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JarkaFish
Dec 14th, 2012, 11:19 AM
She posted it on her Facebook:


https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/543943_415304528541179_917288804_n.jpg


HOPMAN CUP 2013 .This is my very first Hopman Cup participation and I am so delighted to be a part of it. The history of this event is so amazing with so many pastchampions that have played including this year - the line-up is fantastic.
It's an honour and a privilege to be part of this event and I would like to
thank everyone for making this possible. I hope to learn and gain experience
from being involved and as this is the lead up to my first ever Grand Slam
Main Draw event I can't think of better preparation then this. I hope this
is the beginning of a series of times that I can commit to being involved in
such an amazing exhibition such as this the Hopman Cup"


Question is who is she playing with, and what team are they replacing. :confused::confused:

AnnieIWillKnow
Dec 14th, 2012, 11:29 AM
Marin Cilic I guess seems the obvious option?

Uranium
Dec 14th, 2012, 01:44 PM
Looking at all 16 players, I was not aware any were injured. Curious to see who pulled out.

rumple
Dec 14th, 2012, 01:47 PM
She's an alternate, nobody pulled out.

Cajka
Dec 14th, 2012, 01:52 PM
She's an alternate, nobody pulled out.

But it sounds like she's sure she's going to play. :unsure:

Royals.
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:58 PM
But it sounds like she's sure she's going to play. :unsure:

Exactly, Donna isn't stupid. I'm sure she is playing.

Evan James
Dec 14th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Donna Vekic will be a champion one day, I love her and looking forward to see her improvement. :) I hope Serbia and USA will play HC final 2013. It would be powerfull: Djokovic vs Isner, Ivanovic vs Williams. So I really hope non of these two times pulled out.

BlueTrees
Dec 14th, 2012, 03:37 PM
I think she's just an alternate, sadly :( http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=22586270&postcount=2904

Cajka
Dec 14th, 2012, 03:41 PM
I think she's just an alternate, sadly :( http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=22586270&postcount=2904

Thanks. Yes, you're right, she's only an alternate. :sad:

Vincey!
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:08 PM
well it doesn't seem like she's sure TO PLAY. All she said is that she's participating....basically she could be there training with the others and she'd still be "participating"... anyway I wouldn't be so surprised that she'd be playing even tho I wonder that if she was to play with Cilic how come they didn't make it in before a team like South Africa? lol Cilic/Vekic >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Anderson/Scheepers. Unless she's simply an ALT for any player from any team.....

Cajka
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:25 PM
well it doesn't seem like she's sure TO PLAY. All she said is that she's participating....basically she could be there training with the others and she'd still be "participating"... anyway I wouldn't be so surprised that she'd be playing even tho I wonder that if she was to play with Cilic how come they didn't make it in before a team like South Africa? lol Cilic/Vekic >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Anderson/Scheepers. Unless she's simply an ALT for any player from any team.....

BlueTrees found this (http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/184119/6/Donna-je-i-za-New-York--Times-najvece-iznenadjenje-2012) article in Croatian, which says she's an alternate. For example, if Venus withdraws, she'll play with Isner for USA team.

GoofyDuck
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:33 PM
"I can't think of better preparation then this."

Have fun on the bench :lol:

Sammo
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:33 PM
BlueTrees found this (http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/184119/6/Donna-je-i-za-New-York--Times-najvece-iznenadjenje-2012) article in Croatian, which says she's an alternate. For example, if Venus withdraws, she'll play with Isner for USA team.

If it's true then it's the most ridiculous idea ever :spit:

Vincey!
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:40 PM
"I can't think of better preparation then this."

Have fun on the bench :lol:

Even if she's "on the bench" for the whole time, she'll be able to practice with the other girls. Considering it's so close to the AO I'm pretty sure every other players there will be training hard as well and will want to practice with her. I don't think it's the best preparation but considering her ranking it's surely a good experience for her. If she'd play any other tournament she might only play one match and then that's it. In the HC, IF she plays she might play more than 1 match and even if she doesn't she could have a different player to practice with every day.

