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Davis Cup 1st Round Tie: Australia vs. Sweden

02-01-2004, 06:28 PM
No rest for the weary. It's off to Adelaide to begin this year's Davis Cup campaign. Earlier last week, Philippoussis complained about the crowded schedule, and it is tough for players like Federer and Safin, who now have to jet back and get ready for more important matches.

Sweden's team features hard-serving up-and-comers Robin Soderling and, of course, the noble Pim Pim. It will be interesting to see who they choose to play. Australia has some potential soap operas in the wake of the Cash/Philippoussis feud, and Woodbridge's remarks. Not to mention, of course, the Hewitt/Johansson love connection.:p


02-01-2004, 06:38 PM
And, of course, best of luck to Australia.:D

No thanks to Pat Cash, who is threatening to place a restraining order on Mark.:rolleyes:

Cash considers restraining order
February 2, 2004

Pat Cash is considering applying for a restraining order against Mark Philippoussis after claiming to have received two threatening phone calls last week.

According to newspaper reports, 1987 Wimbledon winner Cash said he was "repeatedly threatened with the most hostile form of physical violence" by Philippoussis.

Cash added he might make a formal complaint to police about it.

The news threatens to become a serious distraction for Philippoussis in the lead-up to Australia's first-round Davis Cup tie against Sweden starting on Friday in Adelaide.

Cash said Philippoussis rang him on Wednesday after the former world No.4 publicly blamed pop star Delta Goodrem's presence at the Australian Open for the Scud's fourth round loss to 50th seed Moroccan Hicham Arazi.

On Melbourne radio, Cash had insinuated that the 19-year-old singer had kept Philippoussis up the previous night of the match.

The 27-year-old Philippoussis then phoned Cash to vent his anger before Cash called him back later to explain his media comments.

"Both times he completely lost his cool and evidence would seem to suggest that it's pretty clear I hit a nerve," said Cash, who used to coach Philippoussis before their relationship soured in 2000.

"I'm not prepared to suffer such a string of foul-mouthed insults - not from anyone, least of all Mark Philippoussis - who I regard as the most blatant waster of talent in the current game of tennis.

"Currently I'm deciding whether to make a formal complaint of his threatening behaviour to the police.

"A restraining order in the build-up to Australia's opening match in their Davis Cup defence against Sweden next week might make interesting reading for him."

Cash revealed Philippoussis had accused him of sabotaging his chances in last year's Wimbledon final by writing in his Sunday Times column - on the morning of the final - about Philippoussis' liking for strip clubs and his relationship with Russian glamour Anna Kournikova.

Cash also said he was appalled by Philippoussis' description of the dual Australian Open finalist as a loser.

"I know I'm far from perfect but the facts are I won a grand slam title as well as reaching two other finals, taking both to five sets," Cash said.


02-01-2004, 06:46 PM
Davis Cup starting again! :bounce: Go Australia!

While it's good to see Lleyton playing any time though I think it's a bit stupid that they make the defending champions play the first round :rolleyes: just two months after winning the thing!

02-01-2004, 08:57 PM
If an Aussie victory is important to Cash, he should care more about the team, than a fight with Flip

02-02-2004, 12:11 AM
"I know I'm far from perfect but the facts are I won a grand slam title as well as reaching two other finals, taking both to five sets,"

Ooooooooh, la di f*****g da Cash.

Good Luck Aussies :bounce:

02-02-2004, 12:14 AM


02-02-2004, 12:32 AM
Did you guys see that article in the Bladder about Cash?

It was so :haha:

02-02-2004, 10:51 AM
Give us a break: Hewitt
By Leo Schlink
February 3, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt has sounded the first warning over Australia's Davis Cup defence, claiming the break between last year's final triumph over Spain and this week's clash with Sweden is too short.

Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge will do battle with Mats Wilander's underdog Swedes on Rebound Ace at Memorial Drive from Friday, but Hewitt yesterday renewed his plea for better scheduling.

The dual world champion believes the two finalists - in this case Australia and Spain - should be given a first-round bye into the following year's competition.

"I think that Australians understand tennis and Davis Cup as much as anyone and most can't understand why we won the trophy for our country in December and have to go and defend it straight away," he said.

"It doesn't make any sense. The two finalists should receive a first-round bye or maybe they should be looking at making the Cup a two-year event, which would make it even more special."

Hewitt, beaten in the fourth round at Melbourne Park by eventual champion Roger Federer, said Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero's groin, back and leg injuries were a result of a gruelling schedule.

"Juan Carlos had a really demanding end to last year with the Masters, the Davis Cup final, the Australian Open semi-final and next week he would have had to go to the Czech Republic to play for Spain.

"It's no wonder there are so many players playing with niggles."

02-02-2004, 01:06 PM
Thanks for the article, Tara.:)

Pat Cash is backing down, and Masur tries to restore harmony.:)

Scud-Cash row sparks unity call
By Tim Dornin
February 3, 2004

Davis Cup coach Wally Masur has backed Mark Philippoussis to be mentally ready for this week's tie against Sweden despite a damaging row with Pat Cash.

Singles star Philippoussis was a notable absentee from Australia's first training session at the cup venue in Adelaide yesterday as Lleyton Hewitt, Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs all fine-tuned.

His absence coincided with reports saying former Wimbledon champion Cash was considering seeking a restraining order against him following two phone conversations during the Open.

Masur said it was no more than a planned day off for Philippoussis after training hard with his teammates in Melbourne over the past three days.

He was expected to rejoin the team today ahead of the first-round clash with Sweden starting on Friday.

The coach was confident Philippoussis was over his fourth-round loss to Hicham Arazi at the Open and the criticism it drew, notably from Cash.

"The good thing about Mark is he's a big boy and he's moved on and you'll see that tomorrow when he gets on the court," Masur said yesterday.

"He's hitting the ball pretty well."

It remains to be seen whether pop star Delta Goodrem is again on hand to support Philippoussis at the tie following the fuss about her appearances in his box at the Open.

Last week Cash claimed an enraged Philippoussis rang and threatened him after he'd suggested the singer may have contributed to his disappointing performance against Arazi.

However Cash yesterday backed away from the simmering feud.

"He (Cash) is not doing any more interviews and letting it all die down," Cash's manager Jim Flaherty said.

Asked about suggestions Cash would make a complaint to police, Flaherty said: "That won't happen. It was never an issue and was just something brought up in the media."

Masur said Philippoussis was unfazed.

"Obviously there was a day where he received some criticism in the paper and he wasn't overly happy about that," Masur said.

"He was disappointed but he's moved on and I was really happy with his last three days on the court - very, very positive."

Masur called for unity among Australian tennis players past and present.

"The thing about the Australian fraternity, there's not a lot of us and you'd sort of hope that we're all sticking together and we're all moving in the same direction," he said.

However he accepted Cash was his own man and would always be somewhat controversial.

"He's got his own road and he's travelling that way," Masur said. "He makes his decisions, he'll live by them.

"At the end of the day we're all grown men and you've got to take these things on board and move on."


02-02-2004, 02:49 PM
Swedish tv will show the matches:D:D:D

Knockers LaBroad
02-02-2004, 04:32 PM
Poor Jas.....;):sad::p
Sweden's man with inside knowledge
Paul Malone

SWEDISH power server Joachim Johansson expects to have one Australian willing him on at next week's Davis Cup tie -- the sister of Lleyton Hewitt.

Jaslyn Hewitt is Johansson's girlfriend and he has practised on the Hewitts' home-town court, Adelaide's Memorial Drive, where the first-round tie between Australia and Sweden starts on Friday.
Johansson, 21, and Robin Soderling, 19, started pressing Swedish captain Mats Wilander for singles berths ahead of experienced teammates Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Enqvist when the Swedes started practising in Adelaide yesterday.

Asked who he expected Jaslyn Hewitt to barrack for after supporting her brother and boyfriend at Australian Open matches, Johansson said: "She has to go for me. It's an easy decision.

"I hope I get to play singles and doubles. It's what I'm playing for.

"I've practised on that centre court in Adelaide for like three weeks.

"Practising with Lleyton has been a great help."

Johansson played above his world ranking of No. 90 at the Australian Open, losing a third round match to Spain's world No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in four tight sets.

He also sent down a 225km/h serve, which sees him sharing the distinction with American Andy Roddick for hitting the fastest serve of the tournament.

Absent Thomas Johansson, Sweden's 2002 Australian Open champion, said he expects Soderling, another tall, big serving player ranked No. 57, to be a certain singles selection.

He said Joachim had a chance of getting the second singles berth, which would see him scheduled to play Hewitt in the fifth and last rubber of the tie.

Joachim said the Swedes had hoped Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis would venture further at the Open than their fourth-round exits, to tire them out for cup duty.

Johansson is looking for a second Davis Cup singles match after losing his debut last April to Wayne Arthurs in a dead rubber when Australia took a 3-0 lead in the tie.

"We lost last time in Sweden when Lleyton played very well and Flip (Philippoussis) played incredible against Bjorkman on the first day. I don't think they can play much better than they did in Sweden and we can raise our game a fair bit," he said.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald said Sweden appeared to be ready to take a gamble on youth.

