Re: Hopman-Cup 2010 - so far confirmed - and expected
What about Israel? Dudi Sela and Shahar Peer? Sela is at an all-time rankings high and Peer has been a guiding light for Israeli tennis.
I'd like to see Murray and Robson, mainly for Laura not Andy.
Not sold on Kohlschreiber. Would prefer Tommy Haas with Sabine Lisicki. I know they like new names, but the name "Kohlschreiber" is anything but attractive lol.
Would also have preferred to see Dmitry Tursunov with Elena Dementieva instead of Igor Andreev. Mainly because Tursunov is more of a "star" than Andreev, having been a past champion as well.
Kazakhstan now have Andrey Golubev and Yaroslava Shvedova, so I'd like to see them pulled out of the Asian Hopman Cup and given a berth straight into the main event.
France with Tsonga and Mauresmo would be huge. Both very popular and blessed with athleticism and flair. Would attract a good crowd. But Mauresmo has semi-final Brisbane points to defend. In that case, forget Bartoli as she has Brisbane finals points to defend. That leaves Virginie Razzano. Eek.
Without a James Blake or a Serena Williams signed on, the US may not even make it to the Hopman Cup this year. If it's not the both of them, then it may well be one of them with either Sam Querrey or Melanie Oudin.
Canada, maybe? Aleksandra Wozniak and Frank Dancevic. Sounds good. Both young.
Serbia hasn't set the world on fire like it did last year, so I don't expect to see them back. Without Novak Djokovic and either Jelena Jankovic or Ana Ivanovic, there's no point anyway. Also, it sounds like Elena Dementieva and Andy Murray are the headlining acts for next year.
Such a shame that Slovak Republic can't come back to defend their title as Dominika Cibulkova really went from strength to strength after her Hopman debut. Dominik Hrbaty really impressed with his performance at the Cup too but he is retiring.
I doubt Kim Clijsters is even thinking as far ahead as the Hopman Cup. She would be a coup, but it would be a case of too quickly too soon. She has no real male counterpart. Steve Darcis, Kristof Vliegen and Olivier Rochus don't exactly inspire the imagination.
The Czechs are really boring, so screw them... Spain are in a bit of a boom with Fernando Verdasco and Maria Jose Martinez emerging this year... If only the Swiss could get a female player to sign on the dotted line with Roger Federer, they would be in. Patty Schnyder isn't really playing well and Timea Bacsinszky is not looking bright just yet. Maybe Martina Hingis should make a comeback. Her doping ban has been lifted and she played exhibitions in her time off, so... Aaargh, the possibilities!
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