http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1041680Delhi to host inaugural Asian Hopman Cup
Friday, July 14, 2006 19:20 IST
NEW DELHI: India will host the inaugural Asian Hopman Cup mixed team tennis championships to start from November 13.
The $70,000 prize money event has been allotted to the All India Tennis Association by the Asian Tennis Federation for a period of three years and the winner will be given an entry into the main draw of the Hyundai Hopman Cup.
The Asian Tennis Federation and the Hopman Cup are entering into an agreement for having the event every year before the annual Hyundai Hopman Cup, which is held in Perth, Australia in December-January.
The International Tennis Federation recognises it as first official mixed team competition.
The winner will take home a purse of $20,000 and the runner-up will be richer by $12,000 as top Asian nations Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Uzbekistan and China, besides India, have been invited to participate in the prestigious event.
Philippines will be the first reserve side in the event which is tipped to be the biggest team competition in the continent, Asian Tennis Federation said in a statement.
Asian ace Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, Ai Sugiyama of Japan, Na Li of China, besides local challenges in the form of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza are likely to make appearances at the Asian Hopman Cup.
07-15-2006, 02:56 PM
wow thanks for that info...had no idea about this new event
09-25-2006, 12:27 AM
http://www.asiantennis.com/hopman_cup.htmThe Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) and the Hopman Cup are entering into an agreement for having Asian Hopman Cup every year before the Hyundai Hopman Cup, which is held in Perth, Australia in Dec-Jan annually. Hyundai Hopman Cup has been named after the legendary Australian Coach and player, Harry Hopman and was started in the year 1988. Eight teams take part in the event consisting of 1 male & 1 female player. The International Tennis Federation recognizes it as their official Mixed Team competition. In the year 2005, the participating teams were Russia, USA, Sweden, Serbia & Montenegro, Argentina, Australia, Germany and Netherlands.
All India Tennis Association (AITA) have been allotted this event by the ATF for a period of 3 years commencing 2006. The first Asian Hopman Cup will be held in Delhi in the week of 13 November 2006. The prize money will be US$ 70,000, which will be divided as under: -
Text Box: Winner - US$ 20,000 Runner-up - US$ 12,000 2ND in each Group - US$ 10,000 3rd in each Group - US$ 9,000
The host nation will also provide free hospitality and transportation to the visiting teams.
On the basis of rankings of the top male & female players from Asia, the following countries are being invited to take part in the Asian Hopman Cup in 2006: -
1. Thailand (THA)
2. Chinese Taipei (TPE)
3. Japan (JPN)
4. India (IND)
5. Uzbekistan (UZB)
6. China (CHN)
Philippines would be the first reserve team.Leander Paes and Sania Mirza are the Indian team.
Does anyone know who else will play?
11-16-2006, 05:51 PM
Less than a week to go and still no information about most of the teams.
11-16-2006, 06:06 PM
Go Uzbekistan! :rocker2:
11-16-2006, 11:27 PM
Go India =D =D
11-17-2006, 10:10 AM
i can't find a proper website for the event...cos even the official HC site didn't have much about it last time i checked
11-22-2006, 04:06 AM
this seems like a really unprofessional event...no info, no website, no nothing
the only info i've found has come from wtaworld..
Leander Paes is going to miss the tournament due to injury & is to be replaced by Rohan Bopanna:
As per local newspapers , Chinese Taipei will be represented by Ti Chen & I-Hsuan Swang who have alreay arrived at the venue.
Other teams Japan, China, Thailand and Iran will arrive on tuesday night. So, it seems Iran replaced Uzbekistan. No news yet on other teams.
11-22-2006, 09:52 AM
Well, Danai Udomchoke (THA) is currently playing a Challenger tournament in Australia, so i guess he's not playing for Thailand in this competition... my best guess for team Thailand line-up would be Paradorn Srichaphan and Tamarine Tanasugarn :)
If that's the case, then it's likely to be a fight for the spot between India and Thailand. Can't see anyone else challenge for the spot...
11-22-2006, 05:06 PM
The draw is out:
Group A :India China Japan
Group B: Taiwan Thailand Philippines
Uzbekistan withdrew and replaced by Philippines.
11-23-2006, 03:40 AM
where did u get that info from? is there a proper official site for the event?
11-23-2006, 04:57 AM
lol thanks, i know that site...i meant is there an official site for the Asian HC, because the official Perth site doesn't say anything
11-24-2006, 03:35 AM
thanks to wtaworld, here are some results from day 1:
From looking at the lines-up from Team Thailand, i don't think we're taking it too seriously... nothing more than giving young ones some experience of playing abroad... :sad: If we can beat Taiwan (which is unlikely) to go into the Finals against India, we'll lose anyway...
11-27-2006, 04:03 AM
http://tinyurl.com/ymlgueIndia win Asian Hopman Cup to earn place in Perth
HYDERABAD, India, Nov 26 (Reuters) - India won the inaugural Asian Hopman Cup on Sunday, sweeping aside Taiwan 3-0 in the final of the mixed team event.
The victory earned them earn a wildcard into the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5 when they will compete in Group B with Spain, Czech Republic and Croatia.
Group A comprises Germany, United States, Australia and Russia.
Sania Mirza gave the hosts a good start in her hometown, beating I-Hsuan Hwang 6-2 6-4 in 82 minutes.
Rohan Bopanna defeated Ti Chen 6-3 6-4 in 74 minutes. The Indian pair then won the mixed doubles opening set 6-1 before the opposition conceded the match.
Mirza, who enjoyed a breakthrough in 2005 when she became the first Indian to claim a WTA title and reach the top 50 in the rankings, said the event had given her useful practice ahead of the Asian Games, which open on Friday.
The 20-year-old Mirza is hoping to win the mixed doubles gold in Doha with multiple grand slam winner Leander Paes.
The pair won a bronze medal in the 2002 Asian Games in South Korea.
"I expect Doha to be tougher but it was good to play some matches in between to fine tune one's game," Mirza said.
Updated on Sunday, Nov 26, 2006 10:27 am EST
11-27-2006, 07:38 AM
India Head For Hopman Cup
FAVOURITES India have won their way into this year's Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth with a straight-sets win over Chinese Taipei in the inaugural Asian Hopman Cup in Hyderabad, India.
World No. 66 Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won the US$20,000 prizemoney and also the vacant eighth spot in this year’s Cup at the Burswood Dome, starting on December 30.
Both Mirza and Bopanna survived 90-minute matches to beat I-Hsuan Hwang and Ti Chen respectively. Mirza won 6-2, 6-4 and Bopanna 6-3, 6-4.
The Indians now join Spain, the Czech Republic and Croatia in Group B of the Hyundai Hopman Cup. The 20-year-old Mirza said the win was one of the proudest moments of her life, especially coming in front of a passionate home-town crowd. “We are both now looking forward to playing in the Hopman Cup in Perth,” she said after the win. “I've always wanted the chance to represent my country in that international competition."
Hopman Cup Tournament Director Paul McNamee, who was in Hyderabad for the Final, was impressed with the success of the inaugural venture, especially the way the crowd got right into the support of India. "This Indian team will prove their worth in Perth this summer; they won’t be all that easy to beat,” he said.
Hyundai Hopman Cup XIX, to be held from 30 December 2006 to 5 January 2007, is the Official Mixed Teams Competition of the ITF. Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketek outlets.