Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Just Not Cricket

What was I thinking, saying anything even vaguely nice about Lleyton Hewitt yesterday? He might have a all right top spin lob, but his behavior in and after his match against Chris Guccione was terrible.
What a princess! Going on and on about how he could sympathise with the Australian cricket team because of 'ordinary' umpiring! To launch a tirade of abuse like that at the umpire in the second set breaker - well, THAT just wasn't cricket, Lleyton. But what's worse, I think, is that he came out and said after the match that he was the better player, even though he lost.
How dare he say something like that?! Chris Guccione played a fine match. Sure, his game is a little one-sided - it depends very heavily on his massive serve - but he got the job done. Guccione won, fair and square. Sure, some of the calls might have been a little bit dubious, but I don't think the whole match swung on them or anything like that. There was one call - I think it was at 3-2 in the second set breaker - where Hewitt thought the ball had bounced twice before Guccione got to it, and proceeded to abuse the umpire at length on the point.
Guccione, on the other hand, thinks he did get to the ball. And wouldn't he be in a position to know?
Just because you clearly have a problem with sportsmanship, Lleyton, doesn't mean that you should question everyone else's. If Guccione says he got to it, then I think you should believe he got to it.
Meanwhile, what a win for Dmitry Tursunov! I couldn't watch it, because of gainful employment, but I was watching the scores the whole time, and oh! was I cheering (on the inside.) Tursunov ranks No. 2 on my list of favourite tennis players (after, of course, the wonderful Mr. Federer) and I was so pleased! I'm going to the men's final on Saturday, and I can't think of anything better than to see Dmitry play! The top three seeds are out of the tournament - the highest (and only, I think) remaining seed is Tomas Berdych at No. 4 - and so I *
think Dmitry has a real chance.
(And if anyone wants to read a tennis blog that's actually amusing, Tursunov's ATP blog is hysterical!)
Today's Results
Medibank International (Sydney)
Men's Draw
Dmitry Tursunov def. Richard Gasquet, 3-6 6-3 6-4
Tomas Berdych def. Gilles Simon, 7-6 (7-3) 6-2
Agustin Calleri def. Carlos Moya, 6-3 6-4
Chris Guccione def. Lleyton Hewitt, 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2)
Sebastien Grosjean def. Fernando Verdasco, 6-3 6-4
Evgeny Korolev def. Ivo Minar, 6-2 6-3
Radek Stepanek def. Andreas Seppi, 7-5 2-6 6-4
Fabrice Santoro def. Steve Darcis, 6-1 6-3
Women's Draw
Justine Henin def. Kaia Kanepi, 6-2 6-0
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Francesca Schiavone, 6-4 6-0
Nicole Vaidisova def. Jelena Jankovic, 6-4 4-6 6-4
Ana Ivanovic def. Katarina Srebotnik , 6-3 3-6 6-2
AAMI Classic (Kooyong)
Marcos Baghdatis def. Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4 4-6 6-1
Andy Roddick def. Ivan Ljubicic, 6-3 6-0
Marat Safin def. Andy Murray, 6-1 6-4
Fernando Gonzalez def. Brydan Klein, 7-6 (7-3) 6-4
Heineken Open (Auckland)
First Round
David Ferrer def. Oscar Hernandez, 6-1 6-2
Juan Monaco def. Thomas Johansson, 6-3 6-4
Juan Carlos Ferrero def. Jesse Levine, 6-4 6-1
Xavier Malisse def. Jarkko Nieminen, 7-6 (7-3) 6-3
Michael Llodra def. Hyung-taik Lee, 6-1 6-4
Marin Cilic def. Tomas Cakl, 6-4 6-3
Second Round
David Ferrer def. Sergio Roitman, 6-1 -7-6 (7-2)
Florian Mayer def. Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-3 7-6 (9-7)
Juan Monaco def. Olivier Rochus, 6-3 6-3
Juan Carlos Ferrero def. Jurgen Melzer, 6-3 7-6 (8-6)
Julien Benneteau def. Nicolas Almagro, 6-4 2-6 6-2
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Marin Cilic, 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-4
Michael Llodra def. Albert Montanes, 6-3 6-4
Nicolas Massu def. Xavier Malisse, 6-4 6-4
Moorilla Hobart International (Hobart)
Vera Zvonareva def. Elena Vesnina, 6-3 6-3
Flavia Pennetta def. Sania Mirza, 7-5 1-6 6-3
Ashley Harkleroad def. Edina Gallovits, 6-4 6-4
Eleni Daniilidou def. Casey Dellacqua, 6-4 7-5

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