Ma­ture Lley­ton is a model for Nick

Western Suburbs Weekly - - WESTERN OPINION - Denise S. Cahill - editor

LLEY­TON Hewitt won me over at the Hop­man Cup. His te­na­cious play­ing style, never- give-up at­ti­tude and ob­vi­ous re­spect­ful rap­port with his op­po­si­tion was on dis­play at Perth Arena. The crowds loved him and his post-match in­ter­views were pro­fes­sional and ma­ture. How­ever, this was not al­ways the case. A decade ago, he was named one of the world’s most hated sports­men. His trade­mark “c’mon” and hand to the fore­head ges­ture were seen as ego­tis­ti­cal. There was no sign of this guy on cen­tre court last week. His par­ents watched on proudly and he had Aus­tralian flags wav­ing fu­ri­ously at all his matches, even when he lost. It gives me hope for 20-yearold Nick Kyr­gios, who at times had Aussie fans cheer­ing for the op­po­si­tion, un­til his game against Andy Mur­ray where he showed re­spect to his op­po­nent and the crowd. The more Kyr­gios hangs around Hewitt, the bet­ter off Aus­tralian ten­nis fans will be.

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