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http://www.smh.com.au/news/Sport/Hewitt-stunned-by-personal-attack/2005/09/12/1126377245681.html?oneclick=true

Hewitt stunned by personal attack
September 12, 2005 - 3:29PM

Lleyton Hewitt has left Flushing Meadows without the US Open trophy and bewildered about a scathing personal attack on him and his entourage from the New York Times.

A story headlined "The only thing worse than c'mon! is incessant yes" - which also made its way into several major newspapers in Australia last week - said Hewitt was "self-absorbed" and surrounded by "yes men".

The article, written by Selena Roberts, also compared Australia's former world No.1 unfavourably to current top dog Roger Federer and has incensed Team Hewitt.

"The meaning of a number depends on who is No.1. As an ex-No.1, Lleyton Hewitt pulled off a rarity for him as he scurried around Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday without offending a linesman with a slur, infuriating his opponent with an obscene gesture or irritating the crowd with his excessive "C'mons", the story began.

"He didn't have enough time. It took only 94 minutes for Hewitt to dispense of Dominik Hrbaty in the fourth round of the US Open. Hewitt saved his tasteless remarks for later, when he poked at the holes cut into the shoulder blades of Hrbaty's shirt.

Hewitt is unvarnished, irascible and impolitic. In other words, he hasn't changed a bit since he was the No.1 player in 2001 and 2002, when he created a trail of charged feuds with players and legal disputes with the ATP. He is as self-absorbed as ever.

"The difference in depth between Hewitt and Federer, and the divergence in their approach to No.1, is certainly two parts personality but at least one part entourage. Hewitt is surrounded by a bevy of yes men and sycophantic handlers, while Federer has chosen an agent-less existence, grounded by a girlfriend/manager who will tell the emperor off."

Before leaving New York, Hewitt's manager Robert Aivatoglou said Team Hewitt had been stunned at the criticism.

"Lleyton's disappointed. He doesn't understand where the motivation for this type of article comes from," Aivatoglou said.

"I'm not sure where it came from and I couldn't help but feel it was a personal attack. Why would you suddenly want to dig up or dredge up some old material."

Hewitt's behaviour in years gone by has polarised fans at Flushing Meadows, with many admiring his fighting spirit and as many others unable to relate to his often bullish ways.

The 24-year-old put himself offside with locals in 2001 when he was accused of making a racial slur in a five-set win over Afro-American James Blake.

But other than copping a $US1000 ($A1,300) fine for an audible obscenity during his second-round win over Jose Acasuso, Hewitt's on-court demeanour could not be faulted at this year's Open.

He actually appeared strangely subdued in several matches.

"You look at his behaviour and there's been absolutely nothing you could point your finger at him for," Aivatoglou said.

"When he said he wouldn't wear Hrbaty's shirt, everyone was laughing in the press room. Even Hrbaty had a smirk on his face when he was told.

"And to say Lleyton is surrounded by 'yes men' ... there is no way (coach) Roger (Rasheed) would put up with any of that shit."

Aivatoglou said he was unsure whether Hewitt had contacted former fiance Kim Clijsters to congratulate the Belgian on her breakthrough victory in Saturday's women's final.

"I think he was pleased she won," he said.

"She's been a great player for a long time and she deserves a major."
 

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Brilliant New York Times article!! :clap2:

It's so FUNNY that the world's media are seeing that brat for who he really is and yet there are some die hard fans and PC people who are willing to defend him. :rolleyes:

Don't tell me you'd also defend someone like Hitler.
 

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Sam L (WTAW) said:
Brilliant New York Times article!! :clap2:

It's so FUNNY that the world's media are seeing that brat for who he really is and yet there are some die hard fans and PC people who are willing to defend him. :rolleyes:

Don't tell me you'd also defend someone like Hitler.
Did you get banned from WTA is that why you are here? If you bothered to read my posts at all then you'd know the answer to the last question. :)
 

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its.like.that said:
:lol:

The American media is known for its quality pieces.
Almost as good as the Hobart Mockery.
 