"Whether they go for two new faces or not is a different story. They might want to go with one young and one experienced player," he said.

Hewitt will not arrive in Adelaide until tomorrow because his fiancee Kim Clijsters will play in the Australian Open women's final today

Knockers LaBroad
02-02-2004, 04:45 PM
We wouldn't do that to our own
Paul Malone

DAVIS Cup mainstay Jonas Bjorkman says Swedish tennis greats would not attack current players the way Pat Cash has criticised Mark Philippoussis.

Bjorkman said grand slam winners Bjorn Borg, current Davis Cup captain Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg did not "have to be in the spotlight" the way he thought Wimbledon champion Cash wanted to be.
Bjorkman, Sweden's top-ranked player for the tie against Australia starting on Friday, said he expected controversy surrounding comments by Cash and Todd Woodbridge about Philippoussis's friendship with singer Delta Goodrem would unify the Australian team.

Cash threatened to take out a restraining order against Philippoussis on Sunday over angry phone conversations they had in the aftermath to Cash's comments that the Wimbledon runner-up looked like he had been "up all night" before his Open loss to Hicham Arazi.

"It wouldn't happen in Sweden that a player who played in the past are going aggressively (against) any other players," Bjorkman said.

"They don't have to be in the spotlight any more. They can handle doing something different and they go back to a normal life. That's the Swedish mentality and it works well.

"Sometimes these situations could help even more to get the Australian boys together and help each other out. The strength of the Australian team is that there's always a good team spirit."

Bjorkman said he hoped his regular doubles partner Woodbridge would have trouble concentrating on the tie because of Philippoussis's reaction to his comments.

Woodbridge said last week other players would not have left themselves open to distractions by seating a celebrity girlfriend at their matches.

But the Swedish veteran said he knew Woodbridge and Philippoussis had ironed out any problems last week.

"Todd sorted it out quickly with Mark and everyone. Todd was affected last week, which maybe hurt us a little (in an Australian Open doubles semi-final loss)," Bjorkman said.

"I wish he's not sharp, but I think he will be ready (for doubles) on Saturday."

Swedish teenager Robin Soderling, ranked No. 57, sought physiotherapy yesterday after slightly turning an ankle at practice.

02-03-2004, 12:43 PM
Oh no, here we go...article critical of Mark for avoiding press conference questions and of John Fitzgerald for protecting him. Keira (I think :o) was probably right about them not looking too happy in the press conference pics.

Fitzgerald shields the Scud
By Michael McGuire
February 4, 2004

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS turned 27 in November, a grown man by anyone's definition, but it doesn't mean he's allowed to speak for himself.

In the closeted world of sport, and tennis in particular, it's out of bounds to ask about anything that doesn't directly reflect an athlete's on-field performance.

Therefore, just because Philippoussis has been heavily criticised by a former great of Australian tennis in Pat Cash, who also accused him of threatening physical violence, and by team-mate Todd Woodbridge, it doesn't mean he should be allowed to defend himself.

Davis Cup babysitter John Fitzgerald came down hard on anyone who tried to raise either topic at yesterday's question-and-answer session with the team that will play Sweden in Adelaide starting on Friday.

"I'm happy to answer anything if you want, but I'd prefer if we'd stay on Davis Cup," Fitzgerald, a part-time commentator for Channel Seven, said in answer to a question directed at Philippoussis.

"We're not really interested in anything that angles towards tabloid journalism, I don't think. It's not what this team's about."

The babysitter even played the old "blame the media" card when Philippoussis was asked about the less-than-complimentary comments of doubles specialist Woodbridge, who also happened to be sitting next to him at the press conference.

Although the media can, just occasionally, be guilty of the odd beat-up, with Woodbridge no further amplification was necessary.

Woodbridge said on radio that his team-mate, with whom he won the Davis Cup only two months ago, was "the type of guy who has been happy to give 70 per cent".

To that he added on the presence of teenage pop star Delta Goodrem in the Philippoussis entourage that: "I can't answer that for him, but if it was me, Pat Rafter or Roger Federer for that matter, then I don't think you'd see them doing that".

"There are times for fun, there are times for partying and there are times for other stuff, but there are also the times of focus and complete dedication," Woodbridge said.

Game, set and match to Mr Woodbridge.

But not according to captain Fitzgerald, who said team morale was not under threat.

"This team is a very solid unit," Fitzgerald said.

"I have already answered it once, a very solid unit, and we are not interested in developing a story that we don't think there's anything in.

"It has been overplayed absolutely, to the point of the ridiculous and these guys are all here fighting together as a combined unit."

Well, the fighting bit is probably right.

The only thing Philippoussis had to say about the whole imbroglio was at the Adelaide airport earlier in the day when he said in regard to Cash that "I just laugh at things like that".

"I have got more important things to worry about like the Davis Cup and that is what is on my mind, nothing else."

Philippoussis also said that he was well prepared for the tie against Sweden despite missing Australia's first two training sessions in Adelaide because he was in Sydney fulfilling business commitments.

Philippoussis, along with Lleyton Hewitt and doubles player Wayne Arthurs, practised in Melbourne for three days before heading to South Australia.

"This is a Davis Cup tie and just as I did in the other ones I'll give it 110 per cent, go out there and win it for myself, the team, the captain, coach and the country," Philippoussis said.

It could also be a big weekend for Hewitt, who if he wins both singles matches against Sweden, will set an Australian record for Davis Cup wins, beating the mark set by Adrian Quist, who first played in 1933.

The Australian

02-03-2004, 01:16 PM
From smh, Mark's missed two practices. Some nice remarks by Lleyton about Pim Pim at the end of the article.:angel:

Scud jets in but all quiet on Cash
By Linda Pearce
February 4, 2004

Mark Philippoussis finally arrived in Adelaide yesterday afternoon, missing Australia's second practice session on the Memorial Drive match court but not the swirl of controversy encircling this week's first-round Davis Cup tie against Sweden.

Speaking publicly for the first time since suggestions from Pat Cash and John Alexander that off-court distractions had contributed to his demise at the Australian Open, Philippoussis said commercial obligations were the reason for his late appearance, but was spared further scrutiny by the interjections of his captain, John Fitzgerald.

"I just had something that I had to do, I had to fulfil some contracts," Philippoussis said after arriving from Melbourne. "Having done so, I came in as soon as I was done."

Philippoussis practised later with hitting partner Todd Reid, supervised by Fitzgerald and coach Wally Masur, after the full squad had hit for more than three hours in the middle of the day. The hero of last year's final against Spain, Philippoussis had worked from Friday to Sunday with Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs at Melbourne Park, and was granted a Monday rest.

Indeed, despite his delayed entrance leaving only two more days of centre court practice, the 27-year-old was adamant he would be prepared for Friday's singles, probably against Swedish debutant Robin Soderling. "We've all been on the court, trained pretty hard, so it's not like I haven't been doing anything," Philippoussis said. "It'll definitely be enough preparation."

Fitzgerald was strident in his defence of his singles No.1, intervening when responses were sought from Philippoussis over not just his messy stoush with Cash, but also Todd Woodbridge's description of his cup teammate as "the type of guy who's been happy to give 70 per cent".

Woodbridge, who had been speaking on radio, claimed to have been quoted out of context. "We don't want to answer that - he's not going to talk," Fitzgerald said. "I'm happy to answer anything if you want, but I'd prefer if it stayed on Davis Cup.

"This team is a very solid unit and we're not interested in trying to develop a story that we don't think there's anything in. I think it's been overplayed absolutely, to the point of the ridiculous, and these guys are all here fighting together as a combined unit . . . We're not going to listen, if [Cash] says something like that."

At the airport, Philippoussis said suggestions that Cash was considering taking out a restraining order against him were laughable, and insisted Davis Cup was the only thing on his mind. In Townsville the previous night, Pat Rafter had insisted his former doubles partner "will rise above that, and he'll go out there and give 100 per cent, not 70 per cent".

Swedish coach Mats Wilander ignored queries about Philippoussis and focused on the obvious home advantages his team will concede. "They've most probably played on this court since they were little kids; Lleyton obviously is from here, so I think it's totally different from us," he said.

All the Swedes except Jonas Bjorkman have been in Adelaide since last Thursday. Wilander said he would not be making his selections known before Friday's draw, but 57th-ranked Soderling is favoured for one singles place, and Bjorkman will certainly play doubles, most likely with teenager Joachim Johansson, the partner of Hewitt's sister Jaslyn.

"I think he's ready," Hewitt said. "He's not one that shies away from big matches, big arenas, and he gave [Juan Carlos] Ferrero a hell of a fright at the Australian Open.

"So he'd be a tough player if he gets put in, and [he's] got a good game for doubles as well, so I'm not sure if we'll see him on Friday or Saturday."

02-03-2004, 01:24 PM
'Awesome' record chance for Hewitt
February 4, 2004

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While he doesn't dwell on records, Lleyton Hewitt admits it would be "awesome" to become Australia's most successful singles player in Davis Cup history.

Especially so to do it in his home city of Adelaide.

Hewitt, 22, is second on the list with 23 wins, equal with Pat Cash and Jack Crawford and just one behind Adrian Quist.

Hewitt said he had heard about the record but had not thought much about it beyond that.

"Any record like that is pretty incredible and to have the opportunity to at least tie it in Adelaide would be an awesome place to do it," he said. "But then I've got to go out there and try to get the job done on Friday. Hopefully it doesn't come down to trying to break the record outright late on Sunday afternoon."

Hewitt's Davis Cup career stretches back just five years compared with nine for Quist and eight for Cash and Crawford.

Team captain John Fitzgerald said that showed the class of the former world No 1. "He's not 23 yet and to have 23 wins up on the board for his country, that simply speaks for itself," he said. "It's really only a matter of time."


TENNIS: Hewitt poised to take singles record
ADELAIDE'S favourite sporting son Lleyton Hewitt hopes Memorial Drive is not the setting for a record which beckons him as Australia's all-time Davis Cup singles winner in the tie against Sweden starting on Friday.

Hewitt needs one singles win to tie and two to break Adrian Quist's Australian Davis Cup record of 24 singles wins in the appropriate venue of his home city.

But Hewitt, 22, did not play in dead, day-three rubbers in three of the four ties last year, with the only tie requiring him to play a second singles match being when he dug in to inflict a five-set defeat on Swiss Roger Federer in the semi-final round.

"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 yesterday.

"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 (in a live match).

"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."

The most singles wins in Davis Cup are by Italian Nicola Pietrangeli with 78 from 110 matches in a staggering 66 ties.

But Hewitt's 23 wins and five losses from 16 ties has him well positioned to forge one of the greatest Davis Cup careers.

Australian Davis Cup coach Wally Masur believes his win-loss ratio one day could mirror or better some of the legendary Cup warriors including John McEnroe (41-8), Boris Becker (38-3), Bjorn Borg (37-3), Andre Agassi (30-5) and Roy Emerson (21-2).

Hewitt's win-loss ratio entering his sixth Davis Cup year is superior to Grand Slam champions including Federer (15-6), Rod Laver (16-4), Mats Wilander (36-16), Stefan Edberg (35-15), John Newcombe (16-7) and Pat Cash (23-7).

"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," Australian coach Wally 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."

Masur said Australia needed to build a team around Hewitt to enable him to keep playing in the 16-nation world group.

"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."

Hewitt said Sweden's third-ranked player, big serving Joachim Johansson, was ready for Davis Cup selection.

Johansson is the boyfriend of Hewitt's sister Jaslyn and practised for many days on Memorial Drive centre court with Hewitt in December.

Knockers LaBroad
02-03-2004, 04:40 PM
GOLF: Shark takes a swipe at Pollard
By GEOFF ROACH in Melbourne
GREG Norman launched his broadside at Tennis Australia yesterday over both its refusal to compromise on television times and its failure to use new technology to monitor line calls in tennis.

"I am very disappointed," he said, when quizzed over the contretemps which prevented Channel 7 from televising both the Heineken Classic and Davis Cup.

"Tennis Australia's Geoff Pollard could have shown flexibility but didn't. There was a way of sorting this deal out that Lleyton (Hewitt) and I devised for the good of both sports." Norman also chided Tennis Australia for not using available technology to monitor line calls.

"As a competitor, it was hard for me to be a spectator especially when you see a call like the one which went against Kim Clijsters.

"I'm not an expert but I could see that ball touch the line. How come they haven't used technology to put sensors on the lines?"

02-03-2004, 04:48 PM
To that he added on the presence of teenage pop star Delta Goodrem in the Philippoussis entourage that: "I can't answer that for him, but if it was me, Pat Rafter or Roger Federer for that matter, then I don't think you'd see them doing that".

When did Woodbridge find time to court his wife? Or St. Pat time to court his supermodel girlfriend? Not to mention the fact that both men managed to knock both women up. And then of course you have Roger, who's girlfriend seems to be travelling with him on the tour full time.

What I find really fascinating is the fact that Woodbridge and Cash feel qualified to comment Flip and Delta Goodrem and their relationship, whatever it may be, when, presumably, neither of them know the first thing about it. I would bet the ranch that Pat Cash had no personal knowledge of the state of 1) Flip's mind-set 2) Delta Goodrem and/or 3) Flip's relationship with and mind-set towards Delta Goodrem.

02-03-2004, 05:37 PM
I can just see sensors on the lines.... going off every bleeping time you set foot near them.

There's enough trouble with the sensors that called the serves.

02-03-2004, 07:28 PM
While he doesn't dwell on records, Lleyton Hewitt admits it would be "awesome" to become Australia's most successful singles player in Davis Cup history.

Especially so to do it in his home city of Adelaide.

Hewitt, 22, is second on the list with 23 wins, equal with Pat Cash and Jack Crawford and just one behind Adrian Quist.

Hewitt said he had heard about the record but had not thought much about it beyond that.

"Any record like that is pretty incredible and to have the opportunity to at least tie it in Adelaide would be an awesome place to do it," he said. "But then I've got to go out there and try to get the job done on Friday. Hopefully it doesn't come down to trying to break the record outright late on Sunday afternoon."

Hewitt's Davis Cup career stretches back just five years compared with nine for Quist and eight for Cash and Crawford.

Team captain John Fitzgerald said that showed the class of the former world No 1. "He's not 23 yet and to have 23 wins up on the board for his country, that simply speaks for itself," he said. "It's really only a matter of time."

02-04-2004, 09:44 AM
Hewitt is Australia's Davis Cup ace


Lleyton Hewitt is poised to equal or perhaps become Australia's all-time Davis Cup singles winner in the World Group tie against Sweden starting on Friday.
The 22-year-old Hewitt needs one singles win to tie and two to break Adrian Quist's Australian Davis Cup record of 24 singles wins in his home city.

Hewitt is likely to get his chance in Friday's opening singles but if the tie is dead on Sunday he may not play in the return singles, having missed three of Australia's four dead day-three rubbers played last year.

"He's going to go down as our greatest Davis Cup player," former Australian captain John Newcombe said.

Newcombe, who played eight years for Australia for a 16-7 singles record, said Hewitt was recharged after drastically reducing his playing schedule to just 48 matches last year.

"I think he was really smart to take that rest last year, the engine had burnt out, mentally and physically, and he's renewed, he's recharged the batteries," he said.

"You've got to look at what happened to this kid who started in 1999 in the five years since then Australia has been in the Davis Cup final four times, he won two Grand Slams in that period, and he was the number one player in the world for 18-20 months, and he's not a big strong bloke.

"The physical and mental pressure, you could see him winding down, he had less and less on his game and he was just hanging in there with his spirit, and now you see him there, he's like a new person."

Newcombe, who brought Hewitt into the Davis Cup squad as a 16-year-old in 1997, believes the former world number one is a late maturer and could win three or five more Grand Slams to add to his Wimbledon and US Open titles.

"I always thought Lleyton he could get five or seven Grand Slams, if he plays for another five years, I can't see why he can't win another three to five over the next five years," he said.

"He's getting stronger. He's a late physical maturer, and he's getting stronger ... and he's knows he's get to move up a notch or two in the weight of the shot and the power of the shot."

The most singles wins in Davis Cup are by Italian Nicola Pietrangeli with 78 from 110 matches in 66 ties.

But Hewitt's 23 wins and five losses from 16 ties has him well positioned to forge one of the greatest Davis Cup careers.

Hewitt's win-loss ratio entering his sixth Davis Cup year is superior to Grand Slam champions including Roger Federer (15-6), Rod Laver (16-4), Mats Wilander (36-16), Stefan Edberg (35-15), Newcombe (16-7) and Pat Cash (23-7).

"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," Hewitt 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 (in a live match).

"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."


02-04-2004, 12:10 PM
Tennis Australia lobbies for change
February 4, 2004 - 5:05PM

Tennis Australia will continue to lobby the International Tennis Federation to change the Davis Cup format to give the defending champions a bye in the first round.

As the Australian team rounded out its preparations in Adelaide for the tie against Sweden this weekend, Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard said it was an issue local officials intended to pursue.

When it was raised recently the ITF indicated it was committed to a 16-team format this year because of commercial agreements.

Pollard said Australia had suggested a 14-team competition to allow the defending champions and the runners-up a bye in the first round the following year.

"We intend to continue to pursue the 14-team competition and there is support from a number of other high-profile nations for that concept," he said.

"It does give the winning team a bit of a breather, particularly when the competition starts so early in the year."

Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said he also favoured the idea of giving the top two teams free passage into the second round.

"It's not easy to come up after winning in November, but that's the challenge, that's the way the competition is," he said.

"I tend to think it would be good to have a bye for the winners and the runners-up.

"But I understand the argument of 16 nations wanting to be in the world group and it would reduce that by two if it was the case."

Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt said there was always a danger of being bundled out in the first round.

"This is going to be one of the toughest first-round encounters you can actually have," Hewitt said.

He said Australia was at least fortunate it was playing on Rebound Ace after coming off the same surface at the Australian Open and was also playing at home.

