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2005 Jun 15 - Pat Cash disputes AELTC seedings

Pat Cash has attacked the AELTC over the independent they method use to determine the seeds for the Wimbledon Championships following his compatriot Lleyton Hewitt being being demoted No.3 seed behind Andy Roddick.

This is despite Lleyton being ranked No.2 in the world and having won Wimbledon in 2002. Andy Roddick, by contrast, is currently No.4 in the world and his best result at Wimbledon was as a finalist in 2004.

Pat told BBC Sport:

"I think it's a real slap in the face.

"It's not fair that they are changing it around - the guys work all year to get rankings to win the Grand Slams."

The upshot is that Lleyton could meet Roger Federer in the semi-finals, which means Andy would - in theory - have an easier route to the final.

The 1987 Wimbledon champion added:

"Lleyton Hewitt is the number two player in the world.

"He should have stayed number two. He is a Wimbledon champion. He is the 2005 Australian Open finalist.

"It has certainly given Roddick a boost that I don't think he deserves over Hewitt. The rankings are there for a reason. They are fair."


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