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I used to hate Hewitt and now I love him!!!

Lleyton used to be such a brat like my fave Martina Hingis (yes she was a brat but I still loved her ) and I always rooted against him. I think he has matured a lot since he made that comment at the US Open and he is showing a lot of respect for great players in his interview. Not to mention that HIS GAME IS NEARLY IMPENETRABLE. He combined excellent controlled aggression with nearly perfect, frustrating defense. Watching him play is ALMOST as good as watching my Martina.

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I felt the same way......but I just love his game.....so much similar to Martina's! Very smart tennis!

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He is very very smart AND crafty. The only advantage he has on Martina is a little bit more reach but maybe SLIGTHLY less feel and only slightly. I think his passing shots are just UNBELIEVABLE! He seems to have the answer for almost everything you throw at him and I LIKE THAT!!!


If he is playing against my faves I still root against him but I have started to really like him and especially his game.
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I´ve never been able to stand him! In fact, he puts me off cheering for Kim!!
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I know he is REALLY unpopular in Spain because of his antics and some things he said against Spaniards. He has done a lot of immature things saying "fucking Spaniards" but I attribute a lot of that to his fiery personality (which incidentally has been what made him #1. Capriati has that aspect too. Not all champions are fiery but certainly McEnroe, Navratilova, Safin, Hingis, Pam Shriver (ooh was she fiery!!) Novotna,Connors, Capriati, Hewitt, Henin, Serena Williams, Boris Becker, Kafelnikov, Goran Ivanisevic, Gustavo Kuerten (often laid back but can really get pumped up) and Agassi have all been fiery.)

The other archetype is the chilly champion: Steffi Graf(the fire just beneath the surface), Venus Williams, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Edberg, Monica Seles
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It's not hard to show the appearance of respect when a player in winning but, at least imo,he has a long, long, long way to go to make up for his racist comments in the past. His actions were nothing less than downright shameful.
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Hewitt never made racist comments. It's just the media and idiots distorting his comments.


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What does Hewitt have to do to make up for it? Ask yourself if your mind is truly ready to forgive. It was an ugly comment but it was also blown out of proportion too. People sometimes think stupid things under pressure. James Blake moved on. Why can't other people let that go? I absolutely do not believe that Lleyton is a racist. Actually Lleyton was accusing the linesman of being biased against him. He may have unfairly accused the linesman of bias which was wrong but I think a lot of players who rightly or wrongly BELIEVE that the same linesman OVER AND OVER was giving you the bad call might jump to that conclusion. Lleyton learned from that incident I believe but to say that accusing someone else UNFAIRLY of racism makes a person racist then HALF OF THIS BOARD ARE RACISTS. Many people on this board constantly play the race card so according to what you are saying then they themselves are the racists.
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I like Hewitt as a competitor. I like his style of play and his ability to run down any ball. The guy is relentless. But that's as far as it goes. His almost childish attitude is a real turn-off for me. He hasn't impressed me much as a person. That's one of the reasons i am crushed when he beats Agassi who is one of my all time faves.

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Are you people fucking God or something? Your not perfect so what gives you the right to condemn someone else? Hypocritical.

By the way - In spain, the Spainiard crowd weren't exactly angels. They booed EVERY time an Aussie did a fault, double fault, unforced error or if an Aussie won a point they'd boo - loudly! They even did this to the "respectable" Pat Rafter. Don't think that the crowd didn't provoke him. The crowd acted appaullingly.

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I know he is REALLY unpopular in Spain because of his antics and some things he said against Spaniards. He has done a lot of immature things saying "fucking Spaniards" but I attribute a lot of that to his fiery personality (which incidentally has been what made him #1.
I´d forgotten about that, actually. I was at the Davis Cup match and I knew I disliked him before that, but that was what cemented it. Fist shaking and so on is fine to motivate yourself, but dont direct it at your opponent, its just rude.
One reason I´ve never liked Agassi was his behaviour at a Davis Cup match against the Swiss years ago, screaming foul language from the bench, and was heard to remark something stupid about them not being in the alps now...I cant remember exactly, maybe someone else knows.
So fiery personality yes - all players are passionate about their sport, but from some players it comes across as an offensive demonstration of their inability to express themselves. Look at McEnroe - the guys a pantomime - I hope Hewitt never gets like that, and to his credit, he seems to be learning.
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As long as he keeps beating Sampras, I'm totally fine with him.

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I still think he's a brat

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post #14 of 57 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 2002, 10:27 PM
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what gives you the right to condemn someone else?

The crowd acted appaullingly.
Um...ok. I agree with you about the crowd, but as you´ve just demonstrated yourself, everyone has an opinion and a right to express it.
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I really do wish people would just forgive and forget about the incident, yes Lleyton has said lots of crap in the past but he has learned from what he has said and has become a more mature person...he's not perfect but who is?! All players say things they shouldn't -thats life!
I think Lleyton's fiery attitude on court is great- I mean could you imagine Lleyton being tottaly the oppsite and being calm with no fist pumping, no emotion?! He wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for his "never giving up" attitude.
And also his game, he's not the biggest of guys on the tour, weight wise and height wise but thoes legs and the fact they could go on for days and his return of serve is one the best on the tour, second best to Agassi and see him now, he's had health problems first with his breathing and just recently chicken pox but he has always given 100%
And if he still hasn't impressed anyone......just look at him off-court, he's well spoken, polite and his love for Kim plus he got rid of that awful ponytail (Thank you kim!)

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