Adidas Dude
Dec 14th, 2012, 05:30 PM
If Donna is the female alternate, who is the male alternate? I'm assuming this is ok to ask even though it's not WTA-related.

Wiggly
Dec 14th, 2012, 06:12 PM
Smart decision, guaranteed training with good players.

For a 16 years, this girl has a quite the "PR" team.
She even "reviewed" her year on Facebook. :lol:

RobinT83
Dec 14th, 2012, 06:19 PM
I watched her play in Trashkent this year and she's nothing special at all.

Evan James
Dec 14th, 2012, 09:03 PM
BlueTrees found this (http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/184119/6/Donna-je-i-za-New-York--Times-najvece-iznenadjenje-2012) article in Croatian, which says she's an alternate. For example, if Venus withdraws, she'll play with Isner for USA team.

Wow, I didn't know that rule.

Cajka
Dec 14th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Wow, I didn't know that rule.

That rule didn't exist when Ana and Nole were playing. Otherwise someone would replace Anka in the final.

chingching
Dec 15th, 2012, 12:27 AM
That's a shame :(
I really wanted her to play with Karlovic :armed:
They would be the best Doubles team :yeah:

ajmo!
Dec 15th, 2012, 09:17 AM
I don't get it.
They probably have men alt. as well.
Lets say its Tobias Kamke from Germany.
And Venus pulls out after first match- Vekic gets in, Isner gets injured in second match and Kamke gets in.
And then Kamke and Vekic are playing for the USA? How stupid is that?

JarkaFish
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:42 AM
Dellacqua withdraws....Vekic to play with Tomic?

taloki
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:51 AM
:eek:

Wow, I wonder if they're gonna get an Aussie replacement for Casey?

Vekic/Tomic for Australia?

Saraya!
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:54 AM
:eek:

Wow, I wonder if they're gonna get an Aussie replacement for Casey?

Vekic/Tomic for Australia?

Tomic kicked from Davis Cup but play here??

Dani12
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:57 AM
:lol: I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't get an Australian replacement.

bobito
Dec 17th, 2012, 08:12 AM
The Hopman Cup is a great competition for young players to gain experience against quality opponents. I'm sure it did Robson a lot of good a couple of years ago and I seem to remember Hingis partnered a Swiss teenager there once, Roger somebody. Anyone know if anything came of him?

Kəv.
Dec 17th, 2012, 09:46 AM
Dellacqua withdraws....Vekic to play with Tomic?

:eek:

Wow, I wonder if they're gonna get an Aussie replacement for Casey?

Vekic/Tomic for Australia?

it'd be just so weird seeing a Croatian represent Australia in a team event. I wouldn't think that'd happen.

Just Do It
Dec 17th, 2012, 09:53 AM
They would rather take a random Australian player like Holland than replace Casey with Donna :shrug:

Vaidisova
Dec 17th, 2012, 05:50 PM
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/tennis/casey-dellacquas-comeback-shackled-by-foot-injury/story-fnbe6xeb-1226538651864
http://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/foot-injury-forces-out-dellacqua-20121217-2bjat.html

Says a replacement might be Rogowska or Barty.

JarkaFish
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:07 PM
Hopefully Barty!

Wiggly
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:10 PM
I still don't understand why a 16 years old need an official website, a Facebook page and a Twitter page.
Especially when she writes such things as "Who wants to sleep on me".

jonny84
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:21 PM
Hopefully Barty!

Hopefully Barty - would be a good opportunity for her.

Vincey!
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:38 PM
I don't see Vekic replacing Casey since they have enough time to find a replacement for her. I think that ALT spot is only once the tournament has started or when a country can't find a replacement for one of the player that can't play anymore, like if Scheepers would have to withdraw they may have a problem finding another player, specially since Simmonds seemed to be injured.

Dav.
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:49 PM
I still don't understand why a 16 years old need an official website, a Facebook page and a Twitter page.
Especially when she writes such things as "Who wants to sleep on me".

