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TS
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:32 AM
Just got this from http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/

Pretty vague article in that it doesnt list who is actually playing (Im sure we'll get something more solid soon) but its a start.

Hopman Cup lands two No.1's
Tuesday, 15 October, 2002

PERTH, Oct 15 AAP - The $1 million Hopman Cup tournament has landed a coup by attracting both world No.1 ranked tennis players for the first time in its history.

Men's No.1 Lleyton Hewitt will again bypass hometown Adelaide to represent Australia with Alicia Molik in the eight nation, mixed teams event from Dec 28-Jan 4.
And women's world No.1 Serena Williams will play for the United States along with James Blake.

Hewitt's decision to play the Cup for a second year means he will forego the AAPT Championships in Adelaide which is played in the same week.
The 21-year-old scored his breakthrough ATP Tour title victory at the Adelaide tournament as a 16-year-old schoolboy and continued to play it until last summer when he decided to change his schedule in a bid to be fresher going into the Australian Open.

However, his Hopman Cup debut last summer was marred by a bout of chicken pox which continued to affect him as he was beaten in the first round of the Australian Open. Other big names to sign for the Hopman Cup include Hewitt's girlfriend, world No.5 Kim Clijsters of Belgium and No.9 Daniela Hantuchova from the Slovak Republic.

Australia is seeded No.2 behind the Americans, the other countries competing are the Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovak Republic, defending champions Spain, Italy and with the last team in the tournament to be decided between the winner of Paraguay and Uzbekistan.

Tournament director Paul McNamee said: "Serena Williams is raising the bar in women's tennis and it is a real milestone that in the 15th Hopman Cup Serena becomes the 15th No.1 to play. "I've watched James Blake progress through the last two years, he has developed into a formidable player with a fantastic forehand. "Serena and James are part of the new wave of players."

Very surprising qualifying nations, why Paraguay???... btw I would have liked to see Thailand come down.

monster
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:08 AM
Wow interesting teams!
And some great names!
No doubt Uzbekistan is Iroda- Yeah!!!
disappointing no Argentina- paols wasa real hit last year!

matthias
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:32 AM
they always want new teams

but this year it is very weird

Paraquay vs. Uzbekistan :eek:

jirobkk
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:32 AM
OMG, Thailand team isn't participated.

Paradorn/Tammy :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Nicky2002
Oct 15th, 2002, 10:16 AM
Uhm...I thought Nicole was going to play. How sad!

Good Luck Australia!!!!!

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Yeah, I love Tim "Tam"

salima
Oct 15th, 2002, 10:23 AM
Uzbekistan is Iroda Tulyaganova and Oleg Ogodorov

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:04 AM
go Iri/Oleg ;)

i wish we wanted to take part but no takers

~|Naomi|~
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:07 AM
I hope the czech republic is Daja and Jiri Novak and ofcourse that Belgium is Kim and Xavier Malisse. If it is this would be the best hopman eva, kim, daja, dani, lleyton and xavier:bounce: :bounce: I hope so

Gowza
Oct 15th, 2002, 12:15 PM
i hope it is iroda, it will be the first time i've seen her play and i've wanted to see her for the past two years but she has never been shown on australian t.v.

Mattographer
Oct 15th, 2002, 12:49 PM
OMG!! That means Rosanna Neffa-de los Rios will play the Hopman Cup? :hearts:

CellJr300
Oct 15th, 2002, 04:45 PM
Good News on IRODA/Oleg

Nacho
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:12 PM
Strong Teams :eek:

1. USA (Serena Williams & James Blake)
2. Australia (Lleyton Hewitt & Alicia Molik)
3. Czech Republic (Daja Bedanova & Jiri Novak)
4. Belgium (Kim Clijsters & Xavier Malisse)
5. Slovakia (Daniela Hantuchova & Dominik Hrbaty)
6. Spain (Arantxa Sánchez Vicario & Tommy Robredo)
7. Italy (Silvia Farina-Elia & Davide Sanguinetti)
8. Winner of Paraguay (Delgado, Neffa de los Rios) VS. Uzbekistan (Oleg, Iroda)

Either Paraguay or Uzbekistan will play the Hopamn Cup for the 1st time :)

~|Naomi|~
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:53 PM
Are they the seedings?:confused:

Monica_Rules
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:55 PM
Oh come on if Paraguay play then GBR should play!

Messenger
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:18 PM
It's sad that Monica isn't playing next year, nevertheless to have the world no. 1 from both tours playing is great publicity for the tournament!

Buitenzorg
Oct 16th, 2002, 04:31 AM
Whoo....I can't wait for this one! :D

Unfortunately ... No THAILAND or JAPAN are competing?...But at least UZBEKISTAN will representing ASIA Continent!

kfh_9118
Oct 16th, 2002, 09:46 AM
Very strong field :)

Hope Spain can defend their title :)

salima
Oct 16th, 2002, 10:02 AM
I just got this from Anvar:

The Uzbekistan team consists of Iroda Tulyaganova
and Oleg Ogorodov they will play against Paraguay, Rossana Neffa-de Los Rios and Ramon Delgado._ They will be playing in Session 1 which is on Saturday
28 December 2002 at 10am.

Nicky2002
Oct 16th, 2002, 10:03 AM
No wonder why Tammy and Paradorn are not coming over.

Keep cool guys!

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Yeah, I love Tim "Tam"

Gus
Oct 16th, 2002, 11:22 AM
I AM SO SHOCKED THAT AMELIE AND PHM ARE IN THE QUALLIES
HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
She's n° 4 in the world... He has won two straight tournies and beat top seeds like Marat or Gustavo...
What the hell are the organizers trying to prove !

