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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Caprriati furious w/ Matt Cronin - tennis reporter

I've also broken some very sensitive stories over the years, including four over the past nine months that have caused me minor personal troubles with players and coaches who I've had good relationships with: Daniela Hantuchova's admission that her weight loss was caused by her parent's split; Brad Gilbert's trouble with Andy Roddick's father and what role that played in their split; the reason behind Kim Clijsters' break-up with Lleyton Hewitt; and the reason behind Anastasia Myskina's poor play -- her mother's cancer.

I'm happy to say that I'm now in good standing with everyone except for Myskina, whom I'm not sure where I stand with right now. But the other relationships were touch and go for a while. But you know that going in and have to be willing to take a risk, otherwise the stories will never get done. And if they don't, there will be less interesting copy out there, which is terrible for the sport. There's always a place for good, reality-based stories. Unfortunately, the players' handlers sometimes don't see it that way. That's a fight we are always fighting.

On another front, there is one player who I once had a great relationship with who is still furious with me -- Jennifer Capriati. That's because wrote a story earlier this year that she didn't want to see the light of day and she blames me for not calling her and fact-checking it. My bad for not making the call, but I was on vacation at the time and I trusted our reporter's sources and still do. I regret that Jennifer sees me as the world's biggest a-hole, but she hasn't picked up the phone either and heard my side, either. Hopefully, when I see her later this summer, we'll make good, because I still respect her immensely.

(retrieved from, "Tennis-X 5 Questions: Matt Cronin, ********************, 6/23/05).

So I wonder what story it was from earlier this year that made Jennifer so mad? Anyone know.
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The pornstar story?
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I don't know, but what was the scoop on Kim & Hewie? That's more interesting!
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what was the reason behind Kim and Lleyton's breakup?
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Yeah, what was the dirt on Kim and Lleyton?
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SOMEBODY around here must know about the Kim/Lleyton story!!

Come on, spill it--we nosey parkers need the goods!!!
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she dumped him over the phone because she already had a new boyfriend.
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ok this post leaves a LOT of unanswered questions!!! killin' me here!!
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A-Rod has an overbearing father? I always wondered why Andy and Brad split. At least w/ brad, Andy did not lose to Hewitt ...

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Originally Posted by SJW
what was the reason behind Kim and Lleyton's breakup?
Okay since everyone's itching to know ...

Cronin implied that Hewitt dumped Kimmy. He quoted Kim's coach Marc Dehous who had this to say to tennisreporters after Kim won Indian Wells. The complete article was posted on CCL:

"She's playing a better because her time off cleared her head a little," Dehous told ********************. "She's mentally fresh and physically fitter. She had problems after breaking up with Lleyton, but luckily she had a lot of time to cope with those things. She grew up and moved on. She became more mature. Those things happen. I got dumped once too. You can't complain all the time. You have to accept it and move on."
--Marc Dehous at Indian Wells

Who knows if this is true?
HOWEVER, at Kim's press conference at the start of the Indian Wells tournament this AFP article implies that Kim dumped Hewitt.

from AFP
Clijsters said after the break-up and during the period when she was unsure whether she could resume her career, she became slightly depressed.
"For a few weeks it was very tough but my family was there for me. Having that stability really helped me.
"For the first time, I got to do a lot of things with my sister, Elke, and that was really great because before she was off at boarding school and I was playing.
"It made me forget other things that were bothering me. I grew as a person."
The Belgian believes she and Hewitt will have bright futures.
"I made the right decision and I'm happy," Clijsters said.
"I believe that if you stay positive, everything will turn out positive for both sides.
"That's the most important thing at the end of the day, that you are both happy. I think that will happen for both of us."


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If a reporter simply quotes a player or a coach (as seems the case with Kimmy) that's fair. If a reporter investigates the private "love life" of a player (as with Jennifer) that is not (so long as she's not involved with anyone who has authority re. draws, calls, etc.)
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Kim refused to have premarital sex. Hewitt said he was tired of waiting, and she needs to give him some. or the relationship is over. Kim said 'suit youself ', go f*** yourself. So he did, but it was no fun, so he found Bec, and now comes marriage and the baby carriage.Ok.Just kidding. that's my version.

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i can't find the Roddick article, anyone have the link?
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There's obviously a rule that that website isn't to be named, but when and why did that come about?

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