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mmm. All are things which have helped me feel so 'passionate' about him today. But...to write an article about it? It's fair enough to have a go at him for his yelling of "CMON!" at inappropriate times, when he does, but to discuss things from years ago is absurd. Even I know that. :tape:

However, I still found it mildly amusing, as you know I would.
 

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mmm. All are things which have helped me feel so 'passionate' about him today. But...to write an article about it? It's fair enough to have a go at him for his yelling of "CMON!" at inappropriate times, when he does, but to discuss things from years ago is absurd. Even I know that. :tape:

However, I still found it mildly amusing, as you know I would.
I mean that NYT article was of the highest order and should be nominated for the Pullitzer Prize really, at the same time when Hewitt had his footfaultitis, he handled it quite well.
 

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The New York Timess Sucks! They are a viciously partisin ultra liberal publication who have shown themselves to bend the truth to suit their political agenda. The vicious attack on Hewitt by the idiot Selena Roberts is typical of the crap they will print in order to make themselves look morally superior, which they are NOT.
 

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The New York Timess Sucks! They are a viciously partisin ultra liberal publication who have shown themselves to bend the truth to suit their political agenda. The vicious attack on Hewitt by the idiot Selena Roberts is typical of the crap they will print in order to make themselves look morally superior, which they are NOT.
Thank you for your articulate contribution and as for liberal publication, you are as serious as Hewitt's chances of winning most popular player on tour with the media.

This was not written in a political section, so that would have minimal effect on the sports section, crap I almost took this post seriously.
 

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thrust said:
The New York Timess Sucks! They are a viciously partisin ultra liberal publication who have shown themselves to bend the truth to suit their political agenda. The vicious attack on Hewitt by the idiot Selena Roberts is typical of the crap they will print in order to make themselves look morally superior, which they are NOT.
Selena Roberts is an Aussie journalist, I see her on TV all the time. :lol:

Anyway, NYT rocks!

Guys, wake up and smell the coffee. Hewitt sucks, we should all cheer for him to lose all the time!
 

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Oh wow. What a good article.
 

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Oh wow. What a good article.
Quality for sure, this would almost be good enough for front page of Der Spiegel.
 

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At least each and every troll of MTF can now think he is a potential New York Times writer!
Good for the ego, thanks again Mrs. Selena :)
 

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At least each and every troll of MTF can now think he is a potential New York Times writer!
Good for the ego, thanks again Mrs. Selena :)
I am a troll now, why thank you :)
 

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its.like.that said:
The American media is known for its quality pieces.
The media reflect the national psyche. That's why Britain is represented by the Sun and Mirror.
 

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Ms Roberts may be Australian, but she stiil works for a dishonest rag. Hewitt, for all his faults, has never annoyed me as much as Nastasse, Connors or McEnroe have. Besides, what was the point of Ms Roberts attacking her country^s top player at the USO?
 

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Lots of Australians don't like Hewitt, he is one of the guys some people like him and others don't. Honest and journalism thrust what land are you living in if you think those two should be used in a sentence together?
 

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Lots of Australians don't like Hewitt, he is one of the guys some people like him and others don't. Honest and journalism thrust what land are you living in if you think those two should be used in a sentence together?

The Blake thing pissed me off, to be honest the only thing that pissed me off about him, as I enjoy watching him play.
 

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I wonder if Selena's got my email yet after so kindly asking for feedback at the bottom of the page. I have never bothered to email a journalist or a write before but that article practically asked for it. I mean citing Andre as an example of someone Hewitt could learn from in the entourage stakes? Andre used to take his own PRIEST to tournaments in among his various stylists and hairdressers. Citing Lindsay Davenport as another example of sportmanship when you don't need to be a lip reader to know Lindsay's got the foulest mouth on either tour, dropping more F bombs than everyone at the Hip Hop awards combined (I like it about Lindsay, it gives her an edge, but it's a bad example to use in the article). Then saying Lleyton going through a match without insulting a lineman or using obscene gestures was a rarity? :rolleyes: How much tennis does this woman watch?
 
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