herald Sun website.... Australia has won 5-0. All it says is that Lleyton was "rested", no indication about the charity footy match at all.

Australia sweeps India away

AUSTRALIA recorded a 5-0 clean-sweep against India to retain its spot in the top-ranked world group in the Davis Cup relegation tie yesterday.

Gritty Queenslander Scott Draper gave Australia the perfect start at Memorial Drive with a straight-sets win over debutant Rohan Bopanna in the first of yesterday's best-of-three sets reverse singles matches.

But Wayne Arthurs had to battle to overcome Harsh Mankad, ranked 831 in the world, 6-3 3-6 7-5 in 98 minutes to clinch the whitewash.

It was Australia's first 5-0 clean-sweep since beating Brazil on grass in February 2000.

Australia rested world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who played singles and helped win the deciding doubles rubber with Todd Woodbridge on Saturday, to give Draper his second taste of Davis Cup action.

Arthurs, ranked 53 in singles, was victorious in two singles matches but he was also the only Aussie to drop a set for the tie. He also faced the unenviable task of playing a dead rubber against a youngster who was hungry to beat an established player.

"He had nothing to lose out there and he showed that by the way he played," Arthurs said.

"To his full credit he kept on coming at me and he never eased up. I thought he was going to crack at some stage in the third set and he never did.

"It's always difficult when you've won the tie already and you have to come out and play that match. It's always a sort of a no-win situation when you're ranked so far ahead of the other guy (but) it takes my record to 5-2 -- that looks much better."

India rested veteran Leander Paes to give Bopanna, 22, his debut but it was not a shining introduction for the 192cm right-hander. He hardly had an opportunity to settle down against the aggressive Draper, who pulled off his maiden Davis Cup win with a confident 6-3 7-5 victory in just 59 minutes.

"I was pretty relaxed. Even though it was a dead rubber you still want to put wins on the board," Draper said.

09-23-2002, 09:48 AM
Thanks, Allan!

Think these pics haven't been posted yet, all NewsPix, but oh well...

First pic: Lleyton, Fitz and Wayne were discussing the Crows! :D

09-23-2002, 09:51 AM
then this one shows Lleyton and Woodbridge in a quiet chat. :) :hearts:

09-23-2002, 09:52 AM
and the Lleyton like we know him on court:

09-23-2002, 09:55 AM
more familiar on court behaviour: