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Oct 24th, 2008, 11:40 PM
http://sports.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Tennis/News/Pennetta_Bolelli_to_represent_Italy_at_Hopman_Cup/articleshow/3636601.cms

Pennetta, Bolelli to represent Italy at Hopman Cup

AUSTRALIA: In-form Italian Flavia Pennetta will team up with Simone Bolelli to represent Italy at the Hopman Cup in January, organisers said o
n Friday.

Pennetta, 26, is ranked 14th in the world and was the fourth top-20 woman announced for the unique mixed-teams event.
She has won two tournaments this year and was a beaten finalist in the Zurich Open last weekend, losing to American Venus Williams.
Bolelli, 23, currently enjoys a career-high singles ranking of 42 and is also a competent doubles player.

Italy have never won the Hopman Cup, which this year will be held on January 3-9.

The Italians join the Slovak Republic's Dominik Hrbaty and Dominika Cibulkova, German duo Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer, France's Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon, Australia's Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt and Russia's Dinara Safina and Marat Safin in the eight-nation field.

One more team, expected to be the USA, will be announced at the draw on October 28, with the eighth spot in the field to be taken by the winner of the Asian Hopman Cup in Kazakhstan in early November.

hellas719
Oct 24th, 2008, 11:42 PM
No Spain, Switzerland or Czech Rep.?

Billabong
Oct 24th, 2008, 11:43 PM
No Serbia:sad:?

Hachiko
Oct 24th, 2008, 11:45 PM
It's refreshing to see so many new players.

Zojirushi
Oct 24th, 2008, 11:50 PM
very strong field there!

Safin and Safina:eek:

young_gunner913
Oct 24th, 2008, 11:51 PM
Hopefully we have a WS playing for the US, if not. Let's go Bethanie Mattek! :hearts:

ElusiveChanteuse
Oct 25th, 2008, 07:07 AM
Flavia + Simon = Hot :hearts: :p

schorsch
Oct 25th, 2008, 07:17 AM
Cool :D they are gonna be a great team :)

i love hopman cup its so much fun. and the fact that they are mixing the team choices up is sooo great :) i still cant get over the german choice though. kiwi :help: but he's good at doubles so thats sumfin.

In The Zone
Oct 25th, 2008, 07:18 AM
I am expecting someone like Craybas or King to be for Team USA.

Venus is in HK and Serena is playing Sydney.

Dinayer
Oct 25th, 2008, 07:19 AM
Flavia and Simone, Alize and Gilles, Dinara and Marat :hearts:

:banana:

schorsch
Oct 25th, 2008, 08:16 AM
I am expecting someone like Craybas or King to be for Team USA.

Venus is in HK and Serena is playing Sydney.

:spit:

i think they should ask mattek

Mashabator
Oct 25th, 2008, 08:19 AM
go casey and lleyton

So Disrespectful
Oct 25th, 2008, 08:23 AM
OMG Simone? :woohoo:

CooCooCachoo
Oct 25th, 2008, 08:59 AM
Great team :D

Golovinjured.
Oct 25th, 2008, 09:12 AM
Simone and Flavia is a great team! I never even thought about Italy as a team, I remember the days Sanguinetti was representing them. Good times.

Wasn't Bolelli banned from competing for Italy by their tennis federation, I would have thought this would come under that rule?

MaBaker
Oct 25th, 2008, 09:42 AM
Marat and Dinara :eek: I can't wait to see that :lol:

Sander.
Oct 25th, 2008, 09:52 AM
Marat and Dinara:lol: Great couple!

Dexter
Oct 25th, 2008, 09:58 AM
What a hot duo! :drool:

Elldee
Oct 25th, 2008, 10:59 AM
Raymond might get picked again for the USA.

Привет
Oct 25th, 2008, 11:08 AM
I am expecting someone like Craybas or King to be for Team USA.

Venus is in HK and Serena is playing Sydney.

Is Sydney during the week of Hopman Cup next year? Because normally Sydney has been the week after. That's a shame that Hopman Cup won't get a Williams sister if that is the case. :(

I guess I'm holding out for Lindsay now. Davenport/Querrey would be cool. Please not Raymond. :( Ask Muhammad, McNamee! :hearts:

Radekleroad, I'm not sure whether Hopman Cup is associated with the ITF. That ban I would assume would only be for ITF tournaments, which is Davis Cup basically. So if it's not then they can't do anything about Bolelli playing. Besides, I think the Hopman Cup organisers would've sorted that out before inviting him to play.

Szczecin
Oct 25th, 2008, 11:08 AM
Schiavone would have been a great choice as well, her record at the Hopman Cup is excellent.

She has wins over Clijsters and Seles and has a record something like 7-1. (Loss to number 3 Myskina).

Good Luck to Flavia.

Mattographer
Oct 25th, 2008, 11:09 AM
I am expecting someone like Craybas or King to be for Team USA.

Venus is in HK and Serena is playing Sydney.
Perth and Sydney isn't in same week but I don't expecting Serena to come, anyway.

I'm exciting about Simone! :D Saw him at Wimbledon and I was :drool: at him.

gmak
Oct 25th, 2008, 11:14 AM
flavia & simone :hearts: :yeah:
marat & dinara :woohoo: :rocker:

great teams!

FORZA SARITA
Oct 25th, 2008, 12:56 PM
Flavia/Simone :hearts::hearts::hearts: luckily it wasn't Seppi :tape::banana:

Simone and Flavia is a great team! I never even thought about Italy as a team, I remember the days Sanguinetti was representing them. Good times.

Wasn't Bolelli banned from competing for Italy by their tennis federation, I would have thought this would come under that rule?

indeed :confused:

Mattographer
Oct 25th, 2008, 02:28 PM
What happened to Simone and the Italian Tennis Federation? :confused:

SOA_MC
Oct 26th, 2008, 05:48 AM
What happened to Simone and the Italian Tennis Federation? :confused:

Simone Bolelli has been banned from any and all of Italy's national team events, including Davis Cup and the Olympics, for skipping out on his country's Davis Cup tie against Latvia this weekend. The 45th-ranked baller will also be denied any wild cards assigned for select tourneys by their federation.

AcesHigh
Oct 26th, 2008, 06:13 AM
Wow.. poor field it looks like, especially on the men's side.. a bunch of washed up players there.

n.sad
Oct 26th, 2008, 06:55 AM
novak wants to play hopman but ana and jelena have different plans , so no serbian team this year...

enchantrezz
Oct 26th, 2008, 06:56 AM
Wow.. poor field it looks like, especially on the men's side.. a bunch of washed up players there.

Washed up, indeed :drool:

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/1_23.jpg

supergrunt
Oct 26th, 2008, 12:17 PM
U.S. will probably be Mattek/Fish :shrug: .

Mattographer
Oct 26th, 2008, 12:37 PM
Simone Bolelli has been banned from any and all of Italy's national team events, including Davis Cup and the Olympics, for skipping out on his country's Davis Cup tie against Latvia this weekend. The 45th-ranked baller will also be denied any wild cards assigned for select tourneys by their federation.
Is that so? :shrug:

Willam
Oct 26th, 2008, 12:42 PM
What a joke, no Spain, Serbia, Argentina or Switzerland

It should be:

Russia
Serbia
Usa
Spain
Argentina
Italy
France
Slovakia or Australia :shrug:

Willam
Oct 26th, 2008, 12:44 PM
by the way change the title to SimonE becuase it seems you're talking about gilles.

Noctis
Oct 26th, 2008, 12:45 PM
Wow Safin and Dina all the wat :rocker2:

Привет
Oct 26th, 2008, 12:47 PM
The Hopman Cup is an invitational event. :shrug: Whose to say that all those nations best players were invited to play and declined? I think the teams that are playing would be better than a Spanish team of two players outside the top 100, for example.

lympyisthebest
Oct 26th, 2008, 12:56 PM
What a joke, no Spain, Serbia, Argentina or Switzerland

It should be:

Russia
Serbia
Usa
Spain
Argentina
Italy
France
Slovakia or Australia :shrug:

What do you mean "or Australia", Australia is the host nation, i don't think there's any question whether Australia should participate or not. :lol:

Willam
Oct 26th, 2008, 12:58 PM
you're right sorry. i forgot this little fact. :lol: