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matthias
Nov 22nd, 2006, 05:07 PM
Nicoals Kiefer posted today on his website

22.11.2006 : Kiwi-Comeback beim Hopman Cup Die lange Pause neigt sich endlich dem Ende entgegen. Nicolas Kiefer wird zum Jahreswechsel auf die Turnierszene zurückkehren. Die Einladung zur Teilnahme am Hopman Cup, die ihn erreichte, sagte er umgehend zu: „Das war beim letzten Mal ein gutes Omen und wird es hoffentlich auch dieses Mal. Ich freue mich, dass die Veranstalter mich nicht vergessen haben. Der Hopman Cup ist als Einstandsturnier optimal für mich, da ich sichere Spielpraxis haben werde.“ Wer an der Seite von Kiwi für Deutschland, das anstelle von Südkorea teilnehmen wird, antritt, steht offenbar noch nicht fest. Bei der letzten Auflage war es Anna-Lena Grönefeld.


it´s written Germany will replace SouthKorea
it´s not out yet who is partner will be
it will be his first torunament after his injury

ChrisCologne
Nov 22nd, 2006, 06:58 PM
Du warst quicker ;-)

Привет
Nov 22nd, 2006, 09:03 PM
I had a feeling that Korea would not be able to partake, but is there anything other than on his website that makes it official? If this is for real, than Anna-Lena better be his partner.

SeNoRiTa
Nov 23rd, 2006, 02:16 AM
danke für die Nachrichten

Verdasco
Nov 23rd, 2006, 07:31 AM
Nicholas Kiefer and Martina Muller will be playing for Germany.

Привет
Nov 23rd, 2006, 09:42 AM
Um yeah... :o I know I was one of the ones saying about how Korea didn't deserve a main draw spot when they were given one, but I would have much preferred Korea over this German team. I can't stand Kiefer :mad: And Martina is not the type of player I enjoy watching, I wouldn't have minded watching Anna-Lena play again, but Martina :o Hopman Cup 2007 is unfortunately getting worse as it gets closer. :(

SeNoRiTa
Nov 23rd, 2006, 10:15 AM
this is the media release i was sent by email

Germany Into Hopman

2006 Australian Open semi-finalist Nicolas Kiefer and team mate Martina Muller, ranked 34, have answered the call up to replace Korea at this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. Korea were forced out of the tournament yesterday after Yoon Jeong Cho injured herself in a practice match. Germany will join USA, Australia and Russia in Group A giving the Aussie combination of Alicia Molik and Mark Philippoussis a tricky second match.

In further news, Kiefer is not the only late starter in Perth, due to the introduction of Daylight Saving in Western Australia, all sessions at Hyundai Hopman Cup will commence one hour later. Day Sessions will start at 11.00am and Night Sessions 6.30pm with the Friday night Final commencing at 6.00pm.

Germany will seamlessly replace Korea in the schedule so will face the defending Champions USA in their first match on Saturday evening 30 December. Muller will play 5 time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams and Nicolas Kiefer will face Taylor Dent. Their third match is against number one seeds Russia. There are no other changes to the schedule.

Kiefer played Hopman Cup for the first time last year, winning matches against Gaston Gaudio and Wayne Arthurs before taking his good form to Melbourne for a career best Grand Slam semi-final appearance where he gallantly lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in a four set match. Later in the year he was a member of Germany’s team that made it to the final of the World Team Cup.

24 year old Martina is the second ranked German player and is in career best form, reaching the semi-finals in Budapest, finishing the year with a WTA ranking of 34. She won 4 tournaments on the ITF circuit in 2006: Civitavechia (Italy), Cagnes Sur Mer (France), Baden Baden (Germany) and Bordeaux (France).

Tickets for Hyundai Hopman Cup are now on sale at all Ticketek outlets.

Hyundai Hopman Cup XIX, to be held from 30 December 2006 to 5 January 2007, is the Official Mixed Teams Competition of the ITF.

cfc_4_ever
Nov 23rd, 2006, 10:49 AM
I am thrilled!!!! Anythin was better than South Korea. Makes Australias draw much harder. Instead of Winning onli 1 tie against Korea, it will be 0.

Verdasco
Nov 23rd, 2006, 11:20 AM
:bigclap: Let's go Aussie lets go :bigclap: Let's go Aussie lets go :bigclap: Let's go Aussie lets go :bigclap: Let's go Aussie lets go :bigclap: Let's go Aussie lets go :bigclap:

Verdasco
Nov 23rd, 2006, 11:21 AM
Actually, I quite enjoyed the South Korean team.

NOT!

Anyway I hate Martina M's grunt it sounds so retarded. I've only seen her play once before when she lost 6-1 6-2 to Kim at US Open 2005 first round.

I am thrilled!!!! Anythin was better than South Korea. Makes Australias draw much harder. Instead of Winning onli 1 tie against Korea, it will be 0.

