hi guys, i don't normally post here but just thought you might be interested in this piece of news i just got sent by email:
Mardy Fish Joins Hopman Cup Field
4 December 2006
AMERICAN Mardy Fish has joined the field for Hyundai Hopman Cup XIX with the withdrawal through injury of defending champion Taylor Dent.
Fish, a silver medallist in singles at the Athens Olympics, had reached a career-high ranking of 17 before a wrist injury sent him spiraling down the ranks to 350. Following surgery, he has fought his way back inside the top 50 and returned to the Tour’s winning list by claiming the title in Houston this year.
Dent and Lisa Raymond combined to win last summer’s Hopman Cup, the fourth for the USA and Dent was set to partner five-times Grand Slam champion Venus Williams this January as No 4 seeds. Fish will now have this honour.
That seeding will remain unchanged, as will the schedule of matches for the USA.
Tournament Director Paul McNamee said Dent suffered a recurrence of a back injury in March this year and had yet to return to the court, although he had been confident of making a comeback in Perth.
“He has been battling the injury all year and recently started practicing again,” says McNamee. “But he’s just not ready and now doesn’t plan coming to Australia at all this summer.”