http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_17115_original.PDFLine-up for Hyundai Hopman Cup Announced
Continuing in its tradition of exposing new talent, a line-up of fresh faces will head to Perth for the 18th running of the Hyundai Hopman Cup from 30 December to 6 January. For the first time, ABC TV in Australia will showcase the Hopman Cup in primetime with the introduction of a Friday night final, and video scoreboards will give replay highlights directly to fans watching on the centre court.
Heading the Hopman line-up are two of the stars of last summer’s Australian tennis season – Australian Open Champion Marat Safin and Australian home favourite Alicia Molik. Safin joins 2004 US Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Molik will be partnered for the first time by Wayne Arthurs.
Fresh new faces include 2004 Roland Garros champion Gaston Gaudio, Taylor Dent, Max Mirnyi, Nicolas Kiefer, Lisa Raymond and world No. 1 junior Viktoria Azarenka, who will join the emerging tennis nations of China and Serbia & Montenegro on their first visit to Perth.
The teams in seeded order are:
1. Russia - Svetlana Kuznetsova, Marat Safin
2. Argentina - Gisela Dulko, Gaston Gaudio
3. Australia - Samantha Stosur, Wayne Arthurs
(Stosur replaces Alicia Molik)
4. USA - Lisa Raymond, Taylor Dent
Germany - Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Nicolas Kiefer
Sweden - Thomas Johansson, Sofia Arvidsson
(replace Belarus - Viktoria Azarenka, Max Mirnyi)
Serbia & Montenegro - Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic
Netherlands or China - Michaella Krajicek, Peter Wessels/Shaui Peng, Peng Sun
The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Team Competition of the ITF and is the third arm of the ITF International Team Events consisting of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for men and the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for women.
Daily event reports will be posted on www.itftennis.com. For schedules, photos and results, please visit the Official Hyundai Hopman Cup website at www.hopmancup.com.au.
10-19-2005, 11:43 PM
http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=14108&bannerregion=Sweden Replaces Belarus In Hopman Cup
By Tennis Week
Sweden will shoot for its first Hopman Cup championship in history in January. Sweden has replaced Belarus in the 18th annual international mixed team exhibition competition. Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open champion, and 21-year-old Sofia Arvidsson will represent Sweden. The 2006 Hyundai Hopman Cup will be held at the Burswood Dome in Perth, Australia, December 30-January 6th.
Belarus was forced to withdraw when Max Mirnyi's schedule changed. Mirnyi had planned to partner U.S. Open junior champ Viktoria Azarenka.
The 15th-ranked Johansson was a semifinalist at Queen's Club and beat Mirnyi and former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian en route to the Wimbledon semifinals where he lost to second-seeded Andy Roddick, 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-7(10), 6-7(5). Arvidsson recently reached the quarterfinals of Stockholm, Kolkata and Tokyo to rise to a career-high rank of No. 82.
"Sweden will move straight into Belarus’s position in the draw, no re-seeding will be necessary and the only change to the schedule is Sweden replacing Belarus," Hopman Cup tournament director Paul McNamee said.
Sweden opens its Hopman Cup campaign against newcomers Serbia & Montenegro on Monday, January 2nd. Sweden's second match is against Russia, which will be a rematch of the 2002 Australian Open final between Johansson and Marat Safin.
In January, Safin did not win a singles match at the 2005 Hopman Cup, but went on to play one of the best matches of his life to beat world No. 1 Roger Federer in the Australian Open semifinals before overcoming Lleyton Hewitt and an overwhelmingly pro-Hewitt crowd in the Australian Open final.
Former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio and Gisela Dulko will partner for second-seeded Argentina; Australian Open quarterfinalist Alicia Molik and lethal-serving lefthander Wayne Arthurs will play for third-seeded Australia and serve-and-volleyers Taylor Dent and Lisa Raymond represent the fourth-seeded United States. James Blake, who partnered Serena Williams to lead the U.S. to the 2003 Hopman Cup title before teaming with Lindsay Davenport to successfully defend the title in 2004, is not playing the event this year. The United States has won a record three Hopman Cup titles; Justin Gimelstob and Chanda Rubin paired to win the 1997 Hopman Cup.
Australia is seeking its first Hopman Cup title since 1999 when Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic partnered to claim the Cup. The Slovak Republic team of Dominik Hrbaty and Daniela Hantuchova, who won the second Hopman Cup title in Slovak history in January, will not be back to defend their title.
Four other nations confirmed to compete include: Germany (Nicolas Kiefer and Anna-Lena Groenefeld); Belarus (Max Mirnyi and U.S. Open junior champ Viktoria Azarenka); Serbia and Montenegro (Novak Djokovic and Anna Ivanovic) and either China (Peng Sun and Shuai Peng) or the Netherlands (Peter Wessels and Michaella Krajicek). On the opening day of play, China meets the Netherlands in a playoff with the winner progressing to the main draw spot. Tournament organizers are offering free admission to kids on opening day.
10-24-2005, 05:50 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_17248_original.PDFSchedule announced for Hyundai Hopman Cup
China and Netherlands will open the XVIII Hyundai Hopman Cup on 30 December 2005 when the nations play off for a place in Group B. Following last week’s announcement of the nations in contention in the ITF’s Official Mixed Team Competition, Sweden has been announced as a replacement for Belarus in the field. Viktoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi will no longer take part, but will be replaced by Thomas Johansson and Sofia Arvidsson. Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open champion, ensures that there will be four Grand Slam singles titlists in action in Perth. Sweden moves into Belarus’s position in the draw.
The Groups will be as follows:
No. 1 Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Marat Safin
No. 4 USA: Lisa Raymond, Taylor Dent
Sweden: Sofia Arvidsson, Thomas Johansson
Serbia & Montenegro: Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic
No. 2 Argentina: Gisela Dulko, Gaston Gaudio
No. 3 Australia: Alicia Molik, Wayne Arthurs
Germany: Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Nicolas Kiefer
Either China: Shuai Peng, Peng Sun or Netherlands: Michaella Krajicek, Peter Wessels
The Schedule for the week is:
Session 1: 30 December 10.00 am: China v Netherlands
Session 2: 31 December 10.00 am: Australia v Germany
Session 3: 1 January 10.00 am: USA v Serbia & Montenegro
Session 4: 2 January 10.00 am: Argentina v China/Netherlands
Session 5: 2 January 5.30 pm: Sweden v Serbia & Montenegro
Session 6: 3 January 10.00 am: Russia v USA
Session 7: 3 January 5.30pm: Australia v China/Netherlands
Session 8: 4 January 10.00 am: Argentina v Germany
Session 9: 4 January 5.30 pm: Russia v Sweden
Session 10: 5 January 10.00 am: Australia v Argentina and Germany v China/Netherlands
Session 11: 5 January 5.30 pm: Russia v Serbia & Montenegro and USA v Sweden
Final: 6 January 5.30 pm: Winner Group A v Winner Group B
More information is available on the official Hyundai Hopman Cup website at www.hopmancup.com.au.
10-31-2005, 01:11 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/stosur-to-play-hopman-cup/2005/10/29/1130400403141.html#Stosur to play Hopman Cup
October 30, 2005
SAMANTHA Stosur will partner Wayne Arthurs as Alicia Molik's replacement in the Australian team for the Hopman Cup, opting to play in the international teams event rather than her hometown tournament on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
Molik withdrew because of an inner-ear virus.
Stosur, 21, had been keenly sought by both Paul McNamee and Liz Smylie, the directors of the tournaments, and made her decision while competing in Belgium in recent days. The world No. 52 has played annually at Royal Pines since making her WTA Tour debut four years ago, but chose the Hopman Cup after lengthy consideration.
McNamee said yesterday that Stosur — now being coached by former doubles great Gigi Fernandez and managed by retired US golfer Jane Geddes — would meet Germany's Anna-Lena Groenfeld in Australia's opening match on New Year's Eve.