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Teams & Schedule

~EMiLiTA~
10-18-2006, 06:53 AM
Just going to put all this basic info in the first post so it's easier for ppl to see

TEAMS
• (1) Russia – Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov
• (2) Spain – Anabel Medina Garrigues and Tommy Robredo
• (3) Czech Republic – Lucie Safarova and Tomas Berdych
• (4) USA – Ashley Harkleroad and Mardy Fish
• (5) Croatia – Sanja Ancic and Mario Ancic
• (6) Australia – Alicia Molik and Mark Philippoussis
• (7) France - Tatiana Golovin and Jerome Haehnel
• (8) India - Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna (winners of Asian Hopman Cup)

GROUPS
GROUP A
(1) Russia
(4) USA
Australia
France

GROUP B
(2) Spain
(3) Czech Republic
Croatia
India

SCHEDULE

Sat 30/12/06 11.00am: Russia v Australia

Sat 30/12/06 6.30pm: USA v France

Sun 31/12/06 11.00am: Czech Rep v India

Mon 1/1/07 11.00am: Spain v Croatia

Tues 2/1/07 11.00am: Russia v USA

Tues 2/1/07 6.30pm: Australia v France

Wed 3/1/07 11.00am: Spain v Czech Rep.

Wed 3/1/07 6.30pm: Croatia v India

Thurs 4/1/07 11.00am: USA v Australia......&.......Russia v France

Thurs 4/1/07 6.30pm: Czech Rep. v Croatia......&.......Spain v India

Fri 5/1/07 6.00pm: FINAL - Winner Group A v Winner Group B

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just received this media release by email. here are the teams:

Media Release
18 October 2006

HOPMAN SERVES UP SMORGASBORD OF STRENGTH

Tennis balls will be flying fast and furiously around the Burswood Dome at the Hyundai Hopman Cup with the announcement today that world No.11 Tomas Berdych, No.12 Mario Ancic, No.5 Nadia Petrova, No.21 Dmitry Tursunov and Australia’s own Alicia Molik will join 5 time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams and No.8 Tommy Robredo in Perth this year.

The line up of teams is as follows:
• Australia – Alicia Molik and Mark Philippoussis
• Croatia – Sanja Ancic and Mario Ancic
• Czech Republic – Lucie Safarova and Tomas Berdych
• Korea Republic – Y J Cho and H T Lee
• Russia – Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov
• Spain – Anabel Medina Garrigues and Tommy Robredo
• USA – Venus Williams and Taylor Dent
• Winner Asian Hopman Cup

“These guys and girls reflect the way tennis is played today. If the ball sits up – see you later, it will be belted away. Berdych, Ancic, Tursunov, Molik, Dent, Williams, and Safarova – we are talking big servers and big hitters. There is a reason they are all ranked where they are – big games. Ancic, Robredo and Dent dominate with their big forehands. Tursunov, Berdych, Venus and Petrova tee off on both sides and all know how to finish the point by hitting winners from anywhere on the court. This is the modern game and Australia has a tough challenge ahead of them. Luckily our big servers can match it with the best.” said Tournament Director Paul McNamee.

Australia will be represented by Alicia Molik and Mark Philippoussis, two of Australia’s most successful international players. They play similar styles with massive serves backed up by big forehands so will not be overpowered by the other teams. The Australian team has tasted representative success before - Alicia is the 2004 Olympic Games bronze medallist and Mark Philippoussis is the only Australian Player to win both the Davis Cup (twice) and the Hopman Cup. Alicia will be looking for a successful Hopman Cup to kick off the Australian Summer of Tennis, as occurred two years ago.

Entering the Hyundai Hopman Cup for the first time are the Republic of South Korea. “Hyundai have sponsored the tournament since its inception so we have a long association with Korea. It is difficult to get a good male and female player from small tennis nations so with the success this year of H T Lee and Y J Cho we were able to invite the Korean Team and they quickly accepted.”

Russia enter the field as the number one seeds and therefore the team to beat. This year they are represented by Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov, both first time visitors to Perth. Earlier this year, Petrova rose to number three on the world rankings before a hip injury halted her progress, however in the last two weeks she won in Stuttgart to claim her fifth tournament title for the year, and was runner up in Moscow taking her back up to the number 5 position. Tursunov came onto the world stage with a fantastic run into the US Open, coming fourth in the US Open series. He then followed up with a marathon 5 set win over Andy Roddick in the Davis Cup semi final to take Russia into the upcoming final.

