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Mattographer
Oct 19th, 2004, 11:54 AM
Hewitt returns to court victory

By RAY KERSHLER

October 19, 2004

TENACIOUS Lleyton Hewitt will headline the stars at the Sydney International tournament in January next year – the same tournament which kick-started his 2004 revival in the world rankings.

Hewitt was in a slump and seeded No. 7 last year before he arrived in Sydney and went on to win, the beginning of a glorious comeback to the top ranks.

Hewitt's ranking had slumped as low as 19 before his victory in Sydney, but after his Sydney win over Carlos Moya he went on to make four finals in major events, including the final of the US Open.

His victories have lifted him to a current ranking of No. 3 in the world.

As 2004 draws to a conclusion, Hewitt is still battling away at the ratings list, hoping to grab the No. 2 position from American Andy Roddick.

Hewitt has never lost a match at the Homebush Bay courts of the Sydney International Tennis Centre where the Sydney International is played, bar a loss during the Olympic Games.

He has entered three tournaments – 2000, 2001 and 2004 and won them all.

As integral a part of an Australian summer as cicadas and bushfires, the Sydney International tournament will again become a stage for many of the world's stars, including current women's No. 1 player Lindsay Davenport.

Officials yesterday released preliminary details of entrants this year for the $1.4 million tournament, confirming that defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and French star Amelie Mauresmo will join Davenport at the top of the women's seeds.

Henin-Hardenne has taken an extended break from tennis to try to shake off the lingering effects of a post-viral syndrome.

But she is desperately keen to return to Australia.

Mark Philippoussis and Tommy Haas have agreed to compete in the men's section with officials hopeful the Spaniards, Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero, will also join the field by the time entries close.

Once again the cut-off for the women's tournament is extremely tough and expected to be in the low 20s of the world rankings.

The cut-off for the men is expected to be high 30s or low 40s as the world stars take advantage of the positioning of the Sydney International, immediately prior (January 9-15) to the first grand slam tournament of the new year, the 2005 Australian Open.

Davenport, one of the most consistent women's players in history, is a regular in Sydney but she's never arrived before as the world No. 1.

The ever-changing face of women's tennis is evident as Davenport, the winner of seven titles so far this year, heads up a field including Mauresmo, Henin-Hardenne and two Russian women, Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

That Myskina is the French Open winner and Kuznetsova, the US Open champ, just shows how tough the competition is at the top of women's tennis.

That, too, is acknowledged by the division of prizemoney for the Sydney International – with the women receiving in excess of $132,000 while the men receive $74,000 plus.

The Sydney International is the only tournament on the world circuit where women play alongside men and receive more money.

In two grand slam events, the US and Australian Opens, the prizemoney is equal while the men get more money in the French and at Wimbledon.

While entries for the tournamentdo not close until the first week of December, officials yesterday were delighted at the initial expressions of interest in an historic event once known as the NSW Open, which was first played in 1885.

"Every year the tournament has grown to be biggerand better and this January's tournament will confirm that tradition," tournament director Craig Watson said yesterday.

"As an example, the 2004 tournament was rated among the three strongest fields on the circuit outside of the grand slams, which certainly augurs well for 2005.

"The Sydney International is must-see sport and in 2005 will celebrate its 120th year, which also makes it one of the oldest events on the entire circuit.

"As in 2004, our aim for 2005 is to create a festive atmosphere to allow the whole family to enjoy a great day and/or evening at the tennis.

"The Sydney International is probably the best value tennis tournament anywhere in the world and we are looking forward to breaking attendance records during the week."

With the likes of Hewitt in the men's draw and the top six world-ranked women, putting people in seats won't be a problem.

The Daily Telegraph

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 19th, 2004, 11:57 AM
The Daily Telegraph[/i]]
The Sydney International is the only tournament on the world circuit where women play alongside men and receive more money.

In two grand slam events, the US and Australian Opens, the prizemoney is equal while the men get more money in the French and at Wimbledon.


Sydney though is a Tier II
and for ATP just an ordinary $400k event :o :o

Kremlin Cup also gives more to women
$1.3M for a Tier 1
Men $1.0M for a basic IS event.

azmad_88
Oct 19th, 2004, 12:08 PM
is dementieva in?

switz
Oct 19th, 2004, 12:49 PM
Sydney though is a Tier II
and for ATP just an ordinary $400k event :o :o

Kremlin Cup also gives more to women
$1.3M for a Tier 1
Men $1.0M for a basic IS event.

as soon as read that i knew that your post would be there.

switz
Oct 19th, 2004, 12:50 PM
and again people actually go to the sydney international which is nice for the players

Doraemon
Oct 19th, 2004, 12:52 PM
I think NSW open should be promoted to a tier I and Nichirei Ladies should be downsized to a tier III.

switz
Oct 19th, 2004, 12:57 PM
I think NSW open should be promoted to a tier I and Nichirei Ladies should be downsized to a tier III.

yeah it's a great tournament but i understand how they might not want to have a tier I before a slam and there are 2 other tournaments in that week which would be destroyed if it were a tier I. tokyo should not be a tier I (is it next year?)

Mr_Molik
Oct 19th, 2004, 01:22 PM
they didnt mention alicia? maybe she's playing hobart :drool:

martinafan
Oct 19th, 2004, 01:24 PM
they didnt mention alicia? maybe she's playing hobart :drool:
Maybe she just hasn't commited yet?...but i really hope she plays Sydney! ;)

martinafan
Oct 19th, 2004, 01:25 PM
is dementieva in?
yes she is...the top 6 women (lindsay, amelie, anastasia, svetlana, elena and justine) have all commited so far.

martinafan
Oct 19th, 2004, 01:25 PM
Actually, maybe alicia isn't playing that week and is just using the Hopman cup as her warm-up?

Mr_Molik
Oct 19th, 2004, 01:30 PM
Actually, maybe alicia isn't playing that week and is just using the Hopman cup as her warm-up?
i really hope not :scared:

Linnie
Oct 19th, 2004, 01:39 PM
Great field, as usual :D Thanks for the article, Matthew!

rabbit_boi_313
Oct 19th, 2004, 01:45 PM
yes she is...the top 6 women (lindsay, amelie, anastasia, svetlana, elena and justine) have all commited so far.
This's great :kiss:

azza
Oct 19th, 2004, 02:09 PM
they didnt mention alicia? maybe she's playing hobart :drool:

:rolleyes: dont think so buddy :p

dekker
Oct 19th, 2004, 03:29 PM
what about kim?

tennnisfannn
Oct 19th, 2004, 03:43 PM
Sydney though is a Tier II
and for ATP just an ordinary $400k event :o :o

Kremlin Cup also gives more to women
$1.3M for a Tier 1
Men $1.0M for a basic IS event.I thougnt Sudney was a tier 1 for the women bt a lesser tier for the guys.
Hewitt commited to the round robin which usually has the top 8 players in Adelaide (or is it melbourne). I am sure he isn't playing sydney, coz that the begins on the wednesday after sydeny starts.

xin_hui
Oct 19th, 2004, 03:51 PM
I thougnt Sudney was a tier 1 for the women bt a lesser tier for the guys.
Hewitt commited to the round robin which usually has the top 8 players in Adelaide (or is it melbourne). I am sure he isn't playing sydney, coz that the begins on the wednesday after sydeny starts.
hewitt IS playing sydney! are you talking about the kooyong tournament? he never plays there

tennnisfannn
Oct 19th, 2004, 04:18 PM
hewitt IS playing sydney! are you talking about the kooyong tournament? he never plays thereYes,it is the kooyong tourny I couldn't quite remember. i read that in the west australian explaining why Hewitt wasn't playing the hopman cup. They said he had elected to play in his own hometown as a tune up event for the AO. In the same breath they also explained Kim's abscence from the HC as well.

xin_hui
Oct 19th, 2004, 05:01 PM
Yes,it is the kooyong tourny I couldn't quite remember. i read that in the west australian explaining why Hewitt wasn't playing the hopman cup. They said he had elected to play in his own hometown as a tune up event for the AO. In the same breath they also explained Kim's abscence from the HC as well.
yep, he is not playing HC. his schedule is adelaide and sydney. no kooyong

Mattographer
Oct 20th, 2004, 04:48 AM
Yes,it is the kooyong tourny I couldn't quite remember. i read that in the west australian explaining why Hewitt wasn't playing the hopman cup. They said he had elected to play in his own hometown as a tune up event for the AO. In the same breath they also explained Kim's abscence from the HC as well.
Kooyong is not same week of Hopman Cup PLUS he commited Sydney not Kooyong. He played Adelaide instead that week of Hopman Cup.

Marcus1979
Oct 20th, 2004, 04:58 AM
Kooyong is played same week as Sydney.

Adelaide is played same week as Hopman Cup.

Tokyo is still a Tier I next year. (Sydney could be called one and no one would complain. It regulary has stronger draws than top events. Look at Tokyo, look at Montreal, look at ZUrich this week)

Hagar
Oct 20th, 2004, 08:09 AM
I was there in 2003. It's a lovely tournament.
Anyone know if Kim will play if healthy?

Marcus1979
Oct 20th, 2004, 08:14 AM
I heard rumours that Kim may commit.

The odds of her playing are good since Hewitt will be there

Masharapova
Oct 20th, 2004, 08:17 AM
I hope I will be able to go again this year. I am also going to the Australian Open!

Lemonskin.
Oct 20th, 2004, 08:19 AM
:hearts: I will be there!!!

Can't wait to see Lindsay, Lena D, Alicia :D

Marcus1979
Oct 20th, 2004, 08:27 AM
I hope to go for the first time

Andy.
Oct 20th, 2004, 08:40 AM
Cant wait to go i have been going every year since 2000 and its a great tournament.

Lemonskin.
Oct 20th, 2004, 08:44 AM
:wavey: Seeya there Andrew ;)

broncosven
Oct 20th, 2004, 09:30 AM
Visit me ill be workin there again


btw . . .Alicia will 90% be there and Kim in about a 70/30 chance

Fantastic
Oct 20th, 2004, 03:40 PM
The article says that Lindsay Davenport has never come to Sydney as the World No. 1 player, but she was exactly that when she played in 1999, back when the tournament was held at White City. She beat Martina Hingis that year to win the title, but lost the number one ranking a few weeks later when Martina defended her Australian Open title and went on to win Tokyo.