Fantastic
Nov 23rd, 2006, 02:33 PM
If Kiwi's going, so am I !! :D

This is a vast improvement on Korea. The team is ranked higher too.

cfc_4_ever
Nov 24th, 2006, 01:14 AM
Where was the team in the first place??? Obviously they were both willing and availible??

Привет
Nov 24th, 2006, 05:14 AM
It is an improvement on Korea ranking wise, but for me I'd rather watch Korea just because I really dislike both these German players :( :mad: Give me Tommy and Anna-Lena any day.

cfc_4_ever
Nov 24th, 2006, 07:40 AM
It is an improvement on Korea ranking wise, but for me I'd rather watch Korea just because I really dislike both these German players :( :mad: Give me Tommy and Anna-Lena any day.

Mayb they cud hav had that if they went after them first. It means ya can cheer AGAINST em. Atleast they will be compeditive.

Привет
Nov 24th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Mayb they cud hav had that if they went after them first. It means ya can cheer AGAINST em. Atleast they will be compeditive.
Point taken, although I don't really enjoy cheering against people all that often, what are you going to do, watch them lose and then say "HA! Take that, you lost!" and then sit there feeling some sort of achievement that the person you wanted to lose lost. :lol:

cfc_4_ever
Nov 24th, 2006, 11:40 AM
Point taken, although I don't really enjoy cheering against people all that often, what are you going to do, watch them lose and then say "HA! Take that, you lost!" and then sit there feeling some sort of achievement that the person you wanted to lose lost. :lol:

No ya dont cheer for them losing (unless it is mark), ya just go for the other person, then at the end ya can go the person i was going for won. I actually dont mind Kiefer, he is annoying but i can put up with it, and i havent seen Muller play live, so i will reserve my thoughts till after she plays Venus

Привет
Nov 24th, 2006, 11:06 PM
No ya dont cheer for them losing (unless it is mark), ya just go for the other person, then at the end ya can go the person i was going for won. I actually dont mind Kiefer, he is annoying but i can put up with it, and i havent seen Muller play live, so i will reserve my thoughts till after she plays Venus

If I had half a brain I could have figured this out myself :lol: I never used to have an opinion on Kiefer but I've got the impression that he is pretty immature and thinks highly of himself. That gets an immediate thumbs down from me. :D

A Magicman
Nov 24th, 2006, 11:11 PM
That's just the way he appears, but this is completely wrong.

I am from his hometown and here, he is a big sponsor of a charity thing calles "bed by night". He raised over 500.000€ so there could be a shelter for homeless kids, so they could sleep safely at night, eat, take a shower and so on.

Plus, he has this special relationship to a young guy who is severely ill and visits him when home.

I think he always just appears like the bad guy, but he obviously has a good heart. :)

Carsten
Dec 17th, 2006, 03:09 PM
On his website Nicolas Kiefer writes that he can't play the Hopman Cup because it's too early after his injury... so I wonder who will replace him/Germany :confused:

shrOOf
Dec 17th, 2006, 03:20 PM
what about mayer or kohlschreiber?

Carsten
Dec 17th, 2006, 03:23 PM
what about mayer or kohlschreiber?

please not Mayer :lol: I would prefer Benny Becker but I think they will invite a different country now... but I don't know...

matthias
Dec 17th, 2006, 03:27 PM
omg - Hopman Cup is just a joke this year

Kris
Dec 17th, 2006, 04:33 PM
I do not think they will invite a new team...

kfh_9118
Dec 18th, 2006, 02:00 AM
Kiwi :( :sad:

SeNoRiTa
Dec 18th, 2006, 02:08 AM
i also don't think they'll invite a new team. there are plenty of german guys they could invite

Привет
Dec 18th, 2006, 03:54 AM
i also don't think they'll invite a new team. there are plenty of german guys they could invite

I'd rather them invite a new team! Who else is there? I don't really enjoy watching Mayer play. Never watched Kohlschreiber. How about Schuettler? Is he even still playing? Tommy Haas? Schuettler or Haas would be fine, but I think they should start panicking and try to get a new team if neither of these guys will play. Argentina? It's not as if Dulko has much to defend anywhere, and she's not exactly guarenteed to win matches in other tournaments. She seemed to enjoy playing here when she did. And then for the men there is plenty of choice. Nalbandian would be out of the question (I think) but then there is Gaudio, Coria (not sure how he is with his injury), Acasuso, Monaco, Chela... if they can get them then why not do it? I'm probably not being rational though as I don't really want to watch Germany. :D

matthias
Dec 18th, 2006, 09:36 AM
noone would like to watch a Team Müller/Mayer or Müller/Phau :lol:

poor HopmanCup

Carsten
Dec 18th, 2006, 10:10 AM
I'd rather them invite a new team! Who else is there? I don't really enjoy watching Mayer play. Never watched Kohlschreiber. How about Schuettler? Is he even still playing? Tommy Haas? Schuettler or Haas would be fine, but I think they should start panicking and try to get a new team if neither of these guys will play. Argentina? It's not as if Dulko has much to defend anywhere, and she's not exactly guarenteed to win matches in other tournaments. She seemed to enjoy playing here when she did. And then for the men there is plenty of choice. Nalbandian would be out of the question (I think) but then there is Gaudio, Coria (not sure how he is with his injury), Acasuso, Monaco, Chela... if they can get them then why not do it? I'm probably not being rational though as I don't really want to watch Germany. :D

Kohlschreiber is really nice to watch sometimes and he's a great player if he is on... he would be a possibility.. also Benny Becker... Haas would be the best choice of course, but I dont think he'll play, because after he played it in 2005 he had a terrible year :lol:
Schuettler is still playing, yes, but he's in very very bad shape since 2004/05 and although he would be in good shape he's still boring to watch :zzz: same for Phau and Waske (ok at least he shows some emotions ;) )
As a up and coming player they could invite Mischa Zverev...

~Carsten~
Dec 18th, 2006, 10:40 AM
They should invite Alexander Waske! He is cool and with Kiefer the only german Tennis player at the ATP I like. He plays good tennis and not this 0815 type of player. It's fun to watch his matches.

rrfnpump
Dec 18th, 2006, 11:20 AM
Alex Waske is the biggest crap ever, boring game and a :cuckoo: personality

~Carsten~
Dec 18th, 2006, 11:34 AM
Alex Waske is the biggest crap ever, boring game and a :cuckoo: personality

:lol: well, I like him :) and he has more personality than "Mr. Cocky/ Arrogant" Thomas Haas.

Carsten
Dec 18th, 2006, 12:03 PM
:lol: well, I like him :) and he has more personality than "Mr. Cocky/ Arrogant" Thomas Haas.

Tommy also has personality and a game which is 1000000 times nicer to watch :ras: ;)

I don't like Waske in singles because I don't wanna see about 80% of service winners and return errors :lol: But in doubles he really brings some pep in it ;)

Highlandman
Dec 18th, 2006, 03:39 PM
They should invite Benjamin Becker for Nicolas Kiefer.

Maybe he has chances against Mardy Fish, because I don't think that Martina Muller has any chance against a Venus Williams.

A Magicman
Dec 18th, 2006, 06:03 PM
Alexander Waske is dull as a nut but he is really cool in playing for his country, cos he is really keen to represent Germany whenever he's given the chance to do so.

But we gotta face it - our times of dominance are over and will not return for quite a while.

Carsten
Dec 18th, 2006, 06:44 PM
But we gotta face it - our times of dominance are over and will not return for quite a while.

It' already over for a long time but I don't really mind... Haas and Kiwi are 2 great players ehich I like a lot more than Becker or Stich :)

Drake1980
Dec 18th, 2006, 08:03 PM
I wish that Muller would've picked Auckland or Gold Coast for this week. She could've been seeded for OZ Open. She still may be though:)

matthias
Dec 20th, 2006, 09:27 PM
so, who will replace Kiefer now ???

i really would like to know

Привет
Dec 20th, 2006, 11:22 PM
I think we'd all really like to know. But last time (yesterday) I checked the Hopman website it was still Kiefer/Muller. So whether the organisers are still trying to find another German player, maybe they can't get one to play, in that case they would have to find another team. Either that or the organisers don't know that he can't play, but I don't think that would be likely, Kiefer would've notified them saying he couldn't play.

Привет
Dec 20th, 2006, 11:24 PM
Just checked the website and it still has Kiefer as the male player on the German team.

~Carsten~
Dec 21st, 2006, 06:19 AM
Well France will replace Germany!
That was the best they could do.

matthias
Dec 21st, 2006, 06:49 AM
good decision
but what will Martina do now in first week?

Привет
Dec 21st, 2006, 08:27 AM
I'm happy with France as the replacement. Tatiana & Jerome are a better team than Martina & whoever would have substituted for Kiefer.

Carsten
Dec 21st, 2006, 10:30 AM
as I expected ;) I knew they wouldn't invite a team like Müller/Kohlschreiber or Müller/Mayer :lol: ok Heanel isn't as good as these two but Tati is more popular than Müller :lol:

Привет
Dec 21st, 2006, 11:16 PM
as I expected ;) I knew they wouldn't invite a team like Müller/Kohlschreiber or Müller/Mayer :lol: ok Heanel isn't as good as these two but Tati is more popular than Müller :lol:

I'm much happier with France than Germany :D Sorry, I haven't minded watching Germany the past few years, but without Anna-Lena I lose interest int them. France haven't competed at the Hopman Cup for a few years so it's nice to get them back. I prefer watching Tati to Martina. :D

Ravsieg
Dec 28th, 2006, 01:59 PM
lol, like Phillippoussis had chances against Hyung-Taik Lee?