Perhaps the rowdiest crowd at this year’s event will be saved for the brother –sister duo of Sanja and Mario Ancic. The Croatians will have something to cheer for! Mario, only 22, is clearly a top ten player, fulfilling his awesome potential as he matures. His sister Sanja is 18 years old and just entering the world of international professional tennis. If she serves like him the other teams are in trouble!

The most talented player may have been left to last – 21 year old Tomas Berdych. From the Czech Republic he will be playing with his girlfriend, 19 year old winner of three WTA titles and world number 39 Lucie Safarova. Similar in style to Marat Safin, he bombs off both sides, is a pure hitter of the ball and is currently placed just outside the world‘s top ten and ready for the breakthrough performance that will set his career alight. The purists are fans and Perth gets their chance to see him and decide for themselves!

Two teams have been announced previously - defending champions USA represented by 5 time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, and defending champion Taylor Dent and Spain represented by former Hopman Cup Champion and world number 8 Tommy Robredo and the female Spanish number one Anabel Medina Garrigues.

The final place in the field will be taken by the winner of the inaugural Asian Hopman Cup which will be held in India in November.

Seeds one and four go into Group A and Seeds two and three go into Group B.
The teams in seeded order are:
1. Russia
2. Spain
3. Czech Republic
4. USA
5. Croatia
6. Australia
7. Korea Republic
8. Winner Asian Hopman Cup

In Group A - will be Russia and USA which gives the tournament a blockbuster female match between Nadia Petrova and Venus Williams.

In Group B – will be Spain and Czech Republic which gives a tantalising match between the two Tommy’s, Robredo and Berdych!

The Official Draw will take place today to determine the other members of each group. The first drawn team from seeds 5 & 6 will go into Group A the other in Group B and the first drawn team from seeds 7 & 8 will go into Group A and the second in Group B.

Hyundai Hopman Cup XIX, to be held from 30 December 2006 to 5 January 2007, is the Official Mixed Teams Competition of the ITF.

Xristos
10-18-2006, 07:07 AM
Sweet thanks!! I wonder why Blakes not playing and Dent is...?

~EMiLiTA~
10-18-2006, 07:52 AM
to be honest i don't think dent will show up...it would have been better to bring blake as they did so many years before. we'll just have to wait and see i guess

Xristos
10-18-2006, 08:16 AM
Yes, I hope Blake but isnt he commited to the Adelade tourny?

Klaas_nalbandian
10-18-2006, 08:26 AM
some good players, no dutch team:( , maybe better than misa kan play a tournament

breakingthehabit
10-18-2006, 08:35 AM
Molik and Poo??! no offence, but i really2 doubt them at the moment

Via
10-18-2006, 08:46 AM
Yes, I hope Blake but isnt he commited to the Adelade tourny?

blake is committed to sydney. adelaide so far can only confirm hewitt, i believe.

:yeah: interesting field for the men, not so much for the women?...

hanabishi
10-18-2006, 08:50 AM
:yeah: interesting field for the men, not so much for the women?...
I agree.. Men's field is pretty good: Ancic, Berdych, Tursunov, and Robredo.

As for the women: Petrova and Venus are the only ones to brag about really.

~EMiLiTA~
10-18-2006, 09:01 AM
yeah exactly...i thought the same: decent field for men, not so much for women

but i'd rather it was like that since i'm not at all interested in wta :)

CooCooCachoo
10-18-2006, 09:05 AM
Good that Sammy can play for points now :yeah:

And Sanja Ancic.. Hyped.

CooCooCachoo
10-18-2006, 09:05 AM
Oh, and Yoon-Jeong hasn't played in ages :shrug:

Xristos
10-18-2006, 09:07 AM
blake is committed to sydney. adelaide so far can only confirm hewitt, i believe.

:yeah: interesting field for the men, not so much for the women?...

Yes but syd is 1 week before the aus open so hopefully he can still play hopman..

~EMiLiTA~
10-18-2006, 09:23 AM
Oh, and Yoon-Jeong hasn't played in ages :shrug:

i think the fact that Korea got a direct acceptance is more of a political decision to do with the Hyundai sponsor than anything else

I know it has always been Hyundai, but maybe this year they offered more $ if a Korean team was put in directly...don't think there's ever been a team from there before. Just a guess anyway..

CooCooCachoo
10-18-2006, 09:38 AM
i think the fact that Korea got a direct acceptance is more of a political decision to do with the Hyundai sponsor than anything else

I know it has always been Hyundai, but maybe this year they offered more $ if a Korean team was put in directly...don't think there's ever been a team from there before. Just a guess anyway..

It's just that I really doubt she will play :lol: She's been injured for so long and may even call it quits for all I know.

And if she is to be replaced, it won't be by a player from the Top 300 :help:

willrock
10-18-2006, 09:44 AM
There are some interesting teams!
Hopman Cup is always nice to follow :cool:

fanancic
10-18-2006, 10:01 AM
Mario and Sanja...:) It is adorable!!:)

Kat!
10-18-2006, 10:04 AM
Interesting Teams! hmmm meaning Ancic / Berdych / Tursunov won't be in Adelaide tho...... might be at home for NYE for once :lol:

Curls
10-18-2006, 10:30 AM
:banana::banana::banana:

Curls
10-18-2006, 10:32 AM
:banana::banana:
Tursunov, Ancic, Berdych & Alicia :yeah:

flip_fan
10-18-2006, 11:23 AM
woo hoo mark&molik are playing!

Go the aussie battlers!

chewy
10-18-2006, 12:17 PM
thz for posting abt the hopman cup, im really looking forward.
:worship: korea is IN!, n another asian team to join, yay

n russia's dmitry:yeah:

savesthedizzle
10-18-2006, 12:18 PM
No Serbian team this year :sad:

PennyThePenguin
10-18-2006, 03:22 PM
pam! aren't you bringing your first born there after all? :p

GermanBoy
10-18-2006, 03:28 PM
Why couldn't Venus get a decent guy? Dent is rubbish!

Spain is absolutely uninteresting without either Sanchez-Vicario or Martinez.

Dmitry and Nadja Petrova is brilliant!

Alicia Molik and Mark also fab!

Hokit
10-18-2006, 03:34 PM
Pretty weak field, especially on the women's side :help:

Nadie
10-18-2006, 04:21 PM
:woohoo:
Nadia and Dima
Lucie and Tomas
Alicia and Mark
brother and sister Ancic
I wish I could go there :banana:


just noticed: no Belarus team again :awww:

NyGeL
10-18-2006, 04:27 PM
no argentina? :(

*Viva Chile*
10-18-2006, 04:40 PM
no Safin brothers??? :sad: well at least Nadia and Dmitry are cool too ;)

fanancic
10-18-2006, 07:11 PM
Come on ancic's family!!

Curls
10-20-2006, 12:58 PM
pam! aren't you bringing your first born there after all? :p

:lol: nahhhhhhhh

I got my tix today :banana: .. great seats for most sessions ... crap for the final though :ras: ... ah well, can't win 'em all

Via
11-08-2006, 09:38 PM
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?

sorry i only just saw your reply! lol better late than never (same goes for the 2007 forums..... ;) ;) ;) *winking very hard*)

no it's highly unlikely that i'll be going to AO... and i can only keep my fingers crossed for the others (adelaide, sydney) :sad:

are you? do you do the yearly pilgrimage like kat and kristen? :)

~EMiLiTA~
11-10-2006, 03:24 AM
sorry i only just saw your reply! lol better late than never (same goes for the 2007 forums..... ;) ;) ;) *winking very hard*)

no it's highly unlikely that i'll be going to AO... and i can only keep my fingers crossed for the others (adelaide, sydney) :sad:

are you? do you do the yearly pilgrimage like kat and kristen? :)

yep i'll be doing my yearly pilgrimage to the Hopman Cup and Aus Open!

hope u can go to some of the Aussie tournaments if not the AO

Daniel
11-12-2006, 11:18 PM
Croatia and Russia are my favorites :)

Auscon
11-17-2006, 12:51 PM
Going it alone this year, got my tickets for;

Session 5 Russia v USA
Session 7 Spain v Czech Republic
Session 9 USA v Aus

Dont know if I'll be able to make s9 yet....might have to take a sickie :)

fanancic
11-18-2006, 03:02 PM
Come on the Ancic!:) :worship:

JMG
11-22-2006, 01:54 PM
Has Germany replaced Korea? :D

Kiefer said he will play!

~EMiLiTA~
11-22-2006, 02:13 PM
Has Germany replaced Korea? :D

Kiefer said he will play!

serious?

belco
11-22-2006, 02:20 PM
No Serbian team this year :sad:

:bigcry:

ZackBusner
11-22-2006, 11:09 PM
serious?

He did. On his website. It's going to be his comeback tournament.

~EMiLiTA~
11-23-2006, 02:12 AM
so korea are out then?

~EMiLiTA~
11-23-2006, 02:19 AM
oh yeah i just saw it for myself

22.11.2006 : Kiwi-Comeback beim Hopman Cup Die lange Pause neigt sich endlich dem Ende entgegen. Nicolas Kiefer wird zum Jahreswechsel auf die Turnierszene zurückkehren. Die Einladung zur Teilnahme am Hopman Cup, die ihn erreichte, sagte er umgehend zu: „Das war beim letzten Mal ein gutes Omen und wird es hoffentlich auch dieses Mal. Ich freue mich, dass die Veranstalter mich nicht vergessen haben. Der Hopman Cup ist als Einstandsturnier optimal für mich, da ich sichere Spielpraxis haben werde.“ Wer an der Seite von Kiwi für Deutschland, das anstelle von Südkorea teilnehmen wird, antritt, steht offenbar noch nicht fest. Bei der letzten Auflage war es Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

wonder if he'll play with ALG again...and i wonder when the official tournament site will publish this news

Yappa
11-23-2006, 03:36 AM
http://www.hopmancup.com.au/

ZackBusner
11-23-2006, 09:11 AM
oh yeah i just saw it for myself

22.11.2006 : Kiwi-Comeback beim Hopman Cup Die lange Pause neigt sich endlich dem Ende entgegen. Nicolas Kiefer wird zum Jahreswechsel auf die Turnierszene zurückkehren. Die Einladung zur Teilnahme am Hopman Cup, die ihn erreichte, sagte er umgehend zu: „Das war beim letzten Mal ein gutes Omen und wird es hoffentlich auch dieses Mal. Ich freue mich, dass die Veranstalter mich nicht vergessen haben. Der Hopman Cup ist als Einstandsturnier optimal für mich, da ich sichere Spielpraxis haben werde.“ Wer an der Seite von Kiwi für Deutschland, das anstelle von Südkorea teilnehmen wird, antritt, steht offenbar noch nicht fest. Bei der letzten Auflage war es Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

wonder if he'll play with ALG again...and i wonder when the official tournament site will publish this news

According to German news agency sid he'll play with Martina Müller.

~EMiLiTA~
11-23-2006, 10:10 AM
yep, I got sent a media release today by the tournament:

Germany Into Hopman

2006 Australian Open semi-finalist Nicolas Kiefer and team mate Martina Muller, ranked 34, have answered the call up to replace Korea at this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. Korea were forced out of the tournament yesterday after Yoon Jeong Cho injured herself in a practice match. Germany will join USA, Australia and Russia in Group A giving the Aussie combination of Alicia Molik and Mark Philippoussis a tricky second match.

In further news, Kiefer is not the only late starter in Perth, due to the introduction of Daylight Saving in Western Australia, all sessions at Hyundai Hopman Cup will commence one hour later. Day Sessions will start at 11.00am and Night Sessions 6.30pm with the Friday night Final commencing at 6.00pm.

Germany will seamlessly replace Korea in the schedule so will face the defending Champions USA in their first match on Saturday evening 30 December. Muller will play 5 time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams and Nicolas Kiefer will face Taylor Dent. Their third match is against number one seeds Russia. There are no other changes to the schedule.

Kiefer played Hopman Cup for the first time last year, winning matches against Gaston Gaudio and Wayne Arthurs before taking his good form to Melbourne for a career best Grand Slam semi-final appearance where he gallantly lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in a four set match. Later in the year he was a member of Germany’s team that made it to the final of the World Team Cup.

