Since there are no new Lleyton articles, I'll post a few old ones from my collection
These are the daily editorials written by Alan Jones from the 2GB talkback radio in Australia. He loves Lleyton
LLEYTON HEWITT 2 September 2002
(After Lleyton's match vs corncob at USO)
You have to wonder what's up with people about Lleyton Hewitt.
There is no doubt that he is the number one in the world on merit.
He beat that brilliant young American, James Blake.
But Hewitt won - Blake didn't lose.
Hewitt was absolutely brilliant under extreme pressure.
Yet his match didn't go on CBS Television at Prime Time.
They put Martina Hingis and Amanda Coetzer and Jennifer Capriati and Meghann Shaughnessy.
But News Day newspaper said at the weekend that Hewitt had been called "Satan" in Australian newspapers.
That he was "better known for his tantrums than titles".
Where are these people getting all this from?
Is there a campaign somewhere to discredit this kid.
I have never read anywhere where Lleyton Hewitt has been called Satan, and he certainly isn't.
He is a competitor.
A thoroughly decent young fellow who has achieved extraordinary success at the age of 21.
Done things that others haven't done.
It's time that we embraced the young man for the success that he is.
And stop telling the world how to rubbish him.
LLEYTON HEWITT 9 September 2002
(After Lleyton lost to DH in the semis of USO)
I thought Lleyton Hewitt was magnificent yesterday.
Agassi was outstanding, but Hewitt couldn't buy a serve for love or money. (No kidding!
And yet he's taken Agassi at his best right to the wire.
It's interesting that when he was made number 1 at the end of last year, many thought he wouldn't last.
But the dominance of Hewitt is best explained by the rankings points.
Hewitt has 5,205 points.
He'll lose some now because he was beaten in the semi-final.
But the second highest player from today is Tommy Haas, with 2,945 points.
In other words Haas is 2,260 points behind Hewitt.
You go back to 1994 where Sampras held a record 2,412 point lead over second-ranked player Michael Stich.
But not since then, 1994, has a number one player had a bigger break.
By the end of the year Hewitt will still be number one.
And that means he'll have held it for 59 consecutive weeks.
That puts him seventh on the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors, 160 weeks.
And one ahead of the great John McEnroe.
So he's already the most dominant player on the ATP rankings since Peter Sampras eight years ago.
He's only the third Australian behind John Newcombe and Patrick Rafter to be ranked number one since the ATP ranking system was introduced in 1973.
No Australian ever has been number one for so long.
And if he remains at number one until the end of the year, he will have been 59 consecutive weeks number one, behind Jimmy Connors 160: Ivan Lendl 157: Sampras 102: Connors 84, Sampras 82, Lendl 80 and then Hewitt.
That's consecutive weeks at number one.
And if he remains number one till the end of the year, he will then have only Sampras, Lendl, Connors, McEnroe, Borg, Agassi and Edberg ahead of him.
John Newcombe was only number one in the world for eight weeks.
Patrick Rafter for one.
This kid by year's end will be there for 59 weeks and still going strong.
Who's going to catch him?
And he's over 2000 points ahead of the number 2 player in the world.
LLEYTON HEWITT 23 September 2002
(After the Adelaide DC tie)
Well, it's said that corporate sponsors are circling the world number one tennis sensation Lleyton Hewitt who last week became one of the biggest money makers in Australian sporting history after signing a new racquet deal.
He signed a multi million dollar endorsement with the Japanese manufacturer Yonex to continue using their racquets until 2005.
He's 21 years of age.
He's won the Wimbledon championship, last year's US championship.
He's sponsored by Nike whose five year contract is worth 30 million.
Yonnex is shelling out about 10 million as part of its latest sponsorship deal.
He's reportedly pocketed about 10 million in prize money and bonuses last year.
It's a long way since his win in the Australian hardcourt championship in Adelaide in January 1998 at the age of 16.
But the wonderful thing about this young bloke is he doesn't own a car and he doesn't own a house.
He's still utterly unpretentious.
But he's done it all at 21.
Andre Agassi hadn't won a grand slam till he was 22.
He was 24 before he won his second.
John Newcombe was number one in the world for eight weeks, Patrick Rafter for one.
At year's end, this kid will be number one for 59 weeks.
With respect, this is Tiger Woods stuff.
And just on Lleyton Hewitt, he can do anything.
He was outstanding in the doubles in the Davis Cup at the weekend when he combined with Todd Woodbridge to beat the Indians in straight sets.
That means that Australia stays in the world group and will compete for its 28th Davis Cup next year, rather than being consigned to the qualification group for at least a year.
It was the first time Hewitt and Woodbridge have combined in doubles in Australia.
And Woodbridge said they'd look to partner each other again to consolidate the combination.
He's a good player.
Mind you, Hewitt won a US doubles championship when he was about 18 playing with Max Mirny.
And of course Australia were helped with the absence of the Indian Davis Cup doubles star Mahesh Bhupathi who pulled out before the tie.
His replacement Vishal Uppal was the only player to drop serve once in the first set and twice in the third.
But all focus on Lleyton Hewitt.
Does he ever play badly?
LLEYTON AGAIN 18 November 2002
(After the Masters Cup Shanghai win )
Lleyton Hewitt is absolutely remarkable.
There's nothing else that you could say about him.
He's earnt 2.4 million Australia dollars for winning the Masters for the second successive year.
But how he won it.
He was gone for all money.
He won the first two sets and they were tight.
He was hammered in the second two by a brilliant Juan Carlos Ferrero.
And then Ferrero got the break in the third.
But the 68 kilogram Lleyton ran until he dropped.
So did Ferrero run until he dropped.
If you can see this again, you must.
It is unbelievable stuff.
Lleyton trailed in the first set and won it.
He trailed in the fifth set after being hammered in the third and fourth.
Lleyton was on the ropes.
But he just never gives up.
He rallied and rallied and rallied.
He ran and ran and ran.
It's remarkable stuff.
I'm not too sure when, in the past, at 21 years of age, anyone has been as good!
LLEYTON HEWITT 18 November 2002
He was born on February 24, 1981 which means he's still only 21.
He weighs 67 kgs.
He won the US Open last year, Wimbledon this year.
He was ranked number 1 last year: he's ranked number 1 this year.
There are only six other tennis players who have been twice or more times, consecutively ranked number 1.
Jimmy Connors was number 1 in 74, 75, 76, 77 and 78.
Bjorn Borg in 79 and 80.
McEnroe in 80, 81, 82, 83 and 84.
Lendl in 85, 86 and 87.
Lendl made it again in 89 but in 88 it was Mats Wilander.
Stefan Edberg in 90 and 91.
Pete Sampras in 93, 94, 95, 96, 97 and 98.
And now Lleyton in 2001, 2002.
But he's the youngest of them all.