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nicky
Nov 15th, 2002, 03:15 PM
I don't see where I can post this article exactly, so I decided to start this new thread... hope you don't mind.

This article was in "De Morgen" today

If Kim Clijsters really wants some rest, she has to go abroad. today she gets on the plane to Australia to enjoy some holiday at the Hewitt family. Yesterday she had a last official duty and celebration in the Expodroom hall in Bree, her hometown. "But after this I do not want to hear nothing about tennis for a couple of weeks", says Clijsters, who wednesday, after her tiring journey from LA, gloriously won teh exhibition against Justine Henin 6-1 6-4. "The most important is to get rest now. Otherwise I will not be hungry enough next season."
the upcoming weeks Clijsters will travel through Australia with buyfriend Lleyton Hewitt, who is still palying the Masters in Shanghai now. "Outside Adelaide I heven't seen much of the country. This has to change now. I would like to travel around in Queensland."
Clijsters mind is not yet with next season. After her Masters victory the expectations will be high, she realizes: "I know now that I can beat the best in the world, but that is not yet a guarantee to win a Grand Slam tournament. However I know that I am capabel of doing so." And while Henin already agreed to play Fed Cup, Clijsters still doubts: "Maybe. I haven't given it thought yet." Father Lei Clijsters clarifies: "Kim hesitating to play Fed Cup is not a financial matter. It's not that Kim does not want to play for her country. On the contrary, she loves it, especially for the fans. But in the past, the event wasn't always professionally organized. there's always small problems, like Kim not being able to play with her own sponsor. a better organisation would help a lot."
The Masters title makes Kim more interesting for sponsors, Lei notices. Offers he and Kim refuse now. "Kim still has contracts, and they take up enough of her time when she's in Belgium. And she is only a month in Belgium as it is, I don't want her to spend all her time with sponsor things."
The contract with Fila ends this season. father Clijsters negotiates a new contract with them, but Yonex , Lleyton's racket sponsor, is interested. "Yonex is interesting as clothing sponsor, but wants Kim to play with their rackets as well. And that is a sensitive subject of course, because Kim is used to her Babolat racket and does not want to change. Should Yonex design a similar racket, chances of her changing would increase."

kit
Nov 15th, 2002, 06:25 PM
Thanks for the article Nicky!
:bounce: :wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce:

Come-on-kim
Nov 15th, 2002, 08:33 PM
KIM DO NOT CHANGE TO YONEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STAY WITH BABOLAT AND FILA!!!!!!!!!!!

Lleyki
Nov 15th, 2002, 08:44 PM
Originally posted by Come-on-kim
KIM DO NOT CHANGE TO YONEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STAY WITH BABOLAT AND FILA!!!!!!!!!!!
I second that!

Hawk
Nov 15th, 2002, 09:35 PM
No kidding! Yonex clothing is horrible!! Things are good the way they are with Fila clothing (although I still prefer Nike) and Babolat racket!

Lleykimmy1
Nov 15th, 2002, 09:57 PM
Originally posted by Hawk
No kidding! Yonex clothing is horrible!! Things are good the way they are with Fila clothing (although I still prefer Nike) and Babolat racket!

I totally agree with you !!! :wavey:

2284
Nov 15th, 2002, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by Hawk
No kidding! Yonex clothing is horrible!! Things are good the way they are with Fila clothing (although I still prefer Nike) and Babolat racket!
...but maybe then Kim would get her own clothing and not have to share a design with multiple other players (eg. Jelena with the grey outfit, Jelena and Jennifer with the red...)...and they might design something nice because it's Kim :)

Sarah
Nov 16th, 2002, 10:30 AM
Pleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase stay with Fila, or go back to Nike (even better
;) )

I never liked Demantieva's and Seles' clothing. I'ld rather have Jenny and Jelena wear the same clothes than Kim wearing Yonex.

And OH MY GOD, how dare they make her switch rackets!
Kim has been playing with her Babolat racket since like ...... ever.
( and I play with the same racket, the blue babolat pure drive, and it's a good one.... trust me)

kit
Nov 16th, 2002, 04:04 PM
I hope Kim go back to Nike.Her Nike outfit was the best.
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Mazza
Nov 16th, 2002, 06:41 PM
Thanx for the article!! :)

Noooo!! Noooo!! Yonex clothes are worse than FILA clothes! Is the any news that FILA may extend the clothing contract? I wish Adidas would sign Kim! They do the best clothes!

Filip!
Nov 16th, 2002, 07:39 PM
I liked her red clothes at the Masters... but she had to share the design with Capriati & Dokic... I want Kim to have her own sponsor... but please not Yonex, I took a look on their website & I don't really like their clothes...