24 year old Martina is the second ranked German player and is in career best form, reaching the semi-finals in Budapest, finishing the year with a WTA ranking of 34. She won 4 tournaments on the ITF circuit in 2006: Civitavechia (Italy), Cagnes Sur Mer (France), Baden Baden (Germany) and Bordeaux (France).

Tickets for Hyundai Hopman Cup are now on sale at all Ticketek outlets.

Hyundai Hopman Cup XIX, to be held from 30 December 2006 to 5 January 2007, is the Official Mixed Teams Competition of the ITF.

JMG
11-23-2006, 10:48 AM
I didn't know Müller is #34. :eek: :tape:

They are both from the same region, so I guess they know each other since some time already.

CooCooCachoo
11-23-2006, 11:04 AM
I didn't know Müller is #34. :eek: :tape:

They are both from the same region, so I guess they know each other since some time already.

Yes, she did well in some ITF events and that is how she got so high. It's quite bad. Blame the abolition of quality points.

Jadranka
11-23-2006, 02:41 PM
• (5) Croatia – Sanja Ancic and Mario Ancic


the dream team :)

Yappa
11-23-2006, 02:49 PM
:lol: sorry. I didnt pay attention at the thread name.

Yappa
11-23-2006, 02:53 PM
Yes, she did well in some ITF events and that is how she got so high. It's quite bad. Blame the abolition of quality points.

Yeah, I am also very surprised about her ranking.

Anyways, hopefully Dent and Kiefer will have succesfull comebacks.

This year Star Sports had tape delayed coverage of the matches, so I am hoping for the same (or maybe even live).

Aleka
11-23-2006, 07:33 PM
Poor Mario and Sanja :awww: No partying for them on New Year's...well...not too much :lol:

fanancic
11-24-2006, 10:40 AM
• (5) Croatia – Sanja Ancic and Mario Ancic


the dream team :)

Yes!!:) :angel: :worship:

jazar
11-24-2006, 08:10 PM
Russia will win if petrova and tursonov can play doubles and both keep their calm.
good on the USA for putting 2 people who have spent most of this season out injured.
australia will probably get whipped.

Nando_L
11-25-2006, 06:38 PM
Good luck

Russia
Czech Republic
Croatia

:)

smucav
11-27-2006, 03:09 AM
India win Asian Hopman Cup to earn place in Perth:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=4503278&postcount=16

~EMiLiTA~
12-04-2006, 04:42 AM
just received this media release by email. not surprising dent can't play.

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.”

Auscon
12-04-2006, 12:32 PM
Ah crap, I was really looking forward to seeing Taylor again :sad:

shotgun
12-04-2006, 02:23 PM
Taylor :(

Deboogle!.
12-04-2006, 03:18 PM
poor taylor but good that he's practicing again at least. Yay for Mardy though :)

guille&tati4life
12-04-2006, 07:07 PM
I miss team Argentina :sad:

I'll have to cheer the Czechs and to a lesser extent the Russians

JMG
12-16-2006, 10:34 PM
Kiefer is out.

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9794/puking1gr0.gif

~EMiLiTA~
12-17-2006, 01:26 AM
Kiefer is out.

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9794/puking1gr0.gif

wtf? this is getting pathetic

smucav
12-20-2006, 07:22 PM
http://www.tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx
Kiefer will not make his comeback at the Hopman Cup, saying it is "too soon."

Nothing on the official site yet. The organizers are probably still looking for a replacement player/team.

~EMiLiTA~
12-21-2006, 03:41 AM
Spice Girls Into Hopman
21 December 2006

Hyundai Hopman Cup has taken on a whole new flavour with the addition to the field of three young glamour girls. Indian Star Sania Mirza joined courtesy of a victory in the inaugural Asian Hopman Cup, while teen sensation Tatiana Golovin and Ashley Harkleroad have entered due to wrist injuries to Nicolas Kiefer and Venus Williams.