02-04-2004, 01:11 PM
So it's Lleyton against Robin Soderling and Flip will take on Enquist

Sweden's Davis Cup team

February 05, 2004
DAVIS Cup team captain Mats Wilander tonight announced Sweden's team to face Australia in their World Group first round tie, according to Swedish agency TT.

Thomas Enqvist and Robin Soderling will spearhead Sweden's campaign from Friday to Sunday in the singles competition while doubles duties will fall to Jonas Bjorkman and Joachim Johansson.

02-04-2004, 03:00 PM
Scud will be OK on day
Paul Malone

AUSTRALIAN Davis Cup coach Wally Masur last night dismissed Mark Philippoussis's sound defeat by Lleyton Hewitt in a practice duel as a cause for concern in the countdown to tomorrow's opening singles matches against Sweden in Adelaide.

Hewitt comfortably had the better of Philippoussis, trounced by Moroccan Hicham Arazi in the fourth round of the Australian Open last week, when they took to Memorial Drive's centre court yesterday for two sets of spirited practice.
Philippoussis, the Australian No. 1 under pressure from twin blasts of criticism by former coach Pat Cash last week, will be increasingly seen by the Swedes as the player they are most likely to upset for a singles win in the first-round tie.

Swedish teenager Robin Soderling seems to have played his way into a probable Davis Cup debut against Philippoussis when the Swedes and Australians nominate their singles players today.

"I think it was only a service break in each set, but Mark works more towards what he's going to do on Friday, whereas Lleyton plays like he plays every day," Masur said.

"It's great we have two players who push each other and all our players know not to take anything for granted against the Swedes."

John Newcombe, who was captain of the 1999 Australian team anchored by Philippoussis to a final win, said he had phoned the Victorian last week to cheer him up.

Philippoussis is coming out of one of the most testing times of his eventful career, with former coach Cash accusing the Scud of making violent threats to him over comments perceived as being critical of his friendship with singer Delta Goodrem.

"I told him how proud he should be about what he has done the past few months, getting to the final of Wimbledon and the final of the Davis Cup," Newcombe said.

"We had a 90-second conversation and we had some nice words. I think Mark would have put it all behind him at this stage."

Sweden captain Mats Wilander is expected to choose Soderling, ranked No. 54, against Philippoussis tomorrow and invite Jonas Bjorkman to win his first match in a six career meetings with Hewitt. The draw determines the order of play.

Newcombe said the hot weather forecast for Adelaide on all three days meant fatigue could be a factor after the Australians had a break of less than three months since the 2003 final.

Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard said yesterday TA would press on with its lobbying for a proposal that the cup finalists be given a first-round bye in the following year's competition.

A Davis Cup rule change several years ago provided for the top-ranked singles player from each team to play a first-day match against the opposition's second-ranked representative.

Wilander can therefore hand-pick the Swedish player he thinks has most chance of beating Philippoussis or Hewitt tomorrow by either selecting Bjorkman, his top-ranked player, first-up, or holding him in reserve for doubles and reverse-singles duty on the last two days.

Soderling, 19, won more games than Bjorkman's probable doubles partner Joachim Johansson, 21, in practice and Bjorkman said he had the mental strength to perform well at Davis Cup level.

Hewitt has a 5-0 career record over Bjorkman, 31, and a 6-1 edge over Thomas Enqvist, 29.

02-05-2004, 01:43 AM
Addendum to previous post: the draw is up and Mark will go up first against Enqvist and then Ll against Soderling.

Good luck to the Australian team. Maybe it'll be a relief to get out of the press room and on to the court.:D

02-05-2004, 07:05 AM
In the press conference, Lley was asked whether jaslyn would be sitting in his box or Pim-Pim's and Lleyton goes "well she should be sitting in mine but... :lol:"

02-05-2004, 12:43 PM
lol poor Jaslyn...smh breakdown of the draw and the Wilander's decisions, which I think make a lot of sense. I realize he's fallen on hard times, but is it really necessary to speak of Enqvist as recycled?:o

Scud wary as Swedes spring a cup surprise
By Linda Pearce
February 6, 2004

Australia today return to the Davis Cup court just 68 days after winning their 28th championship, wary of the contrasting dangers of an anti-climactic sequel to last year's dramatic finals victory and a Swedish team that has summoned teenage debutant Robin Soderling and recycled the fading Thomas Enqvist for first-round singles duty.

Having relocated from the heaving Rod Laver Arena to the smaller, quieter Memorial Drive, Australia again start strong favourites, with the same personnel as in last year's grasscourt decider against Spain, but face a far different challenge ahead on Adelaide's searing Rebound Ace.

Swedish captain Mats Wilander overlooked his top-ranked player, world No.28 Jonas Bjorkman, for today's singles in favour of the 54th-ranked Soderling and No.78 Thomas Enqvist. Wilander was influenced by Bjorkman's inability to beat Lleyton Hewitt in five attempts and the desire to keep him fresh for the doubles while reserving his right of substitution on Sunday.

Without the doubles point, Wilander has conceded he does not believe the Swedes can win the tie. Even with it, their prospects are doubtful, although Mark Philippoussis - who played Australia's most recent rubber, against Juan Carlos Ferrero on November 30, and leads off this morning against Enqvist - spoke after yesterday's draw of the potential perils of a let-down.

"Coming from such a high can be dangerous and I think we've just got to be very pumped and ready for this and try not to come out too flat," Philippoussis said. "I've had a few days to relax so I don't really want to look back and think about Melbourne too much, add any pressure onto the situation. It's a different situation, it's the first round again. Just trying to start the [new] year and start strong."

After a dismal performance against Hicham Arazi at the Australian Open, the world No.9 spoke several times yesterday of his desire to play a "solid" match against Enqvist, the 29-year-old former world No.4 and finalist at Melbourne Park who has fallen on lean times. Philippoussis leads Enqvist 3-2 but only one of the pair's five matches has failed to last the full distance and Enqvist believes he has the game to "disturb" Philippoussis again.

"It's not easy to dictate points against Mark Philippoussis," Wilander said, explaining a selection that apparently failed to surprise the Australians. "But I think Thomas hits the ball hard and serves well and I think he's got a good style to play Mark. He's strong and he can hold his ground."

Soderling is another baseliner with a powerful forehand and the former fourth-ranked junior has risen to the cusp of the top 50, reaching his first career final last year in Stockholm and upsetting 2003 finalist Rainer Schuettler in Melbourne two weeks ago. Still, he admits that Lleyton Hewitt is a daunting opponent, his first in Davis Cup play and one he has previously seen only from afar.

"It's going to be the first match for me and I certainly feel I could get an easier start but at the same time I feel that he's got all the pressure and I've not, so maybe I can use that as a little advantage," Soderling, 19, said. "He's obviously a good player, he's been world No.1 two years in a row and it's going to be tough but I just have to try to do my best. He's expected to win."

Hewitt is expecting a battle on his home and most familiar court, and the Australian prepared by watching some of the Soderling-Schuettler match and monitoring several practice sessions. Soderling, he said, was a promising player with a big back-court game, who had beaten one of the game's fittest players in five sets on centre court on the Australian Open's hottest day.

Adelaide promises to be far hotter, perhaps even touching 40 degrees on Sunday, and so, a little over two months after 2003's victory, it all begins again. Australia are the defending champions and favourites, and Sweden, having been thrashed 5-0 at home against the same formidable team last April, are stressing how little they have to lose.

"I think it can work both ways," Wilander said. "I think it could possibly be a little bit of an anti-climax for the defending champions to play so soon after having won Davis Cup - at the same time they're obviously full of confidence and I would think they'd want to keep the streak going."

Enqvist, who ended last year outside the top 50 for the first time since 1994,

believes he still has the game to trouble Philippoussis.

"It's usually very small things in every match that decides who's going to win," said Enqvist, who won the Adelaide hardcourt title and reached the Australian Open final five years ago, 11 months before his world ranking peaked at No.4. In contrast, it is now a sickly 78th, and Davis Cup selection has seemed far from a sure thing.

Bjorkman, who enjoyed his best year in 2003, admitted to his disappointment about being overlooked for day-one singles responsibility. "But I'm always going into the Davis Cup tie, like all four of us, ready to play singles, and it didn't turn out to be that way this time," he said.

Australia v Sweden

Davis Cup, first-round tie at Memorial Drive, Adelaide

Today, 11am

Philippoussis (9) v Enqvist (78). Then: Hewitt (13) v Soderling (54)

Tomorrow, 11am

Woodbridge (5)/Arthurs (12) v Bjorkman (6)/J Johansson (336)

Sunday, 11am

Philippoussis v Soderling. Then: Hewitt v Enqvist

(ATP singles/doubles rankings in brackets)

TV: Channel 7 (11.30am-3.30pm)

02-05-2004, 01:02 PM
Stuff on weather conditions...some soaring temps. :eek:
Adelaide heat is on
Paul Malone

THERE will be no respite from an Adelaide heatwave after Davis Cup captains John Fitzgerald and Mats Wilander declined an offer for ice-vests to be made available to Australian and Swedish players.

