* I knew Netherlands had a shot at being here, but the choice of male partner is so bad that they may as well not have bothered.
* Well, I suppose they want Golovin and Gasquet to qualify, so Netherlands is looking like a good choice now.
I wonder what happened to Amelie? And Fabrice and Sebastien for that matter?
* So Tommy Haas finally wants to play for Germany. He wouldn't play with Steffi Graf back in 2000, but he'll play with Anna-Lena Groenefeld? What happened to Marlene Weingartner and Nicolas Kiefer? I'd quite prefer them.
* Argentina - thank you! Guillermo Coria finally agreed to make up for his drug suspension two years ago. Gisela Dulko is a good second choice behind Paola Suarez. Virginia must want to play Auckland or Gold Coast.
* The top four seeds are great. Thank God that Marat and Anastasia are coming back. How boring would it be without them.
* Frankie's back! Yay! Davide back again. What happened to Filippo Volandri?
* A much weaker field than last year without Hewitt, Clijsters and Mauresmo.
* Overall, quite, um, interesting. Will be keenly watching Michaella Krajicek, Dulko, Golovin, Groenefeld, and of course my faves, Safin, Myskina, Hrbaty, Frankie and Molik.