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tennisIlove09
Dec 6th, 2006, 03:23 AM
Mirza Withdraws From Auckland To Play Hopman Cup
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12/06/2006

Sania Mirza's commitment to represent India in the Hopman Cup has forced her to withdraw from the ASB Classic, which begins on January 1 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Hopman Cup mixed team exhibition starts on December 30 in Perth, Australia. Auckland tournament officials said the WTA Tour did not inform them of the Tour's existing agreement with the Hopman Cup when the ASB Classic initially announced its entry list with Mirza on it


"As tournament organizers we're extremely disappointed by the decision and have received an apology from the WTA for the miscommunication and the late notice," said ASB Classic tournament director Richard Palmer. "The fact this has happened highlights an area which the WTA needs to take a serious look at. Players taking part in exhibitions or non tour events in the same week as WTA sanctioned events is an issue which all tournaments are concerned about. Tournaments should take priority. Itís obviously a shame to miss out on Sania. There has been a lot of interest particularly from the Indian community in Auckland. However we still have the best field ever with four players in the top-20 and tickets sales are reflecting the quality of the field."
U.S. Open semifinalist Jelena Jankovic, ranked No. 12, former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina (No. 16), Marion Bartoli (No. 17) and Daniela Hantuchova (No. 18) lead the Auckland field. American veteran Jill Craybas, 74th-ranked Emma Laine of Finland and 76th-ranked Camille Pin have joined the field for the tournament, scheduled for January 1-6 at the ASB Tennis Centre.

switz
Dec 6th, 2006, 03:27 AM
Auckland is never going to take priority over the Hopman Cup for anyone to be blunt

Wannabeknowitall
Dec 6th, 2006, 03:32 AM
Is Mirza taking a break anytime soon?
She's playing right now. She's 66th in the world.
I just have a feeling she's going to have an early season burnout.

She could be like Alicia Molik and actually develop her game faster by playing for her country but Sania has a tendency to get sprains if she plays too much.

Привет
Dec 6th, 2006, 04:33 AM
Yes!!!!!! so happy to hear this, I was getting worried that I wouldn't get to watch Sania play in Perth. :D

DutchieGirl
Dec 6th, 2006, 05:36 AM
Pity, but not exactly a surprise.

kittyking
Dec 6th, 2006, 05:42 AM
Richard was surprised about this, just last week he was re-assuring me that Sania will be in Auckland

DutchieGirl
Dec 6th, 2006, 05:58 AM
Until India won the Asian Hopman Cup, promoting them into the actualy Hopman Cup. ;)

Mateo Mathieu
Dec 6th, 2006, 06:48 AM
Surprised? Are you kidding? :lol: Everyone knows Sania will play Perth over Auckland so, don't necessary to post this thread :p

Kunal
Dec 6th, 2006, 07:43 AM
sania is creating interest everywhere....

being an indian draws crowds for sure

kittyking
Dec 6th, 2006, 07:45 AM
Surprised? Are you kidding? :lol: Everyone knows Sania will play Perth over Auckland so, don't necessary to post this thread :p

Richard Palmer and the rest of the Auckland team didnt (well I did ask him last week but he thought I was confused with another player).

goldenlox
Dec 6th, 2006, 12:17 PM
How much does she get fined for this? She's not injured, and she already committed to Aukland.

Ben.
Dec 6th, 2006, 12:53 PM
ah well best if she plays hopman cup i reckon.

shibi
Dec 6th, 2006, 01:00 PM
How much does she get fined for this? She's not injured, and she already committed to Aukland.

Zilch, it seems.

WTA apparently has an arrangement with Hopman Cup organisers that it took precedence over ASB classic. :confused:

Fantastic
Dec 6th, 2006, 02:13 PM
I think in Sania's circumstance, they could've made an exemption anyway. She didn't know whether or not India would definitely qualify for the Hopman Cup, but just in case they didn't, she had to have a back-up plan. As a fully ITF-sanctioned event, playing the Hopman Cup is given equal consideration as Davis Cup and Fed Cup. While it's status is not as prestigious yet, it has been given equal footing. So if a player wants to play for their country in an officially recognized tournament, it should definitely take precedence over a tournament, especially a Tier 4.

DutchieGirl
Dec 6th, 2006, 07:48 PM
I think in Sania's circumstance, they could've made an exemption anyway. She didn't know whether or not India would definitely qualify for the Hopman Cup, but just in case they didn't, she had to have a back-up plan. As a fully ITF-sanctioned event, playing the Hopman Cup is given equal consideration as Davis Cup and Fed Cup. While it's status is not as prestigious yet, it has been given equal footing. So if a player wants to play for their country in an officially recognized tournament, it should definitely take precedence over a tournament, especially a Tier 4.

:yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 6th, 2006, 07:58 PM
I think in Sania's circumstance, they could've made an exemption anyway. She didn't know whether or not India would definitely qualify for the Hopman Cup, but just in case they didn't, she had to have a back-up plan. As a fully ITF-sanctioned event, playing the Hopman Cup is given equal consideration as Davis Cup and Fed Cup. While it's status is not as prestigious yet, it has been given equal footing. So if a player wants to play for their country in an officially recognized tournament, it should definitely take precedence over a tournament, especially a Tier 4.

its fully sanctioned by the ITF
but the WTA dont recognise it :rolleyes: and treat it as an Exho, they dont even count H2H from this (nor does the ATP)

DutchieGirl
Dec 6th, 2006, 08:03 PM
its fully sanctioned by the ITF
but the WTA dont recognise it :rolleyes: and treat it as an Exho, they dont even count H2H from this (nor does the ATP)

they did for a couple of years (count the head to heads) - and then changed it again! :lol:

Drake1980
Dec 6th, 2006, 08:18 PM
:eek: I would've chosen Auckland for sure but I guess she feels obligated to represent her country now that they've Qualified.

Mightymirza
Dec 6th, 2006, 09:14 PM
well surely hopman cup will give her more practice!! Hope sania would take some rest after the australian hardcourts else a burnout is inevitable!!

Привет
Dec 6th, 2006, 10:18 PM
I think in Sania's circumstance, they could've made an exemption anyway. She didn't know whether or not India would definitely qualify for the Hopman Cup, but just in case they didn't, she had to have a back-up plan. As a fully ITF-sanctioned event, playing the Hopman Cup is given equal consideration as Davis Cup and Fed Cup. While it's status is not as prestigious yet, it has been given equal footing. So if a player wants to play for their country in an officially recognized tournament, it should definitely take precedence over a tournament, especially a Tier 4.

Nicely said :yeah:

.Andrew.
Dec 6th, 2006, 11:50 PM
Good luck, Mirza! :)

DutchieGirl
Dec 7th, 2006, 03:20 AM
:eek: I would've chosen Auckland for sure but I guess she feels obligated to represent her country now that they've Qualified.

If she preferred to play Auckland, then she shouldn't have even played Asian HC...coz it would have been pointless to do so.

ASP0315
Dec 7th, 2006, 03:41 AM
Nice Choice from Sania. :yeah:
Since it is an exo, I would love to see Sania play some tough ranked opponents because it will be good practice for Australian open.

DutchieGirl
Dec 7th, 2006, 03:48 AM
Nice Choice from Sania. :yeah:
Since it is an exo, I would love to see Sania play some tough ranked opponents because it will be good practice for Australian open.

It's actually technically NOT an exo - it's ITF sanctioned... ;)