There is no extreme heat rule to delay the start of matches and safeguard the health of players, as there is for the Australian Open.
Australian No. 1 Mark Philippoussis said he would have to make sure he was "pumped up" for today's opening singles match against Thomas Enqvist, which could run through the worst temperatures of a day forecast to produce a maximum of 35C.

Tomorrow's doubles rubber is predicted to be played in temperatures up to 38C, with 40C forecast for Sunday's reverse singles matches.

Tennis Australia's Davis Cup manager Fenton Coull said the captains had been offered ice-vests and saline drips and been told they would not be required by players.

Ice-vests are routinely used to lower the core body temperature of Australian Olympic endurance athletes, even in milder weather.

Swedish singles players Enqvist, a former world No. 4 fallen on harder times, and debutant Robin Soderling, who intends to draw Lleyton Hewitt into a baseline battle of attrition in today's second singles match, have been practising for eight days in Adelaide's summer heat.

"I'll be used to it maybe a little more, but these guys don't spend that much time in Sweden in the cold," Hewitt said yesterday.

"They are travelling with us on the circuit pretty much week in, week out. Enqvist has had a couple of great tournaments on this court and the two times we've played in the final of the Adelaide tournament, it's been bloody hot."

Enqvist, now the lowest-ranked of the four Swedes at No. 78, beat Hewitt in the 1999 final of the Adelaide tournament, before the South Australian reversed the result 12 months later.

Philippoussis, so sluggish in his Australian Open fourth-round exit 11 days ago, had much more spring in his step yesterday during a lively one-hour practice with Hewitt.

But he is mindful of Swedish coach Wilander's public wish yesterday that Australia find the first-round tie an anti-climax after last year's final victory over Spain in late November.

"The guys feel like the final was yesterday and it's a dangerous tie to come from such a high," said Philippoussis, who has won the past two of his five matches against Enqvist to hold a 3-2 career edge.

Enqvist said he had a "pretty good game to disturb" Philippoussis with penetration off the return of serve and passing shots.

Jonas Bjorkman will play his first doubles match tomorrow with Joachim Johansson against Australians Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs

02-05-2004, 04:09 PM
Thanks for all the articles :kiss:

Its very exciting to think that Lleyton is very much on his way to breaking all kinds of records :yippee: From what the articles say, it seems to be just a matter of time, it may not happen here, but it won't take long. And you'd have to think that he has quite a number of DC years left in him, so who knows the records he could set :D :D

Can't wait to hear about this tie this weekend!

Go Aussies!

02-05-2004, 04:38 PM
Thanks for the articles ;)

02-06-2004, 01:45 AM
So much for stupid Flip. Lleyton's going to have to bail out his lazy ass.

02-06-2004, 01:47 AM
Lleyt had two aces in the first game.

Can't stay and chat though :wavey:

02-06-2004, 03:46 AM
Lleyt won 6-4 6-3 6-1 :)

02-06-2004, 04:09 AM
Well Done Lley! :worship:

02-06-2004, 04:12 AM
Thank goodness for Lleyton. :)

But, I'm torn because I love the Swedes too, and I like Enqvist much better than poo.

02-06-2004, 07:28 AM
:bounce: Lleyton! :bounce:
:( @ Flip...

Some articles re the first day:


'Be strong'

Hewitt brings Australia back from early 1-0 deficit against Sweden

Friday February 6, 2004

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Lleyton Hewitt beat rookie Robin Soderling as defending champion Australia leveled the first-round Davis Cup match at 1-1 Friday after Sweden's Thomas Enqvist upset Mark Philippoussis in the opener.

Enqvist didn't lose a point on serve in the second set and didn't face a break point in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Philippoussis to give Sweden a surprise 1-0 lead.

Former No. 1 Hewitt equaled Adrian Quist's Australian record with his 24th Davis Cup singles win, a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 disposal of 19-year-old Soderling. He improved to 24-5 in Davis Cup singles matches.

The national record "was at the back of my mind. But the main priority was to get us back at 1-all," said Hewitt. "I just had to come out and be strong."

The doubles matches were scheduled for Saturday and the reverse singles for Sunday.

Wimbledon finalist Philippoussis was the hero of Australia's win over Spain in the 2003 final, overcoming shoulder pain to beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in five sets and give the hosts an insurmountable 3-1 lead in Melbourne on Dec. 1.

But he was never on top against Enqvist, who reached a career-high No. 4 in 1999 after making the Australian Open final but is coming off his worst season in a decade.

"I think I played really well -- the best in a long time," said Enqvist. "I didn't make many unforced errors."

Enqvist's win broke Sweden's losing streak against Australia, which swept Sweden 5-0 in the second round last season.

"It was very important that we get the first match, especially after losing 5-0 in Malmo," he said.

Enqvist was ranked No. 78 coming into this Davis Cup match at Memorial Drive after a third-round loss to Andre Agassi at the Australian Open last month.

He was a surprise choice as Sweden's No. 2 singles player, and is the lowest-ranked of the four players on the team.

"This is the kind of day you live for," said Enqvist, who broke No. 9-ranked Philippoussis once in each of the first two sets and twice in the third Friday.

The 29-year-old Swede said he couldn't remember ever being so dominant on serve in one set as he was in the second.

And against the Philippoussis' big serve, Enqvist ripped 15 forehand winners -- including one on break point in the opening game of the third set.

"I came up a break early in every set. I felt like I was controlling every set because of that. I never let him back in," said Enqvist, who improved to 14-9 in Davis Cup singles matches and 3-3 in head-to-heads against Philippoussis.

Philippoussis, who was heavily criticized by his former coach Pat Cash for letting his personal life interfere with his tennis before his fourth-round exit at the Australian Open last month, said the criticism was poorly timed but "didn't effect anything" against Enqvist.

"I was trying. I went out there and gave it everything. It's a Davis Cup match, just like the last one -- it's very disappointing," said Philippoussis.

"Even off my first serves, he was hitting really deep at my feet. He kept the pressure up the whole time -- I was running behind the whole time."

Australia's Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs face Jonas Bjorkman and Joachim Johansson in the doubles on Saturday.

If necessary, Enqvist will face Hewitt in a deciding fifth match.

Enqvist won the Australian Hardcourt championships here in 1999 and lost in the final the following year to Hewitt.

02-06-2004, 07:29 AM
From Adelaide newspaper the Advertiser:

Hewitt levels tie


LLEYTON HEWITT equalled an Australian record of most singles victories in Davis Cup with a straight sets win over young Swede Robin Soderling to level their World Group opening round tennis tie in Adelaide today.

The former world No.1 claimed a 6-4 6-3 6-1 victory over the world No.54 Cup debutant after Thomas Enqvist crushed Mark Philippoussis in straight sets in the opening rubber.

Hewitt won his 24th singles tie in just five years of Cup competition to join Adrian Quist and he could claim the record outright if he plays in Sunday's reverse singles, where he has been paired against Enqvist in the final rubber.

Enqvist played near-flawless tennis to destroy Philippoussis and give the Swedish outsiders a shock 1-0 lead over the Davis Cup champions.

The 78th-ranked Enqvist bounced back from a struggling 2003 season to blast away Australia's top-ranked player, 6-3 6-4 6-2 in just under 90 minutes.

"It was very important to get the first match after losing 5-0 (to Australia) in Malmo last year and that puts the pressure back on to Australia," Enqvist said.

"I knew when I stepped on the court with Mark that I had to play really well to have a chance to win, and I did that, I did not make any unforced errors and I went for my shots when I had the opportunity ... I'm very happy with the way I played.

"You know when you play Mark you have to get hold on his serve, that's always the key, I did that well today and from there I have a good game to beat anybody."

Enqvist, fourth in the world five years ago, was in stunning form, reeling off seven love service games to shred the Australian's hopes. He dropped only 11 points on serve in 14 service games.

Enqvist, who was forced to qualify for last year's US Open, vindicated the faith of his captain Mats Wilander to play Philippoussis off the court, securing four service breaks to win in devastating fashion.

"I had a break early in every set so I felt like I was controlling each set because of that and I never let him back into the match," Enqvist said.

It took 29-year-old Enqvist's Davis Cup singles record to 14-9 while Philippoussis slumped to 13-8.

"He was really on today, he hit the ball cleanly, he didn't miss his first serve and he was hitting deeply to my feet and he led every set," said Philippoussis, who didn't have one break point in the match.

"He just kept the pressure on the whole time and I was running behind the whole match.

"I missed a little at the start, but I tried to make things happen by mixing up the play, but he kept stepping in and hitting up."

The Swede thrives on the Adelaide hardcourt where he won the 1999 Australian Hardcourt Championship and was a finalist in the same tournament in the following year. He was also a beaten finalist at the 1999 Australian Open in Melbourne.

Enqvist broke Philippoussis' serve in the fourth game with a fierce return winner and was rock solid to serve it out for the opening set in 28 minutes.

It got no better for the Australian, who dropped his opening service of the second set when on 15-40 a big forehand clipped the baseline with Philippoussis expecting it to be out.

Enqvist was serving exceptionally well and raced through seven love games from the last game of the first set right through the entire second set.

The Swede could no do wrong and ripped through Philippoussis' serve in the first and seventh games to wrap up the match when the Australian's backhand found the net.

