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A summary from a local newspaper article:

The Hopman Cup organizers have extended an invitation to Wimbledon mens' singles champion, Roger Federer, to compete at next years event to represent Switzerland.

The organizers have also invited the American defending champions back. James Blake and Serena Williams are yet to reply but it is highly expected that both will return for another tilt at the title.

Despite making the Wimbledon final, Mark Philippoussis is not a likely candidate to compete for Australia unless he displaces Lleyton Hewitt as the No. 1 Australian male or Hewitt declines his invitation.

The Hopman Cup is sticking to its policy of inviting each countries' No. 1 players before considering any others for a position in the prestigious mixed teams event, held next year from January 3 - 10, 2004.
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A summary from a local newspaper article:

The Hopman Cup organizers have extended an invitation to Wimbledon mens' singles champion, Roger Federer, to compete at next years event to represent Switzerland.

The organizers have also invited the American defending champions back. James Blake and Serena Williams are yet to reply but it is highly expected that both will return for another tilt at the title.

Despite making the Wimbledon final, Mark Philippoussis is not a likely candidate to compete for Australia unless he displaces Lleyton Hewitt as the No. 1 Australian male or Hewitt declines his invitation.

The Hopman Cup is sticking to its policy of inviting each countries' No. 1 players before considering any others for a position in the prestigious mixed teams event, held next year from January 3 - 10, 2004.
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The question is if Roger decides to play, who will Switzerland send as the women's player?

No. 1 Patty Schnyder
No. 2 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian
No. 3 Myriam Casanova
No. 4 Emmanuelle Gagliardi

I doubt MGM would play considering her relationship with the Swiss Federation.
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I think Patty will play. She's more of a drawcard and can get Switzerland seeded. If not, then I think they'll ask Emmanuelle Gagliardi.
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Patty tends to play Goldcoast though so I would believe that she might pass the opportunity to play.
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Ai Sugiyama used to play Gold Coast regularly until she was invited to play HC two years running. She gave up SF points from Gold Coast to play HC in 2000. So if Patty is patriotic and willing to forego a few points to mix it with a Wimbledon champion and a few of his Grand Slam-winning mates, then she's as good as there.

I was thinking that they might invite Korea this year, but Yoon Jeong Cho has finals point to defend at Auckland and Hyung-Taik Lee might need to qualify for Sydney again if he isn't afforded a wildcard or direct entry. Still, you never know. A lot of Asian players view representing their countries as a higher honour than playing for themselves. If it doesn't happen for Korea, Thailand might play again since they missed out last year because of Paradorns' injury.

I'd like to see Russia, Argentina and Israel score invitations again. The problem with Russia is that there are only three top men to choose from but they choose to play in the Middle East and India. Marat Safin is still the top Russian man. From what I gather, he didn't really enjoy his last visit because it was too soon for him to resume playing again and he got frustrated and annoyed. Yevgeny Kafelnikov might get an invite since his career seems to be winding down. Mikhail Youzhny is the only other likely possibility. Out of the women, they have Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva, who would both jump at the chance of playing for Russia.

Argentina should return to represent South America with Guillermo Coria and Paola Suarez. I like the sound of that team. They were the original lineup for 2002 before Coria got busted for drugs.

Israel could have Anna Pistolesi and possibly Harel Levy. The top Israeli man is Noam Okun, but Harel Levy is more well-known in Australia. Either way, I think Israel should have a shot at it.

Australia and USA will get invited. Belgium is the other possibility. They really need an African country. Morocco could be it this year, but the Morrocan men usually commit to Doha and Chennai. Younes El Aynaoui and Bahia Mouhtassine sounds like a good team. They should play-off with Israel for a spot in the main draw.

That about covers it:

Oceania - Australia
North America - USA
South America - Argentina
Eastern Europe - Russia
Asia - Korea (or Thailand)
Africa - Morocco
Western Europe - Belgium and Switzerland
Middle East - Israel

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LOL, I aslo think its going to come down to whether or not Patty is going to be desparate for points.
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Too bad Martina isn't playing any longer.....

hmmm guess Patty and Manu have the best chances to be asked...

I wouldn't mind to see Switzerland playing Hopman cup again
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Mirka played a few years ago (didn't play well mind you) but if she is fit and can play then the Swiss Fed could well ask her to play.

Patty traditionally plays the gold coast which is usually on the same week as the Hopman Cup, so chances of Patty playing is probably minor.

Marie Gianeh, I would doubt it, the least likley of the Swiss Females to play with her controversy with the Swiss Tennis Federation, plus I think she is the vicor of Gold Coast, so points to defend there.

Either Myriam or Emmanuelle playing, Emmanuelle plays more doubles out of the swiss females then the others and that she plays alot of mixed doubles at the Grand Slams, so Emmanuelle looks like the best bet to play.
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They will invite teh higest ranked player first and if she turns down theinvite then they will go to the next highest ranked until someone accepts the invitation. My money is on Casanova

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I think Patty's signature will be chased vehemently if Roger says yes to his invite. With Roger and Patty, the Swiss will no doubt be seeded first or second and would have their best chance to be the first country to win three Hopman Cups. The US is the only other country able to achieve the same feat unless Germany is also invited to participate.
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Thats if they can find a German Girl mind you.
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I also have a feeling that Korea will be invited, but Yoon-Jeong has Auckland points to defend... I wouldn't mind seeing Mi-Ra though.

Thailand will surely be invited but it's up to Paradorn whether they play or not, since he's most likely going to defend his title in India that week...
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Is there the possibility of another Asian team competing other than Thailand, Korea, Japan and Uzbekistan? Indonesia, Chinese Taipei and China lack strong male players. Forget Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Burma and Mongolia. How about India?
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It was posted in the Aussie forum that Justine Henin-Hardenne and Olivier Rochus might be representing Belgium instead of Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse.

Xavier is no longer the No. 1 Belgian male, so it's understandable that Olivier may get an invitation. Despite being the womens' World No. 1 and the logical choice, Kim is being pursued to play the Gold Coast event next year instead, so Justine might be asked to replace her. It's basically up to Kim.

It'll be interesting to see who actually accepts the invitations from Belgium. I personally thought that Xavier and Kim run the risk of becoming (or maybe they already are) stale as a team.

Another rumour is that Serena Williams may choose not to defend the title for the USA and give up her spot to sister Venus. Serena's injuries were a concern, but it may just be that she wants to practise rather than play to prepare for the Aussie Open as Venus did this year.

The last wacky rumour (and probably not in the realm of impossibility) is that if Andy Roddick wins the US Open, he will be invited to play ahead of defending champion James Blake. I don't know about this one. It seems disrespectful to James.
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