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Entries in Lleyton Hewitt (9)

5:21PM

Federer Hits With Tsonga and Laver For Charity

Roger Federer held a charity event at Rod Laver Arena last night and I was lucky enough to attend. The night was called Roger Federer & Friends and it kicked off with some interviews with Australian stars, Tony Roche, Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter.

The main event was to be an exhibition match between Federer and Jo Wilfried Tsonga, but first both those men needed warming up. Tsonga was lucky enough to get Rafter to hit with before the match. As someone who didn't watch tennis before Federer became a force, it was interesting to see how simply Rafter's swing is. He reminded me of golf's Ernie Els, who is nicknamed 'The Big Easy'.

With Tsonga warmed up, we all wondered who was going to warm up Federer. Lleyton was in a suit, (and Brisbane probably a little too fresh), so perhaps it would be Fed's old coach, Tony Roche? Nope, out of the tunnel came none other than Rod Laver, dressed in his tennis whites.

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9:35PM

Michael Russell Rants Against Lleyton Hewitt on Facebook

AP

Lleyton Hewitt just can't catch a break. Once famous for being a true Aussie battler who never gave up, the ailing 32 year old is now better known for losing matches in five and being somewhat of a choker. Hewitt lost the final Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport to Nicolas Mahut on Sunday, despite serving for the title at 7-5 5-4. To add to Hewitt's misery, American Michael Russell went on a rant against Hewitt after the match, accusing the father of three of being a racist and a 'douchebag'. 

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9:57PM

Highlights from the French Open 2013 Day 1 & 2

DAY 1

Lleyton Hewitt never fails to bring a good show, and that he did yesterday against Frenchman Gilles Simon.  Not only did it go to 5 sets, but Rusty came back from 5-0 in the 5th to bring it to 5-5, but it ended up being all too much for the former #1 and Gilles prevailed 7-5 in the 5th.  And the sweetest part?  Gilles gave his flowers to his mother, (it was Mothers' day in France), apologizing for the rollercoaster he put her through during this match.

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11:44AM

Aussie Open Recap Day 6

Rusty's on a rollThe old man's still got it:  Former number 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who has been plagued by injuries over the past few years, defeated the young up-and-comer and number 23 seed Milos Raonic in 4 sets, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.  According to ATP manager Greg Sharko, Rusty's wins over Roddick and Raonic are his first back to back top 25 wins since 2005.  I'm not even a fan of Lleyton but his reaction to winning almost (almost) made me cry.

Hitting a milestone:  Not a tennis milestone, (he already did that) but Nicolas Mahut turned 30 today.  His present?  A bagel and some breadsticks in a straight set loss to Novak Djokovic, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1.  BUT, he did get a cake in his presser, although he doesn't look too happy about it.

Best cocktail: 

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Upsets: Vera Zvonareva [7], Marion Bartoli [9], and Gael Monfils [14].

Getting into character:  - Zheng Jie, "After my video, every player watch me don’t say hello, say Yo, Yo".  She also apparently "brushed her shoulders off" in her presser!

Last American standing:  Serena Williams.  Vania King lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to Ana Ivanovic.

The 'Business End':  And with this post we journey into the Round of 16.  A lot of crazy good match-ups coming your way.  Get your popcorn ready folks.

Photo:  Reuters

6:26AM

Somewhere In The World Lleyton Hewitt is Pissed

 

David Nalbandian of Argentina reacts as he walks on his way to retire from his men's second round match against Richard Berankis of Lithuania at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 20 January 2011. Berankis won after Nalbandian retired from the match. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON fotoglif919730

Because Nalby and his endearing but noticeable belly couldn't hang, and he had to retire in his 2nd round match against Richard Berankis 1-6 0-6, 0-2.  And in truth, Lleyton probably could have won that match and sprinted a 100-yard dash afterwards.  Just sayin.

2:24PM

Australian Open Day 2: Never Give Up, Never Say Die

I was initially going to start robotically regurgitating all of the scores from yesterday, (which at this point you probably already know), but then I remembered that I am not a journo or an analyst, I am a blogger and more importantly, a fan. And therefore, although I want to keep you updated on who beat who, I also am going to bless you with my non-eloquent way of summing up the day in 3 words:   BALLS OUT TENNIS (not tennis balls, ok?)

You see, tennis is not about the numbers for me.  I could give a rat's ass if Rafael Nadal wins the "Serena Slam" or whatever you choose to call it, or if Roger Federer gets his number 17.  The only thing I have ever cared about is the blood, sweat, and tears that the players leave out on the court, and that is precisely why I root for the Ferrer's, the Rafa's and the Nalbandian's, because I am a never-give-up, never-say-die kind of girl.  I don't like double faults and excuses, which is maybe why I am more of an ATP fan than a WTA fan, although there are some ladies that could probably hang in a 5-setter with the best of them.  I like the players that, if this was the NFL, you'd give the ball to on a crucial 3rd down and 5, and you know they won't come up short, and if they do, they got a concussion trying.  

And that is why yesterday's match between Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian was so awesome:  2 men, both 29 (which is like 75 in tennis years), who left their guts out on the tennis court for almost 5 hours.  And then to put the icing on the cake, Nalby wins with a fucking lob, a LOB!!!  Honestly, if I could crush up the giddiness, anguish, shock, and awe of matches like these and snort it, I would.

The numbers looked like this Nalbandian def. Hewitt, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 9-7.

But it really looked like this:

Tennis, you're my drug, and I promise to never quit you.

1:10PM

Photos: Rally For (Comic) Relief

I tried to get this post up yesterday, but I was up WAY too late, partially to get myself on the Australian Open schedule, but also because I was analyzing the draw for hours, so do me a favor and take a look at some interesting women's and men's first round matches here and here.  With that said, if you missed the Rally For Relief yesterday, which was an exo to raise money for the devastating floods in Queensland, and if you are a true tennis fan......

Dude. You. Missed. Out.  

The first half cast was: Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Justine Henin, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt, and umpire/emcee Jim Courier. They were split into two different teams, Gold and Green, to compete.  At this point I don't completely remember who was playing on what team because it got a little wild out there.

At times you had A-Rod facing 3 ladies because "men like options."  At times there was some singles going on between the players, but, the best is when Ana (you flirty girl you) was on the court.  The men definetely played up her sex appeal, and she and Andy Murray had a bit of a grunt fest when they hit the ball.  Seriously sounded like sexy-times (and YES, it was on purpose.)

Ana was definitely the break out star, (we all know Nole and A-Rod can hold their own at an expo).   All the funny sexual innuendo, (example her telling Novak to get behind her, and then saying "well, you know what I mean") her giggle fits, and tweeners......she just seems like a delightful person, and I am now officially an AnaKAD.

Other highlights:  Nole the photographer, and A-Rod the linesman.  Yes, he went there and called footfaults, even saying it was their right foot.  If you don't know what I mean, you need to google:  US Open, Andy Roddick, and footfault.  I'm SURE it will pop up.

The 2nd half was less entertaining where we had some doubles action between Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters, Samantha Stosur, and Rafael Nadal.  

The unfortunate part was that they didn't mike up the players, so after all the guffawing during the 1st half, it got strangely quiet.  

It got a little better when the women took on the men and won with a fabulous forehand winner from Kim! And then we got to see this:

Hopefully it will be loaded on YouTube at some point and I can share it with you if you didn't see it.  Don't forget if you want to donate to the Queensland Relief Fund, click here.

Photos:  Australian Open website, Getty Images, AP