02-06-2004, 08:58 AM

thanks for the articles

:yeah: good job LL

02-06-2004, 12:10 PM
Thanks for the articles - good job Lleyt.

My 2003 Davis cup book arrived this morning (finally :rolleyes: ) Lleyton features heavily ;) It was worth the wait.

02-06-2004, 12:52 PM
Well done, Lleyton and congratulations for tying the record for most wins.:worship: I am very anxious for the doubles. I hope the team can get it together mentally. *fingers crossed* Here's The Age's version of events. Linda Pearce turning a bit on her beloved Philippoussis.

Tired Scud flops, Hewitt to the rescue
By Linda Pearce
February 7, 2004

If circumstances ensured Mark Philippoussis received a disproportionate share of the glory for his one-point contribution to Australia's 3-1 victory in last year's Davis Cup final, yesterday's loss was all his own.

It took Lleyton Hewitt to level the first-round tie against Sweden, and Adrian Quist's long-standing record of 24 singles wins for Australia, after Philippoussis failed to win a set against Thomas Enqvist.

Philippoussis, a late-Tuesday arrival at Memorial Drive, did not blame the recent negative publicity for his dismal performance against a reborn Enqvist, but said comments from Pat Cash and others had been unhelpful, and inappropriately timed.

"Whatever anyone wants to say about my personal life, if they think that's the right thing, so be it," said Philippoussis, denying his preparation had been compromised. "(But) I've been through a lot in my life, and I've seen that before; it didn't affect anything. It's just unfortunate that something like that has to be brought up before a Davis Cup. I don't think it's the right thing to do."

Philippoussis admitted both to fatigue after such a short end-of-season break, and the desire for a short rest from the game.

He will take one, but not until Monday, for his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 defeat ensured that, regardless of today's doubles outcome between Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs and the scratch Swedish pair of Jonas Bjorkman and Joachim Johansson, tomorrow's fourth rubber against Robin Soderling or potential substitute Bjorkman will be live.

Hewitt is in reserve for the fifth match against Enqvist if required, having yesterday overwhelmed a heat-affected, Hewitt-tormented Soderling 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to stretch his phenomenal cup singles record to 24-5, save Australia's day yet again, and make good the recovery from his teammate's unexpectedly slow start.

From now 'til Sunday I've got to regroup and do whatever I can to come out fresh . . .
"I won't lie. At the moment I'm just a little tired," said Philippoussis, citing the minimal post-final respite before returning to prepare for the local circuit. "From now 'til Sunday I've got to regroup and do whatever I can to come out fresh, and just think about just playing one match, and maybe after that just have a little bit of a break.

"It's a challenge. I must say I'm a pretty positive person (but) at the moment I'm being tough on myself. I just want to try and find myself and try and go out on the court with the proper balance of relaxation but also intensity, because sometimes I want to be relaxed and I go out there a little too flat. I have to try and find that groove that works for me, and hopefully on Sunday I can."

For all the praise that was rightly shovelled Philippoussis's way after his memorable effort on the final day in last November's decider, he has now lost his opening match in the past three ties. In the previous two, against Switzerland and Spain, Hewitt had already won the first point, but this time was forced to make his run from behind. As was Australia, which had not trailed since its 5-0 first-round whitewash in Argentina two years ago.

Since then, the only rubbers Australia has lost have been dead, or by Philippoussis, against Roger Federer and Carlos Moya respectively. Both are top-10ers, and Enqvist played yesterday like the No. 4 he used to be. He has reached two ATP Tour finals on this court, and was an Australian Open runner-up in 1999. Against the world No. 9, for 86 immaculate minutes the clock was rewound.

Philippoussis, for his part, will wish he could have yesterday's time again. Enqvist had to qualify for the US Open just six months ago, and has a singles ranking of 78th, but broke serve early in each set, and twice in the third, while losing just 11 points on his own serve - and none at all in the second set.

Bjorkman rated his teammate's performance a perfect 10.

In a different way, Hewitt's, too, was hugely impressive, and an early flurry of break points translated into a match-changing break in the ninth game. Relentless in his retrieval, the Australian believed that, in extreme mid-30s temperatures, he had weathered the best the debutant Soderling could muster.

"I was just running every ball down and making him play that extra shot. I felt like he knew I wasn't going to go away and I felt like physically I had a huge edge on him as well, so the longer the match went, the better off I was," Hewitt said.

Soderling could scarcely have faced a more challenging debut, on Hewitt's home court, playing on his terms. "Hewitt makes you beat yourself, basically," said Swedish captain Mats Wilander. Remarked Soderling: "He made me tired, not so much physically, but more mentally. I thought I hit good shots, I thought 'this must be a winner', but he was there all the time."

02-06-2004, 07:21 PM
Well done Lleyton!!!
Good Luck for the doubles tomorrow. :worship: :worship:

02-07-2004, 12:31 AM
Bjorkman/Johansson won the first set 7-6 over Arthurs/Woodbridge

02-07-2004, 12:31 AM
I think Hewitt/Woodbridge would be a better team.

02-07-2004, 12:43 AM
This could be bad if Oz loses the doubles and Poo doesn't pull his head out.

02-07-2004, 12:44 AM
Oz up 2-0

02-07-2004, 11:57 AM
uh oh...no margin for error now. Congrats to the swedish team, but :eek: and :fiery: nonetheless. Account of events from the official site.

Swedes Win Doubles Thriller
Two months ago Australia was on top of the tennis world when it won the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title for the 28th time. Now, the nation is fighting for survival in the first round against Sweden after the Swedes took a vital 2-1 lead in the best of five series with victory in the doubles rubber.

In searing conditions on the Rebound Ace courts at Memorial Drive in Adelaide, where the mercury reached a staggering 48 degrees Celsius, the scratch team of Jonas Bjorkman and Joachim Johansson came back from a service break down in the final set to beat Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge 76(5) 64 26 67(4) 75 in 4 hours 28 minutes. The loss marked the first time in two years that the Australian combination had lost a Davis Cup doubles match.

"It feels a lot better to be in this position because we have been on a bad streak, losing a lot of our doubles," said Bjorkman. "It's great to be in a winning position again and I think this is a chance to get better in doubles for both me and Pim Pim (Johansson's nickname). Hopefully Robin (Soderling) or Thomas (Enqvist) can give us the last point.

"I feel I played a good match and I love being in this position again. I love playing Davis Cup. It's a great event and I have always enjoyed playing for my country. Whenever you can come out and play great tennis like today, I'm very pleased with that."

The manner in which Bjorkman and Johansson teamed was tremendous. The younger half of the tandem showed no nerves or anxiety in his first live Davis Cup match. Bjorkman even admitted to being surprised at how composed he was with his first big test. The youngster's height made it difficult to pass him or try to send an overhead above him. He was able to cut things off with ease.

The match was a see-saw battle and probably for the Aussies one of lost chances. After their outstanding come back to level the match at two sets all, they broke Bjorkman's serve in the first game of the final set and then went up 2-0 when Arthurs held serve to love. Still, the Swedes kept snapping at their heels, never allowing them to get too far ahead, keeping them in check.

Then, with Woodbridge serving to make it 5-3, the Swedes made a move and broke him to level the set.

"Disappointed. I think we were very unlucky. You know, 4-3 my serve, how in the heck we lost that serve I don't know. A let cord, a shank off the throat of the racquet, and a pretty good reflex that went in the wrong spot on the court on us ... it was amazing," said Woodbridge. "That's life!"

The match was unfortunately interrupted twice when someone in the crowd heckled Johansson in an effort to unsettle him and it resulted in him dropping serve in the second game of the fourth set. The chair umpire Carlos Ramos quickly put a stop to the nuisance and while he didn't formerly warn the crowd, he did cite the rules of Davis Cup pertaining to crowd behaviour.

Both teams have a great amount of respect and friendship for each other and said the heckling had been an isolated incident and unusual for Australian crowds. Australian captain John Fitzgerald said he was disappointed that personal taunts had entered the match.

So the Aussies go into the final day's reverse singles in a tough position. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Hewitt and Philippoussis can turn the tie around but the odds are not in their favour. In all but one of the nine ties Australia and Sweden have played against one another, the team that has won the doubles match has gone on to win the tie.

"It's not beyond the realms of possibility to win," said Fitzgerald. "We are still a very good chance. We are going to go down swinging if we do. We believe we have the chance to win the two matches (reverse singles). Yes, we'd prefer to be up 2-1 but we don't want to take anything away from the way those two fellows played. They played a great match."

Sunday’s first reverse singles rubber has Mark Philippoussis playing Robin Soderling, who he beat in Shanghai last October, and then Lleyton Hewitt is due to play Thomas Enqvist.

02-07-2004, 12:06 PM
C'mon Rusty and FLip! :bounce:

02-07-2004, 12:17 PM

Some more cheerful news...I'm glad the Quist family is happy. I didn't know he was also from South Australia. Now I do.:)

Quist family praises Hewitt
By Doug Robertson
February 7, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt has equalled the highest number of Davis Cup singles wins, taking the mantle from fellow South Australian Adrian Quist - and the Quist family could not be happier.

Neville Quist Jr - nephew of the legendary Adrian Quist who holds the record of 23 singles wins from 28 Davis Cup matches - could hardly hold back his admiration for Hewitt, who overpowered Robin Soderling yesterday 6-4 6-3 6-1.

Hewitt said equalling Quist's record was in the back of his mind as he levelled the first-round tie 1-1 after the first day, setting up the chance for Hewitt to claim another piece of tennis history in a live rubber in the reverse singles tomorrow.

Adrian's brother, Neville, 85, is the only surviving member from three Quist brothers and two sisters.

Quist Jr said: "We will be delighted if Lleyton gets it because Adrian was a pretty proud Australian but a very passionate South Australian.

"It is just a great achievement [for Hewitt] and for another South Australian to do it, it's just fantastic.

"My father, Neville senior, has followed Lleyton's career from the start and to see him do it, well, we couldn't be happier."

The legendary Quist and John (Jack) Bromwich won the critical deciding doubles match after being 0-2 down against the US in 1939 to give Australia the Davis Cup for the first time as a separate nation after previously being part of Australasia.

It was the same week World War II was declared encompassing Australia in the turmoil and, in turn, prolonging Quist's Cup career from 1933 to 1949.

In 1939 Quist, who won a staggering nine Davis Cup singles from 10 attempts, and Bromwich, eight from 10, then teamed as one of the world's great doubles combinations.

The pair won the Australian Open doubles title every year from 1938-1950, with their only outs coming between 1941 and 1945 when competition was suspended because of the war. In short, they were champions.

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02-07-2004, 01:45 PM
Fate of Cup tie in hands of tired Scud

By Greg Prichard
February 8, 2004
The Sun-Herald

Now we've got to depend on a shaky Mark Philippoussis to win the damn thing.

The Scud - who won't have his new girlfriend, singer Delta Goodrem, at courtside because she has gone on a holiday to the US - was instrumental in Australia's wins in Davis Cup finals in 1999 and last year and now the nation needs him to help clinch the first-round tie against Sweden after the shock five-set loss by our doubles team yesterday.

We are 2-1 down and if Lleyton Hewitt can overcome Thomas Enqvist as expected in the first of the reverse singles, Philippoussis must beat Robin Soderling to get us through to the next round.

Normally, such a match shouldn't be a problem for the Aussie, but there is little around to inspire confidence in the Scud's ability to bounce back from his 6-3 6-4 6-2 loss to Enqvist in the opening rubber at Memorial Drive in Adelaide on Friday.

After the loss, Philippoussis admitted he was tired and needed to "get away from things".

"It's a challenge," Philippoussis said of the reverse singles. "I have got to try and regroup and find myself, and try and go out on the court with the proper balance of relaxation but also intensity."

It was clear the drama that surrounded him during the Australian Open in Melbourne, when he failed miserably in a fourth-round match with Hicham Arazi, was hanging over against Enqvist.

Following the straight-sets loss to Arazi, Philippoussis was savaged by Pat Cash, who said in a radio interview: "It looked like he was up all night doing whatever . . . getting busy. He tries to say pretty focused on the court . . . it's the stuff off the court that's proving distracting for him."

People assumed Cash was referring to the player's romance with Goodrem, who is battling Hodgkin's disease.

Cash said he was just talking generally and wasn't referring to Goodrem or anyone else in particular, but Philippoussis saw red.

Cash revealed Philippoussis rang and abused him and that when Cash phoned Philippoussis, the Scud's mood had not changed, Cash describing their conversations as "the two most abusive telephone calls I have experienced in my life".

Cash added: "Both times he completely lost his cool and evidence would seem to suggest that it's pretty clear I hit a nerve. I'm not prepared to suffer such a string of foul-mouthed insults. Not from anyone, least of all Mark Philippoussis, who I regard as the most blatant waster of talent in the current game of tennis."

Philippoussis said at a compulsory Davis Cup media conference on Tuesday that he would "give 110 per cent, as I did in the last Davis Cup tie, to the team and the country".

But Enqvist beat up on Philippoussis and the Swede will present a challenge even for Hewitt, but one the Davis Cup expert should still safely overcome.

Soderling, 19, is yet to break through and win his first career title and finished 89th in last year's ATP champion's race.

Even at 80 per cent of his best, if Philippoussis needs a rest, then Memorial Drive today isn't the place to get it.

Knockers LaBroad
02-07-2004, 01:58 PM
Fool fault: fan falls foul of umpire
By Linda Pearce
February 8, 2004

Doubles partners Jonas Bjorkman, left, and Joachim Johansson beat Australians Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs despite hecklers interrupting play.
Picture: Ray Kennedy

A spectator thought to be a member of Australia's official Davis Cup cheer squad, the Fanatics, was censured yesterday by Portuguese chair umpire Carlos Ramos for unsporting behaviour towards young Swede Joachim Johansson in the first-round tie at Memorial Drive.

Play was stopped twice in the second game of the fourth set, when Johansson was struggling to hold serve. After being approached by his partner Jonas Bjorkman, and then captain Mats Wilander, Ramos called for an end to the "personal comments" he described as "not very fair", coming from a particular section of the crowd.

The three-step partisan crowd rule in Davis Cup provides for point and game penalties should play be unreasonably interrupted or players provoked or intimidated. No official warning was given, but coach Wally Masur approached the Fanatics with a call for quiet, and Wilander spoke to his opposite number, John Fitzgerald.

Although momentarily troubled by the unruly fans, the previously untried pairing of Bjorkman and Johansson prevailed over more considerable irritation from Australia's doubles pairing of Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs, in 37-degree heat, to give Sweden a 2-1 lead with the decisive reverse singles matches to be played today.

The five-set win, achieved over 412 hours against a stirring fightback from Woodbridge and Arthurs, put defending champion Australia at risk of being eliminated in this year's first round.

And so the scene has been set for Mark Philippoussis, the hero of Australia's final win over Spain only two months ago, to attempt to the level the tie today and redeem himself for his lacklustre singles loss to Thomas Enqvist on Friday.

02-07-2004, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the articles!

02-07-2004, 07:03 PM
No, no, no they lost their double.... :eek: :(
Come on Lleyton and Scud tomorrow.
Fight, and you will win!!! Good Luck :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

02-07-2004, 07:10 PM
Oooh :unsure: I wasn't expecting them to lose the doubles :o
I'm sure Lleyton will beat Enqvist but I wish this didn't all come down to Flip :p
I really hope they can do it.
C'MON Aussie's

02-07-2004, 07:57 PM
Flip is a loser. :mad: If he blows this for them I'll be really pissed.

02-08-2004, 12:03 AM
Dr. S., I don't disagree with you about Mark (whose career has been marked throughout with these kinds of failures), but right now, the Aussie DC team has nobody else to support Lleyton but him. Todd R. and Chris G. are not yet ready. It's a sad situation, especially given Lleyton's devotion to DC, that he lacks the teammates to support him.

02-08-2004, 07:27 AM
And he did blow it :rolleyes:

02-08-2004, 11:11 AM
Congratulations to Sweden.

...I don't really want this to become a Mark Philippoussis bashing thread. The sport can be cruel--hero in December; goat in January/February so I hope he takes the time off he needs and deals with whatever is really bothering him, becase something clearly is and I don't really think it's Delta Goodrem.

Very :sad: for Ll, but the team will be back. Some of the younger players need to work more on their doubles though.

Sweden KOs Australia
February 8, 2004

A BEWILDERED Mark Philippoussis headed for a break still searching for answers after Australia fell from Davis Cup champions to first-round losers for the first time in their proud tennis history today.

Philippoussis was the man at the centre of both the 2003 triumph and the 2004 flop, which came just 70 days apart, as an outranked but courageous Sweden beat Australia 4-1 in the world group tie in Adelaide.

The world No.9 suffered his second limp defeat of the tie when iron-willed veteran Jonas Bjorkman thrashed him 7-5 6-2 6-2, clinching the victory and sending Australia into the ignominy of a world group promotion-relegation play-off in September.

It was the seventh time a nation has fallen at the first hurdle in the defence of a Davis Cup title since the competition entered its current format in 1972.

Philippoussis, who earned national hero status with his gutsy five-set win over Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero to seal Australia's Davis Cup final win in November, was today left reeling by Bjorkman.

His substandard performance followed an equally meek 6-3 6-4 6-2 loss to Thomas Enqvist on Friday.

"It's three days I want to try to put behind me," Philippoussis said.

"One day you're the hero, the next day everyone jumps on you, that's tennis and that's how it is here unfortunately."

Philippoussis said he felt helpless against Swedes playing brilliant tennis in both matches, and the tie had a nightmarish quality.

"This whole weekend feels like the twilight zone," he said.

"That doubles situation yesterday, there was a chance to be a double-break up and a let cord went the other guys' way.

"It was unfortunately an interesting weekend."

Philippoussis held a 7-4 win-loss record against world No.28 Bjorkman before today.

Bjorkman was also backing up after a marathon five-setter in stifling heat in the doubles yesterday, which he and rookie Joachim Johansson won to give Sweden a vital 2-1 lead.