But she has to keep her racket !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bigkimfan
Nov 16th, 2002, 08:22 PM
It doesn't matter to me... As long as she stays healthy!!!:)

Come on Kim!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Cilla
Nov 16th, 2002, 09:04 PM
You're right bigkimfan but Yonnex Clothing :eek: God no! :o

Hawk
Nov 16th, 2002, 09:16 PM
I can't believe Fila would just let her go. I mean she just won the Tour Championships and she's ranked #4 in the world. Why would they let her go?

2284
Nov 17th, 2002, 08:14 AM
Originally posted by Hawk
I can't believe Fila would just let her go. I mean she just won the Tour Championships and she's ranked #4 in the world. Why would they let her go?
Who said they are just letting her go? All that has been mentioned here is the interest of other sponsors.

LET THE BIDDING WAR BEGIN :p

duck
Nov 17th, 2002, 12:47 PM
Another nice article from the Observer (UK)

Kim the in-betweeny

Belgian has power to break Williams sisters, says Jon Henderson

Sunday November 17, 2002
The Observer

A year in women's tennis that reverberated to the sound of the Williams sisters' menacing strokeplay has ended with a goodly thump from the racket of a 19-year-old Belgian. The forehand drive that Kim Clijsters put away to complete victory over Serena Williams in the final of the tour championship has given a glimmer of hope that 2003 might not see quite so many prizes disappear behind the same front door in Palm Beach Gardens.
Predictably, Williams, who shares a lavishly appointed home with older sister Venus in the Floridian resort, had a ready explanation for why she folded to a 7-5 6-3 defeat against Clijsters in Los Angeles last Monday: she was done in. 'To be honest, I feel like I'm 98 years old,' said Williams, who is in fact 21 and won three of the four grand slams in 2002. 'Everything right now is broke and I'm ready to go home. I'm an old lady in a young woman's body.'

Although no one is doubting the effort put in to the year by Williams, whose recuperation over the next two months will include auditioning for a couple of movies, another explanation that is being touted for her defeat is that Clijsters is a rather good player who may just have the weight of shot to break down the Williamses' domination.

Power is now the name of the women's game. Just ask the once-formidable Martina Hingis, who is so dispirited by how ineffective her fragilely brilliant tennis has become that she is in temporary retirement.

In Clijsters's case, it is a bruising forehand that the others fear. 'All of us are hitting the ball really hard and staying aggressive,' she says. 'I think this is the future of women's tennis.' She dropped just 14 games in winning the four matches that took her to the title in Los Angeles, two of those victories making her only the fourth player to beat Serena and Venus in the same tournament (and the first since Hingis did so nearly two years ago).

Like her boyfriend, Australia's world number one Lleyton Hewitt, whose parents excelled at sport, Clijsters, who was brought up in the small, Flemish-speaking town of Bilzen, is a pedigree athlete. Her father, Leo, played football 40 times for Belgium as a sweeper and helped Mechelen to win the European Cup Winners' Cup, while her mother, Els, was a national junior gymnastics champion. Clijsters likes to say that she inherited her father's footballers' legs and her mother's suppleness.

Her parents knew enough about the pressures of sport not to want to inflict them on their daughter and impressed on her that she should regard tennis as a hobby. Leo Clijsters's indifference towards his daughter's sporting passion is summed up in the story of the day she came home complaining about problems with her forehand. Her father's only response was: 'Kim, which side is forehand?'

The result has been one of the few players at the top of the women's game who is normal. Asked at press conferences about her enduring relationship with Hewitt - she spent barely 72 hours back in Belgium last week before flying out to join her beau in Australia - she indulges in none of the teeth-sucking resentment that others go in for when the questions get personal. 'I'm happy I've got Lleyton and we're together,' she says without embarrassment.

This balanced outlook has helped her to cope noticeably better than most with her innate competitiveness, which she possesses in abundance. 'There are a lot of people who get in the top 20 for a few months and then they are out of there and you don't ever hear from those players again,' she says. 'I always knew I didn't want to be like that.'

She has managed to maintain her place near the top of the world rankings this year, despite shoulder problems and parting from her coach, Carl Maes, who, for domestic reasons, has moved to Britain to work for the Lawn Tennis Association. She is now coached by Marc Dehous, a former mentor, and the shoulder, which accounted for her poor showings at the French Open and Wimbledon, is better, as demonstrated by her unstoppable end-of-season form, which included wins in Filderstadt and Luxembourg, as well as Los Angeles.

