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He unable for play the Hopman Cup and also, maybe the Australian Open as well! <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

That what my mother told me that she heard on radio today!
 

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Oh my...Chicken pox?...even though i don't like him...get well lleyton!

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I don't think that's official yet. He had a high temperature and some kind of fever but they don't know if it's chicken pox. Hopefully not!
 

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Get well soon Lleyton! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

I just hope he didn't infect the other player (especially Kim). Imagine 16 top players not playing cos they have chicken pox! <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
 

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OMG! What a bad time to get it. <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> I don't think chickenpox will disrupt him from playing the Aussie Open. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> I hope not. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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There is a bit on it in here:

Italy upsets top-seeded Americans <br />AP Photo

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January 2, 2002

<br />PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Francesa Schiavone and David Sanguinette beat their highly favored American opponents Wednesday to give Italy a winning 2-0 lead in their round-robin match at the Hopman Cup tennis tournament.

Schiavone, who beat No. 5-ranked Kim Clijsters two days earlier, overcame a hamstring injury to upset Monica Seles 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 and give Italy a 1-0 lead.

Sanguinette then beat Jan Michael Gambill 7-6 (1), 6-3. Seles and Gambill came back to win the mixed doubles 6-1, 6-3 to make the final margin 2-1.

The top-seeded Americans and Italy both have 1-1 records in Group A. The Americans likely will need to beat Belgium on Friday to qualify from Group A in Saturday's final.

Lleyton Hewitt, the world's No. 1-ranked player, ignored a high fever to win his singles match and then combined with Australian teammate Alicia Molik to beat Argentina. After his second match, he broke out in spots and tournament officials said Hewitt was undergoing tests to determine whether he has chicken pox.

Hewitt tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Mariano Zabaleta after Molik was beaten 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4 by Paola Suarez in a Group B match.

Hewitt and Molik lost the first set of the mixed doubles but came back for a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 win, including a 10-7 margin in the deciding third-set super tiebreaker, to take the match 2-1, Australia's second straight win.

On Thursday, Australia will play Spain, also 2-0, with the winner advancing from Group B to Saturday's final.

Hewitt started sluggishly and was broken in his first service game, but it was the only time he dropped his service during the match.

``I don't feel great, that's no secret,'' said Hewitt, who received treatment from a doctor on Wednesday morning after falling ill overnight.

Chicken pox is usually more serious when contracted as an adult, meaning Hewitt's Australian Open appearance beginning Jan. 14 could be in jeopardy.


Suarez struggled with Molik's powerful serve in the first set of the women's singles, but took control in the tiebreaker when the 20-year-old struggled to return serve.

Molik fought back in the second but in the third, Suarez broke her serve in the third game before trading service games to win the match.
 

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OMG! What are you implying Ausboy? <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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PERTH, Australia, Jan 3 (Reuters) - World number one Lleyton Hewitt has been sidelined by chicken pox just 11 days before the start of the Australian Open.

The 20-year-old has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup in Perth after extensive tests revealed he has the virus, officials said on Thursday.

Hewitt is due to be the top seed at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year at Melbourne Park from January 14-27.

Hewitt's girlfriend women's world number five Kim Clijsters does not have the disease, having already suffered from it as a child, officials said.

Hewitt was seen by Hopman Cup tournament doctor Peter Steele and infectious diseases specialist Miles Beamon on Wednesday.

Early test results released on Thursday morning suggested he did not have chicken pox but later results proved positive.

"Lleyton is suffering the effects of a viral infection and needs to rest up for a few days," Dr Steele said.

Dr Steele is confident Hewitt will be able to take part in Melbourne, but the enforced rest period could play havoc with his Open preparation.

FEELING UNWELL

Hewitt suffered from fever on Tuesday night and woke up with spots the next morning. He later said that he had been feeling unwell for the last few days.

His manager John McCurdy initially said he hoped Hewitt had caught a 24-hour virus circulating in Perth rather than chicken pox.

Despite the illness, Hewitt played in Australia's Hopman Cup victory over Argentina at the Burswood Dome on Wednesday, beating Mariano Zabaleta in the singles and teaming up with Alicia Molik to win the decisive mixed doubles.

But his withdrawal means Spain will automatically go into Saturday's final of the mixed team event, eliminating the hosts.

"It is very disappointing for the tournament and very disappointing for Lleyton who was so gallant in playing when he first got the symptoms," tournament director Paul McNamee said.

CHICKEN NOISES

But he added that the player had taken the news well. "Everyone started making chicken noises in the room so I thought that it must be good news but actually that's how he took the news.

"We don't know how he got it... that is something his parents are looking into now.

"He has just accepted it. He's in quite good spirits. He has still very much got his eyes on the Australian Open as something he wants to win."

Doctors in Perth have told him to rest for four or five days before resuming training.

"It is not a perfect preparation but there's nothing you can do about that," McNamee said.

"Doctors are very confident that he will be able to play (in the Australian Open) because of how he is feeling and the symptoms he has got.

"He'll be practising again after four or five days' rest. He is taking medication which blocks the symptoms and he has started it early," he said, adding that the medication was not on the sport's banned list.
 

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i hope Kimmy avoids Lleyton like the plague til well after the Australian Open!!!

No Pox for Kimmy please!
 

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Kim's already had chicken pox as a kid, looks like Lleyton may have to "scratch" from the AUS OPEN.
 

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I read today that his agent said he'd be fit for Oz open - but I'm sure Kim is helping him scratch in all those places he might not be able to reach ;).

When I had chicken pox I was off school for 3 weeks, so personally I wouldn't be suprised if he pulls out nearer the time though.
 
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