http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2013/jun/27/lleyton-hewitt-wimbledon-reputation-tennisAs Lleyton Hewitt has faded from the crabbed counter-puncher of his apoplectic middle period to a softened veteran relegated to the outer courts, untroubled by second week slam commitments and sated by proud dotage over his expanding brood, it's become possible, for a certain type of casual Australian tennis fan, to convince themselves that he's actually a pretty nice guy. In public, in recent times, he's come across as emollient, even self-deprecating: not a bad bloke, after all...
...Hewitt sailed out into the world and discovered an astonishingly rich universe of people he didn't like: the Australian public (who he called "stupid" after they cheered for his opponent during a match in Adelaide in 2000); umpires (one of whom he called a "spastic" at the 2001 French Open); linesmen, (Hewitt famously appeared to accuse a black official of favouring his opponent James Blake at the 2001 US Open); the entire nation of Argentina ("You really feel like killing him," Guillermo Coria once said, a sentiment that found a measure of confirmation when Hewitt was offered extraordinary security support for a Davis Cup tie in Buenos Aires in 2006); the organisers of the Australian Open (Hewitt has been a consistent critic of the court surface at Melbourne Park); and women (in 2009, Hewitt suggested female tennis players would not be able to last five sets). The one constant throughout this was that the more Hewitt took issue with the world around him, the more deeply entrenched he became as a fixture in the men's top 10.
An extravagance of talent can excuse all sorts of abuses. But Hewitt's talent was of a piece with his abuses: his greatest talent was for being angry all the time. Storming towards the umpire's chair with a look of death on his face as one of his balls was called out wasn't an additive to his tennis; it was his tennis. Hewitt has been the most completely negative player in the history of the sport: he has been at his best when enveloped in the negativity and hatred, perceived or otherwise, of those around him. Never has a persecution complex been so deeply entwined with an athlete's sense of his own ability...."
Their mismatch in philosophy is actually good. Kyrgios needs more of Hewitt's mentality if he wants to get to the top.crazy, what a mismatch in philosophy
Hewitt is now Number 271 in the world, he can't get a run in any decent tournament now (he'll still get a wild card at the AO next year), he may as well be inactive.Hewitt is still active. I think he can help Nick but he hasn't retired yet .
Have we ever had a situation where one active player is coaching another one?