No one is suggesting that Clijsters is about to eclipse the Williams girls, but there has been enough evidence from the Belgian teenager this autumn to suggest that all the talk about the sisters having an unassailable physical advantage over their rivals is premature. We have to hope so.

Hawk
Nov 17th, 2002, 03:53 PM
Originally posted by untitled2284

Who said they are just letting her go? All that has been mentioned here is the interest of other sponsors.

LET THE BIDDING WAR BEGIN :p

That's true..i'm jumping ahead :o I like the sound of a bidding war :) (as long as Fila wins it :p )

2284
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:07 PM
Kim will do whatever is best for her career. If the clothing is comfortable to play in, who really cares what it looks like? I'm sure Kim would much prefer to win a slam than be marketed like Anna K

pcabenojar
Nov 19th, 2002, 07:14 AM
I got this post from www.atpworld.com -> Luscious Lleyton's Lounge .

It was posted by Sanstamtam last Nov. 18, maybe someone got hold of the entire article? favor please, can u please translate it? Thanks so much in advance, I want to read the whole article.

Today in the newspaper La Meuse there was an article about Lleyton. I love the end so I tranlated it.

The precense of Kim Clijsters bring to you the necessary serenity?

To know that she is near me make me stronger. To share with her big victories make up the sacrifices when our tournaments move away from each other. We have know for 3 years and I see the tennis and the life the same way but our relation make the events stronger. I don't know how to explain it but I think that Kim makes of me, every day, a better man.


Excuse my mystakes but it's the first time I tranlate from French into English and it's rather difficult.

spiritfullfrog
Nov 19th, 2002, 08:02 AM
Heres a good bit of an article on Lleyton..... (The newspaper was interviewing Lleyton's Dad.)..

But he also pointed to his son's love affair with Belgian star Kim Clijsters as an important part in Lleyton's life.

"Kim has stayed with us and is now part of our family and they get to spend a lot of time with each other despite their busy schedules," Glynn Hewitt said.

"Kim's a good kid and a ball of energy. Lleyton is hyperactive - he has to be doing something all the time - so the pair of them keep each other busy."

Hewitt didn't waste any time sharing his great news with his girlfriend after outlasting Juan Carlos Ferrero in a five-set classic to win the Tennis Masters Cup.

Still courtside, the clearly smitten 21-year-old was straight on his mobile phone to Clijsters, who last week won the women's season-ending championship in Los Angeles.

The exciting double was worth $5 million to tennis's hottest couple.

Hewitt, 21, and Clijsters, 19, will be in Sydney on Thursday for his International Tennis Camp at Homebush and again on Sunday for the Starlight Cup Charity event before heading back home to Adelaide for a well-earned rest.

Bigkimfan
Nov 19th, 2002, 03:29 PM
Thanks for the article!!!!!:o

Come on Kim!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Nina_rus
Nov 19th, 2002, 05:14 PM
"Kim has stayed with us and is now part of our family and they get to spend a lot of time with each other despite their busy schedules," Glynn Hewitt said.
Kim's a good kid and a ball of energy. Lleyton is hyperactive - he has to be doing something all the time - so the pair of them keep each other busy."



I think its an old quote that "Kim stayed with us...." was about Wimbledon 2000

KaseyL
Nov 20th, 2002, 07:48 AM
Thanks a lot for all the articles!

Re Fila/Babolat: I wouldn't read much into it. I think Lei is just doing his job as Kim's manager; putting a bit of pressure on all potential sponsors to get the most out of any new deal... :D

Pinkie
Nov 22nd, 2002, 07:38 PM
This article appeared in the Flemish newspaper De Morgen the day after Kim left for Australia. I finally got started on the translation. It's long, but provides interesting insight in Team Clijsters. Plus, I never knew Melanie Molitor applied to be Kim's new coach. If my smilies were working, I's use that 'big eyes' one ofor that bit of information.

In any event, enjoy.

Never change a winning team
The discreet power team behind Kim Clijsters

In the early nineties, Andre Agassi could occupy half a private plane with his entourage: coach Brad Gilbert, brother Philip, his parents, then girlfriend Brooke Shields, bodyguard [?] Gil Reyes, IMG manager Bob Kain and a few others. Kim Clijsters doesn’t quite take things that far, but she also has a full-time Team Clijsters. Since August, she has been traveling with coach Marc De Hous and a full time trainer, who, working in the background, have to make sure that Kim feels as good as possible. And then there is father Clijsters and the Hewitt family. An entourage that helped her win the Masters.

The Hewitts: Clijsters' second home

During the Grand Slams, Kim often stays with the Hewitt family. When Hewitt is playing a match, Kim has front row seats, close to the parents of her boyfriend, the world’s number one in men’s tennis. Yesterday, Kim left for Australia (Adelaide), where she will spend her free time with Lleyton and where she will prepare for the new year. The Hewitt clan consists of real sports fanatics. Lleyton has an unbelievable memory for sports results. Just like Kim’s, Lleyton’s father has a professional sports past: Glynn Hewitt was an Aussie rules football player.

“The Hewitts are more or less her second home,” admits father Clijsters. “That is true the other way around too. Sometimes Hewitt will stay with us in Belgium for two weeks. We get along well with the Hewitts. Because, just like us, it is a really sports-minded family, we’re automatically on the same wavelength. It is true that Lleyton Hewitt is more obsessive. Sometimes he’ll be thinking about a match two days beforehand. Kim doesn’t have that as much, she doesn’t really obsess over the ranking list. If tomorrow she is number 8 instead of 3, she won’t mind.”

Former coach Carl Maes accompanied Kim Clijsters for six years and knows her relationship with the Hewitts: “Kim is like an adopted daughter to them. That family really lives for tennis. They don’t really think about anything else. Because the tennis season in Australia is so short, Lleyton usually travels for about 10 months out of the year. His parents like to travel with him and obviously have the financial means to do so. In some cases, that can have bad results, but the Hewitts really like being around each other. In the beginning, I questioned Kim’s relationship with Lleyton, but it seems to work out fine. Tennis-wise, they have learned for each other. Kim shows her fighting spirit during a match, but it still a challenge to keep going when things are going less. And for that, there is no better example than Lleyton. And he can learn from Kim’s aggressive style of tennis. I think this surrogate family contributes to Kim feeling good about herself.”

Trainer Evelyne Coppens: massages and shopping

Along with new coach Marc De Hous, Evelyne Coppens, a 25-year old trainer from Ghent, has been accompanying Kim on the tour since the US Open. Her addition to the Clijsters team has a lot to do with the stress fracture in her upper arm and the shoulder problems that bothered Clijsters, especially in the first half of the season. Before, Clijsters had to use the WTA trainers when she had aches or injuries. “But you don’t always get the attention you need and sometimes there are annoyingly long waiting times,” according to Maes. “The WTA has a medical file for all the players, but the trainers aren’t specialized in certain injuries. Those who can afford to get their own trainer, prefer to do so.”

As a result of intensive treatment and a reduced schedule, Clijsters conquered her injury. Evelyne Coppens prefers to keep a low profile towards the media (that is the deal with Lei Clijsters). But her job is no secret: warming up and stretching, preventative shoulder exercises, taping, cooling down and massages. “During tournaments, that is a daily regimen,” according to De Hous. “But she is also a friend Kim can go shopping with or talk girl stuff with.”

In selecting a trainer, personality was an important consideration for Lei Clijsters. “Somebody smoking 10 cigarettes an hour didn’t stand a chance. Or if a candidate asked how that traveling would work out with her boyfriend. I wanted a motivated, enthusiastic person who could make the time. Preferably young, not a 45 or 55-year old woman. Of course the resume matters, but the most important thing was that she clicked on a personal level with Kim.”

Coach Marc De Hous: no egomaniac full of pep talk

Carl Maes' announcement mid-June that he would step down as Kim’s coach was a watershed moment in her career. It wasn’t easy to have to continue mid-year without a coach she had shared good and bad times with on the tennis court for 6 years and who had helped her to the top. Austrian Harald Mair took the job for a short time during Wimbledon, but Lei Clijsters ultimately went with Marc De Hous, a coach with the Flemish Tennis Association. “I suggested de Hous myself,” says Maes about the coaching change. “He completely fits the profile. He knows tennis, but doesn’t want to put himself in the spotlight. He is not an egomaniac who wants to broadcast his opinion everywhere or a pep talk coach who comes across too pushy. That would annoy Kim enormously.”

From the many candidacies, including Melanie Molitor, Martina Hingis’ mother, Lei Clijsters chose De Hous. “I didn’t want the best coach for Kim, I wanted the best person.” De Hous is good at putting his role in perspective: “When Kim was still a junior, we already said that she would achieve good results with any coach. Kim’s achievements are mostly hers. If you would have me and Evelyne work with another player, we wouldn’t have the same results. You don’t have to teach a top-5 player how to play tennis.”

He obviously is responsible for the typical coaching tasks (scouting opponents, practice sessions, match preparation), but De Hous also makes sure Kim doesn’t have to worry about any practical problems. “Things ranging from getting tennis balls for practice to arranging transportation. If Kim is relaxed and can concentrate on tennis, that will get you far. The team surrounding her has to provide security and diversion. All tennis players love the game of tennis, but the nuisance of traveling, checking in and out of hotels, that can be a drag.”

Father Lei Clijsters and family: finances and peace of mind

Lei Clijsters likes to pretend he doesn’t know the difference between a backhand and a drop shot. But as a father he accompanies his daughter a lot, and as manager he is the gatekeeper between his daughter and all the business partners and contracts. It is widely known that when Kim has a problem, she will go to her father first. The bond between the two is extremely strong. “Lei can see in Kim’s eyes whether she is feeling good or bad,” says Marc De Hous. “He looks at his daughter’s success realistically and thinks about what is best for her long-term,” according to Carl Maes.

Father Clijsters has tried to use his experience as a top professional athlete, “She can benefit from my experience as a soccer player and coach, even if it only is specific advice on how to prepare for a match or how to pay attention to nutrition. Other than that, I try to ensure that Kim can concentrate on tennis. She has to feel good; that is true too for her entourage, because that affects Kim too. All the little problems that can cause irritation have to go. If a soccer player has to play on a bad field, he gets irritated. I want to avoid things like that.”

Kim’s father has decided not to use a management bureau to take care of his daughter’s business interests. “That would bring greater financial rewards, but Kim would have to do things she doesn’t want to do. Kim would not want to have to do all those meet-and-greets Anna Kournikova has to do.” Lei Clijsters would rather take care of business himself. He doesn’t think this interferes with his role as father. “ On the contrary, it is easier for me to think in terms of what my daughter wants. I refuse 80 percent of all sponsor requests, while other people would say 'Are you out of your mind!?’ Because I know that my daughter wouldn’t like it. I always ask Kim first, but I will know what she will say anyway. (laughs) I am one of the few who really know Kim.” But don’t underestimate her mother’s role in Kim’s success, says Lei Clijsters. “She used to drive 100,000 kilometers a year, ferrying Kim and Elke to practice.” The mother, too, prefers to keep a low public profile.

Daughter Elke has been bitten by the tennis bug too and aims for a professional career in tennis. Next year, she will give professional tennis a try. This year, she got some good results in the junior doubles, in which she ended the year ranked second. In the junior singles, she is in the top 30. A new Williams-sisters story won’t happen any time soon; there are questions about Elke’s qualities [to be a top player]. Her skills could land her in the top 100, but her technique and mentality are not as strong as Kim’s. Elke Clijsters, too, is ambitious and tries to make a life for herself, independently of Kim, but she cannot escape constant and annoying comparisons with Kim. That, for now, has not had a negative effect on the relationship between the two sisters, according to Carl Maes, “Kim has a typical sister-relationship with Elke. They are so happy when they see each other again, but can be yelling at each other an hour later.

Sports Psychologist? No, thanks

As opposed to Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters doesn’t rely on a sports psychologist to guide her mentally. According to Marc De Hous, the fact that Kim Clijsters can fall back on her family while Henin lost her mother and has a strained relationship with her father, has a lot to do with that. Carl Maes believes a sports psychologist doesn’t have to be part of the entourage. “If you do need someone, you have to be very careful, because sometimes people start to think there is something wrong with you. The athlete has to agree with it. Generally, the role of coach is a multifaceted one; I have tried to be somewhat of a psychologist.”

duck
Nov 22nd, 2002, 08:15 PM
Excellent article! Thak you so much. Two things: do you think Melanie Molitor would have been a good coach for Kim and why does Lei always call LLeyton 'Hewitt'?

jenglisbe
Nov 22nd, 2002, 08:25 PM
Just a simple love story
by Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated

Nice as it is, Singapore's Changi International Airport is not a place you'd want to kill 12 hours waiting for your boyfriend. But last weekend Kim Clijsters, the No. 4 player on the WTA Tour, arrived on a flight from Belgium and then spent half a day aimlessly strolling the concourses, getting a massage and doing some heavy-duty duty-free shopping. Eventually her beau, Lleyton Hewitt, the top player on the ATP Tour, flew in from China. We can only hope that Hewitt had the good sense, knowing he was in arrears, to pay for dinner before they left together on a flight to Australia.

Tennis has had a rich history of intramural romances. Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors were briefly engaged in the 1970s, and Evert eventually married another pro, John Lloyd. Though Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf didn't date until after her retirement in 1999, they need a separate wing on their house to accommodate all their trophies. Jennifer Capriati and Xavier Malisse were inseparable for a year; the day they parted company, they resuscitated their careers.

Still, it's safe to say that few couples have had to endure the logistical hurdles of Hewitt, 21, and Clijsters, 19. He's based in Adelaide, Australia, the down under of Down Under, and she calls Bree, Belgium, home. Together, they log tens of thousand of air miles and rack up four-figure monthly phone bills to keep the flame burning. "It's not easy," said Clijsters, who spends three months a year with Hewitt in Australia. "When it's possible, we try to be together when one of us is playing and the other has a week off."

Whatever, it hasn't hurt their games. Earlier this month Clijsters upset top-ranked Serena Williams in the final to win the WTA Tour's year-end championship in Los Angeles. It marked the biggest title of her career. Five days later, Hewitt equaled her feat, winning the Masters Cup -- the men's season-ending lollapalooza -- in front of an SRO crowd in Shanghai. In so doing, he defended his year-end No. 1 ranking. The couple's combined haul from the two events: $2.1 million, a Porsche Carrera (hers) and a Mercedes CLK 320 (his). "I guess I get 50 percent of that," said Hewitt. "So it's all right."

By all outward appearances, this is a classic case of opposites attracting. Clijsters is cavity-inducing sweet and exceptionally popular on tour -- she makes a habit of making unpublicized visits to children's hospitals during tournaments -- if a bit naive at times. Asked in L.A. whether her muscular legs were a factor in her success, Clijsters was puzzled: "If I would have no legs, I wouldn't have won." Hewitt, on the other hand, has more than a little "mongrel in him," as the Aussies would say. A fierce fighter on the court, it sometimes seems like he is shouldering a chip the size of Ayers Rock. Before his first match in Shanghai, he spent hours on a speakerphone appealing a $100,000 fine he incurred from the ATP last summer for blowing off a mandatory television interview.

So, too, is their tennis a study in contrasts. At 5-foot-10, Clijsters is a charter member of the so-called Big Babe Brigade, a fluid athlete equipped with the arsenal to engage the Williams juggernaut. (In addition to her defeat of Serena, Clijsters beat Venus twice in 2002.) Hewitt is, ahem, listed at 5-10 and plays an unrelenting, counterpunching style. Aside from blinding quickness, his greatest asset is an outsized heart that stems from a lifetime of being the little guy eager to prove he belongs.

Clijsters and Hewitt met by serendipity. Sort of. In the winter of 2000, Hewitt invited Clijsters to a party for Pat Rafter, a player women don't like so much as they lap him up. Clijsters eagerly accepted, and only later realized Hewitt invited her as his date and not so she could meet Rafter. In nearly three years together, Hewitt and Clijsters have discovered the numerous benefits of dating someone in the same line of work. They practice together and critique the other's game. Watching Clijsters, Hewitt has come to appreciate the virtues of a calm demeanor. Sitting in Hewitt's box, Clijsters has learned what she calls, "the power of having strong self-confidence and believing in yourself." Perhaps above all, they are kindred spirits in a sport where self-absorption is all but an occupational requirement.

With Hewitt already on top and Clijsters just starting to enter her prime, the two have a chance to replicate Connors and Evert's feat of simultaneously being the No. 1 player on their respective tours. For the time being, they are taking a well-deserved vacation. After their airport rendezvous, they connected to a flight bound for Adelaide to drop off their bags. They then headed to an isolated oceanside resort in Queensland. According to Hewitt's reps, they are decompressing after an exhausting year and toasting their success at their respective year-end events. Singapore Slings, no doubt. And better make it a double.

Bigkimfan
Nov 22nd, 2002, 08:31 PM
Thanks a lot for the article!!!!

Come on Kim!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Lleykimmy1
Nov 22nd, 2002, 09:41 PM
Thank you very much for that nice article !!:wavey: :wavey:

Hawk
Nov 22nd, 2002, 11:09 PM
Awww that's such a cute article :hearts:
Thanks :)

Elke
Nov 23rd, 2002, 01:00 AM
Thanks, Tinne, for translating the article, I hadn't seen it yet!:)
and the other one is a nice one too, of course...

Hawk
Nov 23rd, 2002, 02:52 AM
Originally posted by Pinkie
according to Carl Maes, “Kim has a typical sister-relationship with Elke. They are so happy when they see each other again, but can be yelling at each other an hour later.
LOL..That sounds like me and my sister :o

kit
Nov 23rd, 2002, 09:23 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Thank you very much for the articles!!:bounce: :bounce: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

~|Naomi|~
Nov 24th, 2002, 04:59 AM
News out of an aussie paper is that Kim and Lleyton had dinner at a seafood restaurant on Thursday night and they had a lobster platter together. The restaurant was at circular quay in sydney

2284
Nov 24th, 2002, 07:40 AM
which newspaper?

~|Naomi|~
Nov 24th, 2002, 08:43 AM
It was just a tiny column in the Sunday Telegraph

Come-on-kim
Nov 24th, 2002, 09:48 AM
this is an interview of Justine in "La Libre Match", there's a report on her mariage, with pictures, there's one with Sandrine, Nat, Pierre-Yves, Juju and one of the WTA!

