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|Mar 8th, 2003 01:10 AM|
|~|Naomi|~||Thankyou SOOOOOO much to everyone who worked on this article it was really very good|
|Mar 8th, 2003 12:43 AM|
|Lien||Thanks everyone for translating this article. Really enjoyed reading it!|
|Mar 7th, 2003 09:43 PM|
|possie||Thanks everyone.....really enjoyed reading it..even if we were kept waiting in suspense alot|
|Mar 7th, 2003 08:11 PM|
Thanx for all the work people!
I wish I bought that magazine.
|Mar 7th, 2003 08:09 PM|
|kit||A big thank you to you Ingrid and co. for the interview!!!I like the interview it's very interesting!!So thank you very much for all the work!!!|
|Mar 7th, 2003 04:31 PM|
Originally Posted by KaseyL
|Mar 7th, 2003 04:20 PM|
You have made up for all your wickedness Ingrid!
Re taxes, this is just an opinion now but Lei obv wants to see Kim as financially secure as possible and the quickest way to do that is to cut her tax bill. Possibly if Kim does live and bring her children up in Australia the benefits of those taxes might not accrue to her and her children in terms of childcare, healthcare etc.
Obv Ll is not short of money either but Lei clearly wants Kim to have a substantial private income for the rest of her life and his thoughts may be that short-term displeasure (hopefully short anyway) expressed by the public might be worth the long term financial gains,especially as Kim is not qualified to do anything outside of tennis.
If (God forbid) she does not win a GS or two her future, post-tennis, might be difficult. Lei doesn't want that but at the same time he doesn't to want to maximize her endorsement income because it will detract from her tennis. He seems to be in a bit of a cleft stick if you ask me: he needs to accumulate as much money as he can for Kim over a short period of time, he can't use endorsements and replying on prizemoney is hard because we don't know how long Kim will sustain this level or whether her shoulder injury will reoccur.
Just fixing the typos and trying to make it clearer!
|Mar 7th, 2003 04:01 PM|
|KaseyL||and Kim with Lei:|
|Mar 7th, 2003 03:57 PM|
|Mar 7th, 2003 03:54 PM|
I had promised to post the scans from the magazine, so here we go:
(note: these aren't all the pics that came with the interview, btw no new pics either)
|Mar 7th, 2003 03:51 PM|
Originally Posted by Hawk
It therefore wouldn't be wise for Kim to adopt another nationality and thus loosing her Belgian citizenship... as long as she isn't married. One never knows what might happen and then she would have to go through the whole administrative procedure mess before becoming a Belgian again.
And only a Belgian citizen can play for Belgium, of course.
|Mar 7th, 2003 03:36 PM|
|Hawk||Can you have duel citizenship in Belgium? Would she be allow to move to another country but keep her citizenship and still play for Belgium?|
|Mar 7th, 2003 02:49 PM|
One other comment I'd like to make about this interview:
I'm quite a bit surprised that nobody made any comments in here about some of its contents, esp. when Lei talks about trying to convince Kim to leave Belgium...
quite frankly, although I can understand him from his point of view, I have a bit of a question mark re that quote... Leaving one's country just for the sake of paying less taxes (and because of being sort of fed up with certain people/treatments there), just for going to live somewhere like in Monaco or Florida where you don't know anyone, have no friends, really... just my opinion. Don't see how that could make Kim happy. And I certainly don't see Lleyton doing it.
|Mar 7th, 2003 02:38 PM|
Part 5 and last part of the interview
translated by Mark (aka Lynx), ed. by Marly and Ingrid
Humo: While in America with Kim, did you experience how hard life at the top can be?
Lei: ‘You always have to keep your eyes and ears open. The night after the Masters Kim stayed in Los Angeles, because the plane for Amsterdam wasn't leaving before 11AM Tuesday morning anyway. The next morning at 9 AM there was a doping test. That's okay with us... but later I discovered that four players - including two American girls - had already checked out the evening before. That, also, is top sport.
Kim is easy going and doesn’t have a suspicious eye, and I cannot be present at such tests to check if procedures are followed correctly. Although I think it's wonderful of her to try to stay who she is under all circumstances, she's got to realize that behind every corner there may be somebody who wants to frame her.
You can see some girls on tour change dramatically in six months, but we won't take any risks. A year ago everybody was talking about creatine. ‘Can't hurt,’ some doctors were saying. But others warned us that this stuff could block your kidneys after seven, eight years. ‘Don't touch it’, I told her.
Translated by Annick (aka Nicky), ed. Ingrid and Marly:
Humo: You could also wonder why Kim is staying in Australia so often and for such a long time. A lot of sporters go to Australia to escape unannounced drugtests.
Lei: ‘What nonsense. Let them check all tennis players for EPO and whatever else they check on, we are not afraid of that. Kim wants to play tennis in a normal way; if there is something she does NOT want to be, it’s a machine that is programmed to win as many tournaments as possible. After all, her boyfriend is Australian, and the weather over there is supposed to be heavenly at this time of year – these are the only reasons why she’s there so often.’
Humo: When she quits tennis later on, won’t you have to coach her as well? Probably a lot of the attention she is getting now will drop, and she might need you even more at that time.
Lei: ‘I do not immediately see any problems with that. Physically she might be able to continue until she is 30, but I can’t see her doing that. Lately her joints hurt terribly. And she’s getting fed up with all the travelling.’
Humo: Sabine Appelmans is still looking for what exactly to do since she quit. And Kim will have received a 100 times more attention than Appelmans. Don’t you underestimate it?
Lei: ‘No, I quit football without any problem as well.’
Humo: With all due respect, you only played for KV Mechelen. Your daughter is quickly becoming a world star.
Lei: ‘Okay. But I know her, and she really will be able to live without all the attention. We prefer not to have all those cameras around.
Humo: Centre Court or a small outside court, it doesn’t matter to her?
Lei: ‘Basically, no. On the other hand, I do not think she still would want to be n° 40 in the rankings. She would have stopped by then.
Her long term purpose is to be able to raise her kids in all serenity, without tennis. Perhaps in 3 years time we might already be there.’
Humo: As far as tennis is concerned, does she look any further than 2005?
Lei: ‘I think that will be it for her, yes. Recently we had a company with a sponsoring proposal for 5 years, but I declined. If she can maintain this level for another 3 years, she will have enough money to last her a lifetime. And then it’s up to her to decide whether she wants to continue her life here or in Australia.
I think Lleyton has the same plans.’
Humo: Do you have faith in their relationship?
Lei: ‘Pfff, I cannot comment on that. Of every 4 people I meet nowadays, 3 are divorced. So: let those two find out for themselves whether they are made for each other.’
Humo: Perhaps it’s good that she is with somebody from the tennis world. An ordinary boy from Bree wouldn’t be able to understand her way of life.
Lei: ‘Says who? I’ve noticed that Kim and Lleyton benefit a lot from each others company during the slams and the other tournaments where men and women play at the same time. That is the most important thing for now.
Of course everything that happens between them is hyped up, but she realises that very well. Tennis is a sport in which one wins and one loses, where you cannot hide. That’s why the emotions are often so extreme.’
Humo: Talking about extremes: a short while ago you suggested to use bodyguards for Kim’s protection at certain moments.
Lei: ‘I’m not saying this for no reason. Last year a guy constantly called the organisers of the Antwerp tournament to ask a seat right behind Kim Clijsters. He only quit doing that after the police became involved. Half a year later it’s Fed Cup in Ukkel, and I see the players and the fans walking in the same area. At such times my heart starts beating 5 times faster. Also out of rage for the clumsy organisation, yes.
The worst happened last year after the final in Leipzig, when I suddenly lost her in the masses. Maybe we are overreacting in the tennis circuit after what happened to Seles, but I prefer to take my precautions.’
Humo: Finally: are you prepared for her first Grand Slam victory – maybe even this week? [note : interview during AO]
Lei: ‘I do not prepare for anything. Even if she were to win, I do not think it would be as bad as 2 years ago, after that dramatic final against Capriati at Roland Garros. I think people have gotten used to her winning a lot.
No, I will not leave for Australia, not even if she plays the final. The climate is far too hot for me, and my television has a purpose. People say I’m always hiding, but I am not allowed to sit in the sunshine, because I had skin cancer in the past.’
Humo: Don’t you want to be there if she wins her first Slam?
Lei: ‘The most important thing is that in a couple of days I will finally see her again after 3 months. I hope to do that in peace and quiet, but if she wins, she will be claimed next week again by 200 people and she’ll have to make appearances everywhere. Sometimes I hope and dream that other Belgian sporters can take over from us for a year or so. And then we all can get some rest over here.’
END OF THE INTERVIEW
Again, thanks Mark, Annick and Marly for all their efforts in making this translation possible!
I hope everyone has enjoyed reading this long and good interview. I think this is one of the few that offers such an insight in the life of a top tennis player.
|Mar 6th, 2003 03:55 PM|
Thanks to all the people who helped to do those traductions ! Special thanks to you Ingrid, the queen of suspense !!
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