She posted a picture of two of her friends asleep on her shoulders in the car and she added the caption "Who else wants to sleep on me?" :lol:

Natural Joe
Dec 17th, 2012, 06:54 PM
She posted a picture of two of her friends asleep on her shoulders in the car and she added the caption "Who else wants to sleep on me?" :lol:

That needs this gif.
http://i55.tinypic.com/34hdvkk.gif

Evan James
Dec 17th, 2012, 09:09 PM
She is cute. Donna I am your new fan. :)

dencod16
Dec 18th, 2012, 04:05 AM
That rule didn't exist when Ana and Nole were playing. Otherwise someone would replace Anka in the final.

Well there is a rule that states that a player cannot be replaced in the final by someone that hasn't played any ties in the tournament.

anthonyqld
Dec 22nd, 2012, 06:06 AM
I still don't understand why a 16 years old need an official website, a Facebook page and a Twitter page.
Especially when she writes such things as "Who wants to sleep on me".

Why shouldn't she? She's ranked just outside the top 100. Players ranked 300 in the world have official websites, Facebooks and twitter.

And she's incredibly popular. She tweets and Instagrams various bits and pieces. Not just a news Twitter that you can get from the newspaper

anthonyqld
Dec 22nd, 2012, 06:07 AM
Well there is a rule that states that a player cannot be replaced in the final by someone that hasn't played any ties in the tournament.

She plays in the final, but the other country is awarded the match. The match still takes place, just doesn't count if Donna wins.

Melange
Dec 22nd, 2012, 01:07 PM
Wow, I didn't know that rule.

Cheaper than flying out some replacement from Europe

Melange
Dec 22nd, 2012, 01:13 PM
She posted a picture of two of her friends asleep on her shoulders in the car and she added the caption "Who else wants to sleep on me?" :lol:

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A7rCLXoCAAATh3O.jpg:large


http://i42.tinypic.com/21domli.gif

Sombrerero loco
Dec 22nd, 2012, 04:58 PM
i hope she finally plays. i love her!!

saint2
Dec 22nd, 2012, 06:51 PM
good luck Sweet Sixteen :)

binky-GOAT
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:29 PM
So will she play?

JarkaFish
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:30 PM
So will she play?

I guess? :shrug:

Vaidisova
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Hopman Cup ‏@hopmancup
Following @andreapetkovic's retirement and Bernard Tomic's earlier win, Australia is awarded the tie 3-0. #HHC13

anthonyqld
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:47 PM
If Donna is the female alternate, who is the male alternate? I'm assuming this is ok to ask even though it's not WTA-related.

There's no male alternate. Croatia were asked to play. Donna said yes, Cilic said no. So they invited her as a reserve.

Now it looks like she's German this week

Trickle
Dec 29th, 2012, 02:38 PM
The Hopman Cup is a great competition for young players to gain experience against quality opponents. I'm sure it did Robson a lot of good a couple of years ago and I seem to remember Hingis partnered a Swiss teenager there once, Roger somebody. Anyone know if anything came of him?

I remember the days when Regina used to be a mug. :hearts:

guichard
Dec 29th, 2012, 03:01 PM
So will she play?

Tournament director said they may attempt to fly in a German replacement if Petkovic can not continue http://m.couriermail.com.au/sport/tennis/australias-bernard-tomic-beats-germanys-tommy-haas-in-hopman-cup/story-fnddkbrz-1226545144589?sv=ffa46c1ae3c7ce81ba40585959b61df5


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Jorn
Dec 29th, 2012, 03:10 PM
With Kerber, Sabine, Julia and Mona playing this/next week, who can that replacement be?

BlueTrees
Dec 29th, 2012, 03:37 PM
How the hell can they snub Donna now? :lol:

And Witthoeft I don't think is even making the Australia trip, so it wouldn't be her either

Wiggly
Dec 29th, 2012, 03:47 PM
The tournament always find a country(wo)man.

mk27
Dec 29th, 2012, 03:53 PM
And Witthoeft I don't think is even making the Australia trip, so it wouldn't be her either

Exactly, Witthöft is playing a national tournament in Germany at this weekend and won't come to Australia 2013.
Kerber, Görges, Lisicki, Barthel and Beck are playing at WTA tournaments this week.
So only Malek, Pfizenmaier or Wörle could replace Petkovic, maybe Lottner because she will play juniors at the AO.

Melange
Dec 29th, 2012, 04:32 PM
Bine would be perfect

lenas warriors
Dec 29th, 2012, 06:06 PM
Steffi or anke please :drool:

Seriously whats anna lena g doing?

Lisickinator
Dec 29th, 2012, 06:14 PM
playing doubles in Brisbane

Melange
Dec 29th, 2012, 06:16 PM
Seriously whats anna lena g doing?

they can skip the singles and just try to play doubles

saint2
Dec 29th, 2012, 06:24 PM
Bine won't quit her tournament to play in exo.
Let sweet sixteen in.

Melange
Dec 29th, 2012, 06:27 PM
she will probably be free after first round anyway

Jorn
Dec 29th, 2012, 06:29 PM
Tadde will play AO-Q so she can be there? Even she's in Miami now...

Vincey!
Dec 29th, 2012, 06:37 PM
That'd be a bit harsh to ask to someone else when they told Vekic she'd be an ALT...I understand that they are used to try to get replacement from the same country, but they have an ALT on site so why not simply using her :shrug:

misty1
Dec 29th, 2012, 07:49 PM
I would be pretty pissed if i was donna and went down there, knowing that i was only an alternate but still with the possbility of playing a match only for the tournament to decide they werent using me when the situation arose.

Jorn
Dec 29th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Had Petko been injury just 1-2 hours before todays match ithink Donna would have played. now they has some time find a replacement... and it seem Tadde has left USA... (Not to say she'll play)

xoxRJ
Dec 29th, 2012, 08:04 PM
Vekic should be used only as a last case scenario. Every effort should be made to ensure a German player, one whose level a play is not to compromise the integrity of the Hopman Cup, replaces Petkovic. To utilize Vekic before all other efforts have been exhausted would undermine the very nature of the competition.

anthonyqld
Dec 29th, 2012, 09:37 PM
Tournament director said they may attempt to fly in a German replacement if Petkovic can not continue http://m.couriermail.com.au/sport/tennis/australias-bernard-tomic-beats-germanys-tommy-haas-in-hopman-cup/story-fnddkbrz-1226545144589?sv=ffa46c1ae3c7ce81ba40585959b61df5


That newspaper is known for making up stories and statements from people. Don't believe a word until you see it from a reputable media organisation.

anthonyqld
Dec 29th, 2012, 09:39 PM
Vekic should be used only as a last case scenario. Every effort should be made to ensure a German player, one whose level a play is not to compromise the integrity of the Hopman Cup, replaces Petkovic. To utilize Vekic before all other efforts have been exhausted would undermine the very nature of the competition.

What nature of the competition? A glorified exhibition? An exhibition that can make its own rules up?

guichard
Dec 29th, 2012, 09:47 PM
Well we will see. Yes, this is a glorified exhibition.


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MashaAzarenka
Dec 29th, 2012, 09:47 PM
I really hope they use Donna, it wouldn't be fair to her if they didn't.

xoxRJ
Dec 29th, 2012, 10:04 PM
What nature of the competition? A glorified exhibition? An exhibition that can make its own rules up?

It may very well be a glorified exhibition. However, it remains a contest grounded in competition along national lines. If this weren't the case, the participants would be selected simply on willingness to play and ranking. Further, teams would be listed as A through H, rather than by the nationalities of its members.

anthonyqld
Dec 29th, 2012, 10:07 PM
It may very well be a glorified exhibition. However, it remains a contest grounded in competition along national lines. If this weren't the case, the participants would be selected simply on willingness to play and ranking. Further, teams would be listed as A through H, rather than by the nationalities of its members.

