Join Date: Oct 2001
I believe the format was different in former years, no round-robin.
In the history of the Hopman, the organizers often enough gave the chance to developing nations where new promising names combined with stars kind of improved their games to a promising start for a year so that later on everybody can say, it all started in Perth. F.e., last year, think of Strycova later on rising to the top100 in singles.
If you think of ALG trying to decrease the number of events in 2005, this could very well mean a rise to top50 level in women´s singles later on. Combined with Tommy, this should be exciting. Not successful maybe, but exciting. And when I think of the rise Molik had after a number of solid performances in Perth in past years, AnnaLena definetly should get confidence just by playing those big names of couple of more times than in the tierIII events she is used to play.