But the superfit and fired-up Swede showed no ill effects, breaking Philippoussis in the 11th game of the opening set, then twice in each of the last two sets, to take his record in Davis Cup fourth rubber singles matches to five wins from five.

"I was ready for today and I wanted to play today but it just didn't happen," said Philippoussis.

"I tried to be pumped today, I tried to go out there and try something different, as I did in my first match."

Philippoussis' lacklustre form caused him to implode in the third set, angrily arguing with a line judge and the chair umpire before smashing his racquet on the ground.

He said the pain of losing for Australia was harder to handle than other losses.

"You feel gutted, because it's the Davis Cup, it's not like we've got another Davis Cup next week," he said.

"A tournament you lose you're upset, but there's a tournament next week."

He pledged to be back, fitness permitting, to help Australia try to avoid relegation from the world group for the first time since 1996.

But his immediate priority was a break of one or two weeks to try to get his year back on track after three consecutive straight sets losses – starting with his lacklustre fourth round Australian Open exit against Morocco's Hicham Arazi.

Philippoussis went into the tie under pressure after criticism from Pat Cash and others who questioned his focus after his loss to Arazi but he did not raise that as an excuse.

"What can you say – unfortunately I have happened to have three matches in a row where it hasn't gone well for me," he said.

"I've just got to think about what's the best thing to do," he said.

"Mentally I've just got to relax, it's the start of the year, there's no point feeling flat or tired now because it's a long year ahead of me."

Meanwhile, Bjorkman said he supported the defending champions being given a bye in the first round, with Sweden the last nation to have its title defence end at the first hurdle, in 2001.

"It's such a great event, you want to feel you are the champions for a little bit longer and the idea about having a bye for the winners and the finalists ... it's not a bad idea, it's something I would support," he said.

Enqvist made it a 4-1 win for Sweden in the tie when he beat Australia's Wayne Arthurs 7-6 (10-8) 3-6 6-4 in the dead fifth rubber.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald defended Philippoussis' performance, saying apart from one game in the first set, Bjorkman "never gave him a sniff".

He said Philippoussis had showed all the signs in the lead-up to the match that he was hitting the ball well and strongly motivated, and his anger during the last set was a sign of how deeply he cared.

"You don't always win, there doesn't have to be an explanation every time someone loses a match," Fitzgerald said.


02-08-2004, 01:53 PM
Poor Fitzy


02-08-2004, 03:21 PM
Yeah, I feel bad for him too.:sad: He did a great job with his high-strung team. He tried to shield Mark as best he could, even at the post-tie press conference.


02-08-2004, 03:27 PM
One of many articles featuring a common theme. Fitzgerald really defending Mark, and some quotes from Mats Wilander...I guess we'll never know what really is going on/went on.


Mats: Stress got to Scud


SWEDISH captain Mats Wilander said last night the pressure of an Australian Open campaign had caught up with a jaded Mark Philippoussis and dragged Australia to a traumatic failure in its Davis Cup defence.

Philippoussis said he was all out of answers and gutted by his tired efforts in an unconvincing 7-5 6-2 6-2 defeat by wily Swedish substitute singles player Jonas Bjorkman.
It cost Tennis Australia the chance to host a million-dollar-plus quarter-final against the United States.

Australia's Davis Cup final hero of November battened down the hatches for criticism of his form and approach.

A third consecutive straight-sets loss ended an Australian summer circuit that had promised so much and ended with a 4-1 upset win by Sweden.

Both Philippoussis, who will debate how long he will spend away from the tour on a surfing safari in California, and the Davis Cup will now leave the country.

A passionate and well-organised Swedish team without a player ranked in the top 25 won its nation's first tie in Australia.

Philippoussis, who said this weekend had felt like "the twilight zone", had been adamant after his sluggish loss to Thomas Enqvist on Friday that he had not been distracted by criticism by former Davis Cup players over his friendship with singer Delta Goodrem.

The world No. 9 said he had been disappointed that former Davis Cup winners Pat Cash and John Alexander and teammate Todd Woodbridge had made the comments about him so close to a cup tie.

"I thought (before the tie) the whole Australian team was vulnerable because they have been scrutinised by certain people for four weeks," Wilander said, after pulling his second selection masterstroke of the tie by substituting Bjorkman for first-day loser Robin Soderling.

"To play one of the grand slams in your home country, thinking you have a chance to win, is a lot of pressure. I can't imagine what it's like.

"You go in very pumped up, as Mark did, and it's hard to get it back two weeks later. I also took into account the added pressure of defending the cup, and I always thought we could win."

Australian captain John Fitzgerald said he thought the external pressures on Philippoussis were "unfortunate and sad in a few ways".

Fitzgerald put the Scud's form down to fatigue from a long campaign that he said was another argument for a first-round bye the following year for Davis Cup winners.

The Australians became the seventh defending champion to lose in the first round of the competition since the challenge round was abolished in 1972.

Philippoussis committed himself to a promotion-relegation tie in September, against a country to be decided.

Australia must win the tie to stay in the world group.

The 3-1 score led Lleyton Hewitt to surrender a place in the dead rubber, leaving until September his bid for an unparalleled 24th Davis Cup singles win by an Australian.

"You feel gutted because it's Davis Cup. There is a lot of pressure, and I will put it behind me and have a holiday for a couple of weeks," Philippoussis said.

"One day you're the hero and the next day everyone jumps on you. That's how it is here, unfortunately.

"I went into the match trying to be pumped and trying to do things different. I gave it my all for those two matches."

The normally low-key Australian admitted he had tried to stir his emotions in the hope of improving his tennis by haranguing umpire Javier Moreno-Perez to change a line judge during, and after, a game in which he held serve for 2-1 in the third set.

The Spanish umpire called a code violation on the Australian when he hurled his racquet into the court after falling 2-4 behind in the third set. He did not receive a handshake from the beaten player after Bjorkman had served out with certainty.

His anger was at least preferable in the eyes of many Australian fans to his moments of lethargy during the tie.

"I was trying to get something going, just let some frustration out. Maybe it would do me some good, but it didn't work," Philippoussis said.

Fitzgerald said: "It showed how much he cared. He was trying as much as he could."

Philippoussis did not break serve in either of his two cup matches, winning only 27 of his returning points in six sets as opponents capitalised on his slow movement and inability to reach a net position.

Enqvist sealed a 4-1 win with a 7-6 (10-8) 3-6 6-4 defeat of Australian substitute Wayne Arthurs in a dead rubber.

Fitzgerald said playing it was "farcical", and continued his pressure on cup organisers to cancel matches after a tie is decided.

02-08-2004, 04:15 PM
You feel gutted because it's Davis Cup. There is a lot of pressure, and I will put it behind me and have a holiday for a couple of weeks," Philippoussis said.

He can put the loss behind him but he can't put a few words from a clearly wacko Cashy behind him?

I think this loss will sit heavily with Philippoussis for a long time. He clearly cares what people think about him, and this is going to bring out the sour feelings that people in Australian tennis have had about him for some time. I honestly think Poo came into this tie with a pouty attitude, and thought that he didn't have to contribute anything (and didn't want to contribute anything) because Lleyton and the doubles team would win it for Australia. When it came down to the crunch, he couldn't turn his mind around.

02-08-2004, 04:41 PM
Well, we don't know whether he can put this loss behind him. It remains to be seen.

I'm not even a Mark Philippoussis fan--not my fav style of player, but something is clearly wrong, and it seems like it isn't really physical. He has lost nine straight sets. He had only two chances to break the whole tie...just horrible stats. He has always seemed like a moody guy...

I have no idea, but I don't think it was just idiot-Cash, although that didn't help. Woodbridge, who had been training with him/semi-coaching him after D.C., really criticized him after the Arazi loss, including a comparison to Pat Rafter, which, given the history, must have been especially cutting.

I didn't understand why Woodbridge took Mark's loss so hard--Bjorkman blamed Todd's poor play in the semi-final on the situation--but there seemed to be a lot of tension between the two. Again, I really don't understand why.


The body language in this pic is quite telling...


Mark is off in his own private world, hands over his face. The other three players are grouped around the cup, with Todd as far away from Mark on the banquette-thing as possible, kind of staring into space...Ll and Wayne in the middle, happily absorbed in reading the names.:sad:

02-08-2004, 05:47 PM
Oh no, they lost.... :sad: :sad: :sad:
It must be very sad for Lleyton and all the team.
I think Mark did his best, but Sweden was a little better this weekend.
What about Jaslyn??? I think she is sad :sad: , but on the other hand she can be very happy for her boyfriend. :)

02-08-2004, 09:45 PM
It's sad they lost :sad: but I'm not really that surprised. When they lost the doubles and it all came down to Mark needing to win his singles I was really worried and then when they announced he was going to play Bjorkman :rolleyes:
He needs to take time off and get his head together. I feel sorry for Lleyton and the rest of the guys but at the same time now that they don't have Davis Cup hopefully we'll see a little more of Lleyton on the tour after September.

02-09-2004, 12:26 PM

02-09-2004, 07:39 PM
so sad they lost, but lleyton will probably focus more on his singles now so it's not that bad after all.