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Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:44 PM
I reached Burswood Dome at 8:45 a little bit ealier than before. Say “Hello” and gave a souvenir to Jacinta Beros who provided the ticket for me. Met Mandula and Attila at tournament office, taken them the picture. Say “Hello and how are you ?” to Drake. She said “Fine, thank you.” Both Mandula and Drake are looking better than I saw them in TV. The guardman inspected my hand-back before entering the Dome. Mandula was practicing with Attila at center court and Drake was hitting with Frank at the courtside.

The first match started at 10:00 am. Mandula got a slow start and found herself that she was down 0-3 then she started playing well and won six game in a row. After lost the first set, Drake started hitting the ball harder but the player’s ranking told the story. Mandula was showing that she is a better player, hitting the ball harder, serving better, placing the ball so well. Finally the Hangarian won 6-3,6-2.

I watched a couple games of the second match because I went to watch Alicia practicing with Barbora. IMO, Frank is hitting the ball better than Attila, serving better and having more winner shot. Canada won the second match.

Say “Hello” to Santoro and gave him the picture that I’ve taken in Thailand Open. Santoro practicing with a guy (I don’t know his name) who was Serena’s hitting partner in last year.

Returned back to the seat and watched mixed double match. The Canadian won the first set 6-4. Mandula and Attila played well in the second 6-1 and won the match in tie-break 10-3.

Interviewed by Fred Stolle (spelling not sure) after the final mixed double match. After that the players gave an autograph to the fans. Attila is a good looking guy and Mandula has a great smile. My today’s photo will be posting soon after I finish uploading in my website.

Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:55 PM
great day for you, jirobkk :) ;)

I'm eager to see the pics

Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:56 PM

Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:00 PM
Hello ghosts :worship:
Actually my photo uploading programme can do 10 pics per time. But bad luck internet conection at my hotel is so slow. i can only upload one by one. please be patience, I have more than 50 pics for today.

Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:02 PM
awesome pic :D

direct link to jirobkk's site: http://www.jirobkk.com/album/?gal=Hopman_Cup_16th

Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:04 PM

Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:12 PM
awesome pic :D

direct link to jirobkk's site: http://www.jirobkk.com/album/?gal=Hopman_Cup_16th

Thanks for putting the link. I just start running my own website for supporting Thai players. It just start, there are a lot mistaken and need to be improved. Sorry for that. :sad:

I will be happy if all of you please sign my guestbook. :worship: :worship: :worship:


Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:29 PM

Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:31 PM
hey Jiro,have u seen Lindsay out there?
plz take pics of her,dont forget it! ;)


Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:35 PM
any pics of the Canadians?

Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:39 PM
Of course, she is the one I really want to meet her in person. I could not find her at the site. May be she enjoy playing casino at the hotel. :lol:


Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:50 PM
any pics of the Canadians?



Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:54 PM
Wow. Thanks for the pics, jirobkk. I really miss being there. If only the tickets weren't so expensive this year. Last year really dented my bank account, but then this year the prices went higher still. I'll go again when I'm richer and can buy out an entire coporate sponsor box. Or at least suck up to someone who buys a sponsors box. ;)

Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:55 PM
Is that you w/Mandula on the top pic?
Whoever that is.... :hearts:

Jan 3rd, 2004, 02:57 PM
Thanks for the pics. You must have a great time there.

Jan 3rd, 2004, 03:00 PM
Petra looks incredibly gorgeous on film. And to think she used to have a weight problem before 2001. Not any more!

Jan 3rd, 2004, 04:04 PM

Have to go to sleep. See more pictures in my homepage. I will be uploading again tomorrow morning.

Jan 3rd, 2004, 04:06 PM
thanks jirobkk, great report and pics :D :)

have you already seen Marat or nastya ?

Jan 3rd, 2004, 04:45 PM
Thanks for your excellent photos jirobkk! :) You must have a nice camera!! ;) I'm not sure if you are going to be there for the rest of the tournament, but if so, I hope you have a great time! (And it would be really appreciated by all the Amézons if you see Amélie, and have time to take a photo of her too!! ;) )

King Aaron
Jan 3rd, 2004, 04:49 PM
Thanks a lot Jiro. :D

Jan 3rd, 2004, 06:14 PM
thanks jiro :wavey:

btw petra has one of the best smiles around :hearts:

Jan 3rd, 2004, 07:30 PM
Thanks Jiro! :worship: Lots of pics of Xavier would be nice :D and Kim!!

Jan 3rd, 2004, 07:56 PM
Thanks Jiro! :worship: Lots of pics of Xavier would be nice :D and Kim!!

I'll second that! :D

Let's Go Belgium!! :bounce:

Jan 3rd, 2004, 08:31 PM
Thanks for the pics of Petra!!:)

Jan 4th, 2004, 06:40 AM
Nice photos, Jiro. I look forward to reading your reports and seein the pics every year :yeah:

Jan 4th, 2004, 07:13 AM

Jiro :drool: :hearts:

*Marat BigFan*
Jan 4th, 2004, 07:38 AM
P'Jiro you see Marat yet??

Jan 4th, 2004, 08:20 AM
Thanks Jiro :D :D

Brian Stewart
Jan 4th, 2004, 08:42 AM
Nice report, and great pics!

Jan 4th, 2004, 09:03 AM
thanks! :kiss:

Jan 4th, 2004, 11:54 AM
Thanks J-Man!!

Great looking pics. I guess it helps when the
person taking them is so personable that players
can't help themselves; but to be really cool and
friendly. :)

Jan 4th, 2004, 01:12 PM
Say “Hello” to Santoro and gave him the picture that I’ve taken in Thailand Open. Santoro practicing with a guy (I don’t know his name) who was Serena’s hitting partner in last year.

Mark Hlawaty ;)

Jan 4th, 2004, 02:55 PM
Who's the guy in the blue?

He uses my racquet! :banana: