If I could speculate the field for a moment...
Venus Williams and Taylor Dent have already signed up to play for the USA. Novak Djokovic has accepted an invitation to play alongside either Ana Ivanovic or Jelena Jankovic for Serbia... Now, previously, Paul McNamee has talked about inviting Roger Federer back, and also Rafael Nadal for the first time. With Martina Hingis back in the picture, the Swiss are more than likely to compete next year. Rafa has overcome his foot problems and could likely accept an invitation if they can find a suitable partner for him, like Anabel Medina Garrigues. Can you imagine the field so far?
Then how about this to boot? Russia has played the last few years with Marat Safin at the helm on most occasions. With Marat seemingly over his injury, he could be looking to return to play the Hopman Cup as it has helped in his Australian Open preparation in the past. If you'll remember, they tried to sign Maria Sharapova last year but lost to Gold Coast. Imagine if they could sign Maria to play with Marat? Even if Maria couldn't play, there's Dinara Safina, Marat's sister. Instant drawcards.
Best case scenario:
USA - Venus Williams and Taylor Dent.
SUI - Martina Hingis and Roger Federer.
RUS - Maria Sharapova and Marat Safin.
ESP - Anabel Medina Garrigues and Rafael Nadal.
SCG - Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic.
How hot would a field like that be? Even if out of that lot they could only sign Federer, Hingis, Williams, Dent and Safin, it would already be considered a stellar Hopman Cup lineup.
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