This is about Kim and Juju :

LLM : When you play against players like Williams' sisters or Kim Clijsters, that are stronger, do you fear?

JH-H : Fear, no!! They are impressive physically speaking but I know that they don't like to play against me!! I know that I can beat them!! Right now, the Williamses are better, but nothing is eternal!!!!!! I don't fear their personnalities!!

LLM : Have you seen Kim's final?

JH-H : YEs, I've seen it!! At first, they have been satisfaction! We have a proper rivality that people and medias want to see it as unproper!! It's clear that when I saw her winning I told myself that I could have won too, perhaps I have played better against her in the quarterfinals, I would have been at Kim's place! There's regrets but the satisfaction is the most sensation! The only thing that I can regret is the fire that people put on Kim's and myself relation!!

LLM : Will this fire stay off during your career?

JH-H : I don't know if Kim will do a long career but I'm sure we'll stay friends!!! There's time when we are more parted and others when we are very close, moments when the pressure is so that we speak and see us less, but our friendship relation is sincerely!! We grew up together. Kim and myself lived similar things in our family! When I knew that her mother's was better, I was very happy (in fact she used "soulagée" but I don't know how to translate it). Our mothers' illness made that we're closer than before!! (Kim's mother fighted a lot against a cancer and Justine's mother died with the same illness)

That's all! I hope you'll like it!! Sorry for my translation, I'm not as used as Ingrid!!

2284
Nov 24th, 2002, 09:52 AM
thanks again for the articles

Lleykimmy1
Nov 24th, 2002, 10:04 AM
Great articles thank you !!:wavey:

Bigkimfan
Nov 24th, 2002, 11:00 AM
Thanks!:wavey:

Come on Kim!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Brαm
Nov 24th, 2002, 11:42 AM
Originally posted by Come-on-kim
this is an interview of Justine in "La Libre Match", there's a report on her mariage, with pictures, there's one with Sandrine, Nat, Pierre-Yves, Juju and one of the WTA!

This is about Kim and Juju :

LLM : When you play against players like Williams' sisters or Kim Clijsters, that are stronger, do you fear?

JH-H : Fear, no!! They are impressive physically speaking but I know that they don't like to play against me!! I know that I can beat them!! Right now, the Williamses are better, but nothing is eternal!!!!!! I don't fear their personnalities!!

LLM : Have you seen Kim's final?

JH-H : YEs, I've seen it!! At first, they have been satisfaction! We have a proper rivality that people and medias want to see it as unproper!! It's clear that when I saw her winning I told myself that I could have won too, perhaps I have played better against her in the quarterfinals, I would have been at Kim's place! There's regrets but the satisfaction is the most sensation! The only thing that I can regret is the fire that people put on Kim's and myself relation!!

LLM : Will this fire stay off during your career?

JH-H : I don't know if Kim will do a long career but I'm sure we'll stay friends!!! There's time when we are more parted and others when we are very close, moments when the pressure is so that we speak and see us less, but our friendship relation is sincerely!! We grew up together. Kim and myself lived similar things in our family! When I knew that her mother's was better, I was very happy (in fact she used "soulagée" but I don't know how to translate it). Our mothers' illness made that we're closer than before!! (Kim's mother fighted a lot against a cancer and Justine's mother died with the same illness)

That's all! I hope you'll like it!! Sorry for my translation, I'm not as used as Ingrid!!

Aaww! Gee thanks Axel! I'm so grateful that you posted this interview! You so rule!
(Aren't I such a great suck-up? ;) )

:p:p:p

Come-on-kim
Nov 24th, 2002, 11:45 AM
Originally posted by bram_born84


Aaww! Gee thanks Axel! I'm so grateful that you posted this interview! You so rule!
(Aren't I such a great suck-up? ;) )

:p:p:p
Thanks, you're a good ... lol

Lleyki
Nov 24th, 2002, 02:31 PM
thx axel :kiss:

KaseyL
Nov 29th, 2002, 04:15 PM
Thanks! :kiss:

KaseyL
Nov 29th, 2002, 04:23 PM
one of the articles I promised to translate, from a Walloon newspaper.

nothing really new in it, but I reckon you will enjoy it! :)

Source: La Dernière Heure, Nov. 19, 2002

The couple of the Year 2002

Clijsters and Hewitt: love and victory

by Serge Fayat (translation by Ingrid)

Brussels, Nov. 19, 2002

To the people magazines, there is still no doubt that there is only one celebrity couple in the tennis world, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

To the sports press, in revenge, there exists a totally different one, actually. It is made by Lleyton Hewitt, the current number one, and ...Kim Clijsters.

