Re: Hopman Cup 2012
How about staging a Legends Hopman Cup a week after the main event? Bring back some of the former stars of the tournament. It would probably be more interesting than the real thing. LOL. They only play one set of singles each and then pro-set of doubles.
Imagine (if you will):
CROATIA: Goran Ivanisevic / Iva Majoli
GERMANY: Boris Becker / Steffi Graf
CZECH REPUBLIC: Petr Korda / Jana Novotna
SWITZERLAND: Marc Rosset / Martina Hingis
USA: John McEnroe / Lindsay Davenport
FRANCE: Yannick Noah / Amelie Mauresmo
SPAIN: Emilio Sanchez / Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
AUSTRALIA: Patrick Rafter / Nicole Bradtke
It would be so much fun!
I also think the 2012 HC should invite back all 16 of the inaugural players to be treated to a week of luxury at the hotel and tournament, as it is the last to be held at the Burswood Dome before moving to a new complex. Without their initial support, the tournament would never have been as successful as it has been. This year's special guest is Pat Cash, who will speak at the traditional breakfast before the Final.
Where are they now?
MILOSLAV MECIR - ?
HELENA SUKOVA - has played Legends events...?
PAT CASH - occasionally competes on the Champions Tour, runs coaching clinics, speaks at events (lol), TV commentary work.
HANA MANDLIKOVA - ?
PATRIK KUHNEN - Davis Cup assistant coach...?
STEFANIE GRAF - married, kids, charity work, active in the promotion of tennis, plays occasional exhibitions.
MIKAEL PERNFORS - ?
CATARINA LINDQVIST-RYAN - married, kids...
THIERRY TULASNE - Davis Cup coach...
PASCALE PARADIS-MAGNON - ?
SHUZO MATSUOKA - ?
MASAKO YANAGI - ?
JEREMY BATES - former Davis Cup captain?
SARAH LOOSEMORE - married, kids, works as a lawyer, plays A Grade tennis in her county.
SLOBODAN ZIVOJINOVIC - ?
KARMEN SKULJ - ?