Serving Up Some Attitude

ON AND OFF THE COURT WITH LLEYTON HEWITT

There's something vaguely unsettling about the way Lleyton Hewitt, the top-ranked tennis player in the world, yells "C'mooannn!" at himself during matches. It's not the way the words are flattened by Hewitt's Aussie twang. It's the intensity with which they are delivered. Sometimes there's a variation, such as "C'mooannn, Rocky!", a salute to Hewitt's fictional fighting hero Rocky Balboa. He carries a dvd of Rocky IV on the road to crank himself up, although that seems unnecessary, considering the passion he puts into his game. "It helps me when I show some emotion out there," says Hewitt, 21. Emotion, even if...

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