Then they can't use the nationality marketing aspect - which is a huge part. They select the teams based on nationality at first - which is why Croatia was one of the teams they wanted (but Cilic said no), so they didn't put Croatia in, and put Donna as the ALT.

But now a player has pulled out, so put the ALT in. She's still representing Germany this week, not Croatia.

xoxRJ
Dec 29th, 2012, 11:31 PM
Then they can't use the nationality marketing aspect - which is a huge part. They select the teams based on nationality at first - which is why Croatia was one of the teams they wanted (but Cilic said no), so they didn't put Croatia in, and put Donna as the ALT.

But now a player has pulled out, so put the ALT in. She's still representing Germany this week, not Croatia.

Unfortunately, nationality isn't as fluid as you may suggest. While I've already expressed that placing Vekic in as an alternate would be preferred to forfeiting Germany's presence in the competition, it would still serve to sour the premise upon which the competition is based. Indeed this remains professional sport, not a fantast game league.

Mattographer
Dec 29th, 2012, 11:34 PM
Germany still can play this week with Vekic if she's allowed but they won't receive points even if they wins a match. That's the fair.


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Melange
Dec 30th, 2012, 02:03 AM
Vekic should be used only as a last case scenario. Every effort should be made to ensure a German player, one whose level a play is not to compromise the integrity of the Hopman Cup, replaces Petkovic. To utilize Vekic before all other efforts have been exhausted would undermine the very nature of the competition.

They flew Malou in last year in case Wozniacki couldnt play :lol:

chingching
Dec 30th, 2012, 03:38 AM
This is how it works: most countries bring an alternate from their country. If Germany chose not to, then Vekic will be in. I expect they did as Petkovic was never in the best shape. Vekic will probably not get in :(

BlueTrees
Dec 30th, 2012, 03:42 AM
Guys I just saw Donna practice with Barty, when she walked off the court I asked her what the deal was and she said she will only play if they don't manage to find a German replacement :(

She is a really sweet girl, signed a tennis ball for me and I said thanks and walked away, then she asked me to come back and she signed a photo for me she had in her bag. I was so shocked :lol:

chingching
Dec 30th, 2012, 03:50 AM
Guys I just saw Donna practice with Barty, when she walked off the court I asked her what the deal was and she said she will only play if they don't manage to find a German replacement :(

She is a really sweet girl, signed a tennis ball for me and I said thanks and walked away, then she asked me to come back and she signed a photo for me she had in her bag. I was so shocked :lol:

<3
She might be almost as nice as Anett :oh:

anthonyqld
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:28 PM
This is how it works: most countries bring an alternate from their country. If Germany chose not to, then Vekic will be in. I expect they did as Petkovic was never in the best shape. Vekic will probably not get in :(

The Fed Cup account just tweeted that Donna Vekic is the replacement.

Jorn
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:45 PM
Go Donna and Germany :)

Patrick345
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:53 PM
The Fed Cup account just tweeted that Donna Vekic is the replacement.

Is this like football? Once you are Cup Tied to one nation on the senior level you cannot change again. :oh:

JarkaFish
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:54 PM
Vekic betraying us. :o

chingching
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:02 PM
The Fed Cup account just tweeted that Donna Vekic is the replacement.

Germany mustn't have wanted the expense of flying someone in when Donna was just there :shrug:

Patrick345
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:09 PM
Germany mustn't have wanted the expense of flying someone in when Donna was just there :shrug:

Who is there? They can´t wait for Lisicki, Görges or/and Barthel to lose their first round matches. :hysteric: Beck already won and what sense does it make to put some minor talent on a 20 hour flight for the Hopman Cup?

chingching
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:15 PM
Who is there? They can´t wait for Lisicki, Görges or/and Barthel to lose their first round matches. :hysteric: Beck already won and what sense does it make to put some minor talent on a 20 hour flight for the Hopman Cup?

