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Early Commitments

~EMiLiTA~
09-08-2006, 09:17 AM
Just thought I'd make this thread since there is no forum yet. This is the time of year when we start getting rumours about who is coming etc. The teams will be officially announced on 18 Oct. So far the only team confirmed is defending champs USA with Venus Williams and Taylor Dent :tape:

Australia will also have to be there plus an Asian qualifier (the winner of the Asian Hopman Cup held later this year). This qualifier replaces the original format of having qualies a day before the main tournament starts. Which also means there will be no replacement team...don't know how that will work as in the past the replacement team has been used quite a bit..

Other rumours include:

Serbia (Djokovic with Ivanovic or Jankovic)...pretty sure they will be coming back, as Novak and his coach told me that at AO this year.

Holland - since they were finalists last year

Argentina - with Nalbandian and Dulko

Russia - Marat and any of the Russian girls

Germany - Kiefer (who is apparently keen) + German girl, I guess ALG

Belarus - Mirnyi + Azarenka to make up for last year

Switzerland - Federer + Hingis

These are just speculations that I've read on other boards, nothing definite at all. All I wish is that they would bring Spain and France :(

So feel free to post any discussions here.. :wavey:

d.anyb.oy
09-12-2006, 02:49 PM
Some really exciting teams playing, especially Switzerland, Serbia and Russia (no matter which girl plays). Anychance Sharapova will start her season here, or will Kuzzie make a return??? Also where could i get info abot ticket prices?

kety333
09-12-2006, 09:30 PM
Croatila-Mario Ancic and Sanja Ancic :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

~EMiLiTA~
09-13-2006, 08:53 AM
yes Croatia has been confirmed with Ancic and his sister :yeah:

~EMiLiTA~
09-13-2006, 09:01 AM
don't think roger will be coming, as he declined to play this exho:
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2006/09/11/sport/sport_30013303.php
which is on NYE. the article says he's playing dubai but i guess they mean doha.

so if nadal and nalbandian are playing this exho in thailand on NYE, i guess you can rule them out of Hopman Cup too

Ferrero Forever
09-13-2006, 12:39 PM
Bring a spanish team and please ditch the dutch team. I don't mind Michaella, but man Wessles or whatever his name is, is a bore. I hope Argentina and Belarus come out too.

~EMiLiTA~
09-13-2006, 03:18 PM
i agree they should bring a spanish team...spain should be one of the teams that comes virtually every year with the depth that they have. it's ridiculous they haven't been back since 2003 :(

Nadie
09-16-2006, 11:15 AM
Belarus - Mirnyi + Azarenka to make up for last year
Go Belarus :rocker2:


Russia - Marat and any of the Russian girls
Marat with his little sister eh :D and btw why Marat for Russian team? Maybe Dima??? ;)


Switzerland - Federer + Hingis

This will be a dreamteam :hearts: but I'm not sure if Roger comes :rolleyes:

~EMiLiTA~
09-16-2006, 12:31 PM
well i think roger and hingis are off the list

you're right, they might bring dima if marat doesn't want to play...that would also be ok

i think ana ivanovic confirmed for serbia too...so i am told..

LaTenista
09-17-2006, 06:36 AM
:yeah: I always enjoy watching this event on TV every year. Great to see some new names/countries confirmed.

Foosimoo
09-17-2006, 10:23 AM
What about Belgium? :p

~EMiLiTA~
10-04-2006, 11:02 AM
i knew it, they're bringing Spain back (article from Tennis Australia): http://www.tennisaustralia.com/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageid=122&handlerid=3&newsid=2205

Robredo for Hyundai Hopman Cup

Perth, October 4 - Former Hyundai Hopman Cup winner and world No. 8, Tommy Robredo, will return to Perth this summer to represent Spain in the ITF Mixed Teams Tennis Championship, partnering Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Robredo, the No. 2 Spaniard behind Rafael Nadal, has won two titles this season - the Masters Series Hamburg and in Bastad - and boasts a 42-23 record.

The 24-year-old Robredo is aiming for his first year-end ATP Top-10 finish.

