OUSTPOKEN Frenchman Henri Leconte was beaten by Croat Goran Ivanisevic in his opening Marlboro Championships match and then sent out an impassioned plea to the administrators of tennis to stop tampering with the game. Jet-lagged after a long flight from Paris, the 32-year-old veteran lost 6-3, 6-4 to top seed Ivanisevic in the Silver Group in a match which had its fair share of entertainment, quality shots and controversial line calls. After the match, the 1988 French Open runner-up bemoaned the demise of tennis as a form of entertainment, but put the onus on players to revive the game. Leconte said: 'Tennis is a sport. People should be entertained by tennis like they were before. You don't need to bring in anything else. It is up to the players to make it exciting. 'The new generation is different. It seems that players do not enjoy themselves on the court anymore. The game is more and more physical and there are only a few personalities like [Andre] Agassi, [Boris] Becker and Goran. 'I've played through three generations where there were many personalities. Today it is not easy to find them. And that is the fault of the players.' Top seed Ivanisevic, who only recently recovered from illness, was happy with the win and is looking at the Hong Kong tournament to restore his confidence. 'My form is not so good at the moment, but I hope I can do something in this tournament to get my confidence back,' said Ivanisevic, who plays Italy's Andrea Gaudenzi in his last group match. In the last match of the evening, American Patrick McEnroe defeated Dutchman Jacco Eltingh 6-2, 6-2 in the Blue Group. In other action, Hong Kong's John Hui epitomised the fragile mental strength that comes with a lack of big-match experienced when he was beaten in his first match of the Marlboro Championships Stars of Tomorrow. Hui, 18, was beaten 7-6 (14-12), 7-6 (8-6) by South Korean Lee Jong-ming in a match he acknowledged he had no business losing. He was up 4-1 in the first set and 6-2 in the second-set tie-breaker, but both times he succumbed to his inability to concentrate on the task at hand. 'I just lost my concentration,' said the Hong Kong Davis Cup player. 'I think that was my weakness. 'At 4-1 up in the first set, I was thinking too much about winning the set. I think I need more experience in playing tournaments. In Hong Kong, you don't get that many tournaments so I think I need to go abroad more and play matches.' Hui, who at times played confident serve-and-volley tennis, admitted that he had been seeing a sports psychologist at the Hong Kong Sports Institute earlier this year. His next match in against American Scott Humphries. The Stars of Tomorrow event is aimed at rising juniors and was won last year by Australian Mark Philippoussis, the world number 32 who this year is competing in the main competition. Philippoussis, who reached the final of the Tokyo tournament last week, had his first outing at Victoria Park in the doubles competition yesterday. The Australian partnered Indian Davis Cup player Mahesh Bhupathi to a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Japanese pair Satoshi Iwabuchi and Takao Suzuki. Philippoussis makes his singles debut today in a Red Group match against Dutchman Richard Krajicek, a victim of his in Tokyo. Krajicek, ranked 15th in the world, and defending singles champion Stefan Edberg, of Sweden, combined in another doubles match to beat South Korean pair Kim Nam-hoon and Shin Han-cheol 6-1, 7-6 (7-0). In the first singles match of the tournament, Holland's Paul Haarhuis beat American doubles specialist Luke Jensen 6-3, 6-3.