Originally Posted by Martian Stacey
um, the USA team was announced months ago
14/06/2006 - Venus For Hopman
In a coup for Perth, Venus Williams and Taylor Dent have been confirmed as the first team entered in this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. Venus Williams a former world number 1 and current Wimbledon Champion, who only last week reached the quarter finals of Roland Garros in Paris, will be making her debut at the Burswood Dome for the 19th running of the ITF Official Mixed Teams Competition. They will represent the USA who are 4 time champions and the current titleholders.
Tournament Director, Paul McNamee deviated from the normal policy of inviting the defending champions back to accommodate the 5 time Grand Slam winner. “We love to showcase new faces and exciting talent and Venus is one of the stars of the game that hasn’t been here yet. She is back on the WTA Tour and in good form so I thought I would see if she would like to partner Taylor. Venus becomes the 19th number one to have played in 19 Hopman Cups, which exemplifies the quality of this event”.
Venus burst onto the international tennis scene as a teenager and in an illustrious career has won Wimbledon 3 times, the US Open twice and been in 7 other Grand Slam finals across the 4 Slams. She has won 33 WTA Tour singles titles, 10 Doubles titles and 2 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles and won over $16m in prizemoney.
Taylor Dent debuted last year for the USA and went on to capture the title, and many Perth hearts, with an outstanding week’s tennis. He finished off a thrilling Final in the third set match tie-break with a blistering ace to claim the 4th title for the USA and claiming it as “one of the best tennis experiences of my life”.
Hyundai Hopman Cup XIX Friday 29 December 2006 to Friday 5 January 2007. For further information call Rosita Stangl on 08 9367 8884 or 0409 117 157 or visit Hyundai Hopman Cup website www.hopmancup.com.au
From Hopman Cup website - MID JUNE!