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By Akshay Kohli
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Former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt said that he found it tough fighting the PR battle while still trying to keep his competitiveness up on the court. “In some ways I am pretty closed off and what you see of me on the tennis court is probably totally different to how I am away from the court,” Hewitt said.
“In terms of doing press conferences, you sort of play a straight bat to everything. You get in trouble if you say anything and if you don't say anything you get in trouble for having no personality. It's very hard to go out there and for people to see the actual person you are,” Hewitt further added.
While talking about himself when it comes to his on-court behaviour, Hewitt said, “I play with a lot of emotion out there, I always have. That's how I played football, I played any sport. I played with my heart on my sleeve. I love representing Australia, I love playing for my teammates. I guess a lot of people see this young kid running around making signs to his players box and yelling 'come on' all the time. It turns people off, I guess or it gives them a different perception to how they really are.”
The former Wimbledon Champion, who enters Wimbledon as a wildcard this year, said dealing with the media was also tough at times. “It gets frustrating purely for the fact that a lot of these people (in the media) haven't been in the position you are in (as a tennis player)," Hewitt commented. “Very few people understand the pressures and expectations, the weight on your shoulders when you come out to play on centre court at Wimbledon.”
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