Robredo was a 19-year-old rising star when he won the Hyundai Hopman Cup with Spanish legend Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 2002. His blistering forehand took Spain to a thrilling victory over the USA as he came back from championship point down against Jan Michael Gambill to level the final with victory in the third set tie break.

http://www.tennisaustralia.com/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM38859.3479346065
Tommy Robredo: aiming for a top 10 finish in 2006.

Robredo’s partner is Spain’s No. 1 female player and ranked 28 in the world. Garrigues, who is also 24, is having her best year on Tour, reaching a career-high ranking of 23 in singles and 15 in doubles, winning two singles titles in Canberra and Palermo. She also reached the singles ffinal of the WTA tour event in Guangzhou, in China last week and in doubles earlier this year she reached the Semi-Finals of Roland Garros.

Spain is the second team confirmed for this year’s event, along with the USA, represented by defending champion Taylor Dent and former world No. 1 Venus Williams, the winner of five Grand Slam singles titles who will make her debut appearance in Perth.

Hyundai Hopman Cup XIX is the official Mixed Teams Competition of the ITF and will be held at the Burswood Dome from 30 December 2006 to 5 January 2007.

Via
10-06-2006, 12:02 AM
who play in hopman cup is very important for me, lol as i spend a lot of time in the first week each year watching that event on abc! (unless i go to adelaide) and since there are only a handful of players playing round-robin, it can be boring seeing the same people all the time if you don't like them that much. taylor dent is one example :rolleyes: ahhhh welcome back

~EMiLiTA~
10-06-2006, 01:42 PM
lol yeah tell me about it...we deserve to have a better tournament this year after last year's bore...it was the worst field ever I think.

so far this year's commitments are Dent/V. Williams and Robredo/Medina-Garrigues. i'm happy at least Spain is coming back. all i need now is for Marat to come too hehe

Via
10-06-2006, 03:02 PM
there really is no reason why countries like france, spain, and russia can't spare two players for an exhibition. especially when many don't want to compete for real in the first week of the year. was france represented last time? i don't recall...

has mcnamee left hopman cup too?

i'm always rather tense every october and november, about january lol whether i should travel, is anyone going with me, what tickets to buy etc etc. although these days i do not automatically have the month off :(

~EMiLiTA~
10-07-2006, 03:11 PM
there really is no reason why countries like france, spain, and russia can't spare two players for an exhibition. especially when many don't want to compete for real in the first week of the year. was france represented last time? i don't recall...

has mcnamee left hopman cup too?

i'm always rather tense every october and november, about january lol whether i should travel, is anyone going with me, what tickets to buy etc etc. although these days i do not automatically have the month off :(

yes that's what i thought too...countries like spain, france and russia should really be virtual automatic entries into the Hopman Cup as they have so much depth. Spain hasn't been back since 2003, which is ridiculous...thank goodness they're coming back this year. france didn't come last time, nor the time before (although that time gasquet and golovin were meant to come except tatiana double booked herself). i'd like to see them and russia come back this year.

paul mcnamee hasn't left Hopman Cup...just AO.

are u going to the AO again in 2007 Via?

bad gambler
10-08-2006, 05:21 AM
First time Venus Williams will be in Perth

LaTenista
10-08-2006, 06:46 AM
First time Venus Williams will be in Perth

I'm pretty sure she played with James Blake back a few years ago.

~EMiLiTA~
10-08-2006, 08:05 AM
I'm pretty sure she played with James Blake back a few years ago.

no, that was Serena

bad gambler
10-08-2006, 08:24 AM
Yes, Serena has made the trip a few times. Venus has said previously said for her it is too early to begin the new season.

Good to see her play this time around

Action Jackson
10-08-2006, 08:29 AM
Nalbandian has committed to play in Chennai.

