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He pulled out of Stockholm open with an 'injury' after the tournament had started, despite getting the private jet he demanded to show up.

There goes all my respect (which wasn't all that much) for him.
 

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I have never liked Hewitt <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Hewitt is not like the Williams sisters!!!!! He's a real fighter, and although I don't like him very much, he's a terrific player. <br />He probably doesn't want to take any risks for the the Masters.
 

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You don't like him though he just did what the Williams sisters have been doing for a long time?

People withdraw from tournaments. What has been pushed to the background is that Chang and another player also withdrew late. Does anyone care? No. They only want to punish Lleyton Hewitt because he's Lleyton Hewitt.
 

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Just as Williams are always punished for being Williams.

Per4, I see that your opinion of the Williams isn't very high. Who are you to say that both Champions aren't fighters. I think they prove you wrong everytime they step on a tennis court.
 

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<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport/hi/english/tennis/newsid_1616000/1616706.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport/hi/english/tennis/newsid_1616000/1616706.stm</a>

<font size=3>Hewitt defends Swedish withdrawal<br /></font>

<br />Hewitt could face a hefty fine<br />US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt has said the injury that forced him out of the Stockholm Open was legitimate. <br />The Australian said he would prefer to pay a fine for his late withdrawal rather than play below his best.

Hewitt's coach said the event's first seed had a back problem and was pulling out of his scheduled first-round match against Spain's David Sanchez.

He could be fined as much as $50,000 (£35,000 ) for not playing in the event.

"I've never begun a tournament that I didn't think I could finish just to receive a guarantee - and I'm not going to start now," Hewitt said in a statement.

"I will get fined for pulling out this week, but I would rather pay it than be unprofessional and compete in a tournament when I'm not physically able to give it my all."

Hewitt is second in the ATP's 2001 Champions Race and could have overtaken Gustavo Kuerten if results had gone his way this week.

Other late withdrawals from the Stockholm Open include former champion Todd Martin, Pat Rafter and Michael Chang. <br />
 

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Venus and Serena are not fighters and they certainly are two of the worse players in the history of tennis. (What does that say about the other players?)

Anyway per4 implied it so it must be so. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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They always come out and hate, on the one who is winning <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

If Hewitt says he is injury, I have no reason to disbeleive him. He doesn't have a history of pulling out of tournaments, and he isn't all the injury prone to begin with. No one else has reasons to disbeleive him either, aside from personal bias against him <img src="mad.gif" border="0">

Regardless, he is likely saving himself for the masters, and Davis Cup.

I don't see why the comparison to Venus and SErena was made though...the situations are very different. WEll the circumstances are anyhow..

IN all due respect... its kind of hypocritical to defend Venus and Serena for this, but blame Hewitt. Personally I beleive all three, and hope all players do what is right for them. They don't owe e anything <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Committments are there to be honored. Top tennis players earn several millions each year, so it's their damn obligation to play tennis even when they feel a little bad.

(On monday, Hewitt was feeling FINE. Too much humping around with Kim that night perhaps?)
 

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I respect the Williamssisters as players. They are incredibly talented, and they show terrific tennis. But in some cases I don't agree with their acting on the circuit: forfaiting for a tournament, giving up against eachother...

May be there's nothing about it, but I honestly doubt about that.
 

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What ever happened to the word committment? Stockholm has been touting Hewitt for a year! And then he pulls out at the last second. It's ridiculous. Why aren't these players suspended from the tour when they do this? There is alot to admire about Lleyton Hewitt. His desire and hunger to win are unmatched. But If he is so worried about his crowded schedule, he shouldn't have scheduled to play Stockholm in the first place. By the way, Hewit, with his "injured" back, is on his way to see his girlfriend Kim Clijsters play in Luxembourg. Is sitting in the crowd good for his back? I don't think so.
 

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smygelfh : how do you know if Hewitt was fine or not?<br />He had a lot at stake in not playing this week. Had he played, he had a good shot to over take Gustavo Kuerten at the top of the rankings.<br />Now he might not get to do it...time will tell. But if Guga has a great week, then he could go into the Masters with a monsterous lead.

Players have obligations, yes. However, players should not play themselves into nothing, because of those obligations. They have to take care of their bodies too. The athletes body and health, is their most important asset. They can't mess with that, if they want to continue their success.

Hewitt just came off of a 17 match win streak. I don't find it unbeleivable at all that his back is bothering him. Furthermore, I give him props for doing his best to put his success on hold (the chance to overtake Guga), in order to be rested up for the Davis Cup, so that he can do his best for his country.
 

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Shame on Venus for resting her wrist this week, in hopes of winning the BIG end of the year Championships next week. Why lets just beat her with a loaf of stale bread why don't we. <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />

[ October 24, 2001: Message edited by: Big Lindsay ]</p>
 

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From Hewitt

"I've never begun a tournament that I didn't think I could finish just to receive a guarantee - and I'm not going to start now," Hewitt said in a statement.<br /> <hr></blockquote>

I'm not a fan, but I definitely agree with hewitte here.. What a smart boy/man... <br />Tons of players have withdrawn on both sides of the fence recently. Agassi, Mauresmo, Dokic, Capriati, Hingis, both Williamses, I think Kim pulled out one week. Why? Because it's late in the season and everyone is BEAT!

"Hewitt is not like the Williams sisters- he's a real fighter and terrific tennis player" <hr></blockquote>

Have you looked to see what tennis player- male or female- has WON the most money this year? That's "WON", not "earned via endorsements. The last time I checked it was Venus Williams, so to me she is a hellava fighter and tennis player, her Lil sis is not doing too badly herself <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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UH HELLO??

BUT HEWITT DOES NOT DO A "WILLIAMS"!

1. HE HAS NOT WON 5 SLAMS!<br />2.HE HAS NOT BEAT UP ON TOP DOUBLES PLAYERS AND WON SLAM TITLES.<br />3.HE HAS NOT WON ANY OLYMPIC MEDALS.<br />4.HE HAS NOT KICKED THE TOP TEN'S ASS IN TENNIS THIS YEAR.

5.HE HAS NOT MADE US. OPEN HISTORY BY PLAYING THE FINALS WITH HER SISTER.<br />6.HE HAS NOT MADE THE FRONT PAGE OF TENNIS MAGAZINE THIS WEEK.

7.SO THERE!!! <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> AND TALK TO THE HAND..!
 
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