The two lovebirds have just finished their tennis season in the most beautiful way by both winning the Masters, the non-official world championships in their sport.

“To me, our relation is fantastic”, the Australian said during the season, “because we both fully understand the demands of tennis. We therefore realise we can’t always be together, but when we need to speak to someone about what’s on our mind, we know we can count on each other. I adore watching Kim playing, but if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be following women’s tennis...”

It was by asking an autograph for her sis Elke, now three years ago at the Australian Open, that Kim met Lleyton for the first time. A few days later, they met again in the corridors of Melbourne Park and started to chat, just like all youngsters of their age. A little bit later, he invited her to a party for his mate Patrick Rafter. The Limburg girl didn’t hesitate for a second. After all, on the wall of her room in Bree, there was a poster of the former double winner of the US Open. That didn’t stop her that she choose to become a couple with Lleyton, though.

“I know that we both are still very young, but I really feel good with him”, Kim said last month in Luxembourg. “I absolutely want to get married and start a family later. Lleyton and I have already talked about this, but everything at its time. My life, for instance, is too chaotic for the time being. But we certainly will before I get 30, as I don’t see myself playing more than another 5 years. I adore tennis, but I am starting to get fed up with travelling continously. Since a bumpy return flight from Las Vegas, I am afraid to take any flight...”

One must aknowledge that Kim and Lleyton really fit well together. Like an English journalist said in Wimbledon earlier this year, “one would say; two of a kind”. Both have clearly the same character, that’s shown on court by a desire to win, a denial to give up, and an ability to grow above themselves at great moments.

These qualities, added with no doubt a competition because of being a couple, these have made the two win 9 tournaments this season, amongst them Indian Wells, Wimbledon, the Masters for the Australian, and Hamburg, Filderstadt and the Masters for the Limburg girl. Lleyton ended the year at number one for the second time in a row, while Kim reached number 4 after having been at number three in March.

“I know that I am living one of the most beautiful weeks of my life”, he explained in Shanghai. “First there was the success of Kim in Los Angeles, and then all the obstacles I had to overcome to triumph here. I also do believe that the fact that we are together makes me a better man. Yes, that was her on the phone when my dad passed it on on court. When we will get married one day, I am not going to worry to know what name she will use then. That’s not really the most important thing...”

The tennis couple of the year will have things to talk about the next days in Adelaide.

END

Bigkimfan
Nov 29th, 2002, 04:27 PM
Thanks for the article!!!!:D

Come on Kim!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Stefke
Nov 29th, 2002, 05:00 PM
Awwwwwww!!!:hearts: :hearts:
Thanks for the article, Ingrid!!!:kiss:

duck
Nov 29th, 2002, 05:18 PM
Thank you very much. I especially like the reporter's creative use of quotes from LL ;)

ikke
Nov 29th, 2002, 05:41 PM
:D :hearts:
Thanks a lot!

Primula
Nov 30th, 2002, 09:43 AM
iT' S SUCH AN AWSOME COUPLE !!!! :hearts: :hearts:

KaseyL
Nov 30th, 2002, 03:12 PM
another thing I promised:

'Lleyton Hewitt number one'

I am not going to translate the whole article, as this is a Kim thread; I've only taken some paragraphs.

:)

Source : La Libre Belgique/La Dernière Heure, Nov. 18, 2002

Lleyton Hewitt is number one

He has joined his fiancee Kim Clijsters by beating JC Ferrero in the final.

by Serge Fayat (translation by Ingrid)

They aren’t going to become married yet, like Justine Henin and Pierre-Yves Hardenne did on Saturday. That maybe will happen one day.
Meanwhile, also Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt will know what to celebrate the next hours. This Sunday in Shanghai, the Australian has imitated his girlfriend by winning the Masters Cup on his turn.
...

While Justine Henin and Pierre-Yves Hardenne are off to the Bahamas for their honeymoon, the Australian will join his sweetheart at home in Adelaide.

Asked at the beginning of the week about the check of $765000 that she won for her victory in LA, he declared that half of it would be his in fact. No doubt that Kim Clijsters in return will claim her share of the $ 1400000 he will bring home...

kit
Nov 30th, 2002, 04:35 PM
Thank you very much for the article,Ingrid!!!It's so sweet.....
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Nov 30th, 2002, 04:48 PM
Thanks!!!!

Come on Kim!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: