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Tue Aug 6, 6:06 PM ET

MASON, Ohio - Miffed by a fine for refusing an interview, No. 1 seed Lleyton Hewitt considered forfeiting his first-round match Tuesday in the Masters Series Cincinnati, but played anyway and won.


The temperamental Wimbledon ( news - web sites) champion beat Robbie Ginepri 6-0, 6-0, then lashed out at the ATP for fining him a minimum of dlrs 20,000.

"I wasn't going to walk on the court," said Hewitt, who claimed he was distracted by the fine. "I don't see any point in me walking on the court and not giving 100 percent."

Michael Chang and Andy Roddick also advanced Tuesday, while defending champion Gustavo Kuerten lost.

The ATP said Hewitt will be fined either dlrs 20,000 or half of his prize money from the tournament — whichever is larger — for refusing to do an interview with ESPN beforehand.

Players are required to do interviews as part of the ATP's program to promote the tour. Hewitt declined when asked last week.

Hewitt was reminded of the interview requirement in the past two days and was told he'd be fined if he continued to refuse.

"I said, 'No, I'm not doing it,'" said Hewitt, who also has dodged the Australian media. "I have got other stuff going on through the week, and that's where the problem kicked in."

Hewitt decided a few minutes before his match Tuesday to do the interview so he could avoid the fine, but it was too late for ESPN, an ATP official said.

"That's when all hell broke loose then because if I am going to get fined for going out, what is the point of me going out to play?" Hewitt said. "My head was actually spinning before I went out. I am surprised that I didn't do what he (Ginepri) did and missed every ball out there."

Hewitt can appeal his fine to a committee of former ATP players
 

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This is such crap... If they want to fine him, ok but the amount :eek: If he wins, his fine will be $196,000 :eek: Almost two hundred thousant dollars for not doing an interview... pure crap!!

Andre Agassi misses required TOURNAMENT = $80,000 fine

Lleyton Hewitt misses required INTERVIEW = (possible) $196,000 fine
 

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Good one Sonic, in a way I agree...

On one hand it would be nice if the number one player would do more to promote the tour, on the other, I dont see how this fine was in order.
 

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i don't know the full details of his anti media thing so can't comment, but its always funny when people go against the media.

did any other players have to give interviews?
 

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He's a silly boy sometimes and should obey the rules, but frankly I think holding compulsory interviews before the match is ludicrous. Does anyone force any other sportspeople to take their focus off the game in this way? Why can't they use footage and post-match interviews for promotion? Most people would find watching a game more interesting than listening to players blabbing on anyway. Very odd.
 

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I don't understand why every player has to give an interviews after every match! It just seems exhausting! And the questions! Same ones over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and oerv again.:rolleyes:
 

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Rebecca, you are a genius!;)
 

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Pea read my mind, this is so stupid :eek:
 

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Hewitt's anti-media posture has finally cost him. i don't think the ATP is reacting singularly to this incident but to his general lack of cooperation when it comes to doing interviews. i guess he has stood up one too many journalists and somebody finally decided to read him the riot act. this has been coming for some time. let's see how the Potato handles the media from here on in. yes the fine is excessive but so too is his hostility towards the media and it had to come to this sooner or later. i'm sure the Aussie press and having a field day with this bec he hates them the most!
 

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This is ridiculous, and the fine is way overblown. :rolleyes:

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Hewitt's anti-media posture has finally cost him. i don't think the ATP is reacting singularly to this incident but to his general lack of cooperation when it comes to doing interviews. i guess he has stood up one too many journalists and somebody finally decided to read him the riot act. this has been coming for some time. let's see how the Potato handles the media from here on in. yes the fine is excessive but so too is his hostility towards the media and it had to come to this sooner or later. i'm sure the Aussie press and having a field day with this bec he hates them the most!
I could be wrong, but I don't recall Lleyton refusing to give interviews before. He's requested that some journalists not be allowed into his post match press conferences. And I wouldn't say that he hates the Aussie press;rather it seems to me to be the other way around, at least with a select few journalists.
 

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LOL . . . unfortunately, the marketing departments are full of stodgy old men. Stodgy old straight men, probably. :rolleyes:
Hehe....luckily, the media is tranced on hot Russians.;):p
 
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