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Primula
Sep 8th, 2002, 11:34 AM
Hey people? does anyone of you have some articles whre he talks about her?

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Lleykimmy1
Sep 9th, 2002, 04:31 PM
This is not the whole article, but here is the part where Lleyton speaks about Kim.


Just Hewitt/ By Micki Sagih

... One of Hewitt's biggest loves, exept Clijsters of course, is sports. Lleyton says that he is a sport nut and that he does sport or talks about it all day: "I simpy can't go without it. I'm addicted to that thing called sport. Every spare moment I have I change the chanels on the TV to find sports to watch".
On the web site of one of Hewitt's fans (and there are many of them), there is an official response of the girlfriend, Kim: "I'm trying to get him out of it. He's just addicted to sports. When I'm sick of his madness to sports and I want him to concentrate on me, I tell him that if he continues to see sports he will lose in the first round of his next tournament".
Clijsters tells that she enjoys to play golf with her boyfriend, because of the slow nature of this game, that demands a lot of walking in which they can spend time together. Clijsters also says that Hewitt is a warm person, that takes care of her, reliable and kind.

... When Hewitt returns to Adelaide he will be welcomed by a big rally of his many fans, and especialy his female fans that floded every possible Australian web site with generous wedding offers to the new idol.
On that says the new star: "I'LL NOT LIE, IT'S OBVIOUS THAT EVERY GUY MY AGE ENOYS THE FACT THAT MANY GIRLS WANT TO BE WITH HIM AND ALL MY FRIEND ARE JEALOUS. BUT AT THE MOMENT I'M HAPPY TO HAVE A GIRLFRIEND THAT I LOVE".

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

I hope you'll enjoy this part of the article !!!

Primula
Sep 9th, 2002, 05:48 PM
Oh yes i really enjoyed it, how sweet !! :kiss:
They're such a sweet young couple and they don't care about the things that other people think, they are so "natural"! And that's one of the things that i like so much about them !!!

Greetz Primula

Lleykimmy1
Sep 9th, 2002, 08:14 PM
It's funny to hear what Kim says him, for him to concentrate on her !!! They are so cute together !! They need each other and they seem to feel very well together. I hope that one day they'll get married and they'll have a wonderful little baby ....

I wish you all the best Kim and Lleyton and I hope you'll stay together forever !!!!!!!!!!!!

KaseyL
Sep 9th, 2002, 08:48 PM
Thanks for the article, Lleykimmy1, although one remark though.

This article was posted in the lounge some time ago, we have discussed it at that time.

Several posters, I was one of them, had some serious questions re this article, esp. certain quotes in it; see thread started by Karenrac, http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?threadid=31382

2284
Sep 11th, 2002, 04:19 AM
It says that Kim's response was posted on a fansite...how funny would it be if this whole article was just something that a fan made up as a joke and the media printed it?!

2284
Sep 12th, 2002, 01:49 PM
Lleyton was just on the Footy Show. They tried to get him to announce his engagement to Kim. Lleyton's response: "not tonight, mate"

jenglisbe
Sep 12th, 2002, 01:53 PM
untitled - It wouldn't be the first time; I remember a few years back someone made up an interview with Mariah Carey where she said some ridiculous quote about being jealous of starving kids, and the "real" media picked it up. So much for journalism :rolleyes:

KaseyL
Sep 13th, 2002, 11:41 AM
Originally posted by untitled2284
It says that Kim's response was posted on a fansite...how funny would it be if this whole article was just something that a fan made up as a joke and the media printed it?!

I don't know if it was a joke that was then taken seriously by the writer of this article. Anyway, most of what's in there is very doubtful. Looks like the writer has been using stuff from here and there that wasn't even reliable, imo.

And just for the record: Kim has NEVER directly "talked" to a fansite, so a so-called official answer is totally NONSENSE.

So please, don't use the quotes from that article, not even Lleyton's, as some stuff in there is false, and other quotes are doubtful, to say the least. The journalist better should have done a real interview with Kim/Lleyton, instead of scraping stuff together that is even not correct. And if he can't get an interview (very likely) his newspaper could still buy another article after all. Too much asked, I reckon. :rolleyes: So he just fills a page, pffff.

Karenrac, if you read this: it seems that you have deleted your previous thread re this article, isn't it? too bad, though, we had all the reasons in there why the content of the article is doubtful.

But thanks again for bringing this article up (and doing the translation work, thanks!)!

KaseyL
Sep 13th, 2002, 11:46 AM
Originally posted by untitled2284
Lleyton was just on the Footy Show. They tried to get him to announce his engagement to Kim. Lleyton's response: "not tonight, mate"

It's a must see for fans!

They bugged him with the same question last year LOL. The poor guy, they need to get married to get rid of the question :D!


If you want to see his interview in which he mentions Kim too: go to MSN Australia website, then Sports, click AFL Footy Show, then Video fault, and click on Lleyton's image.

Link: http://footyshow.ninemsn.com.au/afl/148-793.asp


If you'd like to watch Lleyton's appearance on the show from last year, then browse further through these video archives 'til you see another Lleyton image, click on that.

2284
Sep 14th, 2002, 04:13 AM
Thanks. I missed last year's interview and didn't know it was up there.

spiritfullfrog
Dec 19th, 2002, 01:51 AM
In the January edition of the Australian Tennis Magazine, there was a page long article of Kim and Lleyton. :)

Here it is...

Playing For Keeps

Some describe the Kim Clijsters-Lleyton Hewitt partnership as a case of opposites attracting. Yet they couldn't be more alike in their passion for winning - as respective victories at the prestigious season - ending championships testify.

There’s been as much said about Kim Clijsters differences to Lleyton Hewitt than there has been about her similarities. He’s sharp and serious; she’s sweet and smiling. He’s a behind-closed-doors man, while she’s happy to chat with anybody. She’s on of the strongest players on the WTA tour, capable of out hitting her most powerful competitors. He has to rely on the speediest kegs in the game to compensate for being one of the little guys.

Yet all their differences there’s on standout quality they share – a passion for winning. And never has that been more on display than the end of 2002, when they each nabbed the respective season ending titles to achieve new milestones in their careers.

For 19 year old Clijsters, taking out the Tour Championships in Los Angeles, where she upset Serena Williams in the final and an injured Venus in the semis, was the biggest occasion of her career an marked a new level of competitiveness.

“I think Venus and Serena have played so well these last few years,” she said. “I think it’s nice for the other players to see that they are beatable and I think that will motive also some other players.”

“It’s obviously the biggest moment in her tennis career so far and to beat the Williams sisters back to back, its not something that a lot of players can say they’ve done,” said a proud Hewitt. “She’s got a good chance to go even higher in the rankings, I believe.”

When they’re not winning tournaments, Hewitt and Clijsters defy logistics and distance by spending, as many non-playing moments together as possible – which highlights the fact they’re as serious about each other as they are about their games.

After winning in Los Angeles, Clijsters made a quick trip to Belgium before jumping on a plane to Singapore, where she spent 12 hours twiddling her thumbs before Hewitt flew in from China and they traveled to Australia together. Then there were a couple of charity appearances before Hewitt and Clijsters settled down for a well-earned break in Queensland, helping recharge the batteries before the serious training begins again.

And the most successful couple on tour will no doubt be feeing of each other’s passion for a major in Melbourne.

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This article was accompanied with a pic of Kim & Lleyton at the Wimbledon ball this year.

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There's also a section at the front of the mag called "you cannot be serious", its just got quotes that players said...

In this mag there was one of Kim's quotes accompanied by the picture of her in the sexy black dress (sorry but I don't know where it's from though, but it has been posted here).

“ I had a few experiences, maybe not with my own game, but when Lleyton won Wimbledon and the US Open, that was amazing. I felt like I won them as well.”[B/]– Kim Clijsters on life with a World No.1 boyfriend.

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One last thing from the mag, its from like the pre Australian Open section, its just review the players, and for Kim it says...

[B]The Challengers (Jennifer Capriati's also on this page with Kim)
2002 champ Jennifer Capriati will be hoping for a return to her best in Melbourne, but Kim Clijsters, who finished 2002 with a career-high No. 4 ranking, couldn't hope for a better place to win her first Slam than her boyfriend's favourite tournament.

Kim Clijsters (BEL)
Ranked 4
Age: 19
Height: 174cm
Wight: 68kg
Gran Slam Titles : 0
Career titles: 10 singles, 4 double
Plays: Right Handed
Turned pro: 1997
Best Australian Open Result: Semi-final 2002
Career prizemoney : US$3, 649, 280

2002 in review: Won four titles, including the season-ending WTA Champoinship. Was a semi finalist at the Ausrtalian Open. Reached a career-high ranking of World No. 3 in March.

Strength: Backhand. Can hit winners from anywhere.
Weakness: Forhand. Breaks down under pressure.
Chances: Outside chance. Battled a shoulder injury for most of last year. Still has a lot of improbement in her. If she can put it all together like she did against Serena in the Championships, she's a likely Grand Slam winner in the future.


:) :D :)

Elleke
Dec 19th, 2002, 07:54 AM
thanks spiritfullfrog :kiss:

Lynx
Dec 19th, 2002, 09:47 AM
Thanks Spiritfull ! :)

Bigkimfan
Dec 19th, 2002, 11:03 AM
Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Come on Kim!!!!!!!!!!! Win this slam!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Primula
Dec 19th, 2002, 11:44 AM
Strength: Backhand. Can hit winners from anywhere.
Weakness: Forhand. Breaks down under pressure.
Chances: Outside chance. Battled a shoulder injury for most of last year. Still has a lot of improbement in her. If she can put it all together like she did against Serena in the Championships, she's a likely Grand Slam winner in the future.
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I don't understand this: her forehand weak, and her backhand much stronger than her forehand.
I think they made a little mistake here !!

Come'on Kimmie!! We wish you a very good season in 2003 !!!:bounce:

kit
Dec 19th, 2002, 08:42 PM
Thanks for the nice Lleyki article,Spiritfullfrog!!!:kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss:

josefien
Dec 20th, 2002, 11:59 AM
"Breaks down under pressure" ???????:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

arn
Dec 21st, 2002, 12:29 AM
I don't agree with the breakdown under presure but I also think Kim's backhand is better as her forhand. I mean better in the way of more consistent. It's less errorprone.

Pinkie
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:15 PM
Not sure where to post this article, so I thought I'd get a Lleyki thread started...

DAILY MAIL (London)

January 8, 2003


AUSTRALIA IS READY TO ADOPT LLEYTON'S GIRL KIM

IVAN SPECK

SHE IS one half of tennis's most successful couple. But just because her
boyfriend is Lleyton Hewitt, do not discount Kim Clijsters' chances of becoming
Australian Open champion first, if only by one day.

It is easy to forget what a precocious talent the Belgian teenager is.
Clijsters burst on to the women's scene so early, it requires a double take to
realise she is still only 19 -- two years younger than Serena Williams and three
younger than Venus.

In the summer of 2001, Clijsters came within a break of serve of winning the
French Open. Last November, she beat both Williams sisters on her way to
capturing the prestigious end- of-season championships in Los Angeles. Since
then, her sometime practice partner has been a certain Mr Hewitt.

What impresses most is the maturity for one of such tender years. Clijsters
is as level-headed as they come. Prima donna? Not her, and not likely. Coming
from a country as unassuming as Belgium, she could hardly be otherwise.

Clijsters said: 'I live in a very small town called Bree. We have about
8,000 people and it's very quiet. That's why I enjoy spending time there. I feel
really relaxed.

'All the people in the town know me, so no-one really stares or bothers me
when I go home. But when Lleyton won the Masters Cup last year in Sydney, there
were four television crews in front of his house every day for almost a week.

'That can get pretty annoying, especially when they come to your house and
interfere with your private life. It's never really happened to me in Belgium,
but it's a bit more hectic for Lleyton in Australia.'

Clijsters has been groomed for tennis stardom with every bit as much
devotion as Hewitt. Her mother Els was a gymnast, while her father Leo was
Belgium's Footballer of the Year in 1988.

Younger sister Elke is a promising junior and both were schooled on a tennis
court their parents had built at the family home.

For now, Clijsters finds the phenomenon that is the Williams sisters
standing in her way. Her advantage at Melbourne Park next week will be a world
ranking of four -- which means she is certain to avoid both until the semi-
finals -- and the nearest thing to home support a non-Australian can enjoy.

The Aussies, whose highest-ranked woman is Alicia Molik at 94, have spent
the last week trying to claim Clijsters as their own.

Her unhappiness at the 60 per cent tax rate she pays in Belgium has fuelled
their hopes, while her relationship with Hewitt means that she has been in
Australia since November 17. A holiday with her boyfriend in Port Douglas,
Christmas with Hewitt's family in Adelaide and plenty of practice with the men's
world No.1.

Clijsters added: 'I'm never going to say never about moving to Australia.
The taxes in Belgium are just ridiculous at the moment. But although I feel
comfortable and love being here, Belgium's my home country. I enjoy being there
with my family.

'I started hitting with Lleyton two weeks before Christmas. It's great --
long rallies and the ball keeps

coming back. It's really good for me, maybe not as good for him. I have to
say I've been hitting more with my coach, though.

'The French Open final seems so long ago already, even Los Angeles does,
like it never happened. You don't really get a lot of time to think about it
all.

'I think I'm one of the only players who doesn't really set goals. I know
for myself that I put 100 per cent into everything I do. I just try to get

the best out of myself and have fun out there. But if I want to win against
players like Serena and Venus, I have to grab every chance that I get.

'It doesn't bother me if I see them in my part of the draw. It's a challenge
to play against them and I always enjoy it. When you're younger, they are the
matches you dream of -- especially against the No.1 in the world.'

Two world No.1s in the same household? Perhaps not. But two Australian Open
champions is a possibility.

Lleykimmy1
Jan 8th, 2003, 03:12 PM
Thank you for the article, it's a nice one !!:wavey:

angele87
Jan 8th, 2003, 06:47 PM
Thank you :D :kiss:


:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

lleytnkim
Jan 8th, 2003, 07:13 PM
Duck posted it in the adidas thread. Don't know if it qualifies as a Lleyki article but it has some really cute stuff. :hearts: :hearts:

Euro sense for stay-at-home Kim

By Patrick Miles, Adidas International
January 09, 2003

THE Australian Fed Cup team, bereft of success for 28 years, will have to continue to seek from within as Kim Clijsters is staying put in Europe, with no plans to emigrate.

Despite recent reports that her father, Leo, was investigating the financial benefits of living in Australia, the world No. 4, girlfriend of the men's world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, strongly suggested yesterday that her residential future lies in the lowlands.

"I'm building a house at the moment, so as soon as my house in Belgium is ready, I'll maybe get to go home a little bit more," Clijsters said after her comprehensive 6-1 6-3 victory over Switzerland's Patty Schnyder at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

Her next match will be against American Chanda Rubin, who beat her compatriot Alexandra Stevenson by the same score. A place in the semi-finals beckons.

The Clijsters family is obviously aware of the advantages of residing in a country with relatively low taxes and interest rates, and with an exchange rate that doubles their dollars.

But while conceding that real estate in Australia is "a lot cheaper than Belgium", Clijsters is not interested, at least for now, in any Antipodean investments.

"I hardly ever get to come here, so it would be empty for a whole year, until the end of the year," she said. "So I don't really want to waste more money."

Chez Clijsters in Belgium also would provide a European base for her partner, Lleyton Hewitt, during the long months he has to spend away from the sandhills at Tennyson, near his Adelaide base. Clijsters, however, still rates Australia as her second home.

"Definitely, because I've been spending all my Christmases here with Lleyton's family," she said.

Christmas brought a set of golf clubs :p, a pair of earrings and a necklace from her No. 1 man. "I was very, very spoiled," she said. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Golf, however, will have to wait for a while, along with any decision to live in Australia.

"I think it's just too much walking," she said. "It takes too long. I think you have to walk around for five hours or something. I'd rather go shopping for five hours." :p ;)

As for a future in Australia, she said: "Maybe when I stop playing. It's still far away, I hope."

(rest of the article was about Justine so I edited it. Hope y'all don't mind ;) )
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Kim is sooo lucky! :hearts: A pair of earrings and a necklace! :angel:
And Lleyton....a :kiss: for ya babe!

duck
Jan 8th, 2003, 08:39 PM
Much like the last one but with a little more detail and more quotes. The golf clubs were from Glynn and Cherilyn, it seems. much more gooberish also!

True love to find its course
By John Thirsk
January 09, 2003
LLEYTON HEWITT chose Sydney for his build-up to the Australian Open so he could stretch out his summer holiday with girlfriend Kim Clijsters.
And yesterday - the day after The Daily Telegraph revealed Hewitt is having daily practice workouts at White City - Clijsters gave an insight into the love affair that has helped drive the pair to the top of the world rankings.

After breezing into the quarter-finals of the adidas International with a 6-1 6-3 win over Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, world No.4 Clijsters said she had been spoiled with gifts at Christmas in Adelaide.

Among the presents she received were a necklace, earrings and ... a set of golf clubs.

Clijsters said the golf clubs were a gift from the Hewitt family.

But she said she would now have to dramatically improve her game if she wants to spend time with her highly competitive boyfriend on the golf course.

"I think he's [off a handicap of] six or seven," Clijsters said.

"I'll have to practise a lot."

Clijsters would prefer to be elsewhere while Hewitt hones his golf skills but the pair grab every moment they can to be with each other.

"It's just too much walking [on the golf course] for me. I think you have to walk around for five hours or something. I'd rather go shopping for five hours," Clijsters laughed.

Hewitt and Clijsters only get about four months a year together - meeting up at the four grand slam venues, another major tournament in Florida and enjoying precious time before the Australian summer season.

Clijsters, 19, feels just as comfortable with Lleyton's parents Glynn and Cherilyn and sister Jaslyn as she does with her parents and younger sister Elke back home in Bree, Belgium.

"I almost spend more time here than in Belgium, but I'm building a house at the moment. So as soon as my house in Belgium is ready, maybe I'll get to go home a little bit more," she said.

Clijsters doesn't expect to see Lleyton at Homebush as she strives for a tournament victory.

"If I get to the semi-final [Friday] or the final [Saturday], he'll be in Melbourne getting ready for the Aussie Open," she said.

Clijsters is thrilled that Australian fans seem to have accepted her as one of their own.

"I really got a very warm welcome when I walked on to the court today," she said.

"I played a few weeks ago at the Starlight Foundation here in Sydney and it was really nice to come back and see some people that I remembered.

"Australia is definitely my second home.

"I've been spending all my Christmases here with Lleyton's family.

"I got some earrings, a necklace ... so I was very, very spoiled."

kit
Jan 8th, 2003, 08:59 PM
I love all the Lleyki articles!!!So thank yo very much!!:kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:28 AM
Ooh I love all the lleyki articles:hearts: :hearts:

Elke
Jan 9th, 2003, 12:41 PM
Lleyton's no1 in my life.
by Chris Jones, Evening Standard, 9/1/03


The young couple dancing together celebrating the arrival of the new yearat a black-tie ball in Perth had every reason to smile about what the next 12 months could bring.
Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, World no1 player and girlfriend Kim Clijsters, no4 in the women's ranking, are the present tennis generation's answer to Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert, who got engaged at the height of their popularity.

Hewitt won the end-of-season Masters event in Shanghai last November to confirm his status as the game's dominant force. Minutes after achieving this feat, he took an on-court mobile phone call from Clijsters, who wanted to congratulate her man.
A few days earlier, the roles had been reversed, with Hewitt calling his girlfriend to celebrate her triumph in the WTA tour-ending event in Los Angeles, where she defeated Serena Williams in the final.

Patently, these are two exceptional players and they have jointly banked career prize money of nearly £10 million. FOr more than 2 years, 21-year-old Hewitt and 19-year-old Clijsters have defied the sceptics and make teir relationship work despite the time the spent apart on their respective tours. While others hint at an engagement, the couple side-step the question and that only adds to the intrigue.
They spent Christmas together at the Hewitt family home in West Lakes, abiut a 15-minute drive west from Adelaide. Previously, Hewitt has joined the Clijsters family for the festive period.
This Christmas, he gave her a set of golf clubs, earrings and a necklace as presents. "I was very, very spoilt." she said. earlier in December, they spent time relaxing in Queensland, playing golf and swimming. When they returned to Adelaide, they both started preparing for next week's Australian Open and were seen practising on court together.

It was yet another public example of how close thes two outstanding players have become. Their relationship survived all the travelling that only sees them together at the four Grand Slam events and a couple of other major tournaments.
Of course they are down sides to being so close to another sports star. Clijsters' superstition about going to the same retaurant when she got to the French Open final in 2001, drove Hewitt crazy, but when they are apart they reportedly make a minimum of four phone calls a day to each other.

Last year, Clijsters opted to undertake her rehabilitation from injury in Monte Carlo to be with Hewitt, where he competed in the ATP tour event and they spent every morning enjoying breakfast on the veranda of their beachside hotel. The pair stood out of the rest because the other tables were populated by male players travelling without wives or girlfriends.

Clijsters said: "It's nice to have someone you trust and who is always there for you. We live a very lonely life on tour. We have to travel every week, so it's not easy to make a lot of friends."
There is every possibility will make a permanent move to Down Under. Leo, her father and manager, confirms she is considering the move because tax rates in her homeland are among the highest in Europe. " In the event of Australian naturalisation she could profit from a very advantageous tax system." said Leo, a former footballer, who was voted as Belgium's player of the year in 1988. "This information had already been communicated to us when we had asked for information about the possible purchase of an apartment in Adelaide."

Those close to Hewitt believe Clijsters has been a calming influence off-court, although on it, he remains as volatile as ever.
His constant picking at his racket strings has allowed the mimics on tour to offer excellent impressions. At last weeks Hopman Cup he was left floundering when, despite adjusting them like a demented harpist, he failed to recapture his normal power. He explained: " I couldn't hit a ball. I felt like I couldn't break an egg out there." Hewitt has never got past the last 16 in Melbourne Park and went out in the first round to Alberto Martin last year, after suffering a pre-tournament bout of chicken pox. This year, he is expected to do much better. "One of my biggest dreams is to win the Australian Open, so if I get to the quarters, I reckon I have a good chance this time, " he said. "You don't always want to go in Grand Slams playing your best tennis right from the start. I know when I won the Us Open in 2001, I was not playing my best tennis until the fourth round. The competitive juices will get working as soon as I get out there in Melbourne. You get the smell of a Grand Slam-and I think I will be able to get up for it."

With Clijsters also hoping to better last year's semifinal showing, there is a real possibility of a double celebration for Australia this year-Hewitt becoming men's champion and their favourite Belgian lifting the women's trophy.

:wavey:

Bigkimfan
Jan 9th, 2003, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the articles!!!!!!!!!:kiss: :kiss:

Lleykimmy1
Jan 9th, 2003, 03:47 PM
Thank you very much for the articles !! They are very nice !!

GO KIMMIE YOU CAN DO IT !!!!!!!!!

Cilla
Jan 9th, 2003, 11:03 PM
Thanx 4 all the articles :kiss: esp the Evening Standard one! I was so happy to find that in my paper :bounce: it had the pic of Lleyton & Kim kissing after he won Wimby and the pic of them at the wimby champions ball :D so I cut it out & kept it as I do with all Lleyki Articles ;)

:wavey:

duck
Jan 11th, 2003, 02:48 PM
Kim cool on 'love double' chances
By PAUL MALONE
12jan03

SOUTH Australia's adopted daughter Kim Clijsters last night stopped short of advising fans to get in for a slice of the tumbling $25 betting price on offer for an Australian Open tennis "love double".







A title double for Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne tomorrow, is the fourth most heavily backed choice on TAB Sportsbet.
"I don't know. It's up to you what you want to do with your money," Clijsters said with a smile after she had added to her Open credentials by winning the adidas International in Sydney.

American Lindsay Davenport said Clijsters, 19, was bound to follow her boyfriend into the history books as a grand slam winner.

Davenport lost 4-6, 3-6 to the Belgian in the final at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

Clijsters, who spent Christmas with the Hewitt family in Adelaide, took a night flight to Melbourne to be reunited with top seed Hewitt.

"In a grand slam all the players are so much more motivated, especially players like Venus and Serena (Williams)," said Clijsters, who is fourth seed in her bid to win her first major final.

"I think I'm a lot more consistent than I was even half a year ago. I think I'm moving better."

Hewitt had been in Sydney early last week to spend some time with his girlfriend while he practised hard for his first round Open match on Tuesday.

It was a second successive win for Clijsters in an official tournament, as she beat the Williams sisters in successive matches to take the WTA Championships in Los Angeles in November.

Seven days later, she called Hewitt's mobile phone when he won the Tennis Masters Cup, the year-end event on the men's tour, in Shanghai, China.