18 year old Tatiana Golovin will partner Jerome Haehnel for France, Sania Mirza will partner Rohan Bopanna for India and Ashley Harkleroad will partner Mardy Fish for the USA. Golovin is a rising star, reaching her third WTA final recently in Stuttgart where she lost to Nadia Petrova after making the quarter finals at the US Open sending her ranking to 22.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup’s unique format – nation to nation, men and women head to head in singles and side by side in mixed doubles, creates an interesting conundrum of possible outcomes as these girls join the outstanding men’s field which includes Tommy Robredo, Tomas Berdych and Mario Ancic along with Australia’s Mark Philippoussis and Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

France have directly replaced Germany in the field and will take their place in Group A, where they face Australia, Russia and the USA. There is no change to the Schedule. India take their place in Group B where they join Czech Republic, Croatia and Spain.

Kiefer and Williams have both had recurring problems with their wrists and after long rehabilitations were not able to perform well enough to make the trip to Perth.

France will replace Germany in the schedule so Golovin’s first match will be against 21 year old Harkleroad as they both make their debut at the Hopman Cup on Saturday evening 30 December. Their second match is against home nation Australia and will see Tatiana Golovin face a revived Alicia Molik hot off a win in the wildcard play off in Melbourne. Her third match, will see a re-match with world number six Nadia Petrova in a cracker match in the double header session on Thursday morning January 4.

Mirza, only 20 years of age and already the most famous female athlete in India, will have her first match against Czech Lucie Safarova, girlfriend and playing partner of “next big thing” Tomas Berdych. Her second match pits her against her namesake and younger sister of Mario Ancic – 18 year old Sanja Ancic from Croatia with her third match against Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues. India’s matches are scheduled to be broadcast throughout India on ESPN Star Sports.

Hyundai Hopman Cup XIX, to be held from 30 December 2006 to 5 January 2007, is the Official Mixed Teams Competition of the ITF.

Curls
12-21-2006, 04:14 AM
OK, OK enough withdrawals people ... a game of tiddlywinks is beginning to look more appealing

jitterbug
12-21-2006, 09:48 AM
This is from the Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/news/Sport/Venus-Germans-withdraw-from-Hopman-Cup/2006/12/21/1166290668582.html):

Venus, Germans withdraw from Hopman Cup
December 21, 2006 - 4:44PM

Organisers of the Hopman Cup have been dealt a massive blow with the withdrawal of main drawcard Venus Williams, and the entire German team, ahead of next week's mixed event.

With the 19th running of the event due to start on December 30, organisers were informed on Wednesday that Williams - one of the most recognisable and bankable stars in world sport - would not be attending.

The former world number one, who is currently ranked 46, cited a wrist injury for her no-show.

In a further blow, German world number 48 Nicolas Kiefer pulled out at the same time for the same reason, and as no replacement could be found for him at short notice, the Germans will now be replaced by a French team.

"Kiefer and Williams have both had recurring problems with their wrists and after long rehabilitations were not able to perform well enough to make the trip to Perth," a statement from the Hopman Cup organisers stated.

There was no mention of the seriousness of the injury, or whether it might threaten Williams' participation in the Australian Open.

Despite considerable inconvenience to organisers, who were forced to alter programmes and media guides at the last minute, promoters were playing down the absence of their star attraction.

Instead they were spruiking the attractive qualities of the replacements, French wunderkind Tatiana Golovin and American Ashley Harkleroad.

Teenager Golovin will partner Jerome Haehnel for France, while Harkleroad will now partner Mardy Fish for the USA.

Golovin is a rising star, reaching her third WTA final recently in Stuttgart where she lost to Nadia Petrova after making the quarter finals at the US Open, sending her ranking up to 22.

France will take their place in Group A, where they face Australia, Russia and the USA and there will be no change to the schedule.

Williams had originally been due to partner Taylor Dent for the American side, but he was forced withdraw earlier this month with a back injury and was replaced by Fish.

This year's event will be the 19th time it has been held in Perth and next year will be the last time it is held at the Burswood Dome.

Australia will be represented by Alicia Molik and Mark Philippoussis.Venus, Germans withdraw from Hopman Cup

Organisers of the Hopman Cup have been dealt a massive blow with the withdrawal of main drawcard Venus Williams, and the entire German team, ahead of next week's mixed event.

With the 19th running of the event due to start on December 30, organisers were informed on Wednesday that Williams - one of the most recognisable and bankable stars in world sport - would not be attending.

