Does Lleyton Hewitt need the money?

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  1. Mustard

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    Connors wasn't affected by injuries to Hewitt's extent. Hewitt has had a load of injury troubles since 2005, including several surgeries on his hip, problems with his knees, elbow, feet and toes.

    Connors didn't have surgery until 1990, on his wrist.

    If Hewitt wants to play, then he'll continue to play. Connors stayed out there until he wasn't physically able to do it anymore, so why wouldn't Hewitt to do the same if he has the desire to compete?

    If Lleyton Hewitt had your attitude then he wouldn't be Lleyton Hewitt.

    Lleyton Hewitt was world number 1 for 80 weeks and was the clear world number 1 as soon as Gustavo Kuerten's hip problems took over after the 2001 US Open. Hewitt was never a dominant world number 1, though. Ask anyone from 2002 who was world number 1, and it was obviously Hewitt.

    You're using hindsight. Nobody saw anything about "transition era" when Hewitt was world number 1. Back then, the popular opinion was that the generation of 2002 were all way too good for any one player to dominate the sport. That opinion soon changed when Federer started dominating.
     
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  2. Prisoner of Birth

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    Great post.
     
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  3. NadalDramaQueen

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    Thanks for this post, Mustard. How quickly people forget, it is frightening.
     
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  4. Gorecki

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    second that

    when the subject is not Nadal, mustarD is a clear top 3 poster. when the stinky boy is the subject... well, that is a whole different subject!
     
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  5. SLD76

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    fixed it for ya :)

    but yeah, the only thing I wonder about for hewitt is, he is married and does have kids and he cant need the money, at what age will he hang it up so his kids can attend school and whatnot.
     
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  6. aimr75

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    He was on the radio about a week ago here in Australia and was asked this.. he said he still loves getting out there and competing
     
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  7. SoCalJay

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    Isn't Hewitt's old lady a famous Australian actress? I hardly think that they're hurting for money. The man loves the game and will play until he's unable to compete at a level that makes him happy.
     
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  8. Defcon

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    Roddick was never the fighter that Hewitt is. Neither is nadal for that matter. Sure, he competes like hell in a match but I doubt he loves the game or will miss it the way some players seem to need it.

    Money is not a factor for most of these guys. It is for some who will come back for 'farewell tours'. It's about doing something that makes you get up in the morning. The training is surely much more grueling and mentally taxing. Compared to that, actual match play is probably fun.
     
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  9. westside

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    Who are we to judge him? We don't know what goes through his mind. If he wants to continue to compete, then everyone should be ok with that.

    I can tell you now that A LOT of people around the world are happy to see him competing still. Ever seen an empty seat when he's playing at Wimbledon or the USO? You know he's going to give 100% in every match.
     
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  10. nikdom

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    What, first round loser money? Well, I guess it might have been worthwhile since he didn't have to travel or stay in a hotel.
     
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  11. Ocean Gypsy

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    Play as long as you can. Make as much money as you can. Enjoy it.

    Hmmm. Okay.
     
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  12. BeHappy

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    He doesn't play for us. Hewitt never had any fans. He plays for himself. He loves tennis and isn't ready to leave it behind yet.
     
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