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Sydney Morning Herald: Woz, Kvitova fined $100,000, Li $75,000 for playing Hopman Cup

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/m...219-1p2cd.html

McNamee sure of cup position despite role review
Linda Pearce
December 20, 2011

Everything's copacetic ... Paul McNamee is looking forward to 2012.

Everything's copacetic ... Paul McNamee is looking forward to 2012. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

CO-FOUNDER Paul McNamee's role as Hopman Cup tournament director is under review, at a time when the annual mixed teams invitational has attracted unprecedented WTA player fines of $375,000 in its final year at Perth's Burswood Dome.

The International Tennis Federation has confirmed the event's management structure is being looked at for 2013. Paul McNamee Enterprises handed ownership rights to the federation in 2002, with the former Australian Open chief executive continuing as tournament director and reporting to a newly formed federation board.

''Paul is the tournament director for 2012,'' a federation spokesperson said. ''With the move to the new arena in 2013, and the new opportunities and challenges which this presents for the tournament, both the ITF and Hopman Cup boards have felt for some time that this would be an opportune moment to review the management structure.''
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McNamee yesterday dismissed speculation his contract would not be renewed after the 24th Hopman Cup, saying he was intimately involved in the move to the new Perth Arena in 2013 and the changes that would result. The cup's board will discuss the issue in Melbourne next month, before the next federation board meeting in late March.

''Everything's fine - I'm really looking forward to next year,'' McNamee said. McNamee hatched the idea for an international mixed teams event over a beer with fellow players Charlie Fancutt and Pat Cash in 1984 and has been its frontman and driving force since. ''Who would be doing it if it's not me, to be honest?'' he added. ''For me, it's full-steam ahead.''

The fines, meanwhile, come as a result of upgrading the Brisbane International, also held in the opening week of the season, to WTA Premier status. With the jump in prizemoney from $220,000 to $650,000 comes unlimited access to the women's top 10 - and an impressive field that includes Sam Stosur, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters - but also a determination from the WTA that players support official tour events.

As a result, waivers that have been granted in the past for players to compete in exhibition or non-WTA events have been denied this time, and automatic penalties under the code of conduct were issued on a sliding scale for seven of the eight women due to compete at the Hopman Cup.


For example, world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Petra Kvitova face $100,000 fines based on their top-three status, and French Open champion Li Na $75,000 as the world No. 5. Australian Jarmila Gajdosova, world No. 33, attracts a $15,000 penalty for her position between 21 and 50. Players with sub-50 rankings are exempt. It is believed the fines will be paid by the federation.

''Players and tournaments understand the situation,'' the WTA's Asia Pacific managing director, Peter Johnston, said. ''We obviously have a relationship with the ITF and we understand the issues related to Hopman Cup, so we're working under an agreement that recognises all that but still adheres to our rules.''

The federation confirmed ''there is an agreement in place between the ITF and WTA with regard to player participation in the Hopman Cup, which is in full compliance with the WTA rules in relation to non-Tour events''.

Next year's Hopman Cup features four of the world's top 11 women, plus men's top-10 players Mardy Fish and Tomas Berdych.

Australia will be represented by Gajdosova and dual grand-slam champion Lleyton Hewitt. The final is on January 7.

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Re: Sydney Morning Herald: Woz, Kvitova fined $100,000, Li $75,000 for playing Hopman

This is the bit that should be in bold:

fines will be paid by the federation
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It really doesn't matter, cause the ITF/Hopman Cup tournament pays the fines anyway (via an agreement with the WTA).

And the Hopman Cup is moving to a new Arena next year, and they already have some top players booked already, it seems.

Despite Brisbane being upgraded (and the poaching of players), it seems all to do about nothing, until noted otherwise.

This is more an inside tennis issue with the ITF, Hopman Founder/Director, Paul McNamee, and to a lesser extent the WTA.
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fines will be paid by the federation
You could have quoted the whole sentence. The article said "It is believed the fines will be paid by the federation."

It hasn't been decided yet, but one would hope they don't make these women pay out of pocket for supporting this long running event.

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Don't worry. They won't pay out of their pockets. Lol

That Sydney Morning Herald article is a reprint.

I read about this weeks ago. And unless things changed (I doubt it), they were clear in saying, that the ITF would pay the fines for the players.
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Don't worry. They won't pay out of their pockets. Lol

That Sydney Morning Herald article is a reprint.

I read about this weeks ago. And unless things changed (I doubt it), they were clear in saying, that the ITF would pay the fines for the players.
Thank you for that information. That's good to know because the Hopman Cup has been such a lovely tradition of the Australian summer. Very often it's more fun than the WTA tournaments that same week, it would be a shame to see players fined/disincentivized out of playing it.

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Thank you for that information. That's good to know because the Hopman Cup has been such a lovely tradition of the Australian summer. Very often it's more fun than the WTA tournaments that same week, it would be a shame to see players fined/disincentivized out of playing it.
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I agree.

Let's hope so, for the future of the event. Lol
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The players should not be fined they are representing their country....there should be exemptions

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Props to the writer for using the word "copacetic." I haven't heard that word in a while...


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This is ridiculous . The Hopman Cup really should just be played the week before Brisbane . I'm sure the players (at least women as their off season is a month longer) wouldn't care and that way everyone's happy .

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and its still an exhibition tournament.
There is nothing wrong WTA defending her primary product (Brisbane-Premier) indirectly trying to force players there.

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Well as long as the players don't have to pay then yeah. Otherwise the rules should be mended a bit - Hopman Cup is a really special event.

The Hopman Cup is awesome and very intimate - when it was being broadcast on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). You get side stories of the players, better feature, insight, interviews, players ball, and you get to see part of the fundraiser events.

The hosts were great as well, interacting well with the players, some interviewing them.

Then Channel One took over and it's become like any other tournament - simply broadcasting matches. This has led to the demise of Hopman Cup for me. A shame really.
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