~EMiLiTA~
10-08-2006, 09:15 AM
Nalbandian has committed to play in Chennai.

yes i saw that yesterday.

personally i hope they don't bring argentina again because i'm sick of them, but i think they will. i had a sudden thought they might bring coria back if he's trying to ease himself back into the season...urgh

Action Jackson
10-08-2006, 09:39 AM
yes i saw that yesterday.

personally i hope they don't bring argentina again because i'm sick of them, but i think they will. i had a sudden thought they might bring coria back if he's trying to ease himself back into the season...urgh

I am not sure if Gaudio wants to come back and I think some of the others will want to play tournaments, they could always get Cañas:p

~EMiLiTA~
10-08-2006, 09:48 AM
I am not sure if Gaudio wants to come back and I think some of the others will want to play tournaments, they could always get Cañas:p

hahaha oh yes i'm sure cañas would be an option

i hope they can bring another team instead

Curls
10-16-2006, 08:18 AM
First time Venus Williams will be in Perth

I got my ticketing info in the mail the other day ... on letterhead with a huuuuuuuuuge pic of SERENA Williams on it :lol: not Venus :lol: ... you'd think they'd have checked something like that, no?

~EMiLiTA~
10-16-2006, 08:31 AM
I got my ticketing info in the mail the other day ... on letterhead with a huuuuuuuuuge pic of SERENA Williams on it :lol: not Venus :lol: ... you'd think they'd have checked something like that, no?

omg Pam are u serious?! i got all the ticketing stuff too but i didn't notice it!!! are u sure?!

i wonder if marat will show up this year!! all will be revealed on Thursday!!

Curls
10-17-2006, 12:04 PM
omg Pam are u serious?! i got all the ticketing stuff too but i didn't notice it!!! are u sure?!

i wonder if marat will show up this year!! all will be revealed on Thursday!!

:wavey: hiya Em!

:rolls: I checked ... just to be sure, and I honestly had to look twice, but it is Venus :o oops :lol: ... don't know what they've done to the pic, but she looks, eurm, wider :o than normal :lol:

I can't wait to see what the line-up will be :banana: ... I'm not holding out much hope for Safin (maybe I don't want to be disappointed again :lol: ) ... I heard they were talking to Tursunov too :shrug: ... I can't wait til 5pm Thursday :lol: (I'm pathetic!!)

have u managed to wangle your media seats again?:cool::yeah:

~EMiLiTA~
10-17-2006, 12:08 PM
:wavey: hiya Em!

:rolls: I checked ... just to be sure, and I honestly had to look twice, but it is Venus :o oops :lol: ... don't know what they've done to the pic, but she looks, eurm, wider :o than normal :lol:

I can't wait to see what the line-up will be :banana: ... I'm not holding out much hope for Safin (maybe I don't want to be disappointed again :lol: ) ... I heard they were talking to Tursunov too :shrug: ... I can't wait til 5pm Thursday :lol: (I'm pathetic!!)

have u managed to wangle your media seats again?:cool::yeah:

hahaha yes i know what u mean about that pic! After reading what you wrote, I had another look and yes, it is Venus but she does look wider than usual haha

I also can't wait for the lineup...although the fact that Robredo is coming will be enough entertainment for me haha. I'm not 100% sure about Marat. On WTAWorld everyone is pretty certain he'll come but I'm not so sure. He's so big on not missing his Moscow new year's that I really don't expect to see him here again. Dima would be great too though!!

I will be applying for my media pass again yes hehe...hopefully I'll get it!! Are you getting season tix this year?

Curls
10-18-2006, 01:05 AM
hahaha yes i know what u mean about that pic! After reading what you wrote, I had another look and yes, it is Venus but she does look wider than usual haha

I also can't wait for the lineup...although the fact that Robredo is coming will be enough entertainment for me haha. I'm not 100% sure about Marat. On WTAWorld everyone is pretty certain he'll come but I'm not so sure. He's so big on not missing his Moscow new year's that I really don't expect to see him here again. Dima would be great too though!!

I will be applying for my media pass again yes hehe...hopefully I'll get it!! Are you getting season tix this year?

I'm considering getting season tix, but it will really be dependant on who's coming, and whether I can sweet-talk my parents into minding my kids for the week :lol:

if Marat is coming, I'm sure the schedule will accommodate his usual late arrival ;) ... so maybe he could do the Moscow NY thing after all :lol: and arrive here with a serious hangover! - great way to kick off the season :yeah: :lol: