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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 2002, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow Anybody visit Hopman Cup ????

I'm Jiro from Bangkok and will visit this year Hopman Cup in Perth during 28 Dec, 2002 - 5 Jan, 2003. This is my first time to participate oversea tournament.

Unfortunately this year there is no Thailand's team in the tournament even they've been invited the Thai team. I can't wait to see and take photos of many big name players such as Hewitt, Williams, Blake, Kim, Tommy, ASV, Hantuchova, Jiri, Daja, Molik and Iroda, the players from Asian country including Rossana from South America.

Recently I met Alicia Molik and Rossana in Volvo women's Open, Pattaya. Both of them are very friendly when I asked for the pictures. I know they are playing Hopman Cup this year and I told them " I'm going to visit Hopman Cup, please remember my face, I will say hello to you in Perth". They said "really !!! it's great and hope to see you there."

Hope to meet all of you there. Anyone has any information please share !!!





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At the hopman Cup, you have access to the players as they come off the court to get their autographs. Although security is always watching you and the other 50 and more people. Their is autograph island for the first 9 (?) sessions. This is were players from competing countries go to and you can ask them questions, get autographs and have a photo. The players are very relaxed and very down to earth. Not all the players do this. You can also watch the players practice on the practice court behind/next to centre court. There is normaly a timetable up saying when and what time players are training!!

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Hello nm_cb

Thanks for useful information.

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You can also watch the players practice on the practice court behind/next to centre court.
Glad to know that. The organizer also said that the audience can enter the court one hours before the match start.

Too bad ASV has already retired therefore I don't have chance to see her there.

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I'm going, but this time not alone or with people I don't know. With friends, this time. I hope they can stand hanging out with me for 5 hours a session. I have about 5 or 6 different people going with me. See if you can find me.

Food is very expensive, jirobkk. I hope you plan to bring a lot of money. Last year, I spent nearly $120 on food alone. Lol. I went to the nacho stand so often that one of the girls working there remembered me. And then recognized me the following year. Btw, nachos cost $5.50 per serve. Cans of soft drink cost $2.50. Bottled water costs $3.00. Mind you, these were last years prices.

There's also a lot of other things to do. You can get your face painted in the colours of the country you are cheering for, you can register how fast your serve is at the 'fast-serve' booth. You can also play a hit-and-volley game against a computer. And finally, there's the official Hopman Cup racquet stringers. You can watch them repair the players' racquets and ask them questions as they're working. Sometimes, the players themselves drop off their own racquets.

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Hello Aloysius,
How are you ? Glad to know you will be going.
Finally I've decided to stay in Perth and will go to Burswood Dome by train. They said it takes 15 minutes from Perth city.

I bought a season ticket (Sessions 1 - 11 & Final, on A Reserve seat) from BOCS ticketing , it costs $290AUD and they send it to me last month.

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Food is very expensive, jirobkk. I hope you plan to bring a lot of money. Last year, I spent nearly $120 on food alone. Lol. I went to the nacho stand so often that one of the girls working there remembered me. And then recognized me the following year. Btw, nachos cost $5.50 per serve. Cans of soft drink cost $2.50. Bottled water costs $3.00. Mind you, these were last years prices.
Did you spend nearly $120 on food per one day or one week ? And is it AUD or US dollars. I would do the same by going to nacho stand or buy a lot of food and water before going to the site.
Too bad I spent only 200 baht ( $8AUD ) a day for food in Volvo Women's Open, Pattaya.

It would be great if I can meet you there. Would you mind if I would send you my photo. My ticket is located at BLOCK 028 ROW F13.

Once again thank you for sharing the news.

Jiro from Bangkok.


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I'm also going to the Hopman Cup. I've got season tickets as well. I think I am in block 28 row D, but i'm not sure.
Last year and the years before, at the restrining centre, there was a man there with unucual coloured hair, eg blue, red. he is Mark Hlawaty, he was my coach, this year he is working with the Williams sisters and will travel with them to the Aus. Open!!!!!!!!!

I am going to be ballkid at the hopman cup this year so I'll meet many of the players, they are all very nice when they are on court with you!!!!!! Occasionally you can see the players walking around the building, sometimes with, sometimes without security. The players lounge is a good place to stand nearr if you want to get autographs.
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Thanks for sharing your information.

My season ticket is allocated at BLOCK 028 ROW F13. That mean we are sitting in the same block, nm_cb.

Hope to meet you there.

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Wow I am so jealous i live in Australia but on the other side so I won't be able to go to the Hopman Cup till I finish university which is three years time, cause I won't have enough money till then!!

I hope you all have so much fun, and could you please post some of the photos you take and maybe tell us all some of the goss about what happens. Anyway for the time being I will make do with television!!! But I am going to the Gold Coast (that is where I live) for two days.

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Last year and the years before, at the restrining centre, there was a man there with unucual coloured hair, eg blue, red. he is Mark Hlawaty, he was my coach, this year he is working with the Williams sisters and will travel with them to the Aus. Open!!!!!!!!!

nm_cb - did that guy help out Martina Hingis in 1997 -maybe I am mixing him up with someone else. Do you mind me asking in what way is he going to to be working with Serena & Venus. Like training, coaching or practice partner?

I hope all of you (jirobkk,Aloysius &nm_cb ) have a great time.




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Mark did tour with Martina Hingis in 1997 for the Australian circuit.

For the williams sisters he will be a hitting partner, giving them advise and so on.(I think) I have training with him next week, so I will ask him what he will be doing exactly.

Last year he and Len Cannell worked with Monica Seles with Fitness and hiting and so on.
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jirobkk, I don't have a scanner. Sorry. But I'm a pleasant-looking chap. Some would say I was hard to miss. Some would disagree.

nm_cb, are you playing pennant tennis this season? Which club? What division? How is Mark as a coach? I'm on the lookout for a good coach.

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I am playing tennis pennants this season for East Fremantle Girls 18 and Under division 1.
Are you playing any pennants?? Do you enter tournaments??

Mark is a great coach although he is longer coaching as he is now playing on the satelite tour. Although other good coaches I know of are the coaches at the State Tennis Cantre (Mark used to coach there)(They all know what they are doing)(Len, Cameron and 2 other guys, one was the Head coach of the Davis Cup team in Argentina) and the coaches at the University of Western Australia, (Tim Wood and Diego (Can't write/pronounce his last name)) It is realy hard with coaches because you need to click with them, i have had about 10 coaches/hitting aprtners in the last 2 and a half years and am working with 1 of those coaches and two of those hitting partners.
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Hi nm_cb,

You can call me Al. Yeah, I'm doing the pennants thing. I'm playing Open Division 9 on Saturdays for Alexander Park. We have so many teams and lots of "recruits" from Mount Lawley. That sucks. Our team should have been at least Division 6, but with all these blow-ins (N4's and N5's), our regular teams have had to go down a few rungs on the ladder. It's all to do with State League being down-sized from 6 players to 4, I think. Either way, it sucks. We're winning our division too easily.

Yes, I played a couple of tournaments over winter - all Open and Special events - The Winter Hardcourt Champs, The Plexipave Champs at Sorrento, The State Hardcourt Champs, and The Spring Champs. I was totally outclassed in most of them. I made the second round of all my singles events at the State Hardies but lost first round everywhere else. However, I did win the special doubles at the Metro Plexipave. My partner and I got a cheque for $50 to share but no trophy. Dammit! Actually, we had to share the title with the other team because the final was rained out but I'm still counting it as a win. It's ironic though considering doubles isn't my strongest point.

Thanks for the info on Mark and the other coaches. By Len and Cameron, do you mean Len Cannell and Cameron Venables? One of my mates is being coached by Cameron at the moment. I don't know Len but I've heard of him.

How about yourself? Do you play tournaments? I decided to enter the City of Perth Champs a little too late (the deadline was the day before I decided to enter it) so I guess I'm missing out this year. I didn't play the WA Open either. I wasn't ready and I didn't want to waste my money getting slaughtered by a State Leaguer. I'm not quite there yet but I will be one day.

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It's a pity Thailand doesn't participate in this year's event!

I think they really have a chance this year!!!

Sad...
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I'm so disappointed too that Thai's team doesn't participate. Paradorn has to play ATP tournament in that week because his agency has been committed him to play Chennai, India.



I'm alone in Perth without Paradorn and Tammy.

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