Showing posts with label Lleyton Hewitt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lleyton Hewitt. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Videos: Hewitt v Viktor Troicki Highlights and Press Conference: Sydney International 2012

Videos: Hewitt v Viktor Troicki Highlights and Press Conference: Sydney International 2012

Watch highlights of the first round match between Lleyton Hewitt and Viktor Troicki at the Sydney International 2012... Also check out Hewitt talking to the press about his 4-6 6-3 6-2 loss ...


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

France beats Australia 2-0 at Hopman Cup

France beats Australia 2-0 at Hopman Cup

Richard Gasquet clinched the victory for France at the 2012 Hopman Cup by beating Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

Earlier, Marion Bartoli scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over Jarmila Gajdosova, finishing off the match with her 12th ace.

“I’m sorry I beat her that way but I was just focusing on my own game and not looking at the scoreboard,” Bartoli said. “She’s so talented and she’s a lovely lady and when I saw her in tears it was really heartbreaking. But I can’t really miss a shot just for (the sake of) missing the shot.”

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Verdasco spoils Hewitt’s comeback in Hopman Cup

Verdasco spoils Hewitt’s comeback in Hopman Cup

Fernando Verdasco fought off a valiant effort by former world number one Lleyton Hewitt to help Spain get a 2-1 win over hosts Australia in the Hopman Cup on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Hewitt, playing his first match since September in his latest comeback from a bad toe injury, produced a superb second set before world number 24 Verdasco took their match 6-3 3-6 7-5 victory in 128 minutes.

Hewitt’s team mate Jarmila Gajdosova defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the women’s singles but third-seeded Spain won the mixed doubles 6-3 3-6 (11-9).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hewitt receives Australian Open 2012 wild card

Hewitt receives Australian Open 2012 wild card

Lleyton Hewitt has received a wild-card spot in the Australian Open 2012 next month.

Hewitt is 188th after several injury-plagued seasons, but tournament director Craig Tiley said Thursday giving the 2005 runner-up a spot was the easiest decision he has had to make.

Tiley said “Lleyton has had some bad luck with injury recently, which has seen his ranking drop, but he has proved time and time again he can never be discounted, particularly in a big match.”

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hewitt not planning to retire

Hewitt not planning to retire

Lleyton Hewitt has no intention of retiring soon and that becoming a parent has changed him.

"When you are 16 on the tour, and that's the only thing you've ever dreamt of doing, your mind thinks one way," he said. "Marriage and children has changed my perspective. Even now with traveling to play, jetlag goes out the window. You work around your kids. When you lose a tough five-setter at Wimbledon and your kid runs up to you, it hits home that is just a tennis match."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hewitt Named Sydney Ambassador

Hewitt Named Sydney Ambassador

Lleyton Hewitt was announced as the new Ambassador for the Medibank International Sydney.

Plans are already underway for a Sydney International Charity Pro-Am Event and a Kids’ Tennis Clinic in November as part of Hewitt’s role as Ambassador.

Hewitt will also play at the 8-14 January event at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wawrinka wins, Swiss team back into Davis Cup World Group

Wawrinka wins, Swiss team back into Davis Cup World Group

Stanislas Wawrinka beat Lleyton Hewitt 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (9-7), 6-4, 6-3 to give Switzerland a 3-2 victory over Australia at the Davis Cup play off.

This wins means that Switzerland will return to the elite Davis Cup World Group next year.

The pair were level at two sets each with Wawrinka leading 5-3 in the decider when the match referee decided it was too dark to continue late Sunday on the grass courts of the Royal Sydney Golf Clubto suspend play because of darkness.

The match was resumed today with the Swiss breaking Hewitt in the first game back to close out the match.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Swiss-Aussie Davis Cup match stopped by darkness

Swiss-Aussie Davis Cup match stopped by darkness

Stanislas Wawrinka led Hewitt 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 5-3 when officials suspended play because of darkness.

If Wawrinka wins, he will send Switzerland into next year’s elite Davis Cup World Group.

Earlier today, Roger Federer defeated Bernard Tomic 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to pull Switzerland even at 2-2.

Australian team captain Patrick Rafter wanted the match to be suspended early in the second set.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Davis Cup: Australia win doubles rubber to take 2-1 lead over Switzerland

Davis Cup: Australia win doubles rubber to take 2-1 lead over Switzerland

Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione defeated Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 6-4 6-2 7-6 to to give Australia a 2-1 lead against Switzerland in the Davis Cup world group playoff tie.

“At times I thought we were playing Pat Rafter at the net he (Hewitt) was volleying so well,” Federer said.

The Australian pair found their rhythm after a contentious line call went their way in the fifth game of the second set.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Federer to face Hewitt in Davis Cup clash

Federer to face Hewitt in Davis Cup clash

Roger Federer will play against Lleyton Hewitt while Stanislas Wawrinka face Bernard Tomic on the opening day of the Davis Cup World Group play-off between Switzerland and Australia.

The tie will be played on grass courts at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Federer, who will play second on Friday, was also named to play doubles.

He will pair with close friend Wawrinka to face Hewitt and Chris Guccione.

Swiss captain Severin Luthi backed Federer to cope with the short preparation time.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lleyton Hewitt out of US Open with to foot injury

Lleyton Hewitt out of US Open with to foot injury

Lleyton Hewitt, ranked 165th, withdrew from the 2011 US Open because of a foot injury.

The Australian lost in the opening round of the Winson-Salom Open was still hampered by a foot problem which has plagued him all year.

"It was a gut-wrenching decision for Lleyton, particularly given it is the 10-year anniversary since he won the tournament," Hewitt’s manager David Drysdale said.

Drysdale said Hewitt would return to Australia ian eye to spearheading the Davis Cup tie against Switzerland from September 16.

"He wants to help Australia get back into the World Group," Drysdale said.

"It could have gone better," said Hewitt of his loss. I'm still struggling a little bit with the foot. I knew he was a good competitor coming into the match.

"Before the Open I'll have to hit a lot of balls, get a lot of treatment and see what happens."

But in the wash-up to the loss it became clear Hewitt would not be able to get up for the grand slam tournament he won in 2001.


Source HS

Monday, August 22, 2011

Videos: Winston-Salem Open Interviews with Isner, Hewitt and Blake

Videos: Winston-Salem Open Interviews with Isner, Hewitt and Blake

Enjoy the following interviews with Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake and John Isner from the 2011 Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament...







Wednesday, August 17, 2011

US Open 2011: Hewitt, Harrison, Young get wild cards

US Open 2011: Hewitt, Harrison, Young get wild cards

Lleyton Hewitt, Robby Ginepri, Ryan Harrison, Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock and Julien Benneteau were awarded wild cards into the men’s main draw at the 2011 US Open.

The eighth berth would be given to the winner of an eight-player tournament this week in College Park, Md.

Hewitt, who won the 2001 U.S. Open, got his entry as part of a reciprocal agreement that allows the USTA to select a player for a wild card into the Australian Open.

Benneteau is France’s nominee for the U.S. Open through that reciprocal arrangement.

Ginepri was a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows in 2005, but has fallen to No. 305 in the rankings because of injuries.

Harrison, ranked 78th, reached the second round of the U.S. Open last year before losing in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

Johnson is the reigning NCAA champion from USC while Sock defended his title at the USTA boys’ 18s national championships Sunday to earn a wild card for the second straight year.


Source AP

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hewitt Wimbledon 2011 Day 4 Interviews Second round June 23rd

Hewitt Wimbledon 2011 Day 4 Interviews Second round June 23rd

L. Hewitt def. by R. Soderling 7-6, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 4-6

Q. You played a tremendous match, a tough one. How many times did you think you wouldn't make it to Wimbledon with all your injuries?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Believe it or not, it didn't enter my mind purely because I thought I was gonna play no matter what. So the whole time I was optimistic about the French Open, but deep down it was always going to be a tough call whether I was going to be able to play the French.

Where I'm at in my career at the moment, this is what I play for, the Grand Slams. Even though the French Open, you know, it's not my favorite Grand Slam, it's not my best surface, I still want to compete there and have a crack at it as well.

I gave every chance to do that and I was probably a couple weeks too early for there. But, yeah, for here, as I said, my preparation, everything I've done, you know, that's the most pleasing thing, I think. I've done absolutely everything I could have.

Q. Fitness wise are you in a position where you're going to have to take a couple of weeks?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't have any idea at the moment. Right now it's the furthest thing from my mind.

Everyone, whether I've spoken to my surgeon, my physios, my doctors, whoever, we've all just been focusing on trying to get through here in sort of one piece and we'll pick up all the pieces after that and put it together.

Q. How much confidence will you get out of this when you reflect on it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's hard at the moment. But in the end, I feel like I hit the ball pretty well. I hit it a lot better than I did a couple days ago, and I needed to against a guy like Soderling.

Yeah, it's just one of those days. You know, the roof closed I think helped his game, as well. So, you know, it's little things like that you've got to try to put behind you as much as possible.

I felt my ball striking was pretty good out there. My movement was, for the amount of matches I've had, pretty good.

Q. You won your Championship on Centre Court. Is there something special that goes through you playing out there?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, it's probably the best court to play tennis on. It's a fantastic atmosphere. The walk onto the court, you know, you get goosebumps doing it every time.

It's a pleasure to play out there. It's obviously slightly different today playing with the roof for the first time for me.

But, yeah, it's an amazing court. When you have great memories walking, you know, back out there as well, it's fantastic to play out there any time.

Q. Was there a moment in the match, maybe an aspect of your game, that let you down that made the difference today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: There's a few points here and there, yeah, if you could just take those half chances. The obvious is trying to consolidate that break early in the fifth set.

I was 15 Love up, missed the forehand. He sort of half shanked it a drop short. I just missed a regulation forehand. But then the next couple points he smoked a couple of big winners. He's that kind of player. You give him a swing at it, and he's going to take it every time.

I think start of the fourth set, I had Love 40 in his first service game. But he served incredible today. He hit a lot of big serves and especially when he needed to.

Q. Do you almost feel you let him off the hook, two sets to love up, playing quite well in the beginning of that fifth set? Do you feel it's almost the one that got away from you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I hardly broke his serve for the rest of the match, though. I didn't have that many chances to be in a commanding position. I think he picked up his game after the second set. He definitely served a lot better.

Very rarely, apart from early in the fifth set, I didn't have too many chances to get into many of his service games.

Q. Where to from now?

LLEYTON HEWITT: The doubles court probably.

Q. Does it surprise you how well you were moving, given what happened at Eastbourne?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it did a little bit. Yeah, I don't know, I guess adrenaline kicks in a little bit, as well. Yeah, I'm used to playing with pain with the hip before the hip surgery, stuff like that.

Yeah, you just try to block it out as much as possible. At least today I felt mentally I was able to concentrate on the match a lot more than my first match. It was going through my mind probably a lot more in that match. You go sort of ebbs and flows concentrating on what you need to do out there. Whereas today I felt like I could pretty much give 100% mentally, which is good.

Q. If the medical advice is you don't need any medical treatment immediately, what kind of schedule do you think you'll have?

LLEYTON HEWITT: The first thing is Davis Cup, obviously, the week following Wimbledon. So that's in China. It's a pretty rough schedule to go to Asia and obviously back to the States after that for the hard court tournaments.

So at this stage, I'll be playing at least four tournaments leading into the US Open, as long as, you know, the foot's all clear to keep going and I'm not going to make things any worse.

Obviously the US Open's the next major you want to be playing well. If I can get through this next Davis Cup tie, we have a bigger Davis Cup tie straight after the US Open. I think everyone's thinking at the moment is, I think they'd want me to be right for that one more so than this one coming up. At this stage I'm still planning to play in China.

Q. How big a deal are the Olympics for you, next year's tournament here?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think it's more exciting for me being played here on grass. You know, something different is special I think more than anything.

I still think tennis, in terms of we have so many big events during the year, so we're slightly different to a lot of the other sports in the Olympics. We're sort of on a par with golf, I guess. But, yeah, anytime to play for your country, it's a great honor.

Q. Obviously you're one of the fan favorites here at Wimbledon. You have the very vocal Australian supporters behind you. Can you sort of explain how that helps you on the court? Do you hear them? Does that spur you on to better tennis?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think so. Playing in a stadium like that, having a packed house out there, it's always adrenaline, whether there's Australian people in the crowd or not.

But it was a great atmosphere out there. The Australian Fanatic supporters, they've been to enough tennis matches now, they know how to behave out there, as well. But they're singing the national anthem during the warmup, and then they get a standing ovation for that. It's good fun out there.

Yeah, it does produce a good atmosphere.

Q. Most observers would view your career with the medals you've got in the cabinet already and be amazed you have the motivation to still go on. Where does that motivation come from?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'm not a hundred percent sure. Yeah, I love competing. I love competing in these events. You know, you're retired for a long time once you're retired. I hear that from a lot of great athletes.

For me, as long as my body's close to a hundred percent, you know, I want to go out there and compete. I still feel like I can obviously give these top guys as much trouble as anyone out there.

So, you know, I don't know a hundred percent why I'm still motivated. I don't know. But as long as I'm prepared to do the hard work and go through all the pain and mentally up and down after surgeries and still get in the gym and do all the hard slog, then you know something's right, I guess, in going out there and you still want to compete.

Q. Patrick Rafter mentioned a few years after he retired, he felt a little bit well, have you chatted with him about that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I haven't spoken to anyone. It's not something that has even entered my mind. Obviously once I made a decision to have the foot surgery and whatever, I've been playing with this problem for at least four, maybe five years, done absolutely everything to get through.

Injections weren't working anymore, so it got to the stage where I had to do something. I wouldn't have gone through all the pain of the rehab if I was going to stop straightaway.

Q. The shot that you played to break in the second set for 5 3, where does that stand in the best shots you've played?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know because I didn't actually see it. Actually when I hit it, I thought it was going to the bottom of the net. I must have been that off balance that I had no idea of the direction, if I made a good contact or whatever.

It was only that the crowd started cheering. I didn't think that would have been for him, for it either hitting the net or him hitting a volley winner on top of the net. I didn't know it was a winner or in until the umpire called the score.

Q. Your ranking is obviously going to take a knock after this. Are you up for qualifying, the hard sort of grind of trying to get back into the main draws?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably not, no. But my ranking, for me, it's not an issue. I'll get wild cards into a certain amount of tournaments that I'll want to play anyway.

As I've always said, your ranking takes care of itself. Once you're actually in the tournament, if I can play at that level consistently, then my ranking's the furthest thing from my mind.

Q. You're regarded as someone with a very disciplined game. Do you see the same qualities in how Novak has been playing this year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, absolutely. He's playing the percentages extremely well. He's playing extremely solid from the back of the court.

But, you know, obviously his two biggest strengths are his serve and his forehand this year that he's really tightened up and turned them into not just good shots; now they're great shots. You know, the way he covers the court obviously helps him with that.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Videos: Wimbledon Day 4 Interviews - Thursday June 23rd 2011

Videos: Wimbledon Day 4 Interviews - Thursday June 23rd 2011

Enjoy the following interviews with Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling and Lleyton Hewitt after their second round matches on day 4 at the Wimbledon 2011 Tennis Championships....








Videos: Wimbledon Day 4 Highlights

Videos: Wimbledon Day 4 Highlights

Watch some tennis highlights from day 4 action at the 2011 Wimbledon Tennis Championships...

Federer vs Mannarino



Djokovic vs Anderson



Soderling vs Hewitt




Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Enjoy some tennis pictures of Robin Soderling and Lleyton Hewitt during their men's single second round match on day 4 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in southwest London.

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011

Photos: Soderling v Hewitt Wimbledon Day 4 - Second Round June 23rd 2011






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