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  • Hewitt blasts handling of Queen's rain day

    6/17/13 4:26 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Hewitt blasts handling of Queen's rain day Lleyton Hewitt suffered a double weekend disappointment as he not only lost his semi-final at Queen's club but went down in a match, which was switched midway through from one court to another.

    Hewitt, a four-time Queen's champion, was beaten in a rain-interrupted contest by holder Marin Cilic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 after the match, which began after rain at 3 p.m. resumed on a side court more than two hours later. Hewitt and Cilic were switched so that homeboy Andy Muray's match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could start on centre court to please the punters at the posh west London club.

    Aussie Hewitt thought the situation was botched form start to finish. "If you're going to go on a weather forecast, then, you should have probably scheduled us (both semis) at the same times and we would
    have been happy to play on Court 1.

    "We were told early on today when we were about to go on that we could be on and off five or ten minutes a lot of times today. If you're going to do that, then you're going on with the forecast, but then later on you're calling it because tomorrow it could be average, change the whole schedule and put you on a different court to what you started on, which was ridiculous."

    Hewitt blamed the ATP for poor communication with the players in matches eventually won by Cilic and Murray. "I just don't think you can go off a forecast. They had 16 different forecasts going today from 16 different places, and they all had a different forecast.

    "That's the tough thing when you get to the pointy end of a tournament."

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