Aloysius
Oct 16th, 2002, 01:47 PM
Gus? Are you okay? France were not invited to compete this year. Perhaps next year, buddy.

Nacho
Oct 16th, 2002, 04:19 PM
Yes, those were the seeds, and these are the groups:

Group A: USA (1), Belgium (4), Spain (8), Paraguay or Uzbekistan.

Group B: Australia (2), Czech Republic (3), Slovakia (5) Italy (7).

Frankly I don't see Spain defending the title :rolleyes:

anabel
Oct 16th, 2002, 05:50 PM
Well at least Arantxa plays it :)

Becool
Oct 17th, 2002, 04:28 PM
YAY! Go USA and UZB :D

Ryan
Oct 17th, 2002, 09:55 PM
Good luck Spain, Italy, Paraguay, Belgium and Australia!

~|Naomi|~
Oct 18th, 2002, 05:39 AM
Good Luck mostly to BELGIUM and then Australia, Czech republic and Slovak republic. Kim, Lleyton, Daja and Dani. My four biggest faves:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Come on Belgium take the cup:bounce: :bounce:

The Vampiress
Oct 18th, 2002, 06:24 AM
Where is Switzerland :confused:

Aloysius
Oct 18th, 2002, 01:33 PM
Martina Hingis went on a break. Other female Swiss players either not good enough (in other words, they don't want a repeat of last years' disaster with Miro) or were not available. Roger wanted to play but was dependent on finding a suitable female partner.

~|Naomi|~
Oct 18th, 2002, 11:30 PM
Myriam Casanova surely would have been good enough, she has beaten Henin after all and is still only 17 years old:confused:

Experimentee
Oct 20th, 2002, 08:56 AM
I think there might be a restriction on the number of tournaments Myriam can play, but not sure if that includes Hopman Cup. If it doesnt they should have picked her coz that would make a very good team that i'd like to see!

Experimentee
Oct 20th, 2002, 09:03 AM
And also, why are Czech Rep seeded ahead of Belgium even though the Belgian team seem to me to be better, and have experience playing with each other at Hopman Cup? Anyone know how the seedings are decided?

xin_hui
Oct 20th, 2002, 09:20 AM
maybe it was deliberate. coz if belgium was seeded 3rd, it would mean aus and bel in the same grp. and that would mean someone and someone would have to playagainst each other in the mixed;)

~|Naomi|~
Oct 20th, 2002, 10:34 AM
There are restrictions on the amount of tournaments Myriam can play till she turns 18 but the Hopman Cup wouldn't of been counted as it is an ITF run event not a WTA run event.

I can't understand the seedings either. I think Belgium should be seeded ahead of Australia and the Czech Republic, Belgium should be the 2nd seeds and the Czechs the 3rd seeds and the aussies the 4th seeds and I'm an aussie. But if you add the players ranks together you get Belgium = 29, Czech Republic = 44 and Australia = 102, I understand Australia is seeded 2 because of Lleyton but it is a mixed event and he can't win it by himself, not meaning to sound rude towards Alicia she is a great player when she is on but she has to plaay Dani, Daja and Farina Elia so I really don't see her winning a match.

I think the final will be USA V Czech Republic or the Slovaks

Who do you all think will be in the final?

Experimentee
Oct 20th, 2002, 03:15 PM
I hope the final is USA or Belgium vs Slovakia, and i think thats a very realistic chance of occurring.
I agree maybe the seeding was deliberate to give Australia a better draw, since the tournament is in Australia and all. Hewitt and Alicia should have been seeded #5 but now they are seeded 2 they get a better draw. Alicia has a more realistic chance of beating Farina and Bedanova than Serena or Kim.

salima
Oct 20th, 2002, 06:33 PM
Originally from The Vampiress

Where is Switzerland

In europe, in the Alps:) :)

~|Naomi|~
Oct 21st, 2002, 12:28 AM
yeah experimentee I agree Molik has a better shot at either Farina or Daja but really I can't see her beating either after all Molik just lost in 2nd round qualies in Luxembourg to a french girl I've never heard of:rolleyes: So I definately think either Czech or Slovak reoublic will be in the final from group B and USA from group A but hopefully it is BELGIUM from Group A. Kim has to get her first win over Serena some time she has been so close 3 times now. Un fact I see Australia struggling to beat Italy:rolleyes: :rolleyes: it will definaately come down to the mixed against them.

BelgianGirl
Oct 21st, 2002, 02:53 PM
It won't be easy, but I hope Kim and Xavier will take the cup home to Belgium!!! :bounce: :p :bounce:

Experimentee
Oct 23rd, 2002, 02:15 PM
I think Belgium has a good chance to win against USA because Serena is usually rusty at the start of the season because she goes to fashion school in the summer, and this is the best chance anyone has to beat Serena. Although Kim was also rusty at last years Hopman Cup. If Xavier plays well he also has a good chance to take out Blake, and Kim and Xavier are more experienced in playing doubles together, while Serena hasnt played mixed doubles for years. I think it'll be a toss up between Belgium and USA for the final, and it all depends on how Serena plays. Of course if shes in top form they have no chance because Blake is a pretty good doubles player.

Habsudovafan
Oct 27th, 2002, 03:26 PM
GO SLOVAKIA!! I hope Daniela and Dominik can do what Karina and Karol did a few years ago!!!!