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Fantastic
Oct 25th, 2006, 05:05 PM
2008 is the Hopman Cup's 20th Anniversary and to commemorate the occasion, I think the Hopman Cup should try to gather a field of former champion nations with as many former champion players competing as possible.

The former champion nations include:

Czech Republic
Spain
Switzerland
Germany
Croatia
Australia
USA
Slovak Republic
South Africa

Note: Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia no longer exist as nations.

What I want you to do is to nominate players to represent those countries and let's see what we can come up with to be the most worthy of an anniversary special for 2008.

We'll pretend that there's no such thing as an Asian Hopman Cup and just submit two nations who will play qualifying. ;)

I'll post my field later, but have fun with yours. :D

The other thing I want you to do with those 9 nations is to come up with the best players to have played IN the Hopman Cup for those nations and comprise an "All-Stars" lineup. For example, James Blake has won two Hopman Cups for the USA, so he is the top choice for the male "All-Star" for the USA. Ask yourself, who was the best female representative and then list her. It's obviously going to be easier for some nations than others. For example, South Africa cannot go past Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer. They won a Hopman Cup together and they've played by far more HC's than any other South African representative (and thus won more matches). But then you get quandries like for Switzerland - Roger Federer or Jakob Hlasek? Federer only played two HC's but Jakob has played in one more. Both are former champions. Whom do you choose? Does it come down to singles records? Doubles records? Overall records? The fact that Roger is the number one player in the world? It's entirely up to you!

cfc_4_ever
Oct 26th, 2006, 03:24 AM
Roger defientely. What about run the normal HC, but have a legends field of the past winners or if ya cant fill it that way, past player of HHC and past countries. Play just 1 set matches, and ya can run btw the breaks, B4 the women singles, b4 the men and b4 the mixed. Would keep the crowd entertained and could be a real laugh. Then just have em play the final the same time the actually final is on. Ya could start a real tradition

Martian Stacey
Oct 26th, 2006, 04:52 AM
Switzerland - Definately Martina and Roger. Martina has never lost a singles match at Hopman Cup, and well you can't go past Roger ;)

Will try to come up more teams later

Fantastic
Oct 29th, 2006, 04:57 PM
All-Stars:

Croatia: Goran Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli

Ivanisevic and Majoli were the 1996 champions and have been Croatia's only representatives so far. Ivanisevic and Majoli also competed together in 1997.

South Africa: Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer

It's had to go past the 2000 champions. Coetzer has played the most number of Hopman Cups of any player, in total a record of nine! Ferreira is not far behind, having played seven, all of them with Coetzer

Switzerland: Roger Federer and Martina Hingis

I wanted to go with Jakob Hlasek purely on statistics, but you can't go past Roger Federer. Plus, the names Hlasek and Hingis doesn't look right together. They are from two different eras. Hingis and Federer were the 2001 champions.

USA: James Blake and Lindsay Davenport

USA are four-time champions, having been victorious in 1997, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Blake was a member of the 2003 and 2004 teams. His partner in 2004 was Lindsay Davenport, who just usurped Serena Williams because she had also competed in 1999 and 1995.

Czech Republic: Petr Korda and Jana Novotna

Korda and Novotna were the 1994 champions, having also competed together in 1993 and 1995. Korda also participated in 1990 and 1991 with Helena Sukova and Regina Rajchrtova (now his wife), respectively.

Spain: Emilio Sanchez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

The brother-sister team remain the only pair of siblings to win the Hopman Cup, all the way back in 1990. Arantxa also won a second HC with Tommy Robredo in 2002. Arantxa and Emilio played together 4 times.

Germany: Boris Becker and Steffi Graf

Although these two never won together, they have both won with other partners. Becker with Anke Huber in 1995 and Graf with Michael Stich in 1993. Becker got the nod over Stich for having also played alongside Graf in 1992. Graf got the nod over Huber just because she's none other than Steffi Graf.

Slovak Republic: Karol Kucera and Daniela Hantuchova

The Slovaks triumphed in 1998 as qualifiers and in 2005 as the third-seeded team. Although Kucera and Hantuchova have never won together, they did make one final together in 2004. Kucera got the nod over Dominik Hrbaty for playing in two finals. Hantuchova got the nod over Karina Habsudova for the same reason.

Australia: Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic

The was a tough decision. The choice of Mark Philippoussis was easy. He's Australia's only male champion here. Hewitt and Cash came close in 2003 and 1989, respectively, and Rafter was unlucky not to make the final in 1998. It's the decision to select Dokic that could rile some opinions. Alicia Molik probably deserves this spot, but Dokic has done what Molik hasn't been able to, and that is to win the Hopman Cup.

cfc_4_ever
Oct 30th, 2006, 12:14 AM
All-Stars:

Croatia: Goran Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli

Ivanisevic and Majoli were the 1996 champions and have been Croatia's only representatives so far. Ivanisevic and Majoli also competed together in 1997.

South Africa: Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer

It's had to go past the 2000 champions. Coetzer has played the most number of Hopman Cups of any player, in total a record of nine! Ferreira is not far behind, having played seven, all of them with Coetzer

Switzerland: Roger Federer and Martina Hingis

I wanted to go with Jakob Hlasek purely on statistics, but you can't go past Roger Federer. Plus, the names Hlasek and Hingis doesn't look right together. They are from two different eras. Hingis and Federer were the 2001 champions.

USA: James Blake and Lindsay Davenport

USA are four-time champions, having been victorious in 1997, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Blake was a member of the 2003 and 2004 teams. His partner in 2004 was Lindsay Davenport, who just usurped Serena Williams because she had also competed in 1999 and 1995.

Czech Republic: Petr Korda and Jana Novotna

Korda and Novotna were the 1994 champions, having also competed together in 1993 and 1995. Korda also participated in 1990 and 1991 with Helena Sukova and Regina Rajchrtova (now his wife), respectively.

Spain: Emilio Sanchez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

The brother-sister team remain the only pair of siblings to win the Hopman Cup, all the way back in 1990. Arantxa also won a second HC with Tommy Robredo in 2002. Arantxa and Emilio played together 4 times.

Germany: Boris Becker and Steffi Graf

Although these two never won together, they have both won with other partners. Becker with Anke Huber in 1995 and Graf with Michael Stich in 1993. Becker got the nod over Stich for having also played alongside Graf in 1992. Graf got the nod over Huber just because she's none other than Steffi Graf.

Slovak Republic: Karol Kucera and Daniela Hantuchova

The Slovaks triumphed in 1998 as qualifiers and in 2005 as the third-seeded team. Although Kucera and Hantuchova have never won together, they did make one final together in 2004. Kucera got the nod over Dominik Hrbaty for playing in two finals. Hantuchova got the nod over Karina Habsudova for the same reason.

Australia: Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic

The was a tough decision. The choice of Mark Philippoussis was easy. He's Australia's only male champion here. Hewitt and Cash came close in 2003 and 1989, respectively, and Rafter was unlucky not to make the final in 1998. It's the decision to select Dokic that could rile some opinions. Alicia Molik probably deserves this spot, but Dokic has done what Molik hasn't been able to, and that is to win the Hopman Cup.

Slovak made it to the final in 2004, as finishing third in group b, after belguim and aus, pulled out. And good pick with Linsay ova Serena. I remeber wen Serena won and she was like ok, but Linsay atleast pretened (or did) care. So i wud keep it the same and put Dominik in. I cant stand Mark, so i would being going for the swiss. They would win. Unless Steffi Graff was at her best. What bout Thailand???? They were so gud, even though they didnt win, the crowd loved em and they where fun

Buitenzorg
Nov 22nd, 2006, 04:24 AM
Would be a very great HOPMAN CUP if this is happen :p I wouldn't hold my breath though ;)