The former world number one, who is currently ranked 46, cited a wrist injury for her no-show.

In a further blow, German world number 48 Nicolas Kiefer pulled out at the same time for the same reason, and as no replacement could be found for him at short notice, the Germans will now be replaced by a French team.

"Kiefer and Williams have both had recurring problems with their wrists and after long rehabilitations were not able to perform well enough to make the trip to Perth," a statement from the Hopman Cup organisers stated.

There was no mention of the seriousness of the injury, or whether it might threaten Williams' participation in the Australian Open.

Despite considerable inconvenience to organisers, who were forced to alter programmes and media guides at the last minute, promoters were playing down the absence of their star attraction.

Instead they were spruiking the attractive qualities of the replacements, French wunderkind Tatiana Golovin and American Ashley Harkleroad.

Teenager Golovin will partner Jerome Haehnel for France, while Harkleroad will now partner Mardy Fish for the USA.

Golovin is a rising star, reaching her third WTA final recently in Stuttgart where she lost to Nadia Petrova after making the quarter finals at the US Open, sending her ranking up to 22.

France will take their place in Group A, where they face Australia, Russia and the USA and there will be no change to the schedule.

Williams had originally been due to partner Taylor Dent for the American side, but he was forced withdraw earlier this month with a back injury and was replaced by Fish.

This year's event will be the 19th time it has been held in Perth and next year will be the last time it is held at the Burswood Dome.

Australia will be represented by Alicia Molik and Mark Philippoussis.

Sean.J.S.
12-28-2006, 05:29 AM
Win for your home country!

aussie_fan
12-28-2006, 02:05 PM
Good luck to them, as long as try to get themselves into some good form i'll be happy. So excited for saturday.

guille&tati4life
12-29-2006, 11:35 AM
I miss team Argentina :sad:

I'll have to cheer the Czechs and to a lesser extent the Russians

Changing allegiance to France.

:rocker2: Vamos! :bigclap: for Haehnel & big :kiss: for Tati

smucav
01-06-2007, 03:14 AM
http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=57&ContentID=17987Federer and Hingis on the hit list
6th January 2007, 8:45 WST

Hopman Cup organisers look certain to launch the competition later next year and study the effects of daylight saving in an effort to shore up credibility and to maximise attendances as the tournament heads towards its 20th anniversary.

Tournament director Paul McNamee, who will target world No. 1 Roger Federer, US power hitter Andy Roddick and comeback queen Martina Hingis for next year’s event, said it was logical to delay the launch until later in the year.

“We’re getting feedback that the launch is too early,” McNamee said. “It gets into an issue of credibility of the field because the perception is that if we release the field later we’d be more certain of participation of players.”

This week’s event was hit by the withdrawal of former world No. 1 Venus Williams, after gun Russian Marat Safin pulled out last year.

“Big names pull out at every event,” McNamee said.

“Because we schedule so early it has more impact on us. Others do it the day before the tournament.

“With us we have to do it early because people are patriotic to a certain country. Our chances of getting a top player could be improved if we announced the field later.”

McNamee, who said this year’s crowds were up on last year, will also study the effects of daylight saving on attendances after several games finished around midnight because of 6.30pm starts to the evening sessions.

“Daylight saving slightly impacted on the nights because public transport doesn’t stay open an hour later because of it,” he said.

“We might be able to sneak the night session back half an hour. The night sessions are live on Fox from 8.30 on the east coast, we’ll have to talk to them.”

McNamee said Federer had been approached for this year’s event but wanted to retain his top ranking to become the longest reigning No. 1 in history, so couldn’t commit.

“We really thought Martina (Hingis) was going to play as well, then we got a request from Stephanek (Hingis’ fiance) to play for the Czech Republic but we’d already secured Tomas Berdych,” McNamee revealed.

“When we said no to Radek (Stephanek), suddenly Martina’s participation was dependent on whether Roger was going to play.

“Clearly, we’ll be trying again with Roger and Martina next year.”

The Swiss pair won the event in 2000, Federer’s first professional tournament victory.

McNamee believes Roddick’s Australian Open campaign would benefit from playing at Burswood.

RAY WILSON