Exactly my point :shrug:
Why get in Friedsamm, Witthoeft or Lottner :shrug:
They could get Pfizenmaier but still :shrug:

mk27
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:23 PM
Exactly my point :shrug:
Why get in Friedsamm, Witthoeft or Lottner :shrug:
They could get Pfizenmaier but still :shrug:

Friedsam and Witthöft won't play the AO qualifying, so they won't be in Australia this month anyway.

misty1
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:28 PM
Friedsam and Witthöft won't play the AO qualifying, so they won't be in Australia this month anyway.

why are they not playing?

Jorn
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:31 PM
They could have asked Tadde Malek, she may be in Melbourne for AO... and Germany don't play before next year... ;)

mk27
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:33 PM
why are they not playing?

Witthöft is still going to school and Friedsam has withdrawn, maybe because of an injury from the National Championships in December.

They could have asked Tadde Malek, she may be in Melbourne for AO... and Germany don't play before next year... ;)

Or Pfizenmaier or Wörle or Lottner who will be in Australia for junior tournaments in 2 weeks.

chingching
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:34 PM
Friedsam and Witthöft won't play the AO qualifying, so they won't be in Australia this month anyway.

IK :lol: They can fly them over, in a plane :lol:
But as I have already said, they took the smart decision and chose not to :lol: But there were options :shrug:

Lisickinator
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:48 PM
Hopman Cup ‏@hopmancup (https://twitter.com/hopmancup) News flash - Germany's Tatjana Malek is set to represent Germany at Hopman Cup.

guichard
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:53 PM
Hopman Cup &rlm;@hopmancup (https://twitter.com/hopmancup) News flash - Germany's Tatjana Malek is set to represent Germany at Hopman Cup.

As excepted they found a German


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Melange
Dec 30th, 2012, 02:13 PM
well that was a lot of useless speculation

spiceboy
Dec 30th, 2012, 02:15 PM
Sorry for her, but Vekic fans are getting as annoying as Ula's ones. Everything is such a big deal around her all of a sudden. People need to chill out a bit :help:

Jorn
Dec 30th, 2012, 02:17 PM
Tadde In :)


It was also wierd if they don't asked her... ;)

guichard
Dec 30th, 2012, 02:25 PM
Sorry for her, but Vekic fans are getting as annoying as Ula's ones. Everything is such a big deal around her all of a sudden. People need to chill out a bit :help:

for an exhibition...


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bobito
Dec 30th, 2012, 02:40 PM
That'd be a bit harsh to ask to someone else when they told Vekic she'd be an ALT...I understand that they are used to try to get replacement from the same country, but they have an ALT on site so why not simply using her :shrug:

I really hope they use Donna, it wouldn't be fair to her if they didn't.

I would be pretty pissed if i was donna and went down there, knowing that i was only an alternate but still with the possbility of playing a match only for the tournament to decide they werent using me when the situation arose.


There is nothing "harsh" or "unfair" about it or any reason for Donna to be "pretty pissed". The Hopman Cup is a tournament between pairs of players from the same country. If a replacement is required it makes sense, whenever possible, to get someone from the appropriate country. However, given the format of the competition, they would need an alternate from a neutral country if no such replacement was available.

Donna Vekic would have known that when she accepted the role.

And Donna Vekic has nothing to lose from being the if all else fails alternate. As a 16 year old she is limited in the number of tournaments that she is allowed to play. The Hopman Cup is not covered by the Age Eligibility Rules however. So, if she were to play, that would be extra matches and experience against high quality opposition. Even if she doesn't play, she'll likely have had the chance to practice with players like Williams, Schiavone, Ivanovic, Petkovic and Medina Garrigues.

Whether she gets to play or not, being a Hopman Cup alternate has almost certainly been good for Donna Vekic.

iPatty
Dec 30th, 2012, 03:20 PM
Sorry for her, but Vekic fans are getting as annoying as Ula's ones. Everything is such a big deal around her all of a sudden. People need to chill out a bit :help:

This. :o