Hewitt was non-plussed after the Shanghai final when he was asked whether Clijsters would keep her maiden name when they married.

"That's the least of my worries. If we're to get married, it doesn't bother me, I guess," he said.

Clijsters and Hewitt spend about four months a year together, regular detouring from their own tennis commitments to support each other at tournaments.

Interesting use of the word 'when' by the reporter.

Cilla
Jan 11th, 2003, 06:43 PM
Oh my. Take it with a pinch of salt the Daily Mirror doesn't have the best reputation in the UK :rolleyes: They're known for their *views* :rolleyes: It's a pretty cheap tabloid masquerading as a serious newspaper. This guy obviously has a problem with Lleyton & Kim and has used his article to get his cheap shots in. This article only belongs in one place....the trash.

angele87
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:32 PM
:fiery: at the last article but :D for the one before it :hearts:

Maxine
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:44 PM
That guy is pathetic! raquel thanks for sharing, but this is a nice thread , so maybe you should delete it?

duck
Jan 11th, 2003, 08:16 PM
To soothe some ruffled feathers:angel:

The *ahem* best bit from an articles on Ll:

Team Hewitt has bunkered down for an assault on a championship Lleyton is desperate to win, with everything planned to the finest detail for the tournament that starts tomorrow.

Central to Hewitt's campaign is his relationship with Belgian Kim Clijsters, the women's world No4. Clijsters can provide the perfect circuit-breaker during the pressure of a grand slam fortnight.

"Both Lleyton and Kim are living the same life and understand the sacrifice they need to stay at the top of world tennis," Stoltenberg said.

"I believe there is a strong relationship, that they are compatible, very happy and good for one another."

duck
Jan 11th, 2003, 08:19 PM
And Cherilyn says:

"Lleyton keeps everything deep inside. He doesn't really talk about it a lot. He probably confides in Kim (Clijsters) a fair bit, but we only find out after the event. Then he'll come out and say what he's thinking.

"He's always been like that. When he first won the Adelaide event, I'd take him to training and we wouldn't talk about the tennis. We'd talk about every other thing and then when it was all over he'd start talking about how he felt."

nm_cb
Jan 12th, 2003, 02:21 AM
I found an article in one of the papers in Western Australia. It is about the love matches which have happened in tennis but it's mainly about Kim and Lleyton. I will post the whole article when I get the chance. But here is the first part of the article. It is almost a whole page long.

The sunday Times, January 12 2003
A love match where both players are winners.
Hewitt, Clijsters hold all the aces

It was called the 'love double' when americal sweethearts Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors won matching his-and-hers Winmbledon championships in 1974.
Pictures of the 1974 champions holding their trophies while Connors kissed the cheeks of his fiance Evert, carry the sad nature of flashback images of failed romances. They married others; in the case of Evert, two of them.
Fast forward 29 years and incurable tennis romantis will invest on the $28 odds of an Australian Open title double involving wins by Adelaide's Wimbledon champion and World number 1 Lleyton Hewitt and his belgian girlfriend Kim Clijsters, who is ranked fourth in the world.
Clijsters last week moved to third favourite in betting markets, ahead of defending champion Jennifer apriati, to win her first Grand Slam in her adopted "second home" country.
It's almost three years since Hewitt, 21, asked her if she wanted to go to a party where his mate Pat Rafter, the heart-throb former world No. 1, would be - and she agreed.
Clijsters, 19, scored her greatest title in November when she beat Venus and Serena Williams in successive matches to take the WTA Championships in Los Angeles.
A week later hers was the first call on Hewitt's mobile phone when he won the equivalent year-end climax of the men'stour, the Tennis Masters Cup, in Shangai.
The site of their reunion was singapore's glitzy Changi airport. Clijsters waited 12 hours on a stopover from Belgium in Singapore in what must have been a special, private moment of shared achievments before they flew onto Australia.
Whith a combined $3.66 million in prozemoney, brining their aggregate career earnings to $25.26 million, they had no need to rush out to an Adelaide luxury car dealership.
Their year-end titles also came with a Porsche Carrera (for Clijsters) and a Mercedes CLK 320 (For Hewitt)
"It was the biggest moment in her tennis career and it's an incredible achievment," said Hewitt, who is favourite to become the first Australian man since 1976 to win the national tennis championships that start tomorrow.
"She's got a good chance to go even higher in the rankings, I believe."
Tennis romances can be both straight-sets affairs or long, satisfying matches.
The late Australian great Lew Hoad's wife Jenny, met himwhen they were juniors in Sydney.
Another Wimbledon champion, John Newcombe, met his German wife Angie at a tournament.
Evert married british player John lloyd, an Australian open runner-up, before they they split. She then married skiier Andy Mills to find happiness and motherhood.
In men's tennis, they talk about the Martina Hingis "curse" as players, including another Swiss professional, Ivo Heuburger, have sunk like a stone in the rankings after having relationships with her.
Anna Kournikova was briefly linked with Australian Mark Philippoussis and Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti before returning to the arms of her russian ice hockey player Sergei Fedorov.
To see Hewitt and Clijsters sweat bullets in matches played by the other is among the most human moments in the calculated business of modern tennis.

spiritfullfrog
Jan 12th, 2003, 04:50 AM
Cool article! :)
Can't wait for the next bit! :D

Lleykimmy1
Jan 12th, 2003, 09:58 AM
Thank you for the articles they are very nice !

:wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce: :wavey:

COME ONE KIM YOU CAN DO IT !!!!!!!!!!

keta
Jan 12th, 2003, 11:27 AM
I read the Artilce that nm_cb IS talking about aswell. Its relaly good and has the picture of them kissing just beofre leaving to fly to Blegium. Ill Let nm-cb Type the firts up as i dont wanna type it up and then realise she'd doen it aswell! ;) Its worth the wait though! :p

angele87
Jan 12th, 2003, 01:37 PM
Thanks for the article nm_cb :D Can't wait for the rest of the article :hearts:

Mazza
Jan 12th, 2003, 02:04 PM
Awwww! Thanks for all the Lleyki articles! :kiss: :angel:

Cant wait for the rest of the other article! :D

pruts
Jan 12th, 2003, 03:39 PM
thx for the article nm_cb :kiss:

Kornelija
Jan 12th, 2003, 03:45 PM
Nicely said in the end of the last article. :hearts:

kit
Jan 12th, 2003, 04:53 PM
Thanks everbody for all the nice Lleyki articles!!!:kiss: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

nm_cb
Jan 13th, 2003, 12:41 AM
Keta if you want you can type the rest as I am very busy the next couple of days/weeks!
If you can't don't worry!!

keta
Jan 13th, 2003, 01:20 AM
Okay Ill do it today Sometiem! :)

spiritfullfrog
Jan 13th, 2003, 02:43 AM
Originally posted by keta
I read the Artilce that nm_cb IS talking about aswell. Its relaly good and has the picture of them kissing just beofre leaving to fly to Blegium. Ill Let nm-cb Type the firts up as i dont wanna type it up and then realise she'd doen it aswell! ;) Its worth the wait though! :p

would you (or nm_cb) be able to scan the pic of Lleyton and Kim kissing, and post it here? or is it a pic everyone's seen?

keta
Jan 13th, 2003, 03:33 AM
Here is the reats of the Article i said Id type up for nm_cb. It was in the West Australian on Snday!


After winning key moments in a match, Hewit tyells, points and pumps hes fist towards the seats where Clijsters, Parents Glynn and Cherilyn and coach Jason Stoltenberg will him on.

Hewitt was aced by a reporter in Shanghai, who asked wether Clijsters would keep her maiden name when they married or join the legion of hypenated surnames on the women' tour.
" That's the leats of my worrries. If we're to get married, it doesnet bother me, I guess" He said.

Asked if a wedding date was close, Clijsters sad: "No, We just started going out, almost three years (ago ). We still have time; we're still young"

Thsoe on the global tennis tour who find the intense Hewitt too impenetrable often reflect on Clihsters being a form of human credential for him.

If the Sweet ever smiling Belgiancan find soo mcuh good in him, Its must be there!

Both have enjoyed tremendous sucess already, with Hewitt winning to Grand Slams ( US open '01 and wimbledon last year ) and Clijsters making one Garnd Slan final-Before heiwtt at the French Open 2001 where she was beaten by America Capriatti.

If they are creaking about together in about 40 years, They will have a lot more tennis memories in common.

spiritfullfrog- I think everyone has seen the photo of kim and lleyton. I thikn it was rex feautures on. Its in the New pictures of kim thread form arroudn the time wimbledon started!

pcabenojar
Jan 13th, 2003, 09:43 AM
Hewitt and Clijsters head romantic stakes
By John Parsons in Melbourne (Filed: 13/01/2003)
The Telegraph

The possibility of singles titles for Lleyton Hewitt and his girlfriend, Kim Clijsters, in the Australian Open, starting in Melbourne today, is more than just a romantic notion.

Even the bookmakers, who predictably make Hewitt and Serena Williams favourites, concede that it is more than sentimental money which has made a Hewitt-Clijsters double the fourth most popular bet.

Despite his erratic form in the Hopman Cup during the first week of the year, Hewitt, the Wimbledon and world champion, is the favourite choice of his fellow players, as well as the punters, to become the first Australian to win the men's singles since Mark Edmondson beat a veteran Ken Rosewall in 1976.

After losing in the Hopman Cup final in Perth to the American, James Blake, Hewitt took himself off with his coach, Jason Stoltenberg, and fitness trainer, Roger Rasheed, to the former home of the New South Wales tournament at White City.

For five days he underwent a rigorous fitness regime and Stoltenberg said: "He's made himself a little stronger, he's in great shape.

"He knows there's tremendous pressure on him to win in front of an Australian crowd expecting so much from him but that doesn't bother him. He relishes the challenge."

Clijsters, who has never looked fitter or started the year with greater confidence, certainly demonstrated in Sydney, where she won singles and doubles titles, that she is capable of repeating her stunning victory over Serena Williams in the WTA Championships last November. The pair are seeded to meet again in the semi-finals.

The latest endorsement of the way the 19-year-old Belgian has added control, without sacrificing any of the power or ingenuity in her aggressive game, came from from Lindsay Davenport, a triple Grand Slam winner, after Clijsters had beaten her 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Adidas International on Saturday.

Davenport, hoping to regain the form which made her the Australian Open champion three years ago but still struggling with her footwork, said it was "only a matter of time" before the pugnacious Clijsters added her name to the roll of Grand Slam champions.

Even so Serena Williams, who missed last year's Melbourne event after being injured in Sydney, has already made it clear that her appetite for success, after winning the French, Wimbledon and US Open titles, is greater than ever.

She lost only five of her 61 matches last year and has already thrown down the gauntlet to the rest by suggesting how nice it would be if she went through the whole of this year unbeaten.

For her part Clijsters was eager to play down her prospects, despite having won 19 of her last 20 matches. She said: "Naturally I think a Grand Slam win for me is possible but I don't think that will automatically follow just because I've won in Sydney.

"At the Slams we have to win seven matches for the title [in Sydney it was five] and all the players are so much more motivated in a Grand Slam, especially players like Venus and Serena Williams.

"I think I'm a lot more consistent than I was even half a year ago and moving better and I know I have to keep being as aggressive as possible. That's why I'm trying much more to come to the net and volley."

Not all coaches encourage romance on the tennis circuit but Stoltenberg believes the three-year relationship between Clijsters and Hewitt has been central to the Australian's spectacular rise to be world No 1.

"Lleyton and Kim are living the same life and understand the sacrifice they need to stay at the top in tennis," he said. "I believe they have a very happy, compatible relationship which makes it good for one another."

Hewitt's opening test tomorrow is against Magnus Larsson, the 32-year-old Swede who fought his way through qualifying after injuries contributed to him slipping way out of the top 100.

The one nagging doubt surrounding Hewitt is his serve. Although he got away with it, his first serve percentage during the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in November regularly dropped below 50 per cent.

Compared with most of his rivals for top honours, his stature is slight. His style, effectively a blend of wits and attrition, means he has to strive harder than most for his points and without the security of a consistently reliable first serve, that demands even more energy.

KaseyL
Jan 15th, 2003, 01:23 PM
It's not really a "Lleyki" article, but anyway:


Flemish leading weekly news magazine Knack runs a three page coverage about tennis this week. (Knack, Jan. 15, 2003) See pages 64-66.
The major part is about Lleyton Hewitt, under the headline: "The drive of Hewitt".
The quotes re Kim aren't new, so it doesn't make sense to spend time on translating these.
Basically, he speaks about Kim's positive influence on him, that she made him better, how the times that they can be together make up for the times he has to be without her...
No new pics either: they show a nice big pic of Lleyton in action, than a number of pics with his trophies and the Wimbledon kiss LOL.

Stefke
Jan 15th, 2003, 01:34 PM
Originally posted by lleytnkim
"Christmas brought a set of golf clubs :p, a pair of earrings and a necklace from her No. 1 man. "I was very, very spoiled," she said.[/B] :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: [/B]

I think my boyfriend thinks that way to!!:rolleyes: :p

Elke
Jan 15th, 2003, 07:38 PM
The cursing bad-boy and the perfect daughter in law.
Het Laatste Nieuws, 15/01/03, Stephan Keygnaert, translated by Elke

He's Australian, born in Adelaide. She's Belgian, born in Bilzen. They share bed, love and pain. He, Lleyton Hewitt, world no1, is not the home-crowd favourite. She, Kim Clijsters, is very popular Down Under. 'She's such a sweetie, mister!' An attempt to try to measure the popularity of this celebrity couple in Aussieland....

WHAT IMAGE??
*Lleyton: Journalists from the 'Herald Sun' and the 'Courier Mail' don't call Hewitt the typical 'Australian guy', no sunburned beach- or surfing guy, like Pat Rafter. Neither has he the image of the smiling boy-next-door. He has more the image of a shy, competitive young man.
*Kim: Clijsters is regarded as the perfect daughter in law. Polite, well raised, always friendly and smiling, always ready to talk to everybody. The Aussies think Lleyton is lucky to have a girl like her.








WHAT DOES THE PRESS SAY??
*Lleyton: The Australian press doesn't like the idea that Hewitt focusses on the American market. Two years ago, at the US Open, in his match against James Blake, Hewitt accused a black linesman of racism. Now he tries to compensate that to give interviews to the American tennispress. 'The Herald Sun and The Courier Mail complain about the fact he gave an interview to the New York Times, and refused to do another to the Australian press. Hewitt ignores the Australian press since they reported he fought on an airplane.
*kim: Most Australian papers didn't even try to get an interview at home with Clijsters. 'Kim isn't sexy enough to make headlines in our paper.' The Australian press is mostly interested in her quotes about the Hewitt-Clijsters relationship. 'Two years ago, she talked about her and Lleyton, even without asking, now she doesn't want to answer those questions, or maybe rarely. It makes her less interesting to us.' the Herald Sun and The Courier Mail said. Conclusion: Clijsters is a nice girl, but it stops right there!

THE MAN IN THE STREET??
*Lleyton: Popular with boys under 25, the youth's going to school with a backwards cap and tries to be 'cool and tough'. He misses the sex-appeal to attract women, unlikely Pat Rafter and Philipoussis. The older people don't like the fists, the cursing and the firing Hewitt-eyes. And calling his home crowd in Adelaide 'stupid', wasn't a very smart move.
*Kim: Very popular for the Australian women, young and old. A lot of people at her trainingsessions. There were no seats left at her match against Reeves. At her autographsessions, there were mostly young girls. To the manly part of Australia, she misses the Kournikova-allures. There wasn't any man yelling at Kim 'Marry me, Kim'

KaseyL
Jan 15th, 2003, 09:39 PM
Thanks a lot for the translation, Elke! :kiss:

KaseyL
Jan 15th, 2003, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Elke
*kim: Most Australian papers didn't even try to get an interview at home with Clijsters. 'Kim isn't sexy enough to make headlines in our paper.' The Australian press is mostly interested in her quotes about the Hewitt-Clijsters relationship. 'Two years ago, she talked about her and Lleyton, even without asking, now she doesn't want to answer those questions, or maybe rarely. It makes her less interesting to us.' the Herald Sun and The Courier Mail said. Conclusion: Clijsters is a nice girl, but it stops right there!



one remark re the Australian press quote (besides the fact that Het Laatste Nieuws needed to repeat the old Lleyton stories... :rolleyes: ):

what, Kim not so interesting to the Australian press? Hello! :eek: Come again! :rolleyes:
They just don't stop writing about her the last couple of weeks... def. because she's NOT so commercially interesting, sure! :p

duck
Jan 15th, 2003, 10:23 PM
I'm not exactly knocked out by that article's accuracy or its tone to be honest. The Herald Sun is the only Australian newspaper that Ll has given an interview to (in September 2002. It's in the articles thread in LLL) and they gush non-stop about him as a result. And the interview he gave to the NY Times were just before the US Open, which seems logical.

Having watched Anna K's performance against Justine I have to say that I am very happy to see Kim is not considered 'sexy' by the media. And why should she want to be seen as a trophy girlfriend? She's gotten plenty of publicity in her own right lately adn I have noticed that in the press updates it is the Williamses, Seles and Kim whose progress is most closely noted and which appears in the headlines.

ANyway, the appeal for me of LL and Kim is that they are an ordinary couple (with 8 figure bank accounts ;) ) and not some impossible glamourous pairing lusted after by millions:rolleyes:

But thanks for posting it . I always enjoy venting my spleen!

Primula
Jan 17th, 2003, 11:58 AM
I agree with that!! Look at Anna, she gets soooo much attention from the media, but I don't think it's that good for her!! She was a good top-ten player and look at her now! Her looks stayed but her tennis isn't what it was before!

Elke
Feb 4th, 2003, 12:04 AM
Lleyki article, en français... voilà!:kiss:

www.canalsatellite.fr/instranet/site/thematique/home_dossier.jsp?page=articles&Docld=1459292&artRank=1&thematique=sport

Hawk
Feb 4th, 2003, 02:56 AM
Originally posted by Elke
Lleyki article, en français... voilà!:kiss:

www.canalsatellite.fr/instranet/site/thematique/home_dossier.jsp?page=articles&Docld=1459292&artRank=1&thematique=sport

The link doesn't work for me :confused: Anyone else have this problem?

duck
Feb 4th, 2003, 10:15 AM
Ditto here. All I get is a page of code. Elke, can you cut and paste the article?

keta
Feb 4th, 2003, 11:45 AM
I think this is the article i searched the sight that Elke gave us and i thikn this it but i have no idea soo im trying too translate it!



LOVE STORY DANS LES VESTIAIRES






- "Bonsoir chérie ! Alors, qu'est-ce que tu as fait aujourd'hui ?".
- "J'ai gagné les Masters".
- "Ah ? Moi aussi".

Ces propos (imaginaires) sont peut-être ceux de Kim Clijsters et Lleyton Hewitt au soir de leur victoire respective lors des Masters de tennis de novembre dernier. Car cela se passe comme ça chez les Clijsters-Hewitt, qui s'aiment et ont l'habitude de caracoler au sommet des Internationaux de tennis. Début novembre, Kim, 19 ans, quatrième joueuse mondiale, remportait la finale des Masters (compétition réunissant les meilleurs joueurs de l'année) en battant Serena Williams, numéro 1 mondiale. Cinq jours plus tard, à Shanghaï, son compagnon Lleyton, 21 ans, faisait de même et confortait ainsi son rang de meilleur joueur mondial pour la deuxième année consécutive. Au passage, les tourtereaux ont empoché 2,1 millions de dollars, une Porsche Carrera (pour monsieur) et une Mercedes CLK 320 (pour madame).

Non contents d'accumuler les victoires sur les courts, le couple vit depuis 2 ans une véritable love story. Tout commence un matin de l'hiver 2000 lorsque Lleyton Hewitt invite Kim Clijsters à venir disputer un match contre Patrick Rafter, grand maître du service-volée et vainqueur de Wimbledon à ses heures. La jeune femme accepte et se retrouve seule face à son courtisan qui a opportunément oublié d'inviter Rafter... Depuis nos deux amoureux tâchent de concilier les impératifs de leur carrière avec les impératifs de la vie à deux. Quand ils disputent les mêmes tournois, comme les matches mixtes du Grand chelem, tout va pour le mieux ! En 2001, Clijsters dispute la finale de Roland Garros et Hewitt remporte l'Us Open. Mais quand ils sont séparés ? Cela ne se passe pas trop mal non plus, merci pour eux. Après trois saisons en professionel, Kim a déjà remporté dix titres, tandis que son amoureux est le n°1 depuis deux ans avec dix-sept trophées dont deux Grands chelems.

« Qui se ressemble s'assemble » prétend le cliché. Clijsters et Hewitt démontrent parfaitement le contraire tant leur comportement sur le court est différent. Lleyton est un véritable bulldog face à son adversaire et a bâti ses succès sur un moral d'acier qui lui a souvent permis de retourner les situations difficiles. Kim, quant à elle se distingue par sa gentillesse et sa candeur. Interrogée récemment sur la tonicité de ses pieds sur le court, elle répondait très naturellement : « si je n'avais pas de pieds, je ne pourrais gagner ».

On ne sait si la fraîcheur d'âme de Kim a particulièrement ému Hewitt, mais il est certain que le couple perpétue une longue « tradition » de liaisons plus ou moins tumultueuses au coeur du tennis de haut niveau. La première, et la plus connue, fut celle qui unit dans les années 1970 Jimmy Connors et Chris Evert Lloyd. On pourrait citer également l'idylle entre l'Américaine Jennifer Capriati et le Belge Xavier Malisse et, bien sûr, le couple « so cute » André Agassi et Steffi Graf.

Mais Lleyton Hewitt et Kim Clijsters sont bien loin de ces considérations historico-sentimentales et couleraient actuellement des jours heureux dans une station balnéaire du Queensland. Leur rentrée est attendue pour les premiers jours de 2003 à l'occasion de la Coupe Hopman et de l'Autralian Open. On leur souhaite de bonnes vacances et une belle saison 2003 dont vous pourrez suivre les rebondissements sur Sport+ et Eurosport durant toute l'année !





I Translated ot on Freetranslation.com and this is what it gave me! I havent rea dit yet but oh well! :o:o
- "Good evening cherished! Then, what did you do today?". - "I won the Masters". - "Ah? Me also". These matters (imaginary) are maybe those of Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt to evenings of their respective victory at the time of the tennis Masters of last November. For that happens as that with the clijsters-hewitt, that like themselves and are used to to be ahead at the summit of the International ones of tennis. At the beginning of November, Kim, 19 years, fourth world-wide joueuse, won the final one Masters (competition calling together the better players of the year) while beaten Serena Williams, number 1 world-wide one. Five days later, to Shanghaï, his companion Lleyton, 21 years, did even and reinforced thus his row of better world-wide player for the second consecutive year. To the passage, the tourtereaux pocketed 2,1 million dollars, a Porsche Will Ensconce (for mister) and a Mercedes CLK 320 (for madam). Happy nos to accumulate the victories on the short ones, the couple lives since 2 years a true one coils story. All begins a morning of the winter 2000 when Lleyton Hewitt invites Kim Clijsters to come to dispute a game against Patrick Rafter, big master of the stolen service and conqueror of Wimbledon to its hours. The young woman accepts and rediscovers itself only facing his sycophant that has forgotten opportunément to invite Rafter... Since our two lovers try to reconcile the imperative ones of their career with the imperative ones of the life to two. When they dispute the same tournois, as the mixed matches of the Big slam, all avenue for the better! In 2001, Clijsters disputes the final one of Roland Garros and Hewitt wins the us Open. But when they are separated? That not itself pass too poorly non more, thank-you for them. After three seasons in professionel, Kim already won ten titles, while his lover is the n°1 since two years with seventeen trophées of which two Big slams. « That resembles itself assembles itself » claims the cliché. Clijsters and Hewitt perfectly show the opposite so their behavior on the short one is different. Lleyton is a true bulldog facing his opponent and built its successes on a steel morale that often allowed for him to return the difficult positions. Kim, as for her distinguishes herself by his kindness and his innocence. Questioned recently on the tonicité of its feet on the short one, she replied very naturally: « if I had not any feet, I could not win ». One does not know if the soul freshness of Kim particularly moved Hewitt, but it is certain that the couple perpetuates a long one « tradition » of liaisons more or less tumultueuses to the heart of the tennis of high level. The first one, and the most known one, was the one that unites in the years 1970 Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert Lloyd. One could quote equally the romance between the American Jennifer Capriati and the Belgian Xavier Malisse and, of course, the couple « so cute » André Agassi and Steffi Graf. But Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters are well far of these considerations historico-sentimentales and would flow currently happy days in a seaside station of the Queensland. Returned for them is awaited for the first days of 2003 to the occasion of the Cutting Hopman and autralian Open. One wishes to them good vacation and a beautiful season 2003 of which will be able to follow you the rebondissements on Sport + and Eurosport during all year long!

-Fienesse-
Feb 4th, 2003, 03:33 PM
This is a funny translation...:D

valentine
Feb 4th, 2003, 03:55 PM
MERCI ELKE!!!

kit
Feb 4th, 2003, 08:01 PM
http://www.wams.de/data/2003/01/05/30205.html

kit
Feb 4th, 2003, 08:03 PM
http://www.wams.de/data/2003/01/05/30205.html

keta
Feb 5th, 2003, 06:29 AM
Heres the Atciles Translated that kit posted:


"I wants to win all four Grand-Slam-tournaments" start into the new season: the number one of the tennis world in the exclusively interview with the WORLD on SUNDAY. Its Lleyton Hewitt over its goals, strong gulf Handicap and its dear to the belgian germinated sits views themselves Clijsters - interview Lleyton Hewitt in action photo: AP Melbourne - who very above, who on the throne, that already once over and asks: where, please, are now my goals? Lleyton Hewitt, 21, the number one of the world tennis', believes found it for 2003 to have: Melbourne, Paris,
Wimbledon, New York - Hewitt wants to win all four Grand-Slam-tournaments. That succeeded spoke finally the legendary Laver. Before more than 30 years.
WORLD on SUNDAY: why did you choose would have yourself again the Hopman Cup for the season prelude, had would have where you yet home in Adelaide an ATP tournament to the same time?
Lleyton Hewitt: now, that lies at the disappointment of the last year. There I am here in Perth at wind pock erkrankt, was able to play in spite of good preparation only two Matches. The fans, my partner Alicia Molik and natural I myself were not was able to play disappointed about the fact, that we the tournament to end. So I had another job here to settle. I satisfied wanted to place myself, Alicia and the tournament. Adelaide can wait, turn there I back if the job is done in the Hopman Cup.
WamS: what prices the Hopman Cup, what other tournaments perhaps not have?
Hewitt: here the prerequisites are optimal. One has three singles and three Mixed certainly, plays in groups, encounters on strong competition, with which one can measure himself of the first Match by, in Adelaide for example I could be already in the first round outside at a bad day. Then I would be twelve days without Matchpraxis to the Australian Open. In Perth, we play in the hall, but on the same coating as well as in Melbourne and with the same bales. In the Australian Open, I must play perhaps also in the hall if it rains or becomes too hot. That of all and naturally the possibility to be able to participate with my friend in a tournament, that prices the Hopman Cup. And the days with germinated did me well.
WamS: they speak germinated about Clijsters, your life companion. What do you mean therewith exactly?
Hewitt: we have been for the 17 November in Australia, were not until Queensland on vacation and spent then Christmas and the remainder of the vacation with Relaxen and training at my parents in Adelaide. That did well after an exerting season. And I improved my Handicap in the gulf.
WamS: how do you look Handicap then up-to-date?
Do Hewitt: I Handicap 7 not have now, badly or?
WamS: how does it come, that most tennis pros incidentally so gladly gulf sielen?
Hewitt: gulfs is ideal to the Relaxen. I went also here with my coach Jason Stoltenberg each second day at which I had game free, on the gulf place. That distracts and brings an incredible internal quiet.
WamS: making you that also in the Grand-Slam-tournaments?
Hewitt: yes, naturally. With my coach. On the gulf place, we can relax, but can speak also, over the last Match, over the tactic of the next.
Let WamS: if you happen the last season review, what is for you good, what run not so well?
Hewitt: the number wanted to defend I one at the season end, is arrive me that. In addition I won again the Masters. And Wimbledon - that my dream was already always. The victory there was until now my most important generally. Can therewith one be yet entirely satisfied, or?
WamS: what does a number motivate one for a new season?
Hewitt (laughs) : if I am honest, I it does not know. I love to go out it and to fight on the place. The contest excites me, it motivates me, it kitzelt of all out of me out. I am a correct Fighter. I sat down little goals, tournament for tournament. I would stop now, I would have won first two Grand Slams. If I once more old am and ask myself, why I created no longer, heavily would fall me an answer. I am first 21 and want to improve myself always. The Australian Open, Paris and Wimbledon I can win, again or for the first time. Paris becomes more difficult. For us Australier, it was and will be always difficult. People as well as Moya, Costa or Ferrero, that are born on sand. Even Sampras, the best of all times - a good player is he on sand, that loves the bottom lines game. Did it but win ever in Paris? No. I have now the goal of winning this year all four Grand-Slam-tournaments. Therefore I go there out on the place and try it.
WamS: the Australian Open addressed you. In the last year, you had to suit because of a wind pock disease. This year you set and naturally entirely Australia on victory. How do you go around with the pressure?
Hewitt: pressure? No, that is motivation for me. Naturally I sense the attention of the people that want, that I win. I want but that yet also. When Aussie I want and must win yet home. That is an entirely normal pressure, like in other Grand Slams also. Wimbledon excluded. You see set me, there it at number one. That was nervously made me pressure, that. And? I won withstanded, therefore the pressure. In Melbourne, I go gladly at the start, I unconditionally want to win there this year. But a special pressure? No, really not. That was and is only in Wimbledon for me so.
WamS: Serena Williams announced to remain 2003 at the ladies undefeated. Does so something go?
Hewitt: at the men, that is far more difficult than at the ladies. But if Serena creates that, the one exceptional achievement would be. I believe, am that it mental strong enough, but you sequentially must win four times seven games, may afford never a bad day. That becomes condemned heavy..
WamS: who can you stop then in the Australian Open?
Hewitt: there there is many, that for that eligible. I would like to venture no prognoses. Therein I am bad, and it is no grandmas good for me. I go there and want to win. On that should prevent me first once someone.
The conversation led Sven-Arne Görn.

Bigkimfan
Feb 5th, 2003, 11:05 AM
Yesterday someone from my school saw Kim in Bree!!:D

Lleykimmy1
Feb 5th, 2003, 02:06 PM
Originally posted by Bigkimfan
Yesterday someone from my school saw Kim in Bree!!:D

This person is very very very very very lucky !!!!!!!!!!!:bounce:

kit
Feb 5th, 2003, 08:10 PM
Thank you very much,Keta!!!:kiss: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:
My English is to bad,to translating the article!!:sad:

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:18 AM
Over on atpworld we had a Lleyki article thread and thanks to Ileana ( thanks :kiss: ) I was able to get into that thread against thanks to Google Cached :D I figured I'd copy the articles in here so we ( hopefully) we won't lose them again :D

Here goes!

Kim keeps Lleyton waiting

01nov02

LLEYTON HEWITT will have to go the full five sets before Kim Clijsters agrees to be his wife after the Belgian revealed yesterday she had no intentions of getting married soon.

The world No. 1's long-time girlfriend has told Belgium's Sport Magazine that, unlike her compatriot Justine Henin who gets married this month, she has no intentions just yet of wedding Hewitt.
"I'll get married when I'm able to spend my free time with my husband, which is far from being the case right now," Clijsters said.

"My life is too chaotic."

Clijsters' life is also pretty good right now. She has three singles titles to her credit in 2002 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 in March.

She has had a few injury concerns but believes the right shoulder that has troubled her for most of this year has now cleared up.

"I no longer have to pull back from putting everything into a training session or a match. I don't have any worries for the 2003 season," she said.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:19 AM
I'm gonna post them one by one for easier reading... don't be shy to add other articles btw :D

We may have found compelling evidence that Lleyton Hewitt loves himself. No, not the ponytail, the confident demeanor or the self-motivational yelps during matches.

The evidence was provided when his girlfriend, Kim Clijsters, sat with the Hewitt family in the stands on Tuesday night.

Clijsters was seated directly in front of Lleyton's mother, Cherilyn, and sister Jaslyn. If you didn't know who she was - and one Seven commentator did not - you would have guessed she was another Hewitt sister.

She has fair hair, blue eyes and a dimpled chin. Frankly, she looks like Lleyton. People are supposed to be attracted to opposites, or maybe to someone like mum or dad. But if they choose to partner someone who resembles themselves, self-love could be the motivation. Or something else. Explanations are better left to Dr Freud's disciples.

"That's what I've heard," said Clijsters of her uncanny resemblance to her other half. "A lot of people, yeah, say that we could be brother and sister."

Clijsters, 17, and Hewitt, 19, share other traits, admittedly superficial ones. Most obviously, they are damn good players - Clijsters is Belgium's highest-ranked female (18).

Their dads were both professional footballers: Glynn Hewitt played for Glenelg in South Australia and a handful of games for Richmond, while Lei Clijsters was one of Belgium's most famous soccer stars, a World Cup player. (He coaches a third-division club, Diest).

Clijsters, like Hewitt, likes to slug it out from the baseline and doesn't have a huge serve. She, too, relies on nimble feet and has a mean two-handed backhand.

Like her boyfriend, she can win on bad days and doesn't fold in the face of adversity.

Yesterday, after a late evening watching Hewitt's hamstrung heroics, she played well below par - her own estimation - against Russian Alina Jidkova but still won 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

The swirling wind on court two made for ugly tennis. Clijsters had a poor start and, at 0-1 and 30-40, committed an error that is unheard of in grand slam tennis.

On her second serve, she swiped and missed the ball, connecting only with Melbourne air. Double-fault. Game Jidkova. 2-0.

"That's the first time that's ever happened," said Clijsters of her fresh-air shot. "While I was bringing my racket up, the wind just blew the ball away."

In the stands, Hewitt, his coach Darren Cahill and a small entourage provided moral support. Unlike Hewitt, Clijsters did not question any calls, pump the fist or do anything that could be construed as annoying. She quietly took over the match, overcoming the wind and a horrible unforced error count (56 to her opponent's 36).

The media, keen on any sneaky question that introduced the topic of Hewitt, later asked if all the excitement of the previous evening had left her flattened. It hadn't.

"That had nothing to do with that . . . we're both playing," she said. "I'm focusing on my matches. I'm not focusing on his matches. It's good that he wins and I'm happy for him. My main goal is to keep focused."

For the record, Hewitt and Clijsters are said to have met at the Australian Open last year, but the romance didn't bloom until the Ericsson Open in Miami last March. By the French Open, he had been to Belgium to meet the parents. In December, when Hewitt was struggling with a breathing ailment that has since been diagnosed as a sinus problem, he was still prepared to act as warm-up partner for Clijsters before one of her biggest matches, against Martina Hingis in the final at Hilderstadt (she lost).

Clijsters is Flemish-Belgian and thus fluent in three languages: Dutch, French and English. She handled the inevitable questions about Hewitt in the latter tongue fluently, with good grace and without a skerrick of hostility.

Hewitt has his matches, she has hers. Neither will be distracted. But so long as they keep winning, the questions about Lleyton and Kim will keep coming.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:19 AM
A little funny one from the bladder... and don't worry, it's not true :p

Kim Clijsters' parents have banned Lleyton Hewitt from their Belgian residence after a recent brunch with the Aussie tennis ace turned into a "four hour nightmare."
Mr. and Mrs. Clijsters were reported to have been very happy with their daughter Kim's relationship with the Hewitt, until the morning he offered to "whip up a late brekky for everyone."

"He decided to start with some soft-boiled eggs," said Mr. Clijsters. "Which was fine by us. But two seconds after he'd dropped the eggs in the water, he put his face into the saucepan and started screaming, 'C'mon! C'mon!' I told him to ease up a bit, but he told me to get the hell out of the kitchen. It was an awful business. Every time one of the eggs bobbled to the surface of the boiling water, he'd give it an awful spray."

Mrs. Clijsters found the ordeal one of her worst ever breakfast experiences. "He should have just let the eggs alone," she said. "It would only have taken three minutes."

Hewitt lost patience and grabbed the eggs out of the water after only forty seconds.

"Watching him hold onto those scalding hot eggs, running round and round the kitchen, shouting, pumping his fists, going red in the face - I couldn't help wondering if this was the right boy for my Kimmy," said Mrs. Clijsters.

After berating the toaster for ineptness, Hewitt placed the eggs on the middle shelf of the Clijsters' oven. He set the temperature to the maximum of 400 C.

"That really frightened me," said Mrs. Clijsters. "To watch him with his head in an overheating oven, screaming 'C'mon!' at half a dozen eggs - it was worse than the night the fox got into the hen-house. I thought it would ever end."

Kim Clijsters defended her intense boyfriends antics, claiming her mum and dad just didn't understand him, and that Lleyton's behaviour was simply part of the way he cooked his eggs.

However, even Kim's loyalty was tested after Lleyton raced off with the eggs and holed himself up in the sitting room with a hairdryer, a bic lighter, and Mr. Clijsters old soldering iron. "C'mon! C'mon!" was all the Clijsters family heard for the next two hours.

The grueling egg ordeal was only ended when Kim's Swiss backpacker friend Martina dropped by to see how everyone was going.

"Everything was mad," said Mr. Clijsters. "But then Martina arrived. She was like a baboon. Wearing this hilarious outfit and primping and preening. All of a sudden people were laughing like drains, falling this way and that; it was a miracle. Even Lleyton began to smile. I'd like to call Lleyton 'Martina', but I'm afraid of what his reaction might be."

Australian cricketer Mark Waugh refused to comment on the issue, citing legal advice.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:20 AM
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.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:21 AM
This one's for my $1.37m heroine
By DARREN WALTON in Shanghai
14nov02
FORGET the top ranking, Lleyton Hewitt is under pressure to win the Tennis Masters Cup this week for purely domestic reasons.

He is well aware he has to claim the title after his girlfriend banked the biggest pay cheque of her career.

While Hewitt says he isn't yet ready to marry Kim Clijsters, there's no doubt he and the Belgian star are already one big happy family.

Clijsters picked up $1.37 million for winning the women's season-ending tennis championship in Los Angeles on Monday.

"I guess I get 50 per cent of that, so that's all right," Hewitt said after opening his quest for the men's season-ending title in Shanghai with a hard-fought win over French Open champion Albert Costa.

The 21-year-old acknowledged it would be another nice pay day if he could pocket the winner's cheque for $1.25m if he snared a second straight Masters Cup.

But with $214,500 on offer for every pool win at the New Shanghai International Expo Centre plus another $661,500 for a semi-final victory, Hewitt's status as the breadwinner is not under threat by Clijsters' big collect.

Hewitt is at ease talking about his girlfriend of three years, and the two support one another courtside at tournaments around the world whenever the opportunity allows.

So where did Hewitt escape the limelight after winning Wimbledon to celebrate his greatest triumph?

Clijsters' Belgian base, of course.

But Hewitt said Clijsters wouldn't be in Shanghai this week as he bids to fend off the challenge from Andre Agassi to retain his year-end No. 1 ranking.

But he had been on the telephone to congratulate her, and his adoration for the 19-year-old was not hard to see when he said she was "over the moon" after claiming a rare winning double, defeating Venus and Serena Williams.

"It's obviously the biggest moment in her so far and to beat the Williams sisters back to back, it's not something that a lot of players can say they've done, especially this year, the way they've dominated the sport," he said.

"So it's an incredible achievement.

"And she doesn't have a lot of points to defend really, I don't think.

"(She reached) the semis of the Aussie (Open) but, apart from that, she's got a good chance to go even higher in the rankings, I believe."

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:22 AM
Thursday, May 30, 2002

Love All at Wimbledon

Ronald Atkin


Everyone knows that Paris is for lovers. So, too, is Wimbledon, even if you are a player. At this year's Championships the spotlight will fall on the high-ranking romance between Lleyton Hewitt, world number one and reigning US Open champion, and Kim Clijsters, the 18-year-old from Belgium who has established herself in the top five of women's tennis.

Although in the past Wimbledon honours have occasionally gone to husband and wife teams, as well as brothers and sisters, in the doubles events, it is only in recent years that true singles romance, rather than family love, has hit the headlines.

The finest example, known as the Year of the Lovers, came in 1974 when Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert celebrated their engagement by winning the singles titles on Centre Court.

Connors, aged 21, and Evert, 19, were both playing the Championships for the third time. Having been a quarter-finalist in both 1972 and 1973, the third-seeded Connors defeated the veteran Ken Rosewall for the loss of only six games to win the title.

Evert, who had been Semi-Finalist on her debut in 1972 and finalist the following year, made the natural progression to Champion by defeating Russia's Olga Morozova as second seed to win the first of her three Wimbledon singles crowns.

To complete the story, it would have been ideal if they had won the mixed doubles, too. They did in fact enter and were seeded second, but scratched in the Third Round rather than prejudice their singles ambitions.

Although the Evert-Connors relationship did not last, Wimbledon was the background to three other relationships. Bjorn Borg married the Romanian player Mariana Simionescu a month after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980 (though they had first met at the French Open four years earlier), and Evert dated another tennis player, Britain's John Lloyd, for the first time at the 1978 Wimbledon. They married a year later.

The Hewitt-Clijsters romance is an enduring one. They first met at the Australian Open two and a half years ago, when Lleyton was 18 and Kim a mere 16, and it certainly provided consolation for Clijsters on her debut there, since she lost in the first round (to a fellow Belgian, Dominique Van Roost). Hewitt, for the record, went on to the fourth round, which remains his best showing at his home Grand Slam.

Since then, despite the demands of their different circuits, they have remained close. When tournaments and long distances separate them, the two young people keep in regular touch by phone. When their events are side by side, so are Lleyton and Kim.

Hewitt told me last month, "For me, our friendship is great, because we both know the pressure involved in tennis. We both understand what's going on. Kim is four in the world at the moment, aged 18, and has a great career ahead of her.

"It's good to know what we are both going through and the feelings we have. We know when we need to stay apart from each other but if I need to talk to someone about tennis she can understand what I am going through, and the same applies when she wants to talk to me. I also like watching Kim play - but I wouldn't go to women's tennis otherwise!"

Clijsters, who was runner-up at last year's French Open to Jennifer Capriati after a 12-10 final set, says, "I know we're both very young, but I feel so comfortable with him. We can't be together every week, but that is what makes it so special."

On the occasions when they are together, time is clearly important and Kim admits, "My parents sometimes get fed up when I'm with Lleyton because I keep forgetting to call them.

"What Lleyton does with his career definitely helps me on court but when we are together we hardly ever talk about tennis. He comes to watch my matches and I watch his, but once we are together it is different."

In October 2000 both Hewitt and Clijsters reached the final of tournaments in Germany, he in Stuttgart, she in Leipzig. He lost in five sets to Wayne Ferreira, she won in three against Elena Likhovtseva. Afterwards they bridged the 200-mile gap with a phone call, part-congratulation, part-commiseration.

An outstanding memory of the 2000 Davis Cup final between Spain and Australia in Barcelona was of Clijsters at courtside, resplendent in Australian colours of green and gold, cheering on her boyfriend as enthusiastically as any native-born Aussie.

It may be that they were initially drawn together by a similar sporting background. Hewitt's father, Glynn, is a former Australian Rules player and his mother Cherilyn is a physical education teacher.

Kim's father Leo is a former international footballer who represented Belgium 40 times and her mother Els was national junior gymnastics champion.

There was, alas, no happy ending for the marriages of Borg and Evert. Simionescu's marriage to Borg in July 1980 ended in divorce following Bjorn's career burn-out, while Chris Evert, who became Mrs Evert Lloyd on tennis scoreboards following her marriage to John in April 1979, reverted to just plain Evert when they split up in 1984 and subsequently divorced.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:26 AM
Clijsters soaring on a natural high May 18
by Neil Harman



THE antidote to the prevailing ills of women’s tennis — Martina’s foot, Venus’s wrist, Anna’s thigh, Lindsay’s knee, Mary’s bruised ego — bursts out laughing as the gentleman on the next table empties the entire contents of the salt cellar on to his rocket salad. “I’m sorry, it was just so funny,” Kim Clijsters, needing time to recover her composure, says. No wonder that Lleyton Hewitt is besotted with her.
Few people in sport chuckle quite as often or unselfconsciously as Clijsters. Few take sport and its burdens less seriously (though she was indignant when Jane Harvey, the British umpire, refused to get out of her chair on Thursday and inspect a mark as she ought, and turned that anger to thrashing Tatiana Panova). Few have so much to offer as the blue-eyed Belgian, who also happens to be the only person in tennis who has swept the men’s No 1 off his feet.

The bond between Hewitt and Clijsters has raised neither the eyebrows nor camera lenses that were voraciously attracted to Chris Evert’s tangled romances with Jimmy Connors and John Lloyd and Bjorn Borg’s marriage to Mariana Simionescu, yet it is every bit as rich with interest. They are rarely off the telephone (four calls a day is the bare minimum), they are completely head over heels and yet their form continues to soar. It is an extremely rare phenomenon.

“I know we’re both very young, but I feel so comfortable with him,” Clijsters, 19 next month, says. “We can’t be together every week but that is what makes it so special. He will call after his match today and my parents sometimes get pissed because when I’m with Lleyton I keep forgetting to call them. What he does with his career definitely helps me on the court but we hardly talk about tennis. He comes to watch my matches, I watch his, but once we are together, it is different.”

Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name the No 3 in the women’s game — who meets Justine Henin, her fellow Belgian, in the Italian Open semi-finals today — and one suspects you would get many different answers, nine out of ten wrong.

Clijsters’s progress since turning professional before her 15th birthday has been more purposeful than meteoric, yet she has garnered seven titles on the Sanex WTA Tour, the latest in Hamburg last month when she defeated Venus Williams in the final. Her unfashionable upbringing helps her to stay sane — well away from the insatiable demands of success that raised Jennifer Capriati to untold heights more than a decade ago, only to plunge her back down when too many wrong vibes mixed up her head.

Capriati’s rejuvenation — she returned to the No 1 spot yesterday — reminds Clijsters that her first recollection of tennis was watching Jennifer reach the French Open semifinals in 1990. “She was wearing Diadora gear and I wore Diadora as an 8-year-old running around at my local club,” she says. “I’m sure it was then I wanted to be just like her.”

How remarkable that, 11 years later, the French Open final should pit Capriati and Clijsters in a match of many memorable moments. The Belgian, at 17, was two points away from a grand slam snaffled by Capriati 12-10 in the final set but can remember nothing of it. Her most vivid memory of Paris was eating in the same Indian restaurant after her matches and the same Italian on her days off. “It used to drive Lleyton and his family crazy, going back to those same places, but I can be very superstitious,” she says.

“People are asking me if I’m scared of going back, but what is there to be scared of? I want to be out there on Centre Court, enjoying the feeling again. One thing I do recall is looking at my Dad a lot in the stands; he was sitting at the back, well away from anyone, not wanting to speak to people. He calms me down as well — it’s a pity he can’t be around more often on the tour.”

Clijsters’s father, Leo, was Belgium’s Footballer of the Year in 1988 and is presently the coach of a second division side. He runs his daughter’s affairs from home; she is the only prominent player not represented by a management company. “I have never been a part of that, I don’t see the need,” she says.

She is the resident happy face of women’s tennis — when the Tour wants happy picture specials, it asks Kim, as when it wants someone to visit a local hospital to pay care and attention to sick kids.

“I’m the oldest of 13 cousins on my Mum’s side and ten on my Dad’s, and whenever I’m home I like to play games,, take the older ones to the movies, or go bowling. I don’t see why I should have to change my personality just because I’m ranked higher. I see a lot of juniors I knew who have changed their character completely and that’s sad.”

Her coach, Carl Maes, first saw Clijsters as a spunky 8-year-old and went full time on the road with her in 1996. “My main concern is that Kim stays hungry and her relationship with Lleyton hasn’t affected that at all,” he says. “Kim is a very emotionally intuitive player, not one with whom you rationalise victories or defeats. I try to influence the flow, rather than try to control her. But I know she and Lleyton could stop tomorrow — they are both millionaires, after all.”

No sign of that. Clijsters talks about the obsessive competitive nature of her beau. She is still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, as her 6-1, 6-3 victory over Sandrine Testud, of France, in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open yesterday testified. “I love big matches. I qualified for my first year at Wimbledon in 1999 and lost to Steffi Graf in what was her last time there and I can tell my kids that.”

Lleyton Hewitt a father. There’s a thought.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:27 AM
Hopelessly devoted

Jon Henderson
Sunday November 4, 2001
The Observer

'Emotionally I didn't have anything left for my marriage'

Lleyton Hewitt, A guest at the home of his Belgian girlfriend, Kim Clijsters, decides to cook brunch for the family, starting with soft-boiled eggs. Two seconds after he has dropped the eggs in the water, he puts his face in the saucepan and screams, 'C'mon! C'mon!' Mr Clijsters tells him to ease up a bit, but is ordered to get the hell out of the kitchen.

The scene may be the figment of the fertile imagination of an internet scribbler, but still it tells us something about Hewitt, the 20-year-old from Adelaide who is challenging Gustavo Kuerten to become the year's most successful player. Apart from his tennis-playing ability, two things about him clearly stand out in the public perception: his rattiness and his courtship of Clijsters. Empirical evidence suggests the irritability will last longer. But are Hewitt and Clijsters the couple who can confound the record of failed tennis-circuit romances involving celebrity players?

If they are not, we may have to conclude that Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have found the only formula that works - fancy each other by all means, but don't do anything about it until one of you stops playing.

Hewitt's well-documented belligerence - his outbursts have included a rant at the 'stupidity of the Australian public' and calling a linesman at the French Open 'spastic' - is curiously at odds with his courtship of the 18-year-old Clijsters, which he has conducted with quaint, almost boy-next-door devotion. He likes the fact that not only do his parents approve of her but they also get on with Mr and Mrs Clijsters, to the point where the families have stayed together, and he doesn't obviously indulge her even though he has the means to do so. Their relationship has lasted for nearly two years now, which means it is already one of the more successful liaisons between players on the professional circuit.

Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert had a famous fling - 'hot and heavy', according to one chronicler of these things - and became engaged in 1974, but parted soon after that. A few years later, John McEnroe's relationship with the promising Californian player Stacy Margolin withered in the intense glare of media interest. This interest reached its height during Wimbledon 1981 when a fight broke out between journalists - basically, tennis writers against news hounds - at a press conference after McEnroe was asked whether he and Margolin had split up.

More recently, players who have become items but then separated have included Graf and Alexander Mronz, Andrei Medvedev and Anke Huber, Xavier Malisse and Jennifer Capriati, and Magnus Norman and Martina Hingis. Inevitably, Anna Kournikova has been linked with a number of players - Nicolas Lapentti and Mark Philippoussis to name but two - but she has avoided enduring relationships with any of them.

Of those partnerships that have led to marriage, there have been some eminent failures. Evert and the British player John Lloyd fell foul of what lawyers like to call irreconcilable differences, and Bjorn Borg and the Romanian Marianna Simionescu, who had devotedly followed the Swede through his Grand Slam triumphs, were not married for long. The successes have tended to involve lesser-known players such as Robert Seguso and Carling Bassett, and Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtova.

Maybe, then, Agassi and Graf, who married on 22 October and became first-time parents four days later when their 'wonderful gift' Jaden Gil (that's a boy) was born, have found the answer. Their relationship only really got going after Graf stopped playing in August 1999. Up until then Agassi had merely admired her from afar, although three years ago he did confess to his good friend Boris Becker that he was smitten. Now, judging by last week's pictures, they are living in a state of postnuptial/natal bliss.

Evert says the strain of being the world number one and a wife were too much. 'Emotionally, I didn't have anything left for my marriage [to Lloyd],' she says. 'Andy [Mill, her second husband] travelled with me for two years before I retired. The timing was perfect. I was at a different stage in my life.' Evert believes relationships and marriage are all right for 'the average woman player on tour', but for those at the top of the rankings, who have 'that 100 per cent intensity and focus on tennis, I'm not sure they are'.

All of which illustrates the difficulties that lie ahead for Hewitt and Clijsters, even if they are, in the words of one Australian journalist, still 'totally devoted. Real love birds'. Touchingly, Hewitt and his parents stayed behind in Paris last June to watch Clijsters play in the French Open final against Capriati. And Clijsters was there when Hewitt won the US Open in New York in September. At the celebratory dinner that followed, Hewitt and Clijsters, according to a newspaper report, 'affectionately nuzzled, held hands and kissed' for much of the time.

Last week, after Hewitt lost early in Paris, he went straight to Munich to watch Clijsters in the women's end-of-season championship rather than return home to Australia.

And it is not as if any of this has adversely affected their performances on the tennis court. After winning in New York, Hewitt steered Australia to victory in the Davis Cup semi-final against Sweden and then won the Japan Cup in Tokyo, which helped to move him into second place behind Kuerten in the year's Champions Race. On present form, he will be hard to bet against when he competes in Sydney next week in the Masters Cup for the eight outstanding players of 2001.

Clijsters, meanwhile, has maintained her good form after the disappointment of narrowly losing that wonderful final against Capriati in Paris. Her recent victories in Leipzig and Luxembourg were her fifth and sixth titles and she is poised to take over from Hingis as Europe's main challenger to American dominance of the women's tour.

As the scene at the Clijsters household unfolds, the internet scribbler describes how Kim tries to calm her parents by saying Lleyton's behaviour is simply part of the way he cooks his eggs, which again is not altogether ridiculous. 'I really enjoy it when he does all those things,' Clijsters said at this year's Australian Open when asked about Hewitt's on-court antics. Has tennis ever known such devotion?

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:28 AM
07/28/02

Lleyton Hewitt Thrills Fans

They screamed. They cheered. Lleyton Hewitt, the world's No. 1 player, was greeted like a rock star at Lever 2000 Day when he appeared Sunday for a question and answer session at the 2002 Tennis Masters Canada.

The fiery Australian and Wimbledon champ spent 15-minutes on the Main Stage, signing autographs while he answered fans' questions.

Clearly, Hewitt is as articulate off court as he is magical on it. Here's what he said: Asked whether he ever considered changing careers, he answered: "No, things are going alright at the moment. It was my dream to get to No. 1 in the world at the age of 21. " What was his first reaction after winning Wimbledon? "It was relief it was over. Two weeks is a long time with seven best-of-five matches."

What is his favorite city or tennis stadium? "Adelaide, my hometown. I haven't been home since February and it's nice to be able to sleep in your own bed and put your feet up. As for the stadium. Wimbledon Centre Court is a nice play to play with great atmosphere and a lot of tradition."

On whether it's hard to keep his relationship going with women's tennis star Kim Clijsters because they both travel so much, he responded: "Yeah, it's tough. But we try to play as many tournaments as we can together. And then we have weeks off. In one way it's easy because we both know the pressure of being in the top five in the world at such a young age."

How does he feel about so much travel? "You get sick of it," he said. "But getting better at tennis is one of the things that drives you on." Finally he was asked, what style of player does he like to play. "It doesn't matter really. I like to play guys with a big serve who attack me and those who stand back and rally. I find it easy to adjust to all surfaces."

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:29 AM
HEWITT SHOULDERS DOUBLE LOAD

By BARRY FLATMAN

The Mirror

There is more on Lleyton Hewitt's mind than just being the top seed at Wimbledon. He has got the well-being of his girlfriend Kim Clijsters to worry about.
Though Hewitt cruised through to the third round in straight sets, he rarely looked like the world's
No.1 player in disposing of French qualifier Gregory Carraz.
But while Hewitt was winning on No.1 Court, Clijsters was struggling with an injured shoulder as she slumped to defeat over on No.2 against elena Likhovtseva.
This time last year the Belgian girl was the talk of women's tennis after reaching the French Open final. Now, debiliated by her injury, she has suffered early losses at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
"The doctors gave me a few options when they diagnosed the problem and the last one was surgery," said the 19-year-old fifth seed, who had lost 7-6 6-2. "They couldn't promise me that was going to help either.
"At the moment I don't want to take a risk and be out of the game for a year and then not be fully recovered afterwards. i like to travel and play tennis but at the moment I just can't play as much as I have done."
Clijsters is the latest big name to suffer in the wake of former champions Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis, whose futures are both threatened by injury.
Davenport has been sidelined for almost six months with knee problems while Hingis recently underwent ankle surgery.
Hewitt seems to have shaken off the stomach virus that forced him to quit last week's warm up tournament in Holland but he could not help but notice his girlfriend's demise.
"I saw the scoreboard although I didn't see a ball hit," said the australian who next meets Austrian Julian Knowle.
"I just tried to concentrate on my game. I'm mentally tough."
The US Open champion is guarded on his chances. He added: "There's still a lot of good players left in the tournament and as far as I'm concerned, I've only won two matches with five to go."

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:31 AM
Originally posted by duck :kiss:

From Cincinnati this year.
L & K tell two completely different stories when they are asked where they first met.

Q. From all appearances, at least from what Kim has said, you are good to her and you certainly have shown a different side in that you have somebody like that in your life. Is that a side that we just don't get to see too much of because you are all about the intensity on the court and maybe there is this flip-side of the personality that we don't get a chance to view too much?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think I am the first to admit I am very competitive. As soon as I step on the court I am intensity, I want to win. Like most of the players out here, I give 100% every time I step on the tennis court. I think a lot of people perceive that but then they will think that I don't know -- he's probably nasty off the court whatever, I am actually pretty shy. When I went to school back in Adelaide I was shy. I didn't argue with anyone, I had a lot of friends there. But it's sort of the same on the Tour. In the locker room I sort of keep to myself. I do my own thing. I have got a lot of friends at home that I keep in contact with. Obviously with Kim, that all helps as well. But she understands the pressures that I am going through and I understand what she's going through. So that side of it, I think is all sort of a bonus for both of us.

Q. As a shy guy growing up did you have the courage to ask a girl out?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Actually didn't have that many girlfriends. When Kim and I started it was -- I don't know, actually, it was a little bit of both. But I didn't have a lot of guts when it comes to that.

Q. Did you just kind of chat her up a little bit or just ask her out?

LLEYTON HEWITT: We were -- when was it -- 2000 Australian Open and I'd just won Adelaide and Sydney that year, and I arrived late and I was chatting with one of my mates who I played juniors with, Nathan, he was playing doubles at the Australian Open. He knew Kim through juniors. I was sitting together, I just sat down and that is how we got introduced. She asked me if I wanted to play mixed doubles. I think she knew we could get a wildcard. I couldn't because I committed to my sister about three months before that. That's how it started.

Q. She literally asked you out?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, she asked me to go on the tennis court. I don't know if it was because of my looks or anything to do with that.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:34 AM
Now, Kim Hewitt?
http://www.theage.com.au

Some sports fans just can't get enough information about their stars, which occasionally prompts journalists to ask the most bizarre of questions. Like this one from a local scribe at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai after Lleyton Hewitt had just won the final. "Congratulations, Lleyton. Justine Henin got married (last week) and she changed her name to the husband's family name. If you marry Kim Clijsters, do you want her to change to Kim Hewitt as well?"

Taken aback, a bemused Hewitt struggled to come up with an answer but did his best. "I got no idea. Haven't even thought about it. That's the least of my worries," he said. "If we're to get married, you know, it doesn't really bother me, I guess."

Hewitt didn't waste any time sharing his great news with his Belgian girlfriend after outlasting Juan Carlos Ferrero in a five-set classic. Still courtside, the 21-year-old was on his mobile phone to Clijsters, who last week won the women's season-ending championship in Los Angeles. The exciting double was worth about $5 million to tennis' hottest couple.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:35 AM
Some quotes from Glynn!

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.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:35 AM
Sweetheart deal: Clijsters's crowning glory

November 14 2002

Shanghai: As Lleyton Hewitt prepared for his assault on a second successive Masters Cup, he was given a welcome distraction with the news his girlfriend Kim Clijsters had picked up $US765,000 ($1.37million) for winning the women's season-ending championship in Los Angeles on Monday.

And the 21-year-old South Australian said it would be another nice pay day for the couple if he could pocket a winner's cheque of as much as US$1.43million. "I guess I get 50 per cent of that [Clijsters's winning cheque], so that's all right," Hewitt quipped after opening his quest for the season-ending title in Shanghai with a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win against French Open champion Albert Costa on Tuesday.

With $US120,000 on offer for every pool win at the New Shanghai International Expo Centre, $US370,000 for a semi-final victory and $US700,000 for a win in the final, it may prove a very profitable week for Hewitt and Clijsters.

Hewitt is at ease talking about his girlfriend of three years and the two support each other courtside at tournaments around the world whenever possible.

However, Clijsters will not be in Shanghai this week as Hewitt bids to fend off the challenge from Andre Agassi to retain his year-end No1 ranking.

But Hewitt has been on the phone to congratulate her. "It's obviously the biggest moment in her career so far and to beat the Williams sisters back-to-back [Serena in the final and Venus in a semi-final], it's not something that a lot of players can say they've done, especially this year, the way they've dominated the sport," he said.

"So it's an incredible achievement."

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:36 AM
Here's a little report kim&lleytonrule posted on wtaworld!

Yep Kim went with him. I watched the whole game on fox sports just to see them & I hate basketball!!, they showed Kim and Lleyton at the beginning sitting in the stands together and Lleyton was eating and Kim was drinking a coke but I think it was Lleytons cause she gave it back to him. Hayden and Jason were sitting in the row in front of them with a little boy who I thik must of been Jason's son anyway I think Kim was giving the boy more attention than Lleyton!!! The TV the interviewed Lleyton and he looked so small next to the commentators who are former basketball players. In the interview they asked Lleyton all the normal stuff, but he spoke about Kimmie without even being asked! They asked him when he was moving out of home and Lleyton said that he has some land with nothing on it but that his Girlfriend is from Belgium so he spends a bit of time there throughout the year too. And then Steve Carfino asked Lleyton if there was any wedding announcement and Lleyton said there was nothing he could announce tonight, they showed a close up of Kim while Lleyton was talking about his house and how she is from Belgium & one of the commentators looked down at some screen in front of them and said "and there is Kim" so Lleyton like full looked at the screen it was so cute but it was only a quick shot of Kim so I think he would of missed it.They also showed Kim and Lleyton standing and clapping at the end of the game, Kim looked to be really enjoying the game! Oh and yeah Glynn was there but he wasn't sitting near Kim & LLeyton, but I don't know if Cherilyn was there.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:38 AM
“Our relationship makes experiences more meaningful than they were before,” Lleyton Hewitt

By Ben Herremans, Sportmagazine (Belgium), 11/27/2002

Together, it happens rarely. She: Kim Clijsters, ranked fourth in the world, won the Masters. He: Lleyton Hewitt from Australia, ranked first in the world, just won the Masters. Hopefully they command love too. In tennis it doesn’t look like much, more like balls out of control in a pinball machine. But on the court of life, the doubles game is the most beautiful.

The elevator between heaven and hell, that is love. The letters on this page should float. Can the printer take care of that? The love between Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt. Her boyfriend from Down Under, of course she is besotted, and vice versa. But love doesn’t explain itself well in the third person; that seems so cowardly. Two people, together. Let them explain themselves, it is THEIR love; third parties should not get involved, what would they know…

Lleyton about Kim: “Her presences makes my big wins more meaningful. Having her close makes me even stronger and knowing that I can share those moments with her, makes up for the sacrifice I have to make when our tournaments keep us far apart. That is why I like the Grand Slams. Because we’re together then. We try to encourage each other and to help each other achieve our goals. Since we met each other, three years ago at the Australian Open, my vision on tennis and life has not changed much, but our relationship makes the experiences more meaningful. I believe Kim every day makes me be a better tennis player and human being. I can’t really explain how she influences me, but I can feel that she does.”

Kim about Lleyton: “We can’t be together much. But that makes the moments we do share, even more special.” Whether she would prefer to see Lleyton or herself in the Wimbledon final, she was asked last year. “Lleyton, because I don’t like to see him unhappy.”

That’s how it began. During that Australian Open three years ago, Kim asked Lleyton an autograph for her sister Elke. A few days later they met again in Melbourne Park and started chatting. Afterwards Lleyton invited her to a party for Pat Rafter. “I felt really good with him,” she said a little while later.

In Bree, they didn’t really realize at first. Father Lei, “When we realized that things were serious between Kim and Lleyton, things had been serious for quite a while.” In the beginning, they just shrugged their shoulders and got irritated, because when she was with Lleyton, she often forgot to call home. By now they have accepted that Kim’s heart has moved to Adelaide. That is no problem for the Clijsters: “It is her life and the Hewitts and good people,” according to father Lei.

She denied it vehemently, but the articles in the Australian press about a Clijsters’ pending naturalization make some sense. Australia’s fiancé; as girlfriend of Australia’s number one favorite [Elke’s note: Since when??], she inspired a Kim-mania, partly due to her spontaneity and accessibility. In that she differs from Lleyton, who is more edgy in his demeanor, sometime even irritating. “That’s his winning spirit,” defends Kim, “Outside of the tennis court, he is polite, almost timid.”

They share tennis and, let’s not forget, blue eyes and blond hair. In tennis, they might have to be careful. When Lei Clijsters temporarily hired Jason Stoltenberg, replacing Carl Maes, to coach Kim, that wasn’t well received in Australia. Stoltenberg was Lleyton’s coach. Father Clijsters: “Lleyton was right. We can’t just ask Jason to accompany Kim on a day that Lleyton has to play. If he would lose, I wouldn’t want to feel responsible…”

The hunt for tennis’ couple has been opened. If they stay somewhere together, hordes of cameras are staked out in the garden. Lei, “They just throw pebbles in the pool to distract the paparazzi and then disappear through a back door.” Tennis as common denominator. It could be a disadvantage, but they make it an advantage. Lleyton, “We both know the demands of top tennis. We understand what happens. It is important that we know what the other is going through. That helps us.” And they like to keep a distance from tennis. Kim, “Whenever I can, I will go watch him play. Whenever he can, he will watch me play. But when we are together, we rarely talk about tennis.”

That he proposed on the Eiffel Tower: too incredible. These are people from modern times. Letters from Bree, it sounds like a foghorn from a distant past, but this is 2002. Today’s communications use different media. Four phone calls a day they consider an absolute minimum. To be clear, marriage is still out of the picture. When it does happen, will she play using the Clijsters-Hewitt name? Lleyton, laughing, “I really don’t know. That is the least of my concerns. When we get married, that won’t be the most important thing.”

Ting! (the elevator bell)

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:39 AM
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

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:39 AM
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

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:40 AM
Posted by Cilla :kiss:

DAILY MAIL (London)

January 8, 2003


AUSTRALIA IS READY TO ADOPT LLEYTON'S GIRL KIM

IVAN SPECK

SHE IS one half of tennis's most successful couple. But just because her boyfriend is Lleyton Hewitt, do not discount Kim Clijsters' chances of becoming Australian Open champion first, if only by one day.

It is easy to forget what a precocious talent the Belgian teenager is. Clijsters burst on to the women's scene so early, it requires a double take to realise she is still only 19 -- two years younger than Serena Williams and three younger than Venus.

In the summer of 2001, Clijsters came within a break of serve of winning the French Open. Last November, she beat both Williams sisters on her way to capturing the prestigious end- of-season championships in Los Angeles. Since then, her sometime practice partner has been a certain Mr Hewitt.

What impresses most is the maturity for one of such tender years. Clijsters is as level-headed as they come. Prima donna? Not her, and not likely. Coming from a country as unassuming as Belgium, she could hardly be otherwise.

Clijsters said: 'I live in a very small town called Bree. We have about 8,000 people and it's very quiet. That's why I enjoy spending time there. I feel really relaxed.

'All the people in the town know me, so no-one really stares or bothers me when I go home. But when Lleyton won the Masters Cup last year in Sydney, there were four television crews in front of his house every day for almost a week.

'That can get pretty annoying, especially when they come to your house and interfere with your private life. It's never really happened to me in Belgium, but it's a bit more hectic for Lleyton in Australia.'

Clijsters has been groomed for tennis stardom with every bit as much devotion as Hewitt. Her mother Els was a gymnast, while her father Leo was Belgium's Footballer of the Year in 1988.

Younger sister Elke is a promising junior and both were schooled on a tennis court their parents had built at the family home.

For now, Clijsters finds the phenomenon that is the Williams sisters standing in her way. Her advantage at Melbourne Park next week will be a world ranking of four -- which means she is certain to avoid both until the semi-finals -- and the nearest thing to home support a non-Australian can enjoy.

The Aussies, whose highest-ranked woman is Alicia Molik at 94, have spent the last week trying to claim Clijsters as their own.

Her unhappiness at the 60 per cent tax rate she pays in Belgium has fuelled their hopes, while her relationship with Hewitt means that she has been in Australia since November 17. A holiday with her boyfriend in Port Douglas, Christmas with Hewitt's family in Adelaide and plenty of practice with the men's world No.1.

Clijsters added: 'I'm never going to say never about moving to Australia. The taxes in Belgium are just ridiculous at the moment. But although I feel comfortable and love being here, Belgium's my home country. I enjoy being there with my family.

'I started hitting with Lleyton two weeks before Christmas. It's great --long rallies and the ball keeps coming back. It's really good for me, maybe not as good for him. I have to
say I've been hitting more with my coach, though.

'The French Open final seems so long ago already, even Los Angeles does, like it never happened. You don't really get a lot of time to think about it all.

'I think I'm one of the only players who doesn't really set goals. I know for myself that I put 100 per cent into everything I do. I just try to get the best out of myself and have fun out there. But if I want to win against players like Serena and Venus, I have to grab every chance that I get.

'It doesn't bother me if I see them in my part of the draw. It's a challenge to play against them and I always enjoy it. When you're younger, they are the matches you dream of -- especially against the No.1 in the world.'

Two world No.1s in the same household? Perhaps not. But two Australian Open champions is a possibility.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:41 AM
Another from Cilla!

Euro sense for stay-at-home Kim

By Patrick Miles, Adidas International
January 09, 2003

THE Australian Fed Cup team, bereft of success for 28 years, will have to continue to seek from within as Kim Clijsters is staying put in Europe, with no plans to emigrate.

Despite recent reports that her father, Leo, was investigating the financial benefits of living in Australia, the world No. 4, girlfriend of the men's world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, strongly suggested yesterday that her residential future lies in the lowlands.

"I'm building a house at the moment, so as soon as my house in Belgium is ready, I'll maybe get to go home a little bit more," Clijsters said after her comprehensive 6-1 6-3 victory over Switzerland's Patty Schnyder at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

Her next match will be against American Chanda Rubin, who beat her compatriot Alexandra Stevenson by the same score. A place in the semi-finals beckons.

The Clijsters family is obviously aware of the advantages of residing in a country with relatively low taxes and interest rates, and with an exchange rate that doubles their dollars.

But while conceding that real estate in Australia is "a lot cheaper than Belgium", Clijsters is not interested, at least for now, in any Antipodean investments.

"I hardly ever get to come here, so it would be empty for a whole year, until the end of the year," she said. "So I don't really want to waste more money."

Chez Clijsters in Belgium also would provide a European base for her partner, Lleyton Hewitt, during the long months he has to spend away from the sandhills at Tennyson, near his Adelaide base. Clijsters, however, still rates Australia as her second home.

"Definitely, because I've been spending all my Christmases here with Lleyton's family," she said.

Christmas brought a set of golf clubs , a pair of earrings and a necklace from her No. 1 man. "I was very, very spoiled," she said.

Golf, however, will have to wait for a while, along with any decision to live in Australia.

"I think it's just too much walking," she said. "It takes too long. I think you have to walk around for five hours or something. I'd rather go shopping for five hours."

As for a future in Australia, she said: "Maybe when I stop playing. It's still far away, I hope."

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:42 AM
From Cilla again :D

True love to find its course

By John Thirsk
January 09, 2003

LLEYTON HEWITT chose Sydney for his build-up to the Australian Open so he could stretch out his summer holiday with girlfriend Kim Clijsters.
And yesterday - the day after The Daily Telegraph revealed Hewitt is having daily practice workouts at White City - Clijsters gave an insight into the love affair that has helped drive the pair to the top of the world rankings.

After breezing into the quarter-finals of the adidas International with a 6-1 6-3 win over Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, world No.4 Clijsters said she had been spoiled with gifts at Christmas in Adelaide.

Among the presents she received were a necklace, earrings and ... a set of golf clubs.

Clijsters said the golf clubs were a gift from the Hewitt family.

But she said she would now have to dramatically improve her game if she wants to spend time with her highly competitive boyfriend on the golf course.

"I think he's [off a handicap of] six or seven," Clijsters said.

"I'll have to practise a lot."

Clijsters would prefer to be elsewhere while Hewitt hones his golf skills but the pair grab every moment they can to be with each other.

"It's just too much walking [on the golf course] for me. I think you have to walk around for five hours or something. I'd rather go shopping for five hours," Clijsters laughed.

Hewitt and Clijsters only get about four months a year together - meeting up at the four grand slam venues, another major tournament in Florida and enjoying precious time before the Australian summer season.

Clijsters, 19, feels just as comfortable with Lleyton's parents Glynn and Cherilyn and sister Jaslyn as she does with her parents and younger sister Elke back home in Bree, Belgium.

"I almost spend more time here than in Belgium, but I'm building a house at the moment. So as soon as my house in Belgium is ready, maybe I'll get to go home a little bit more," she said.

Clijsters doesn't expect to see Lleyton at Homebush as she strives for a tournament victory.

"If I get to the semi-final [Friday] or the final [Saturday], he'll be in Melbourne getting ready for the Aussie Open," she said.

Clijsters is thrilled that Australian fans seem to have accepted her as one of their own.

"I really got a very warm welcome when I walked on to the court today," she said.

"I played a few weeks ago at the Starlight Foundation here in Sydney and it was really nice to come back and see some people that I remembered.

"Australia is definitely my second home.

"I've been spending all my Christmases here with Lleyton's family.

"I got some earrings, a necklace ... so I was very, very spoiled."

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:43 AM
More from Cilla :p

Lleyton's no1 in my life.
by Chris Jones, Evening Standard, 9/1/03


The young couple dancing together celebrating the arrival of the new yearat a black-tie ball in Perth had every reason to smile about what the next 12 months could bring.
Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, World no1 player and girlfriend Kim Clijsters, no4 in the women's ranking, are the present tennis generation's answer to Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert, who got engaged at the height of their popularity.

Hewitt won the end-of-season Masters event in Shanghai last November to confirm his status as the game's dominant force. Minutes after achieving this feat, he took an on-court mobile phone call from Clijsters, who wanted to congratulate her man.
A few days earlier, the roles had been reversed, with Hewitt calling his girlfriend to celebrate her triumph in the WTA tour-ending event in Los Angeles, where she defeated Serena Williams in the final.

Patently, these are two exceptional players and they have jointly banked career prize money of nearly £10 million. FOr more than 2 years, 21-year-old Hewitt and 19-year-old Clijsters have defied the sceptics and make teir relationship work despite the time the spent apart on their respective tours. While others hint at an engagement, the couple side-step the question and that only adds to the intrigue.

They spent Christmas together at the Hewitt family home in West Lakes, abiut a 15-minute drive west from Adelaide. Previously, Hewitt has joined the Clijsters family for the festive period.
This Christmas, he gave her a set of golf clubs, earrings and a necklace as presents. "I was very, very spoilt." she said. earlier in December, they spent time relaxing in Queensland, playing golf and swimming. When they returned to Adelaide, they both started preparing for next week's Australian Open and were seen practising on court together.

It was yet another public example of how close thes two outstanding players have become. Their relationship survived all the travelling that only sees them together at the four Grand Slam events and a couple of other major tournaments.
Of course they are down sides to being so close to another sports star. Clijsters' superstition about going to the same retaurant when she got to the French Open final in 2001, drove Hewitt crazy, but when they are apart they reportedly make a minimum of four phone calls a day to each other.

Last year, Clijsters opted to undertake her rehabilitation from injury in Monte Carlo to be with Hewitt, where he competed in the ATP tour event and they spent every morning enjoying breakfast on the veranda of their beachside hotel. The pair stood out of the rest because the other tables were populated by male players travelling without wives or girlfriends.

Clijsters said: "It's nice to have someone you trust and who is always there for you. We live a very lonely life on tour. We have to travel every week, so it's not easy to make a lot of friends."
There is every possibility will make a permanent move to Down Under. Leo, her father and manager, confirms she is considering the move because tax rates in her homeland are among the highest in Europe. " In the event of Australian naturalisation she could profit from a very advantageous tax system." said Leo, a former footballer, who was voted as Belgium's player of the year in 1988. "This information had already been communicated to us when we had asked for information about the possible purchase of an apartment in Adelaide."

Those close to Hewitt believe Clijsters has been a calming influence off-court, although on it, he remains as volatile as ever.
His constant picking at his racket strings has allowed the mimics on tour to offer excellent impressions. At last weeks Hopman Cup he was left floundering when, despite adjusting them like a demented harpist, he failed to recapture his normal power. He explained: " I couldn't hit a ball. I felt like I couldn't break an egg out there." Hewitt has never got past the last 16 in Melbourne Park and went out in the first round to Alberto Martin last year, after suffering a pre-tournament bout of chicken pox. This year, he is expected to do much better. "One of my biggest dreams is to win the Australian Open, so if I get to the quarters, I reckon I have a good chance this time, " he said. "You don't always want to go in Grand Slams playing your best tennis right from the start. I know when I won the Us Open in 2001, I was not playing my best tennis until the fourth round. The competitive juices will get working as soon as I get out there in Melbourne. You get the smell of a Grand Slam-and I think I will be able to get up for it."

With Clijsters also hoping to better last year's semifinal showing, there is a real possibility of a double celebration for Australia this year-Hewitt becoming men's champion and their favourite Belgian lifting the women's trophy.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:43 AM
Cilla again!

Kim cool on 'love double' chances
By PAUL MALONE
12jan03

SOUTH Australia's adopted daughter Kim Clijsters last night stopped short of advising fans to get in for a slice of the tumbling $25 betting price on offer for an Australian Open tennis "love double".

A title double for Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne tomorrow, is the fourth most heavily backed choice on TAB Sportsbet.
"I don't know. It's up to you what you want to do with your money," Clijsters said with a smile after she had added to her Open credentials by winning the adidas International in Sydney.

American Lindsay Davenport said Clijsters, 19, was bound to follow her boyfriend into the history books as a grand slam winner.

Davenport lost 4-6, 3-6 to the Belgian in the final at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

Clijsters, who spent Christmas with the Hewitt family in Adelaide, took a night flight to Melbourne to be reunited with top seed Hewitt.

"In a grand slam all the players are so much more motivated, especially players like Venus and Serena (Williams)," said Clijsters, who is fourth seed in her bid to win her first major final.

"I think I'm a lot more consistent than I was even half a year ago. I think I'm moving better."

Hewitt had been in Sydney early last week to spend some time with his girlfriend while he practised hard for his first round Open match on Tuesday.

It was a second successive win for Clijsters in an official tournament, as she beat the Williams sisters in successive matches to take the WTA Championships in Los Angeles in November.

Seven days later, she called Hewitt's mobile phone when he won the Tennis Masters Cup, the year-end event on the men's tour, in Shanghai, China.

Hewitt was non-plussed after the Shanghai final when he was asked whether Clijsters would keep her maiden name when they married.

"That's the least of my worries. If we're to get married, it doesn't bother me, I guess," he said.

Clijsters and Hewitt spend about four months a year together, regular detouring from their own tennis commitments to support each other at tournaments.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:44 AM
Cilla, still posting :D

Clijsters and Hewitt:couple on the top
by Annick De Witte 09/11/'01

They don't talk about it, or rarely. But the most beautiful couple in topsport are completely head over heels. Kim and Lleyton, number 5 of the WTA-ranking and number 3 of the ATP. Yesterday, right after Lleyton played, and won, his first grand slamfinal, they took the plane from New York to his homecity, Adelaide, Australia, where they can take a couple of days rest and... make out. They won't have a lot of time for romance, because a week later, the indoor tournaments begin...

A romance between topsporters speaks to everyones imagination, because it's rare. And probably because they don't last. Outside tennis, recently, Marion Jones and her loverboy were THE most loved subject in the media. But their relationship is over and out. Inside tennis, the press has already made a list of the relationships that didn't last: they were not always as glamourous as the Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert affaire in '74. More recently, there were Andrei Medvedev and Anke Huber-over and out, while Martina Hingis was already involved in relationships with Julian Alonso and Magnus Norman. Last year, Xavier Malisse dumped Jennifer Capriati and told everyone how happy he was with his decision. The romance between Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf is still intact.

RATHER LLEYTON.....
Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt are together for almost two years. But it's almost sneaky, because they don't talk about it. They have learnt to protect their privacy. They have to, because the world-mostly the press- is harsh, inside and outside the tennisworld. Both of them made a phenomenal rise to the top. Both of them reached the status of a 'star' in no time. But they both feel comfortable in the tennisworld. Without any doubt, Kim is Miss Congeniality. Lleyton seems also a really nice guy off court, although he irritates a lot of people with his on courtbehaviour. Kim always stands by her man, saying: 'it's his winnig spirit.' It's never seen before, they attend all of eachothers matches, if they are allowed by their schedules.
It was moving to hear Kim answer a question during an interview right before Wimbledon. We asked her -only hypothatically- who she would rather see win Wimbledon, herself or Lleyton.
After 3 seconds of thinking, she answered; 'rather Lleyton, I don't like to see him unhappy...' And when Kim was asked about the most difficult moment during RG, she answered without any hesitation: 'the decision of not playing doubles with Lleyton.' Whoever says something like this must be deeply in love...
The romance travels with the couple around the world. From tournament to tournament, from hotelroom to hotelroom. Just to spend as much time together as possible. From time to time, Kim trains with Lleyton 'but it's not 100%, he's a tiny bit too good for me!' And ocasionally, like this week, they travel from parental home to parental home. From Bree to Adelaide, from Adelaide to Bree. It is known that he Clijsters' and The Hewitts get along very well. They even 'change' their other children: Lleytons sister Jaslyn is already staying a couple of weeks in Bree, where she's playing some tournaments with Elke, Kims sister.

MARRIAGE?
She's 18 now, he's only 20. So they were very young when they met. But they don't live the lives of an 18-year old chick or a regular 20-year old bloke. They are not regular, they are top!
And they mature a lot faster. The most difficult is finding a balance between the busy existence of a pro-tennisplayer and a succesful and happy private life. And about that part, they made an agreement: 'when we are together, we never talk about tennis' Clijsters said in an interview. It seems to work. Kim got a ring from the love of her life and according to the British tabloids, she wears it on her wedding finger... There were already rumours last year, and they start all over again. They would partly live in Australia and partly in Belgium. Some people say...
Because they are rumours. Kim or Lleyton, wouldn't tell anyone.
A matter of privacy, isn't it.

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 12:45 AM
A last one from Cilla...

Kim is happy for Lleyton (2002)

Kim Clijsters went yesterday noon to Australia to enjoy a long vacation. The trip went via Singapore to Sydney, where she will arrive just in time to see her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt playing in the semifinals of the Masters. Before her take off she learned that Lleyton had captured the first spot on the World rankings for the first time.

"Kim was happy for her boyfriend. Lleyton is very ambitious, much more than Kim,” said father Lei Clijsters. “If she is 5 or 3, that doesn’t matter to her. She is not lying awake of a possible 1st place. As long as she enjoys what she does. That’s how she is. She doesn’t mind that others also have pleasure and success. For Lleyton the 1st place is a goal. He has made it and will do everything to keep it."

Furthermore, Kim Clijsters and sis Elke were thrilled with the Brilliant game in Antwerp. “It was a nice evening, by all means,” says Lei also. “Well organised, a lot of people and very spontaneous. Also the part with the pop group of Koen Wauters was really appreciated. Kim is a fan of him. Koen promised that he would come to sing when Kim gets married. I have pointed out to him “well that that might be in Australia!”

Ashie_87
Apr 1st, 2003, 08:44 AM
:wavey: thank you! :D
GREAT idea to bring them over from ATP :) :bounce:

KaseyL
Apr 1st, 2003, 08:53 AM
Over on atpworld we had a Lleyki article thread and thanks to Ileana ( thanks :kiss: ) I was able to get into that thread against thanks to Google Cached :D I figured I'd copy the articles in here so we ( hopefully) we won't lose them again :D

Here goes!

Thanks a lot Angèle and Ileana :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

As Tinne already had started a Lleyki thread earlier this year, I've added your thread to hers.

(yes, I know, I'm in my obsessive ordening/filing again LOL)

Your wicked mod ;)

Ingrid

Ashie_87
Apr 1st, 2003, 09:49 AM
The cursing bad-boy and the perfect daughter in law.
Het Laatste Nieuws, 15/01/03, Stephan Keygnaert, translated by Elke





To the manly part of Australia, she misses the Kournikova-allures. There wasn't any man yelling at Kim 'Marry me, Kim'

yes but if they did try anything like that do you really expect Lleyton to just sit there and take it???? :) :p

angele87
Apr 1st, 2003, 11:19 AM
Thanks a lot Angèle and Ileana :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

As Tinne already had started a Lleyki thread earlier this year, I've added your thread to hers.

(yes, I know, I'm in my obsessive ordening/filing again LOL)

Your wicked mod ;)

Ingrid
Oops, I didn't remember we had this thread :o I probably posted some articles that were already posted :( *hides in shame :o*

KaseyL
May 1st, 2003, 09:03 PM
some trivia

Source: Australian newspaper The Age, April 29, 2003:

from Sporting Life
by Geoff McClure

Lindsay who?

We’ve had Evonne Goolagong marry and change her surname to Goolagong-Cawley and then to Cawley and is now back to being Goolagong-Cawley again. Another champ Chris Evert became Chris Evert-Lloyd and more recently Justine Henin married and became Henin-Hardenne and Anna Smashnova ruined what we reckon was the best name on the circuit by taking her new husband’s surname of Pistolesi.

But what’s this we hear ... Lindsay Leach? Well, not quite. Former world No.1 Lindsay Davenport has apparently decided to keep the world guessing on exactly how she wants to be known after marrying former player Jonathan Leach in Hawaii at the weekend. The couple tied the knot in a beachside ceremony in the presence of friends and family.

For what it’s worth our guess is lovely Lindsay will stick to her maiden name just as Kim Clijsters will probably do when, (not if), she and boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt officially become a team.

Pinkie
May 19th, 2003, 02:01 PM
More Kim than Lleyton, but still a minor goober alert. Nothing but niceness from this reporter :kiss:

DAILY MAIL (London)

May 19, 2003


KIM SAYS IT'S JUST A HOBBY AS SHE STALKS THE SISTERS

CLAIRE NASH REPORTS FROM ROME

KIM CLIJSTERS has a lot on her mind: curtains, kitchen, Lleyton Hewitt's
vitamins -- and the Williams sisters.

The order of priority may appear questionable but Clijsters' formula to
release women's tennis from the stranglehold of Serena and Venus is shaping up well.

She is thought to be within touching distance of a breakthrough, which, if not accomplished in Paris during the forthcoming French Open, may come at Wimbledon next month.

But first, after beating Amelie Mauresmo -- Saturday's conqueror of Serena -- 3-6, 7-6, 6-0 to win the Italian Masters title here yesterday, the world No.2 will return to Bree in northern Belgium to check on the home she is building and will soon share with men's world No.1 Hewitt.

Looking through swatches -- a chore for some but beloved by the
newly-propertied -- is helping to give the 19-year-old a firm foundation from which to launch a formidable tilt at the Sister Act.

And, if it isn't furnishings, Clijsters is licking her lips at the prospect
of a curry in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris -- just one of the romantic traditions she and Hewitt have observed since embarking on their relationship just over three years ago.

A ring is not expected to feature at this year's Indian feast, but that is
unlikely to upset one of the most successful relationships in sport. Both appear to be not only supporting the other to the pinnacle of their game but also through an exciting rite of passage into adulthood.

Clijsters said: 'Our relationship has made me a lot more mature. It's good
to be in a steady relationship and have some routine in your life. We're not planning to get engaged just yet as we're just enjoying being boyfriend-girlfriend.

'What's difficult? If I was with a Belgian boyfriend, I suppose I would see
him more. But that's why I think we've been together for so long as we make the most of the time we have together. We plan our schedules, so when I have a week off I watch him play and when he has a week off he watches me.

'But tennis is still just a hobby to us and there's another life after it.
That's why we've been going so well, because we have other things to focus on. It's not always the tennis. Every time I go back to see the house, I still can't believe it's mine.

'It's a new step in my life. It's a great way to relax. I've had to think
about things like electricity -- which you don't really think about when you're living with your parents.'

Not that her father Leo and mother Els will be far away, as the house
lijsters plans to share with Hewitt and their English bulldog Beauty is in the same street as her folks.

She added: 'Two weeks ago I went to choose my furniture. It's great fun. I choose everything, Lleyton doesn't really care. It's going to be minimalist, modern and rustic -- with only a rug or two as Lleyton's got allergies and I've got a few, too.'

On the tennis front, beating Jennifer Capriati for the first time in Berlin
recently was a further step towards knocking Grand Slam winner Serena off her power pedestal and healing the scars of losing to the world No.1 when 5-1 up in the final set of the Australian Open semi-final in January.

There is much work to do, though, for which Clijsters feels ready and she
aims to combine a Roland Garros triumph with her 20th birthday celebrations in two weeks' time.

'One of my problems still is just knowing when I've done enough,' she said.'After Miami in March I took about five weeks off. It really helped and was a lot of fun.

'I've become more consistent. A year and a half ago my best level was
similar to what it is now but I couldn't keep it up long enough. In a lot of
matches I won a set really well and then would lose my game a little bit.

'Being 5-1 up against Serena in a final set and then losing, that's tennis.
I didn't think it was over, not at all. I know that even when I'm down 5-1, there's a chance to get back. I don't regret anything from that match. You know you'll get another chance against them.'

Clijsters has a giggly, chatty personality but is certainly no pushover,
tackling the pain barrier head- on by eschewing traditional medicine to treat injuries.

'I believe in the body healing itself,' she said. 'I'll never take
antibiotics or painkillers. It kills the bad things but I think it also kills
the good things. I feel so much fresher now.'

And clearly a breath of fresh air for tennis, too.

angele87
May 19th, 2003, 02:33 PM
Great article :D Thanks Tinne :kiss:

Kornelija
May 19th, 2003, 05:16 PM
OMG!!! Such a nice article!!! :kiss: thanks :kiss:

ikke
May 19th, 2003, 05:57 PM
Nice article, thanks :kiss:

kit
May 19th, 2003, 07:52 PM
Very nice article...thank you so much :kiss:

thalle
May 19th, 2003, 09:41 PM
What a wonderful article... Thank you so much:D:kiss:

Ashie_87
May 20th, 2003, 02:15 AM
:kiss: thanks!
this is a rare find you know. its hard to find an article with nothing but praise for them.

duck
May 20th, 2003, 09:39 AM
She added: 'Two weeks ago I went to choose my furniture. It's great fun. I choose everything, Lleyton doesn't really care. It's going to be minimalist, modern and rustic -- with only a rug or two as Lleyton's got allergies and I've got a few, too.'



LL never struck me as a soft furnishings man. ;) How do you do modernist and rustic? Can the CCL interior designer explain? :angel:

Great article :cool:

Pinkie
May 20th, 2003, 01:10 PM
LL never struck me as a soft furnishings man. ;) How do you do modernist and rustic? Can the CCL interior designer explain? :angel:

Great article :cool:

Hey, I might not have a big budget, but I can make a little Ikea go a long way. :) So to answer your question: you just don't combine rustic and modernist. It would be a very interesting "ew!" for the eye. My guess is though that she didn't mean rustic, but more antique or shabby chique.
:)

Aussie_Kim
May 20th, 2003, 01:27 PM
Have to agree cute article. Portrayed them exactly how I imagine them both to be ;)

Elke
May 20th, 2003, 01:34 PM
Thanks that was a really nice article! :D

I have some old thing, but cute anyway... It's from the Masters. It comes from Dutch tennismagazine.

To Kim Clijsters, the godess of fresh, modern women's tennis, nothing mattered. She was THE master, she got an ugly dog, who's indisputable very cute, the kids from Bree had to sing for her, she had to do a lot of interviews. She still had to do a few things, a lot of things. And the most of all, she wanted to sleep, for a long time...
Because she had a lot of commitments, she accepted graciously the packs of dog food, listened to speeches like it was the most interesting she ever heard. And when she was finally free of us, people, who chased her, she was in a plane, again.
In fact, she didn't need to sit between those two huge wings, but she did it voluntary. She left the fresh air from Belgium for the sultry air of Adelaide. She wanted to be in Australia when her boyfriend, tennis star Lleyton Hewitt, arrived from Shanghai, China. She wanted to be there, there where they can rest, he as a Master and she as a master, they could lie in a big, giant bed. :hearts: They would look at each other and fall slowly asleep. Because this was a scoop: the best of the women's tennis and the best of Men's tennis could cherish, strok and snug to each other! :angel:
:hearts: That's why the Big Belgian Babe started a trip around the world, which has been rarely seen before. She travelled out of love, which is a lot less complicated. She went to a tournament, which ske had already won... for a long time... :hearts::angel:

KaseyL
May 20th, 2003, 02:17 PM
Hey, I might not have a big budget, but I can make a little Ikea go a long way. :) So to answer your question: you just don't combine rustic and modernist. It would be a very interesting "ew!" for the eye. My guess is though that she didn't mean rustic, but more antique or shabby chique.
:)


:hearts: Thanks a lot, Tinne! :hearts: stuff! :kiss:

:worship: to our newly appointed resident interior advisor!? :D


(btw somehow I don't think that Kim is going to ask Venus' company for advice, just an incling :p ) For the record, no offense intended, just a joke.

KaseyL
May 20th, 2003, 02:17 PM
And thank you, Elke, for that nice article too! :kiss:

KaseyL
May 20th, 2003, 02:20 PM
Hey, I might not have a big budget, but I can make a little Ikea go a long way. :)

:worship: better than I... Ikea means misery to me :o as in miserable explanation, wrong elements,... and hours lost...
last time I bought something there I have vowed never to buy some furniture there again, never... :(

ClijstersHewitt
May 20th, 2003, 04:01 PM
My sister and her fiance need furniture for their new house. Any suggestions? :p

kit
May 20th, 2003, 04:54 PM
Aww,nice article...thanks Elke!!! :hearts:

duck
May 20th, 2003, 05:31 PM
Hey, I might not have a big budget, but I can make a little Ikea go a long way. :) So to answer your question: you just don't combine rustic and modernist. It would be a very interesting "ew!" for the eye. My guess is though that she didn't mean rustic, but more antique or shabby chique.
:)

:kiss: I hope that's what she means otherwise modernist-rustic will be very scary. Wood and metal. Yikes.

I love minimalism. So little to clean :hearts: And no carpets so no vacuuming :bounce:

Pinkie
May 20th, 2003, 06:52 PM
My sister and her fiance need furniture for their new house. Any suggestions? :p

Don't tempt me. I have many unfulfilled decorating needs in me. What can I say, I'm just very in tune with my inner Martha :p

To answer your question, go for Ikea. Yes, putting it together can seem more complicated than programming the space shuttle. But when things really don't seem to fit, just use hammer and super glue. You can't move this furniture (because it will fall apart) but it will do for a while, while looking cool. :D

angele87
May 20th, 2003, 07:16 PM
Thanks for the article Elke :kiss:

Elke
May 20th, 2003, 11:32 PM
Dutch ES commentator talking about Kim and Lleyton:
watch out! It's an oldie, Rosmalen 2002 :o

It's a sweet and touching couple, Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt. Kim is a gentle, meek Flemish girl. She's also the daughter of a Famous former top football player, Lei Clijsters, so as a sporter, she's solid as a rock. And she's still extremely young, just 19, 10 days ago. Eventhough she's still so young, she's part of the top in women's tennis (you remember? That heartbreaking final in RG '01 against Jennifer Capriati?)

Lleyton already lived a whole life on the courts, but he's just 21, born on 24th February.
8 March 1999, I typed the next sentence in my computer-archive: 'This guy is extremely talented and hungry. This guy will be No1 in a couple of years.'

Apparantly, Kim and Lleyton are already together for whole their lifes :hearts: :angel: Those who don't believe in true love, will have to watch them. :hearts: :angel: They are here again, together in Rosmalen. When Kim plays, Lleyton's in the stands and v.v. Unless they have to play themselves.

I felt so sorry for them at RG, when Kim fought hard on Court Suzanne Lenglen and eventually lost, Lleyton was struggling against Sjeng Schalken. But Sjeng let Lleyton escape. Still a bit of luck for sweet Kim, otherwise her whole day would have been worthless. At least, now Lleyton could comfort her.

Later this week, they will both play on the grass of Rosmalen. :hearts: And if you don't like the tennis, just watch the way Kim and Lleyton interact and how they get along :hearts:

angele87
May 20th, 2003, 11:41 PM
Great article :D Thanks Elke :kiss:

Ashie_87
May 21st, 2003, 07:20 AM
thanks! :kiss: :worship:
i just had the crappiest day ever...i feel better now THANK YOU! :kiss:

Aussie_Kim
May 21st, 2003, 03:12 PM
Everyday the articles are getting cuter. :hearts: :hearts:

kit
May 21st, 2003, 06:17 PM
Thanks again Elke! :kiss:

IzzaBellaUK
May 22nd, 2003, 05:21 PM
You guys are WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Izza is sooo completely over-goobered that she falls off her chair, gets down on one knee and proposes to the whole of the CCl lounge!!!!!!!*

This is a Goober field day!!! I love you people!!!!!

possie
May 22nd, 2003, 11:17 PM
I have been so busy lately I have hardly been here (CCL) at all :eek: .

Thanks to everyone for a great lot of new articles :kiss: :kiss: .

tara
May 23rd, 2003, 10:59 AM
article from tennis magazine
Love Match
with a pair of titles in Indian Wells , Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters consolidated their status as tennis' power couple.

Not since 1974,when sweethearts Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert each won Wimbledon and reach No.1, have two romantically linked tennis players enjoyed as much success as Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters.
Though world No.1 Hewitt is ,to date, the more successful of the fair-haired pair, Clijsters' game has matured remarkably in the last six months and the world's No.3 has emerged as the most likely challenger to the Williams sisters. She's always had the strength and speed, but until recently she hasn't been able to sustain a high level of play. Perhaps her association with Hewitt, a paragon of consistency,has had on court benefits. Except for her loss to Ai Sugiyama in the final at Scottsdale, Clijsters hasn't lost to anyone ranked outside the Top 10 since September.
At Indian Wells, Clijsters erased any concerns that her losses to Serena Williams at the Australian Open and Sugiyama (Clijsters held match points in each contest) might damage her confidence. She lost just one set (to Nathalie Dechy, who bear her here last year) and defeated Lindsay Davenport in the final 6-4, 7-5.
Davenport, who's still trying to find her top form, won the best match of the woman's draw when she outslugged Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals.But against Clijsters, Davenport took a step back, sabotaginf herself by shoeing thepoor body language and defeatist attitude that has undermined her game in the past.
Hewitt, coming off his first title of the year,at Scottsdale,was immediately tested at Indian Wells. Matched in the first round against El Aynaoui, his conqueror at Australian Open, Hewitt seemed on his way to an early exit when he trailed 4-6, 3-5. But he refused to fold, winning four games in a row for the set while fending off three match point. ElAynaoui offered only token resistance in the third set, losing 6-2,
Reprieve in hand, Hewitt played the rest of the week as if fate were on his side. His 6-1, 6-1 final-round win over Gustavo Kuerten, who up until that point seemed to be finding his championship form of 2001, was surprisinglyeasy. Perhaps slowd by having to finish his semifinal match with Rainer Schutterler just hours before the final because of the previous day's rain delay,Kuerten had no answer for Hewitt's consistency and tactical acumen.-Tony Lance.

thalle
May 23rd, 2003, 05:08 PM
Great answer.... Thanks:kiss:

Elke
May 23rd, 2003, 07:43 PM
Filip Dewulf about Lleyton's role in Kim's carreer.
source hBvL, 05/23/'03

Lleyton helps Kim in her attempts to shake off the press and the pressure. Not an easy boy, that Lleyton, sometimes he crosses the line. Last year, he attacked the ATP, when they fined him. I don't know the details, but his reaction was over the top, almost paranoid. You have to help your sport by promoting it.
By the way: I met Lleyton a couple times, and he's a very likeable guy. A bit shy and timid, but very correct.

Ashie_87
May 24th, 2003, 02:24 AM
:kiss: thanks
interesting though...does anyone else find it hard to believe that Lleyton is really shy? the way he acts on court-well you kind of couldnt pick it...
just thinking out loud...

lleytnkim
May 24th, 2003, 02:53 AM
:kiss: thanks
interesting though...does anyone else find it hard to believe that Lleyton is really shy? the way he acts on court-well you kind of couldnt pick it...
just thinking out loud...
I don't. He's always been someone who likes to be away from the spotlight. :angel: I've been a fan of his for over 4years. To me he always seemed like a shy, private person when he isn't playing. You can see how calm he is when he watches Kim play. He does quite a bit of charity work but never publisizes it like some other players do. He's not interested in publicity. That to me says a lot about him as a person. :angel:

Newk, Rochey, Fitzy, Cahill and everyone who's known him for a long time has always described him as a shy, quiet, neat, :p very down to earth :angel: one girl kind of a guy. :hearts: I trust what they say more than anything else. I love the fact that despite all the millions of dollars he makes and all the fame, he's so incredibly grounded. He doesn't spend his money, doesn't drink, doesn't smoke. Just unbelievable! :worship: He's one hell of catch! :hearts: :worship:

But I can understand if some people think he's as agressive off the court as he is on. Because he prefers to stay away from the spotlight off the court, the general public doesn't get to see his gentler side. Therefore, they believe whatever is written about him, which for the most part is blown up incidents by the media. :rolleyes: (e.g. him questioning a line call the other day in Hamburg made headlines as "Hewitt's outburst" :rolleyes: What outburst? :rolleyes: He's been questioning line calls since forever. There's nothing new :rolleyes: ) Some people just don't like him. Which is ok too I suppose. :p Different strokes for different folks. ;)

I have loved him since his 1st year on tour. I like his personality on and off the court. I love his fiery personality on the court. Very entertaining to watch. :hearts: I hate it when he's calm on the court. :( He's got that Jackal and Hide thing going on for him. :cool: I never found it hard to belive he was shy. Don't know why. Perhaps coz I've read practically every single article/interview about him over the past few years. :o :p

wow! :eek: That is a looong reply from me. Never thought that'd happen. :o

Ashie_87
May 24th, 2003, 10:11 AM
i get what you're saying. thats pretty much what i think...perhaps i didnt word it right... what im saying is that people who arent really fans of his or who dont come on here wouldn't know much about him-therefore wouldn't know of his gentler side. there isnt much in the news or anything here bout Newk or anyone who WOULD know...so yes i probably didnt word that post right

i totally agree with you but-a guy who acts that way off court, doesnt drink, smoke or act like a bad-ass (off court :p ) is DEFINATELY a catch! :hearts:

Ellibeth
May 25th, 2003, 12:51 PM
..

Elke
May 25th, 2003, 10:27 PM
Nice interview with the Advertiser from Lleyton, a must read!:D

The Lleyki-tidbits:

Kim Clijsters
Both of us understand each other and we don't talk about tennis that often. It's not big deal for us and we both understand what each other is going through and the pressure that is put on each other and it's probably one of the reasons we don't talk about tennis. We both understand each other.

Living in Belgium
I'm just playing it by ear. If I feel like going home to watch the footy in Australia, I will. Depends what tournaments I'm playing.It (Belgium) is defenitely a place for me where I can have a break from everything. Sometimes it's nice to get away from everything and not have any hassles. I go there and nobody knows me.

An engagement ring
Not at the moment.

tournesol
May 26th, 2003, 02:00 PM
I don't. He's always been someone who likes to be away from the spotlight. :angel: I've been a fan of his for over 4years. To me he always seemed like a shy, private person when he isn't playing. You can see how calm he is when he watches Kim play. He does quite a bit of charity work but never publisizes it like some other players do. He's not interested in publicity. That to me says a lot about him as a person. :angel:

Newk, Rochey, Fitzy, Cahill and everyone who's known him for a long time has always described him as a shy, quiet, neat, :p very down to earth :angel: one girl kind of a guy. :hearts: I trust what they say more than anything else. I love the fact that despite all the millions of dollars he makes and all the fame, he's so incredibly grounded. He doesn't spend his money, doesn't drink, doesn't smoke. Just unbelievable! :worship: He's one hell of catch! :hearts: :worship:

But I can understand if some people think he's as agressive off the court as he is on. Because he prefers to stay away from the spotlight off the court, the general public doesn't get to see his gentler side. Therefore, they believe whatever is written about him, which for the most part is blown up incidents by the media. :rolleyes: (e.g. him questioning a line call the other day in Hamburg made headlines as "Hewitt's outburst" :rolleyes: What outburst? :rolleyes: He's been questioning line calls since forever. There's nothing new :rolleyes: ) Some people just don't like him. Which is ok too I suppose. :p Different strokes for different folks. ;)

I have loved him since his 1st year on tour. I like his personality on and off the court. I love his fiery personality on the court. Very entertaining to watch. :hearts: I hate it when he's calm on the court. :( He's got that Jackal and Hide thing going on for him. :cool: I never found it hard to belive he was shy. Don't know why. Perhaps coz I've read practically every single article/interview about him over the past few years. :o :p

wow! :eek: That is a looong reply from me. Never thought that'd happen. :o

i totally agree, i couldn' t have said better

shy people can be extremely determined yet remain shy

ikke
May 26th, 2003, 05:50 PM
Kim Clijsters
Both of us understand each other and we don't talk about tennis that often. It's not big deal for us and we both understand what each other is going through and the pressure that is put on each other and it's probably one of the reasons we don't talk about tennis. We both understand each other.

Thanks, I think that they both understand each other :p ;)

Aussie_Kim
May 26th, 2003, 06:56 PM
Thanks Lleytnkim.
I agree. Every-1 says Lleyton is shy even Kim & I'm sure she ought to know what he's like off court ;)

The media blows everything out of proportion. It makes me want to change to jounalism. So at least there's 1 person out there telling the right story.
It really pisses me off when people are getting the wrong mge. ( Though I'm sure there are some decent journos out there somewhere) ;)

Elke
May 26th, 2003, 07:51 PM
Thanks, I think that they both understand each other :p ;)
Yep, it's pretty understandable!:p

kim&lleyton
May 27th, 2003, 07:40 AM
From www.rolandgarros.com

They may not be the most famous couple in tennis, given Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf's worldwide celebrity status, but Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters are surely the highest ranked couple in tennis today! On Tuesday, the pair will take to the courts in Paris, not exactly hand-in-hand, but each with their own title aspirations.

Like most of the pre-tournament favorites, top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt has been handed a relatively comfortable draw. His first round encounter with one of the rising stars of American tennis, Brian Vahaly, will be no stroll in the park though. A recent semi final appearance in Memphis and a run to the quarter finals at Indian Wells are proof of Vahaly's rising stock, but his lack of experience on clay should work in Hewitt's favor. The Australian will hope to use the match to fine-tune his game on a surface that is hardly suited to his attacking style.

Elke
May 27th, 2003, 07:46 AM
I don't have any idea how 'comforable draw' and 'LLeyton' can be together in one sentence in RG...:o:rolleyes:

But thanks!:)

KaseyL
May 27th, 2003, 11:57 AM
Thanks for all the articles! :)

For the ones who like to know what Kim and Lleyton are doing in Paris when they aren't busy with tennis... :angel:

The lines in bold might be interesting :D ; from an article written by AFP:

Hingis closes door on the past
Tue, 27 May 2003

Martina Hingis, winner of five Grand Slams before she was 20 in the days before the powerful Williams sisters came along to defy her, was back at Roland Garros this week — ..."Everybody is asking after me. 'What are you doing these days?' It's nice for me — now I'm no longer in competition with anyone," Hingis told L'Equipe.
..."It's very moving to come back here and see the centre court, talk to the players and drink in the atmosphere.
..."Now I live my life like a normal person — I have more intimacy.

"I met Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt yesterday on the Champs Elysees in an ice cream parlor and we fell into each others arms."
:D
...

Pinkie
May 27th, 2003, 01:56 PM
Thanks for all the articles! :)

Hingis closes door on the past
Tue, 27 May 2003


"I met Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt yesterday on the Champs Elysees in an ice cream parlor and we fell into each others arms."
:D
...

Into Lleyton's arms, more like it, I am sure. :p We all know how the Swiss Miss had her roving eye on Lleyton :p

kim&lleyton
May 27th, 2003, 02:18 PM
Thanx for the article!

kim&lleyton
May 27th, 2003, 03:24 PM
From: www.rolandgarros.com

Hewitt grinds down rookie
By Nyree Epplett
Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Top seed Lleyton Hewitt opened his 2003 French Open campaign by grinding down American rookie Brian Vahaly in four long sets on Court Suzanne Lenglen early Tuesday afternoon.

The 22-year-old Australian spent a gruelling three hours, 13 minutes under the sunny Parisian skies, gradually exhausting the inexperienced Vahaly 6-4 6-1 6-7(6) 6-1 with a mediocre display of baseline tennis. A combined unforced error count of 201 painted a dismal picture of today's less than impressive performance by both players.

Vahaly, a tenacious 23-year-old from Georgia, plays a counter-punching game that resembles that of his hero Michael Chang. Today the American used some clever defensive wit and a lethal double-fisted backhand to stretch the reigning Wimbledon champ to the limit in the first set and again in the third.

Hewitt struggled from the backcourt initially, frustrated by the terrier-like retrievals of his opponent. He drew on a comparative wealth of Grand Slam experience to clinch the opener in 58 minutes and then raised the tempo in the second set, pouncing on short balls and adding a dose of patience to his baseline game.

Down two sets to love and 0-3 in his Roland-Garros debut, Vahaly recovered to draw even at 6-6, before Hewitt secured three match points…only to blunder all of them. Vahaly took advantage of an inexplicable break in Hewitt's concentration to snatch the set.

A fired-up Hewitt stepped up a gear in the final set, taking the balls high, smoking his inside-out-forehands and breaking the American three times to close out the match. En route he pounded down 40 winners to Vahaly's 17.

He will now face the winner of the match between Britain's Greg Rusedski and Russia's Nikolay Davydenko.

ikke
May 27th, 2003, 06:27 PM
Into Lleyton's arms, more like it, I am sure. :p We all know how the Swiss Miss had her roving eye on Lleyton :p

lmao :p

kit
May 27th, 2003, 06:35 PM
"I met Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt yesterday on the Champs Elysees in an ice cream parlor and we fell into each others arms."
:D

Aww....:hearts:

angele87
May 27th, 2003, 07:49 PM
"I met Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt yesterday on the Champs Elysees in an ice cream parlor and we fell into each others arms."
:D
...

:angel:

And :p at Martina!

KaseyL
May 27th, 2003, 09:40 PM
Into Lleyton's arms, more like it, I am sure. :p We all know how the Swiss Miss had her roving eye on Lleyton :p

LMAO I bet LOL

Another related quote, source this time AP:


BY JOCELYN GECKER
Associated Press
May. 27, 2003 PARIS (AP)—
Martina Hingis has happily swapped sitting atop women's tennis with sitting on a horse named Laetitia.
"I play all kinds of other sports," the five-time Grand Slam champion told Tuesday's L'Equipe after roaming the grounds of Roland Garros as a spectator Monday.
...

One upside is that her testy relations with other players have improved, said Hingis, whose cockiness sometimes annoyed her competitors.

Monday night, Hingis said she bumped into No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and his girlfriend, No. 4 Kim Clijsters, at an ice cream shop on the Champs-Elysees. They hugged.

"Relations have become a lot more friendly," Hingis said. :p

ClijstersHewitt
May 27th, 2003, 10:45 PM
Martina rocks :cool:

angele87
May 27th, 2003, 10:51 PM
It's nice to be reminded that Lleyton and Kim do normal couple stuff like go out for ice cream :D :hearts: :angel:

angele87
May 27th, 2003, 11:10 PM
I just read the article in GM and just then did I realize that the writer made a mistake with Kim's ranking :o

possie
May 28th, 2003, 02:48 AM
For the ones who like to know what Kim and Lleyton are doing in Paris when they aren't busy with tennis... :angel:

And who would they be Ingrid ;) :)

Thanks for the articles :kiss: .

Ashie_87
May 28th, 2003, 06:52 AM
:kiss:thanks for those articles :worship:
...still LMAO over the whole Martina thing :D :p

sanstamtam
May 28th, 2003, 05:13 PM
:wavey: I have got 2 interesting things for the Lleykies! :bounce:

It was this morning in L'avenir du Luxembourg

I didn't know we were fiancé. From Lleyton Hewitt to a journalist of France 2 who talked him of Kim … his fiancé. He has also showed him an extract of Rocky, Hewitt's idol and he has asked him if Kim was his "Adrienne"!

This was in Le Soir

If André Dussolier says it… (André Dussolier is a French actor who acts in "Trois hommes et un couffin")
… quite by chance, I could attend to a training of Kim and Lleyton here at Roland Garros. It was two or three years ago before that each other they dominate the tennis. At this moment where I watched them, they had a true harmony between them. I found that they were good together. We really felt that their affinities weren't just in tennis. :hearts:

KaseyL
May 28th, 2003, 09:54 PM
Thanks a lot for the translation! :)

More similar stuff was in La Dernière Heure, May 27, 2003:

From an article about Lleyton's win

translation by Ingrid


His romance with Kim Clijsters is always giving some food to the conversations of the 'people' media.
Yesterday, live on TV station France 2, the Australian officially denied to be already engaged. But he'd be glad to see a possible double of the family in Paris. "That would be really fantastic!" he said.

(Original:
Son idylle avec Kim Clijsters alimente toujours les conversations de la presse people. Hier, en direct sur France 2, l'Australien a démenti être déjà fiancé officiellement. Mais il s'est réjoui d'un éventuel doublé de la famille à Paris. «Ce serait vraiment fantastique», s'est-il exclamé.)

angele87
May 28th, 2003, 10:19 PM
Thanks a lot for the translation! :)

More similar stuff was in La Dernière Heure, May 27, 2003:

From an article about Lleyton's win

translation by Ingrid


His romance with Kim Clijsters is always giving some food to the conversations of the 'people' media.
Yesterday, live on TV station France 2, the Australian officially denied to be already engaged. But he'd be glad to see a possible double of the family in Paris. "That would be really fantastic!" he said.

(Original:
Son idylle avec Kim Clijsters alimente toujours les conversations de la presse people. Hier, en direct sur France 2, l'Australien a démenti être déjà fiancé officiellement. Mais il s'est réjoui d'un éventuel doublé de la famille à Paris. «Ce serait vraiment fantastique», s'est-il exclamé.)
:angel: :hearts:

Hint to Lleyton: Pop the question :p

Aussie_Kim
May 29th, 2003, 02:18 AM
Thanks for all the articles!
They are so cute :hearts:

I'm giving up on Lley proiposing cos usually some thing happens when you least expect it ;)

Ashie_87
May 29th, 2003, 06:59 AM
:angel: :hearts:

Hint to Lleyton: Pop the question :p

LMAO! :p GOOD CALL!!! :worship:
thanks everyone for those :kiss:

kim&lleyton
May 30th, 2003, 11:58 AM
From: www.rolandgarros.com

Kim takes a stroll in the sun
By David Tutton
Thursday, May 29, 2003

Belgian second seed Kim Clijsters had fun under the Parisian sun this afternoon, employing her powerful all-court game to typically devastating effect in a 6-2 6-2 stroll over Germany's Marlene Weingartner. A mere 52 minutes were all the 2001 finalist needed to book her place in the third round, where she faces the No30 seed, Argentina's Paola Suarez, an equally impressive 6-1 6-1 winner over Corina Morariu from the USA.

A job well done for the Belgian title challenger then, who had more than enough time to take a shower and, who knows, maybe head for Philippe Chatrier Court to cheer on boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt…

Clijsters has arrived in Paris on the back of a strong start to the season, and has had no trouble carrying that consistent form into her early matches here. As in her first round demolition of Amy Frazier, she dispatched Weingartner with a minimum of fuss.

Simply by making the second round, the German, ranked 72 in the world, had already equalled her best-ever performance at Roland-Garros, and the gulf in class was there for all to see.

Weingartner was outclassed in every compartment of the game, and although she fought valiantly, particularly in the first set when she broke the Belgian twice in successive service games to draw level at 2-2, she was unable to withstand the onslaught of Clijster's power drives. A flurry of unforced errors in the second set accelerated her demise, and as so often in matches of this sort, the match was over almost before it had begun.

The Belgian will be pleased to have expended so little energy so far in the tournament, but will surely face a far sterner examination in the next round against the more accomplished Suarez.

IzzaBellaUK
May 31st, 2003, 10:08 PM
*Izza is soo comletely over-goobered that she falls offher chair and proposes to the whole CCl lounge*
BLOODY HELL that is all soooo sweet I want a boyfriend like lleyton although I'll never get one!
Has Angele seen the lated installments?
p.s. does anyone know where I can read that interview on French Tv? U know where lley denies engagement but syas she's his Adrienne?
pps. That 's soo cute!! He'salways been soo passionate about Rockey and now he's got Kimmy to share the passion with!!! Awwww bless!
ppps. I wonder if Hayden has similar passion? Sorry, imagination working overtime!!!!!!!!

angele87
Jun 2nd, 2003, 07:26 PM
Love match for Kim
02/06/2003 19:28 - (SA)

Paris - Tennis' most famous playing couple Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt are talking about tying the knot, the Belgian revealed on Tuesday.

World number two Clijsters, who has reached the quarter-finals at the French Open and will turn 20 the day after the women's final on Sunday, said that she and her world number one boyfriend Hewitt, who has already been eliminated from the tournament, have discussed getting married.

"We do talk about it sometimes," Clijsters told French television. "But I'm still young. I'm going to be 20 in a few days. Lleyton, he's 22. So I think we have time."

But Clijsters admitted that she was considering a change in residency because of the amount of taxes she pays in Belgium, and did not rule out becoming an Australian citizen.

"People have been saying a lot of things. I'm thinking about changing residency, and I spend a lot of time in Australia, but I'm really happy to go home from time to time."

Clijsters' father Leo, a former Belgian international footballer, revealed that she pays the taxman between 50 and 60 percent of her earnings, much less than footballers in Belgium.

The player from the northern Flemish-speaking part of Belgium admitted that her life has totally changed since reaching the finals here two years ago when she was catapulted to the status of national heroine.

"My life completely changed after the 2001 finals. When I returned all the street was covered with flags. I realise how important it is for people, particularly when you play in Paris there are a lot of Belgians who come," added Clijsters, who hopes to become the first Belgian ever to win a Grand Slam event.

Clijsters, who has won 12 WTA titles, takes on Spain's former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez, the 24th seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

Mazza
Jun 2nd, 2003, 09:24 PM
Awww! :hearts: Thanks for all the Lleyki articles! :D

KaseyL
Jun 2nd, 2003, 09:53 PM
Thnaks a lot Angèle for the article! :kiss:

This is everywhere in the Australian press by now :p (The Australian, The Advertiser, and so on...) They are headlining the following or the alternative 'Marriage can wait':


Lleyton and Kim in wedding talks

From correspondents in Paris
03jun03

LLEYTON Hewitt and girlfriend Kim Clijsters have talked about tying the knot, the Belgian revealed today.

In an interview with French television, Clijsters, the world no. 2 in tennis, also left open the possibility of becoming an Australian citizen.

The sports star, who has reached the quarter-finals at the French Open and will turn 20 the day after the women's final on Sunday, said that she and her world No.1 boyfriend Hewitt, who has been eliminated from the tournament, had discussed marriage.

"We do talk about it sometimes," she said. "But I'm still young. I'm going to be 20 in a few days. Lleyton, he's 22. So I think we have time."

Clijsters admitted that she was considering a change in residency because of the amount of taxes she paid in Belgium, and did not rule out becoming an Australian citizen.

"People have been saying a lot of things. I'm thinking about changing residency, and I spend a lot of time in Australia, but I'm really happy to go home from time to time."

Clijsters' father Leo, a former Belgian international soccer player, revealed that she paid the taxman between 50 and 60 per cent of her earnings.

The player, from the northern Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, said her life had totally changed since reaching the finals in Paris two years ago when she was catapulted to the status of national heroine.

"My life completely changed after the 2001 finals. When I returned all the street was covered with flags," said Clijsters, who hopes to become the first Belgian ever to win a Grand Slam event.

"I realise how important it is for people, particularly when you play in Paris there are a lot of Belgians who come."

Clijsters, who has won 12 WTA titles, will take on Spain's former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez, the 24th seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

KaseyL
Jun 2nd, 2003, 09:58 PM
and Foxsports is bringing the same thing in 'Breaking news' :p

nice pic of Kim and Lleyton at the golf too

link: http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,6536707-23210,00.html

angele87
Jun 3rd, 2003, 12:30 AM
Thanks for the articles Ingrid :kiss:

Aussie_Kim
Jun 3rd, 2003, 03:54 AM
Thanks for all the :hearts: articles.
The West never has anything good in it. Although I might walk down to the shops later & check it out & see if anything good is in it ;)

karma
Jun 3rd, 2003, 07:39 AM
just wondering: how serious do you think this is? I mean, I don't think the paper is joking or made it up, but sometimes it's really astonishing to see what they make of something someone said. They don't really give the context in which Kim said this (wel, yeah, an interview obviously) so I wonder if this is what Kim really meant or if they just took out some quotes and started from there. Did anyone happen to see the interview?

keta
Jun 3rd, 2003, 08:37 AM
There was nothing in Today's editon mandy, Ill tell you if there is tomorow....... High doubtfull though :(

spiritfullfrog
Jun 3rd, 2003, 08:42 AM
just wondering: how serious do you think this is? I mean, I don't think the paper is joking or made it up, but sometimes it's really astonishing to see what they make of something someone said. They don't really give the context in which Kim said this (wel, yeah, an interview obviously) so I wonder if this is what Kim really meant or if they just took out some quotes and started from there. Did anyone happen to see the interview?

I don't think it's very serious, its just the Aussie media trying to get some cheap stories by using one quote of Kimmie saying they have talked about marriage before and turning it into some big thing. :p Like its pretty normal for a strong couple who have been going out for a couple of years, to talk about marriage!!! ;) Pity though, it'd be great for them to finally get married though!! :hearts: ;)

Aussie_Kim
Jun 3rd, 2003, 09:30 AM
There was nothing in Today's editon mandy, Ill tell you if there is tomorow....... High doubtfull though :(

Thanks Keta
U saved me doing any exercise yet again. :kiss:
I'm so slack I'll probably die of cancer at 50, but oh well ;)

Muse
Jun 3rd, 2003, 07:14 PM
just wondering: how serious do you think this is? I mean, I don't think the paper is joking or made it up, but sometimes it's really astonishing to see what they make of something someone said. They don't really give the context in which Kim said this (wel, yeah, an interview obviously) so I wonder if this is what Kim really meant or if they just took out some quotes and started from there. Did anyone happen to see the interview?

I happened to see the interview, and nope, nothing out of context! They asked her if Lleyton and her ever talk about marriage, and she answered that they do sometimes, well it was the exact same quote they put in the article! ;)

kim&lleyton
Jun 3rd, 2003, 07:19 PM
I understand that they talk about it!!! And I probebly would understand if Kim would go and live in Australia!!! Tax stinks....so

lleytnkim
Jun 4th, 2003, 09:38 PM
Don't know if this was posted. :confused:

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Passing shots

More variety in Kim's kitchen

BELGIAN star Kim Clijsters is a little superstitious when it comes to what she eats at a major tournament.

The 2001 finalist, girlfriend of men’s number one Lleyton Hewitt, said her eating regime that year was a little repetitive.

“Two years ago when I reached the final I ate the same thing every day. It became difficult for the people who live with me.

“But now Lleyton makes me compromise.” :p ;)

– AFP

Ashie_87
Jun 5th, 2003, 07:48 AM
LOL! :p thanks people! :kiss: :worship:

Pinkie
Jun 5th, 2003, 02:06 PM
Goober Alert
Canberra Times, June 5, 2003

Clijsters generates more talk than home-bred stars


It's a fair bet that most Australians are more aware of Kim Clijsters than of our own Alicia Molik and Nicole Pratt.

That's largely because she's been going with Lleyton Hewitt for three-and-a-half years.

'Going with' doesn't quite convey the warmth of the relationship. The two shared a hotel suite in Paris this last fortnight and have bought a house together in a picturesque village in Belgium. As a regular visitor to Belgium, Hewitt probably knows rather more about the country than its reputation for strong beer and rich chocolate.

Clijsters, on the other hand, is just as familiar a figure Down Under and
doesn't need to ask where to shop for a new handbag or skirt in Sydney, Adelaide or Perth.

No tennis romance has held such fascination since Jimmy Connors squired Chris Evert almost 30 years ago.

Like the two Americans, Hewitt and Clijsters seem complete opposites.

While Hewitt is perceived by many as ruthless and occasionally intemperate, Clijsters is universally acknowledged to be sweet-natured and sensible, no more likely to cause fuss on a tennis court than a choir girl would be found causing a ruckus in church.

But perhaps we shouldn't be fooled by the Belgian's smiles and giggles.

They may mask a character every bit as aggressive and determined as Hewitt's as she attempts to win her - and Belgium's - first Grand Slam crown. In the French Open semi-finals today, the second-ranked Clijsters meets the 20-year-old Russian, Nadia Petrova, ranked 76th, for the right to contest Sunday's final - Clijsters' 20th birthday - with either Justine Henin-Hardenne or defending champion Serena Williams.

Clijsters possesses the physique that Hewitt lacks. In fact, they both weigh 68 kilos. That's above average for a woman player and helps to account for the powerful shots Clijsters can generate on clay from the back of the court. Last November she achieved the rare feat of beating Venus and Serena Williams in back-to-back matches to win the season-ending WTA championship at Los Angeles.

This year she's won titles at Sydney, Indian Wells and Rome, and lost only five of 41 matches.

Clijsters can claim a champion's pedigree. Her father, Leo, was a soccer
international, her mother, Els, a top gymnast.

She says they've been particularly useful in teaching her how to prepare
mentally for testing occasions.

Her friendship with Hewitt, and being with him during most of his major
triumphs, must also have been an advantage. She has learned at close-hand how a tennis champion thinks and behaves before big matches.

Yet Clijsters, runner-up to Jennifer Capriati in a marathon French Open final two years ago, still has to prove she can control her nerves in the tensest moments.

In her thrilling Australian Open semi-final in January, she led Serena by 5-1 in the third set and held two match points before losing six straight games for the match.

Yesterday, she denied she'd choked.

'Serena just didn't make any mistakes any more. She was hitting winners off my serves and things like that.'

Maybe. But Clijsters again looked nervy when losing six successive games to Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva in the fourth round.

Another lapse today or Sunday could mean further delay in her keenly awaited Grand Slam breakthrough.

Pinkie
Jun 5th, 2003, 02:08 PM
Agence France Presse

***Let's go Dutch - or Belgian

Lleyton Hewitt, boyfriend of Belgian star Kim Clijsters, is hoping to go
Dutch if Kim can lift the title and go one better than her 2001 final defeat.

According to L'Equipe, Hewitt was collared by former star Fred Solle, master of ceremonies at a players' gathering on the fringes of the French Open and asked if he might get a share of her winnings.

"Sure, I get 50 percent," the Aussie grinned. (AFP)

Majo
Jun 5th, 2003, 03:18 PM
thx for the articles!!! :kiss:

Aussie_Kim
Jun 5th, 2003, 03:30 PM
There was nothing in Today's editon mandy, Ill tell you if there is tomorow....... High doubtfull though :(

On that subject did any one see The West today :confused:
It had a nice article about FO talking about how serena was hurdle for Belgium belles :hearts:
It was actually pretty good. Nothing negative which is a surprise ;)

KaseyL
Jun 5th, 2003, 08:06 PM
This is a great article (thanks Tinne for referring to it :kiss: ) :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

I'll translate it later on tonight, but I'd like to post it already for the Dutch speakers (sorry, I am going gooberish myself now :D )


A spoiler: :angel: It's Kim talking about her relationship with Lleyton, marriage, children, and so on...

A literal :p quote about Lleyton's shyness:"He has to be taken by the hand"

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Kim Clijsters: "Met Lleyton voel ik me gerust"
De beste supporter van Kim Clijsters is haar vriendje Lleyton Hewitt.“Het geeft een geruststellend gevoel als ik hem in het publiek zie zitten.” Kim praat met veel tederheid over haar relatie. Aan de vooravond van haar halve finale tegen Nadia Petrova lijkt het haar een verademing het over gevoelens te hebben, liever dan over wedstrijdtactiek. Kim heeft het liever over trouwen, haar liefde voor kinderen, huiselijke gezelligheid, en... toch ook over de nummer één-positie.

De inzet voor Clijsters is hoog in de volgende uren, dagen en weken. Niet alleen een eerste Grand Slamtitel komt heel dichtbij, Kim krijgt ook uitzicht om eerste te worden op de wereldranglijst.

Twee weken nadat Roland Garros eindigt, begint Wimbledon. Clijsters heeft daar weinig punten te verdedigen, aangezien ze vorig jaar in de tweede ronde werd uitgeschakeld. In de veronderstelling dat ze deze keer tot diep in de eindstrijd zou doorstoten en... Serena Williams in een vroeg stadium gewipt, kan Clijsters voor een nieuw hoogtepunt in de Belgische sportgeschiedenis zorgen door de wereldtroon van het tennis te bestijgen.

“Nummer één worden? Fantastisch, het zou de bekroning zijn van een zeer goed jaar. Maar let op: Serena heeft de sleutel in handen en... ik durf op Wimbledon ook al eens heel wispelturig zijn.”

Maar Clijsters heeft het liever over haar vriend. Sinds zijn uitschakeling verdeelt Hewitt zijn tijd tussen haar en de golfsport.“ Golf, golf, golf... als het kon zou hij iedere dag 32 holes afwerken”, zegt Kim. “Henman en Kafelnikov zijn vaste partners. Hij probeert mij ook mee te trekken. Ik rijd dan met het karretje rond, want aan wandelen heb ik niets. Is me te saai.Vandaar dat ik stilaan zelf een balletje probeer te slaan.”

Hewitt gaat dus niet onder zijn vroege uitschakeling gebukt?
“Oh neen”, zegt Kim. “Roland Garros spreekt niet erg tot de verbeelding van een Australiër. Lleyton voelt zich veel meer verbonden met Wimbledon. Australische toptennissers van weleer blonken uit op het gras van Wimbledon: John Newcombe,Rod Laver.Toen Lleyton nog een kind was, droomde hij ervan ooit in Wimbledon met vakantie te gaan...”

Kim weet nog niet wanneer het tot een huwelijk zal komen.
“Er is ook geen haast bij”, zegt ze. “We hebben het momenteel razend druk. Voor een huwelijk moet je tijd maken. Als het zover is, wil ik het allemaal zelf in de hand nemen. Plannen en regelen, dat wil ik zelf doen.”

Kim zegt ook dat ze dol is op kinderen. Als dat onderwerp wordt aangeraakt, straalt ze.
“O ja, ik wil zeker kinderen. Ik heb dertien neven en nichtjes. Mijn geluk kan niet op als ik kan babysitten. Maar ook hier willen we niet overhaast te werk gaan. Ja, er zijn voorbeelden van speelsters die na een bevalling terugkeerden in het circuit, maar dat zijn toch uitzonderingen.”

Lleyton Hewitt heeft een totaal ander imago dan de altijd lachende Kim Clijsters. Hij oogt stroef, opstandig, in zichzelf gekeerd.
“De buitenwereld heeft een totaal verkeerd beeld van hem”, verbetert Kim. “Lleyton is zoals de gemiddelde Australische man: verlegen! Hij moet bij de hand genomen worden. Zoals het hoofdpersonage uit Crocodile Dundee die bij zijn komst naar Europa overal verloren liep. Maar wij voelen elkaar goed aan.We weten wie op het gepaste ogenblik het initiatief moet nemen, zonder dat we elkaar domineren.”

Kim geeft toe dat de druk op het jonge koppeltje soms groot is.
“Dat is de tol van de bekendheid. Zelf zijn we het gelukkigst buiten alle drukte. Samen en onopgemerkt. Soms hebben we natuurlijk verplichtingen, maar we zoeken de spots niet op. Integendeel, we zijn zo niet opgevoed. Glamour is aan ons niet besteed.”

ikke
Jun 5th, 2003, 08:25 PM
:hearts: :hearts:, thanks a lot

ans
Jun 5th, 2003, 08:41 PM
Yes! saw almost the same article in Het Nieuwsblad, rrrrrreaally nice and indeed gooberish article. If you don't find time to translate, Ingid, just tell me. But at the moment the board is incredibly slow and I don't manage to read anything. :mad:

*Kate*
Jun 6th, 2003, 03:54 AM
omg that's soooo adorable. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: I used an online translator so I get the idea of it. I'm just like awwwww.

Queen Goober Angele is going to fall off her chair and have a stroke. :p I'm like awwww'ing and giggling like an 11 year old girl to no end and I'm just the Princess Goober. :p

pcabenojar
Jun 6th, 2003, 04:27 AM
me too...I used an online translator to have an idea, but can't wait for Ingrid's translation. I hope u post it soon!!! :)

~|Naomi|~
Jun 6th, 2003, 05:01 AM
me too...I used an online translator to have an idea, but can't wait for Ingrid's translation. I hope u post it soon!!! :)

I don't want to sound really dumb :p But what translator did you use cause I can't find one that translates dutch to english, i can find ones for german, french, italian or whatever but not Dutch :mad:

~|Naomi|~
Jun 6th, 2003, 05:06 AM
I don't want to sound really dumb :p But what translator did you use cause I can't find one that translates dutch to english, i can find ones for german, french, italian or whatever but not Dutch :mad:

No need to worry i found one :)

KaseyL
Jun 6th, 2003, 09:30 AM
Yes! saw almost the same article in Het Nieuwsblad, rrrrrreaally nice and indeed gooberish article. If you don't find time to translate, Ingid, just tell me. But at the moment the board is incredibly slow and I don't manage to read anything. :mad:

the board was a disaster yesterday... everyone going crazy about serena vs Juju I suppose...looking at GM at least it looks like :rolleyes:


Thanks for the offer, :kiss: I'm working on the last lines though, will post ASAP.

KaseyL
Jun 6th, 2003, 09:33 AM
omg that's soooo adorable. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: I used an online translator so I get the idea of it. I'm just like awwwww.

Queen Goober Angele is going to fall off her chair and have a stroke. :p I'm like awwww'ing and giggling like an 11 year old girl to no end and I'm just the Princess Goober. :p

LOL I had something similar in mind :angel:

I must say Kim is more and more talking so openly about them imo. (I don't think Queen Goober will be complaining though ;)) Do you all have that similar impression?

Elke
Jun 6th, 2003, 10:21 AM
"So cute, so shy"
HLN, 6/5/03

Pierre-Yves calls Justine 'ma belle' How would Lleyton call his Kim? 'Beauty'? Impossible, cos that's Kim's dog. 'Darling'? Can't hear him say that. 'Sweetie'? sounds more like him. Or simply, 'Kimmie', because Lleyton, she says, is a man of few words. "He's very explosive on court, but at home, he's so sweet, so shy."

She was 16, he 18 when something blossomed at the Australian Open 2000. Kim Clijsters grins. "We had a lot in common, also fysically. I remember a party where someone asked Lleyton if I was his sister." No wonder, because Kim was barely known, those days. At the beginning of 2000, Hewitt was ranked 22nd, Kim 47th. Meanwhile, he's No1, she No2, probably reversed after Wimbledon. Relationships between rising stars are not te easiest, look at Evert and Connors, in 1974. But THEIR relationship maintains.

Polite guy
Lei remembers the first time he met LLeyton, at home in Bree "I expected him to be a bit more loose, but Lleyton is a very polite and nice guy, even a little shy." That's the case, now everybody knows. :angel: "His mom told me once about the first tournament Lleyton won in Adelaide," Kim laughs, "He wasn't even 17, and he played an unbelievalbe match, but as his mom feared, he worst thing still had to come: the acceptance speech. Cherilynn thought he was not gonna make it. That's how shy he was those days." :angel:
Not much has changed. "That shyness, you notice it most when he's in company he isn't familiar with. Then, I need to push him a bit, and take him by his hand. You know the Crocodile Dundee movies? Well, that's typically Australian: a bit lost when they're not in their familiar territory."
There are not a lot of paparazzi after them. The mixed doubles has glamour factor zero. "Special photo-shoots, poshy gala's, it's not our cup of tea. Dressing up can be a lot of fun, but not on command and not every week. We much rather go to the movies. We are just two normal people, we are raised like that, without a lot of tralalala."
They don't have any wedding plans. Yet. "We talk about it from time to time, but if we're gonna get married, I want to do those things by myself (the preparations). I'm too busy to do that right now. And I'd love to have kids, but not right now. I like to babysit." But the ideal babysit is rarely available.

MC Enroe
Bu tthe ideal supporter is. If Lleyton were that spoilt brat and macho, like it's written in Australian press, he wouldn't be here this week in Paris to support Kim. The young Hewitt isn't the young Mc Enroe. Mac had a relationship with Carillo, but it didn't take that long: "she could ask me anything, except gorcing me to watch her matches." Lleyton wasn't that disappointed after he was ousted. RG wasn't his biggest goal. A lot of Aussies don't even know RG. That's logic, grass is their roots-think about Newcombe and Laver. For me, it doens't matter what GS I win, for LLeyton, it does matter. You know what his biggest dream was when he was a little lid? To go on hollidays to Wimbledon.""
This week, Lleyton has no job to do, but it's no problem. "Lleyton loves to play golf, if it were possible, he's play 32 holes every day! Me?? He tries to seduce me, but I'm not really a fan. (laughs) I only go with him if I may drive with the little car."

kim&lleyton
Jun 6th, 2003, 10:37 AM
Thanx I LOVE That article!!!!!:kiss:
It's so cute that LL is shy!!!

KaseyL
Jun 6th, 2003, 10:53 AM
Thanks a lot, Elke, for doing the translation! :hearts: :hearts:

Here's the other article from Het Belang van Limburg/Gazet van Antwerpen, June 5, 2003


Kim Clijsters: "I feel reassured with Lleyton"

translation by Ingrid (comments too :p )

The best fan of Kim Clijsters is her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt. “It is such a reassuring feeling when I see him in the stands.” Kim talks with a lot of tenderness about her relationship. At the eve of her semi final against Nadia Petrova it looks like she finds it a relief to talk about feelings, rather than about match tactics. Kim talks rather about getting married, her love for children, the cosiness of a home, and … also about the world number one spot though.

The stakes are high for Kim the next hours, days and weeks. Not only a first grand slam title is coming very close, Kim has also the prospect of becoming world number one.

Wimbledon starts two weeks after Roland Garros. Clijsters doesn’t have much points to defend there, as she was eliminated in the second round last year.
Assuming that she would get far into the final battle this time and that ...Serena would be set aside in an early stade, then Kim can bring a new high in the Belgian sport history by accessing to the world throne of tennis.

“Becoming number one? Fantastic, it would be the icing on the cake of a very good year. But note that Serena has the keys in her hand... and I dare to be quite inpredictable at Wimbledon sometimes as well.”

But Clijsters prefers to talk about her boyfriend. Hewitt is dividing his spare time between her and golf since his elimination.
“ Golf, golf, golf... if possible he’d do 32 holes each day”, :D Kim says. “Henman and Kafelnikov are regular partners. He tries to get me with too. :p I take the caddy then, because walking isn’t my thing. Too boring to me. That’s why I try to hit a ball myself these days.”

So Hewitt isn’t suffering from his early defeat?
“Oh no”, Kim says. “Roland Garros doesn’t appeal much to an Australian. Lleyton feels far more connected with Wimbledon. Former Australian top tennis players were stars at the grass of Wimbledon: John Newcombe, Rod Laver. When Lleyton was still a kid, he was dreaming of taking a vacation in Wimbledon once...” :p

Kim doesn’t know yet when it will come to a marriage.
“We aren’t in a hurry”, she says. “We are so extremely busy now. You have to make time for a wedding. When it does come, I want to organise it all myself. Planning and arranging, I want to do that myself.”

Kim also says she’s crazy about kids. When this topic is mentioned, she radiates.
“O yes, I definitely want children. I have thirteen cousins. My hapiness is endless when I can babysit. But also in this matter we don’t want to hurry. Yes, there are examples of players who came back to the tour after a birth, but that are exceptions though.”

Lleyton Hewitt has a totally different public image than the always smiling Kim Clijsters. He seems to be stiff, rebellious, introverted.
“Other people have a totally wrong impression of him”, Kim corrects. “Lleyton is like the average Australian man: shy! He must be taken by the hand. :D Like that lead character in Crocodile Dundee who got lost everywhere when he arrived in Europe. But we understand each other well. We know who has to take the initiative at the right moment, without dominating each other.” :cool:

Kim admits that the pressure on the young couple is sometimes huge.
“That’s the prize of fame. We, for ourselves, are the most happy away from all the fuss. Together and anonymous. Sometimes of course we have obligations, but we don’t seek the spotlight. On the contrary, we aren’t raised like that. Glamour isn’t our thing.” :worship:
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Elke
Jun 6th, 2003, 10:57 AM
Kim Clijsters talks about love, marriage, kids and life....
Sometimes, I need to take him by his hand
Nieuwsblad, 5/6/03

(Most of it tis the same gooberish stuff, so I only translate the intro and a bit that wasn't said yet :))

A very open young woman, our Kim Clijsters, what begins with a simple question about Lleyton's loss ends with a conversation about marriage and kids. About how easy or difficult it is to maintain a relationship between two worldstars- she's not even 20 yet, he's just 22-, to enjoy love and each other. About the difference between image and real life. About her life and her dreams. Kim's got her priorities straight: "I adore kids and animals" And Lleyton of course: "We understand each other perfectly...."

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How is it for you to see Lleyton in the stands?
Wonderful. He's a excellent supporter. He knows tennis very well. Actually, I saw how he was dying on his seat when I lost that set to Maleeva.
.....
Lleyton and you are already an item since AO 2000. The Aussie press apparantly know you're planning to get married. True?
Nope, not at all. We now already live like a married couple.
.....
Some people sometimes say you're wearing the pants at home.
I wouldn't put it like that. We are just very complementary. When he won in Adelaide, he had to speech. His mom, who knows him even better as me, said: my son can't do that, he's gonna collapse. He is indeed very shy, I'm totally the other way around.
But there must be a lot of pression on you relationship?
Och, we're not that press-related. We don't want to be front page news. The most of all, we love to sit at home, jsut the two of us, watching a movie. Or go to the movies. We don't want all the attention.

KaseyL
Jun 6th, 2003, 11:04 AM
Thanks Elke for Het Nieuwsblad too! :kiss:

Great work, and this on your birthday! :hearts:


Think we have supplied our QG :hearts: with enough stuff to last a bit, no? ;)

Anyway LOL, I so can see Kim taking Lleyton by the hand to get him to do whatever she wants :D

pcabenojar
Jun 6th, 2003, 11:07 AM
Thanks so much Ingrid & Elke! I love it. :)

tournesol
Jun 6th, 2003, 11:35 AM
1000 thanks for the articles

thalle
Jun 6th, 2003, 12:28 PM
Thanks :worship::kiss:

~|Naomi|~
Jun 6th, 2003, 12:41 PM
Thanks to both of you :kiss: :kiss:

ikke
Jun 6th, 2003, 03:00 PM
Thanks a lot :worship:

kit
Jun 6th, 2003, 03:03 PM
Awww...thank you very much for the nice article:kiss:
I love all the Lleyki articles :hearts:

Hermione
Jun 6th, 2003, 03:52 PM
Merci Beaucoup! (In keeping with the FO spirit)

lleytnkim
Jun 6th, 2003, 05:51 PM
“It is such a reassuring feeling when I see him in the stands.”
:hearts: :hearts:
“Golf, golf, golf... if possible he’d do 32 holes each day”, :D Kim says.

“Henman and Kafelnikov are regular partners. He tries to get me with too. :p I take the caddy then, because walking isn’t my thing. Too boring to me. That’s why I try to hit a ball myself these days.”
Y2K and Henboy :o :rolleyes: Somebody please tell Lleyton to pick better partners :rolleyes:

LOL @ Lleyton for dragging Kim on the golf course :p ;)
“Roland Garros doesn’t appeal much to an Australian. Lleyton feels far more connected with Wimbledon.

When Lleyton was still a kid, he was dreaming of taking a vacation in Wimbledon once...” :p
I don't care for FO either. :p He better make some noise at Wimby :fiery: :devil:

:angel: :hearts:
“Lleyton is like the average Australian man: shy! He must be taken by the hand. :D Like that lead character in Crocodile Dundee who got lost everywhere when he arrived in Europe. But we understand each other well. We know who has to take the initiative at the right moment, without dominating each other.” :cool:
Lleyton gets lost in Europe :angel: Poor thing knows just one language-English. He prolly doesn't even know how to ask for directions. Not that he needs to or anything. I'm sure he has tons of people to help him :p
“That’s the prize of fame. We, for ourselves, are the most happy away from all the fuss. Together and anonymous. Sometimes of course we have obligations, but we don’t seek the spotlight. On the contrary, we aren’t raised like that. Glamour isn’t our thing.” :worship:

:worship: :worship:

Thanks Yoda and Elke :worship:

angele87
Jun 6th, 2003, 06:54 PM
OMG!!! *fans self* :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Thank you SO much to those who transalted all these articles :worship: :kiss:

ikke
Jun 6th, 2003, 07:16 PM
In the news there was another very cute quote off Kim. They talked about the fact that kim could win the doubles title on her birthday and that that would be the most beautiful present, but Kim said that that probably will come from lleyton :hearts: :hearts:
We are spoilt this week :p

lleytnkim
Jun 6th, 2003, 07:24 PM
In the news there was another very cute quote off Kim. They talked about the fact that kim could win the doubles title on her birthday and that that would be the most beautiful present, but Kim said that that probably will come from lleyton :hearts: :hearts:

:hearts: :angel: So true :angel: I wonder what would he give her other than the obvious :o :p ;)

Thanks Jules :kiss:

angele87
Jun 6th, 2003, 07:27 PM
In the news there was another very cute quote off Kim. They talked about the fact that kim could win the doubles title on her birthday and that that would be the most beautiful present, but Kim said that that probably will come from lleyton :hearts: :hearts:
We are spoilt this week :p
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

lleytnkim
Jun 6th, 2003, 07:32 PM
OMG!!! *fans self* :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
QG :p

*Kate*
Jun 7th, 2003, 04:07 AM
:hearts: :angel: So true :angel: I wonder what would he give her other than the obvious :o :p ;)

lmao! :o ;)

Those articles are adorable. :hearts: :hearts: Awww being nervous for Kim is cute. He plays golf with Henman and Kafelnikov wtf!? :p Loved the reference to Crocodile Dundee, clever Kim. It's true though, my friend came over from Melbourne for a visit and she was totally lost especially in California. :o :p

Hawk
Jun 7th, 2003, 04:30 AM
[B"Lleyton loves to play golf, if it were possible, he's play 32 holes every day! Me?? He tries to seduce me, but I'm not really a fan. (laughs) I only go with him if I may drive with the little car."

LMAO :D

He tries to seduce me...hmm..interesting choice of word there Kimmie :p

Aussie_Kim
Jun 7th, 2003, 04:41 AM
In the news there was another very cute quote off Kim. They talked about the fact that kim could win the doubles title on her birthday and that that would be the most beautiful present, but Kim said that that probably will come from lleyton :hearts: :hearts:
We are spoilt this week :p

I wonder what sort of present she was refering to there ;)
Kim, keep your mind on the final!! ;)

Aussie_Kim
Jun 7th, 2003, 04:51 AM
Lleyton Hewitt has a totally different public image than the always smiling Kim Clijsters. He seems to be stiff, rebellious, introverted.
“Other people have a totally wrong impression of him”, Kim corrects. “Lleyton is like the average Australian man: shy! He must be taken by the hand. :D Like that lead character in Crocodile Dundee who got lost everywhere when he arrived in Europe. But we understand each other well. We know who has to take the initiative at the right moment, without dominating each other.” :cool:
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How :hearts: :hearts:
I'm glad Kim knows when to take the lead & initiate. ;)
Thanks Ingrid & Elke for all the articles. :kiss: :kiss: They help calm my nerves before tonight. ;)

Kornelija
Jun 7th, 2003, 08:39 AM
OMG!!! Thank you so so much!!!

Ashie_87
Jun 7th, 2003, 10:41 AM
...*SmacK*collapses from being over-goobered (is that even a word?! :confused: ) OW!!! that hurt! :p STUPID POLISHED FLOORBOARDS! :fiery: thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!! :worship: :kiss: :kiss: and another :worship: for good measure!

kim&lleyton
Jun 7th, 2003, 07:54 PM
Thanx everybody for the great articles!!!

possie
Jun 8th, 2003, 12:18 AM
OMG!!! *fans self* :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

*Follows Angele's lead*

Wow.....GREAT articles!!! :hearts: :hearts:

Big hugs to all our translators :kiss: .

ikke
Jun 8th, 2003, 04:11 PM
Today they showed on France 2 some images of the players in the locker room during the 2 weeks of RG. And there was one about kim and lleyton and it was a kiss :bounce: :hearts: It was right before kim her match against Petrova, kim was playing with a ball (I think) and Lleyton was sitting on a chair, when she left for her match she gave lleyton a quick kiss :hearts:, it was cute!!!!

ikke
Jun 8th, 2003, 04:15 PM
Oh yeah, they also showed some pieces of interviews the players did (not the interviews that are on the RG site) and they said to lleyton that Rocky was his real idol and then they showed some pieces of Rocky and how lleyton "imitated" him on court and the last one was about Rocky who run to someone and said "I love you" and then they showed lleyton kissing kim at the Us open, it was nice to see lleyton his reaction, he just laughed real cute :p ;)

angele87
Jun 8th, 2003, 04:19 PM
Today they showed on Frans 2 some images of the players in the locker room during the 2 weeks of RG. And there was one about kim and lleyton and it was a kiss :bounce: :hearts: It was right before kim her match against Petrova, kim was playing with a ball (I think) and Lleyton was sitting on a chair, when she left for her match she gave lleyton a quick kiss :hearts:, it was cute!!!!
Awww :D :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

angele87
Jun 8th, 2003, 04:21 PM
Oh yeah, they also showed some pieces of interviews the players did (not the interviews that are on the RG site) and they said to lleyton that Rocky was his real idol and then they showed some pieces of Rocky and how lleyton "imitated" him on court and the last one was about Rocky who run to someone and said "I love you" and then they showed lleyton kissing kim at the Us open, it was nice to see lleyton his reaction, he just laughed real cute :p ;)
:hearts: :angel:

kit
Jun 8th, 2003, 08:35 PM
Awww :hearts: thanks Ikke!!
They're a nice couple.

Aussie_Kim
Jun 9th, 2003, 09:56 AM
Thanks Ikke :hearts:
I wanted Kim to win RG so she could climb up into stands & kiss Lleyton ;)

nm_cb
Jun 9th, 2003, 11:27 AM
On the Sunday sport news (Western Australia) they were introducing the French Open Final and they played Avril Lavigne's song I'm With You and they had Kim playing and Llayton standin up and cheering they flashed between the two. They played the part of the song that repeats I'm With You in an upbeat tempo.
It was very clever!

angele87
Jun 9th, 2003, 11:34 AM
On the Sunday sport news (Western Australia) they were introducing the French Open Final and they played Avril Lavigne's song I'm With You and they had Kim playing and Llayton standin up and cheering they flashed between the two. They played the part of the song that repeats I'm With You in an upbeat tempo.
It was very clever!
Cute :angel:

Lleykimmy1
Jun 9th, 2003, 11:35 AM
On the Sunday sport news (Western Australia) they were introducing the French Open Final and they played Avril Lavigne's song I'm With You and they had Kim playing and Llayton standin up and cheering they flashed between the two. They played the part of the song that repeats I'm With You in an upbeat tempo.
It was very clever!

Very nice :hearts:

kit
Jun 10th, 2003, 06:19 PM
On the Sunday sport news (Western Australia) they were introducing the French Open Final and they played Avril Lavigne's song I'm With You and they had Kim playing and Llayton standin up and cheering they flashed between the two. They played the part of the song that repeats I'm With You in an upbeat tempo.
It was very clever!
:hearts:

Hawk
Jun 10th, 2003, 06:42 PM
Aww how cute :angel:

I kinda wish they would do at least one photo shoot together :hearts: but I know they don't like that sort of stuff..oh well.

IzzaBellaUK
Jun 10th, 2003, 08:02 PM
WOW!!!!!1 I am an ENORMOUS Avril fan as you can tell from my sig and that brings a tear to my eye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Is there a video of it anywhere??

IzzaBellaUK
Jun 10th, 2003, 08:19 PM
Infact there are many tears in my eyes right now!!!!!!
I LOVE all you guys to pieces!!!!!!!!1
Marry me!!!

Hawk
Jun 11th, 2003, 02:59 AM
Infact there are many tears in my eyes right now!!!!!!
I LOVE all you guys to pieces!!!!!!!!1
Marry me!!!

LOL..that's the second time you've asked us all to marry you..if you're not careful someone might accept :eek: :p ;)

possie
Jun 11th, 2003, 06:21 AM
On the Sunday sport news (Western Australia) they were introducing the French Open Final and they played Avril Lavigne's song I'm With You and they had Kim playing and Llayton standin up and cheering they flashed between the two. They played the part of the song that repeats I'm With You in an upbeat tempo.
It was very clever!

I wish I could see it. Thanks for the info. Why isn't anything like this on the news in Sydney??????

Ashie_87
Jun 11th, 2003, 07:13 AM
Why isn't anything like this on the news in Sydney??????

cos all the news in Sydney is slack and doesnt want us Lleyki's to go all :hearts: :hearts: ...thats why! :p and they probably couldnt come up with an idea like that if they bashed their heads against a brickwall :rolleyes:

possie
Jun 11th, 2003, 07:17 AM
cos all the news in Sydney is slack and doesnt want us Lleyki's to go all :hearts: :hearts: ...thats why! :p and they probably couldnt come up with an idea like that if they bashed their heads against a brickwall :rolleyes:

Your from Sydney...right?

They should employ one of us Lleyki's....we'd show 'em!!!!!

Ashie_87
Jun 11th, 2003, 08:28 AM
yeh im from sydney, though you would neva tell cos i keep putting smart-ass comments in the location field of my profile :p
thats a really good idea! :worship: they should employ you n me! though i would have to ditch school....o well thats not the point-its furthering my experince in journalism! or so to speak...did i just confuse you?

yes they should employ us! :p

~|Naomi|~
Jun 11th, 2003, 08:44 AM
yeh im from sydney, though you would neva tell cos i keep putting smart-ass comments in the location field of my profile :p
thats a really good idea! :worship: they should employ you n me! though i would have to ditch school....o well thats not the point-its furthering my experince in journalism! or so to speak...did i just confuse you?

yes they should employ us! :p

Hey a QLD fan in Sydney :D Go QLD kick ass :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :p

nm_cb
Jun 11th, 2003, 10:28 AM
I don't think that there is a clip :(
I double checked and there is no clip, sorry.

Just imagine all the articles we will get when they get engaged and married :lick:

Lisbeth
Jun 12th, 2003, 04:57 AM
That's so gorgeous, great to see someone in Aus showing Lleyton's good side. I reckon when they get married then (assuming they get married in Belgium) when they arrive in Aus for their honeymoon they will need a police escort to get out of the airport!

Ashie_87
Jun 12th, 2003, 07:37 AM
Hey a QLD fan in Sydney :D Go QLD kick ass :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :p

yep im a QLD fan thru and thru! :p i wasnt born there but my dad used to play pro rugby so i was raised to love them. Although it IS rather hard to find other QLD fans in NSW..they really are few and far between! :)
:sad: QLD lost last night! :sad: that try that was ruled as not a try by Gorden Tallis was SO a try!!!! those video refs are just bias!!! i couldnt believe that!! i threw my english book at the tv when that happened! and it just so happened that one of the blues players was on the screen :p
(note to self-dont try doing homework while watching state of origin )

~|Naomi|~
Jun 12th, 2003, 08:25 AM
yep im a QLD fan thru and thru! :p i wasnt born there but my dad used to play pro rugby so i was raised to love them. Although it IS rather hard to find other QLD fans in NSW..they really are few and far between! :)
:sad: QLD lost last night! :sad: that try that was ruled as not a try by Gorden Tallis was SO a try!!!! those video refs are just bias!!! i couldnt believe that!! i threw my english book at the tv when that happened! and it just so happened that one of the blues players was on the screen :p
(note to self-dont try doing homework while watching state of origin )


Yep I'm sooo sad :sad: :sad: :sad: But QLD had soo many injuries it's amazing they didn't lose by more cause they must have been so buggerred at the end. I was screeming at the TV to, when Wing knoccked the ball on and NSW had like 3 or 4 forward passes I was so mad and then when they said Hegarty played at theball and that he hit it so NSW got the ball I was so angry. He didn't play at the ball :mad: Bill Harrigan is the worst referr in the whole world :devil: Anyway there is always the next game and I;m sure QLD will win, that is if they get rid of Ben Ikin, he is sooo crap :fiery:

~|Naomi|~
Jun 12th, 2003, 08:26 AM
yep im a QLD fan thru and thru! :p i wasnt born there but my dad used to play pro rugby so i was raised to love them. Although it IS rather hard to find other QLD fans in NSW..they really are few and far between! :)
:sad: QLD lost last night! :sad: that try that was ruled as not a try by Gorden Tallis was SO a try!!!! those video refs are just bias!!! i couldnt believe that!! i threw my english book at the tv when that happened! and it just so happened that one of the blues players was on the screen :p
(note to self-dont try doing homework while watching state of origin )


Yep I'm sooo sad :sad: :sad: :sad: But QLD had soo many injuries it's amazing they didn't lose by more cause they must have been so buggerred at the end. I was screeming at the TV to, when Wing knoccked the ball on and NSW had like 3 or 4 forward passes I was so mad and then when they said Hegarty played at theball and that he hit it so NSW got the ball I was so angry. He didn't play at the ball :mad: Bill Harrigan is the worst referr in the whole world :devil: Anyway there is always the next game and I;m sure QLD will win, that is if they get rid of Ben Ikin, he is sooo crap :fiery:

And QLD just have to win the next game, as I'm going to the third game so it has to be 1-1 not 2-0 to NSW ;)

keta
Jun 12th, 2003, 08:45 AM
I dont get rugby AT ALL! :p When we lived in Sydney i had no idea about the rules and i still dont. Im an AFL girl all the way! Sorry guys!

Ashie_87
Jun 12th, 2003, 09:11 AM
I dont get rugby AT ALL! :p When we lived in Sydney i had no idea about the rules and i still dont. Im an AFL girl all the way! Sorry guys!
lol thats ok...i like AFL too but thats my choice...i wasnt raised with it

Aussie_Kim
Jun 12th, 2003, 09:36 AM
On the Sunday sport news (Western Australia) they were introducing the French Open Final and they played Avril Lavigne's song I'm With You and they had Kim playing and Llayton standin up and cheering they flashed between the two. They played the part of the song that repeats I'm With You in an upbeat tempo.
It was very clever!

Damn I missed it. I was sleeping. (Tired from the nights final). ;)

kim&lleyton
Jun 12th, 2003, 12:00 PM
What's with all the shortcuts???

Micky
Jun 12th, 2003, 12:56 PM
On the Sunday sport news (Western Australia) they were introducing the French Open Final and they played Avril Lavigne's song I'm With You and they had Kim playing and Llayton standin up and cheering they flashed between the two. They played the part of the song that repeats I'm With You in an upbeat tempo.
It was very clever!

was this on chanel 10? because in Melbourne on Sports tonight on Sunday they had the same thing. it was very cute i thought :angel:

IzzaBellaUK
Jun 16th, 2003, 08:10 PM
LOL..that's the second time you've asked us all to marry you..if you're not careful someone might accept :eek: :p ;)

hmmmmmmmmm, perhaps they will.... JOKE!!!!!!!

angele87
Jun 21st, 2003, 11:01 PM
Nothing really new in this article but it's nice :)

A part of the family
By Alix Ramsay (Filed: 22/06/2003)


Richard Williams began with a plan more than 20 years ago. If he could teach his two baby daughters how to play tennis really well, then, in the fullness of time, his family could dominate the Grand Slam circuit. It was an ambitious scheme and, remarkably, it worked to a point. But Richard had not accounted for the small town of Bree in Belgium, the home of the greatest threat to his ideas of world domination.


When Kim Clijsters began her tennis career she had no great strategy and no set goals, yet she is now on the verge of usurping the Williams sisters. She has already muscled in between Serena at No 1 and third-ranked Venus in the rankings, reducing the chances of an all-Williams final as the Grand Slams come and go, and could overtake Serena at the top in the next couple of months.

Should she achieve that, she might be able to tell Richard a thing or two about total domination: her Australian boyfriend, Lleyton Hewitt, has been the men's No 1 for the past two years and, if she joins him at the top, they will be king and queen of all they survey. Not that Clijsters can quite believe it.

"You just have to pinch yourself," she said with a hint of embarrassment. "But it's amazing to see my name up there. Whenever I see Capriati, Davenport, Venus and Serena, I still look up to them. And being one of them, it's weird. I never look ahead and sort of say 'Let's try to be this high in the rankings in a few months'. I never think like that."

Since 2000 most of the women on the WTA tour have eyed Venus and Serena with a mixture of suspicion and awe. They were too big and too strong, and most of their opponents felt beaten before a ball had been struck. The girl without the long-term plan thought differently.

"I think that's wrong, to give up," she said. "You have to believe in yourself. In the beginning when Venus and Serena came on the tour, a lot of players were very intimidated because it was a completely different level. They've raised women's tennis a few steps higher. I think Venus and Serena made us work harder to stay up there." She shares her simple view of competition with Hewitt who, she says, plays only to win, regardless of the match or the event. The rankings and the trophies can take care of themselves.

"I think I'm the only player who plays without goals," she said. "It might sound stupid, but I think, for me, the most important thing is that I enjoy it. Once you start setting goals for yourself, then I think you're going to put yourself under too much pressure. "I wouldn't even think Lleyton has a goal. What he has reached is, I think, unbelievable. We don't talk about those sorts of things. I wouldn't have a clue about what he thinks but when he walks on the court, he just wants to win every match he plays."

She has learned, too, from Hewitt's approach to the big events. So, when she found herself in the final of the WTA tour championships at the end of last year, she knew what to expect.

"A year and a half ago I think my best level was similar to what it is now but I just couldn't keep it up long enough," she said. "In a lot of matches I won a set where I played really well and then just lost my game a little bit because I couldn't keep focus. But now it's just clicked and I've become more consistent."

Her relationship with Hewitt has given her a sense of routine as she travels the circuit. "It's made me a lot more mature," she said. "In the beginning it's hard because a lot of new things come with it, but now it's great.

"Tennis, for us, it's still a hobby. I don't see myself playing for longer than another five years and there is another life after that. I think you have to stay human.

"I couldn't just live in a hotel room all the time and just be with my coach, just focus on the tennis the whole time. I think that's why we've both been going so well, it's the fact that we have other things to focus on, not just the tennis."

It does appear that Kim is the one in charge at home, though. She is trying to educate Hewitt in the ways of healthy eating and natural healing while, regarding the house she is having built in Bree, she is the one making the decisions.

Her one concession to her other half is the lack of carpets. "Lleyton's got a lot of allergies and I have some allergies," she said. "I'm not a big fan of all the house dust-mites." The house is another stage in the growing-up process and, so far, it seems to be an exciting phase even if there is a nagging doubt that this could be quite a responsibility. "I can't believe it's my actual house," she said. "It's like a new step in my life, to go and live by myself in a few months. I'll have to be a lot more responsible - that's what my dad said." But living in the same street as her parents and grandmother, she will never be too far from home.

Wimbledon, too, provides the family atmosphere she craves as she, Hewitt and the two sets of parents all share a house together. Since she reached the girls' final in 1998, she has been in love with SW19. "That will sort of grow with me, I think," she said. "It's probably my favourite Grand Slam."

Inheriting her mother's agility (she was a gymnast) and her father's strength (he was a footballer), Clijsters has the beating of almost anybody. She has done for both the Williams sisters in the past 18 months yet, as The Championships approach, she is making no predictions.

But, as the pressure mounts on Serena Williams to defend her Grand Slam titles, this could be Clijsters's best chance to make her move - and she just doesn't want to think about it. It may not sound like much of a plan, but it might just work.

Elke
Jun 21st, 2003, 11:08 PM
Thanks :angel:e, nice article!:D

Ashie_87
Jun 22nd, 2003, 08:36 AM
lol nice-thanks :kiss: :worship:

kit
Jun 22nd, 2003, 08:12 PM
Thanks Angele :kiss:

Majo
Jun 22nd, 2003, 08:18 PM
thanks for the article Angèle!!! :kiss: :worship:

Elleke
Jun 23rd, 2003, 11:10 AM
thanks :D

Pinkie
Jun 24th, 2003, 03:36 AM
I guess this could also go in the Lleyton thread...

From The Age, June 24

Lleyton told to loosen apron strings

Lleyton Hewitt should loosen ties with his parents and "become his own man", former Wimbledon champion Ashley Cooper said today.

Speaking after the defending champion's shock first round defeat at Wimbledon, Cooper described the 22-year-old's family circumstance as "not a healthy situation for him".

"I think it's too much of a pressure cooker," Cooper told ABC radio.

"The fact that his mother and father travel with him constantly and are even present when he practices, I think ... there's a buildup of tension there.

"I, quite frankly, would like to see him loosen the family strings a bit now and become his own man."

Cooper, who won the Wimbledon singles crown in 1958, said Pat Rafter was a calming influence on Hewitt when he was still on the tour.

"I think Lleyton was a better player then than he is now," Cooper said.

"From what I've seen probably he needs somebody like Pat to calm him down and he hasn't got it at the moment."

He felt Hewitt should look more to Belgian girlfriend Kim Clijsters than parents Glynn and Cherilyn for support.

"I think that if Lleyton gets away from the family a bit and gets influenced by Kim a bit more, I think he might settle down," Cooper said.

Hewitt went down to Croatian qualifier Ivo Karlovic, ranked 203 in the world and playing his first grand slam match, 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-4.

It was only the second time in Wimbledon history and the first since the Open era began in 1968 that the defending champion had lost in the first round.

duck
Jun 28th, 2003, 01:39 PM
I've just seen this in the Wimbledon thread but it may as well go here too. Apologies if you've read it already.

Dominant Clijsters keen to keep date with Venus
By Robert Philip (Filed: 28/06/2003)
Daily Telegraph

It is safe to presume that when Kim Clijsters returns from work to the rented house near Wimbledon Common she shares with boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt, the conversation might go something like this: "Coooeee, I'm home, hon."

"Oh, hi, doll."

"Did you have a good day?"

"Hmmm, so-so."

"Well, what did you get up to, then, when I was out working?"

"You were out working? What the hell do you call dusting, doing the dishes, shopping, ironing your ruddy tennis whites, not to mention slaving over a hot stove so there's a bowl of Belgian mussels on the table to greet you?"

"Don't get crotchety, darling, at least I'm bringing in some money."

"Listen, here, Sheila, what did I earn last year? $4,619,386, that's what. And what did you bring in? A piffling 1.7 million, so if anyone's not pulling their weight around here, it ain't me babe."

"Look, Lleyton, it's not my fault you chose to lose to what's-his-name in the first round. You haven't even asked me how I got on today."

"Do you mind? I'm trying to watch EastEnders. It's a really exciting bit; I think Alfie and Kat are finally getting it together."

Ah, yes, although it is hard to imagine any hard-talking, hard-living Aussie male cast in the role of 'house husband', as far as Wimbledon 2003 is concerned, Kim Clijsters is undoubtedly the dominant partner in this particular relationship. Whereas Lleyton Hewitt gained notoriety by becoming only the second defending men's singles champion to surrender his title on the Centre Court on the opening day (following in the despondent footsteps of Manuel Santana in 1967), his inamorata continues her serene progress towards a scheduled semi-final contest with Venus Williams and, possibly, beyond.

A 6-1, 6-2 victory over American Samantha Reeves secured the No 2 seed's presence in Monday's fourth round, reaffirming the belief that if anyone can end the Williams sisters' three-year grip on the trophy, then it is Clijsters or her Belgian compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne, to whom she lost in last month's French Open final at Roland Garros.

While even the top-ranked men are under threat from the likes of 'what's-his-name' (Ivo Karlovic, as it happens) from day one on grass, the first week of Wimbledon tends to be a series of yawns on the lawns for the leading women contenders and Clijsters has now won three matches for the loss of a mere seven games.

Ranked 114th in the world, Reeves is not even the most famous sports celebrity in her home town of Redwood City, California - that mantle belonging to speedskater Eric Heiden, winner of five gold medals at the 1980 Winter Olympics. She departed Court No 1 as anonymously as she arrived after a limp display despite, as is her wont, listening to techno music on her Walkman in the dressing room to, as she puts it, "pump me up". Pump her up? I would have hated to watch the lass if her preferred musical choice had been easy listening, for Reeves does everything at . . . a . . . snail's . . . pace . . . only . . . slower.

In contrast to Clijsters, who bounced out of her chair at the changeovers like a boxer eager to renew hostilities prior to the sound of the bell, Reeves luxuriated in each and every second of her allotted time, then strolled indolently to the baseline, where she would routinely reject the first four balls proffered by the ball girl before grudgingly accepting the fifth, then bouncing chosen ball 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 times in preparation for actually serving.

Despite her pulverisation of Reeves (who, after taking a 2-0 lead in the second set won but eight more points in the last six games), there is a feeling in the locker room that Clijsters, winner of the Women's Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award for the past two years, may be too 'nice' to win Wimbledon, that despite her world No 2 ranking and having reached the final of the French Open in 2001 and 2003, she lacks the necessary 'mean streak' to become a champion.

"Kim's an absolute poppet," confirms one veteran observer of the women's tour. "The nicest person - male or female - in tennis." How nice? After one match at Roland Garros she ambled into the press bar "just in case any Belgian reporters are looking for me". Given the fact most tennis players would don fake glasses, beard and adopt a Groucho Marx walk to avoid being recognised by us hacks, it is easy to see why Clijsters spreads sunshine wherever she roams.

So by what pet-name does Lleyton really refer to the light of his life behind closed doors? "Well, it used to be Beauty," explains Clijsters bashfully, "but then I bought an English bulldog puppy and called her Beauty, so he'll need to come up with something new." Although 'Demolition Woman' lacks the required romantic ring, Clijsters offered no apologies for a third successive quickfire victory. "Before the match, I set myself a certain standard and I fulfilled my expectations. Samantha's a tricky opponent so I wanted to play as near my best as possible."

If Clijsters does lack a 'mean streak', she could be vulnerable on Monday when she meets her best friend on the tour and regular doubles partner Ai Sugiyama, the Japanese 13th seed. "It's always difficult playing against such a close friend," she conceded. "I led Ai by a set and 5-2 at Scottsdale and lost so I will have to step up another gear. Ai can play unbelievably well when the mood is on her, so I know she will make me work for every single point. I want Ai to win every match she plays, except against me, of course." And do the two chums chat on court? "We might say 'well played' or 'good shot', but I certainly won't be asking her opinion on world affairs out there."

Memo to Lleyton Hewitt: just in case your beloved does return home with the trophy a week today, better stick down some metal polish on your shopping list.