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xr6turbo
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:41 AM
Hopman Cup coup as Venus commits to playing in Perth

DAVE HUGHES

Wimbledon champion Venus Williams will partner Taylor Dent in the US pair to defend the Hyundai Hopman Cup title next summer.

Williams, who last year beat Lindsay Davenport 4-6 7-6 9-7 in Wimbledon's longest women's final, will follow sister Serena, who won the Perth mixed teams event with James Blake in 2002-03.

Fittingly, she will be the 19th player to have held the world No. 1 ranking to play in the Hopman Cup, in the tournament's 19th year.

"That's a pretty good record for hallmark players," declared tournament director Paul McNamee from Germany yesterday.

An exciting Monday afternoon in Kaiserslautern watching the Socceroos beat Japan became even better when Williams' agent, Carlos Fleming, contacted McNamee to confirm that a proposal put to Venus during the French Open had paid off.

"Up to now she's usually spent Hopman Cup week in Hong Kong but she's never won the Australian Open and she wants to make some changes in her preparation," said a delighted McNamee.

"I did, of course, point out to her that her sister won in Melbourne in 2003 straight after playing in Perth."

When the older of the Williams sisters indicated her willingness to come to Perth for the first time, McNamee had little hesitation departing from the tournament tradition of inviting back the pair who won the previous year. Lisa Raymond partnered Dent to the title last January but a drawcard as big as multiple Wimbledon and US Open champion Williams could not be overlooked - particularly after last year's lacklustre field.

Williams has won Wimbledon three times and the US Open twice and was the gold medallist in the singles at the Sydney Olympics.

She has contested the final of all four grand slam tournaments at least once, with her sister denying her a full house of major championships with wins at the French Open in 2002 and the Australian Open in 2003.

She has won 33 WTA Tour titles, amassed more than $16 million in prize money and holds bragging rights to the fastest serve recorded in a women's event when she unleashed a 205kmh thunderbolt at Mary Pierce in Zurich in 1998.

Injury has hindered Williams' bid to reclaim the No. 1 ranking she last held in 2002. After a first-round loss in the Australian Open, she was out of action until May. She reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, losing in three sets to Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova.

"Venus has got her head down and she's working her way back. The hunger is still there and the fact she's making changes and coming to play in Perth indicates she's dinkum about having a crack at the Australian Open," said McNamee.

The Hopman Cup starts December 29.

http://www.thewest.com.au/20060614/sport/tw-sport-home-sto134414.html

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:bounce: Go Venus! Will be great to see her here in Perth! I'll probably buy a season ticket now so i can go see her everyday! :woohoo:

Drake1980
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:42 AM
:eek: Wow, early commitment!

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:42 AM
WOW, not a bad choice for her, let's see what it leads to.

Dan23
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:44 AM
Good to see :clap2:

With Ivanovic likely to return and a top 15 player from Russia there should be a few really good match ups this time around :cool:

WhatTheDeuce
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:53 AM
Awesome stuff. :D

Sharapova's_Boy
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:55 AM
:woohoo:

darrinbaker00
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:55 AM
When I read "next summer" in the story, I was like, "WHAT??" :eek: But then it dawned on me that our winter is Australia's summer. :silly:

Hardiansf
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:58 AM
GO VENUS!!!
Finally, nice warm-up tournament for Oz.
WIN BOTH, My queen

Martian Stacey
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:58 AM
she's getting in early :lol:

i wonder when they will name the rest of the teams :scratch:

switz
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:05 AM
hopman cup was hideous this year. Good to see McNamee is getting some names back. I didn't realise he's still doing the Hopman Cup after switching to the Australian Open golf.

Kenny
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:11 AM
I saw this in my e-mail just now.. i'm so happy! Go Venus! :) Don't pull out!! lol

Denise4925
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:18 AM
"Venus has got her head down and she's working her way back. The hunger is still there and the fact she's making changes and coming to play in Perth indicates she's dinkum about having a crack at the Australian Open," said McNamee.

The Hopman Cup starts December 29.

http://www.thewest.com.au/20060614/sport/tw-sport-home-sto134414.html

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:bounce: Go Venus! Will be great to see her here in Perth! I'll probably buy a season ticket now so i can go see her everyday! :woohoo:
LOL, what's "dinkum"? Anyway, that will be great. I hope she stays injury free so she can honor her committment there. If so, take lots of pics xr6. :banana:

Denise4925
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:19 AM
When I read "next summer" in the story, I was like, "WHAT??" :eek: But then it dawned on me that our winter is Australia's summer. :silly:
:lol:

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:20 AM
"Venus has got her head down and she's working her way back. The hunger is still there and the fact she's making changes and coming to play in Perth indicates she's dinkum about having a crack at the Australian Open," said McNamee.


This is what I want to see from Venus. I never really though she prepared herself well at the Australian Open this whole decade until I read this. This will probably be her best chance at this slam now. I wish her well.

xr6turbo
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:23 AM
LOL, what's "dinkum"? Anyway, that will be great. I hope she stays injury free so she can honor her committment there. If so, take lots of pics xr6. :banana:
Haha.. 'dinkum' basically means 'serious' or set on something.. :)

And yeah i'll take heaps of pictures if i go! :D

Denise4925
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:24 AM
Haha.. 'dinkum' basically means 'serious' or set on something.. :)

And yeah i'll take heaps of pictures if i go! :D
Interesting. What a strange expression. What's its origin? Do you know?

xr6turbo
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:26 AM
Interesting. What a strange expression. What's its origin? Do you know?
No idea :lol:. Though it's most likely from outback Australia. We have lots of strange expressions that have originated from there. :unsure:

Denise4925
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:28 AM
No idea :lol:. Though it's most likely from outback Australia. We have lots of strange expressions that have originated from there. :unsure:
Oh wow.

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:31 AM
Awesome :eek: :woohoo: I remember being in the Hopman cup thread this year hoping she would play :lol: I had some fun times with inkymisafan there :hatoff:


kinda wished she would play Gold Coast but at least this way I can watch her on TTC :D

xr6turbo
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:31 AM
Oh wow.
Yeah, like America i guess, Australian's that live in the outback have much stonger accents than people who live in the city. Some are so strong that even other Australian's have trouble understanding what they are saying haha.. They tend to use words such as, cobber, bloke.. stuff like that. And when they speak to women, they will say "G'day love!"

It's quiet amusing sometimes :p

Dan23
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:32 AM
"fair dinkum??" = "Are you serious??"
"hes a fair dinkum idiot" = "he sure is an idiot"


:lol:

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:34 AM
"I did, of course, point out to her that her sister won in Melbourne in 2003 straight after playing in Perth."

:lol: Good point :angel:


They could've picked perhaps a better male candidate then Taylor though, didn't he play this year? What about James! :(

xr6turbo
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:35 AM
I love how they just fucked off Lisa and let Venus come :haha:

Dan23
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:38 AM
I love how they just fucked off Lisa and let Venus come :haha::o poor old Lisa

Blake never came back after he had a good year in 05 and got higher ranked. Dent was pretty good value this year.

xr6turbo
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:42 AM
:o poor old Lisa

Blake never came back after he had a good year in 05 and got higher ranked. Dent was pretty good value this year.
Yeah, Blake would be good too.. Doesn't Dent have an Australian father?

Dan23
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:46 AM
Yeah, Blake would be good too.. Doesn't Dent have an Australian father?
Yea im pretty sure his dad played Davis Cup for Australia

xr6turbo
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:48 AM
Yea im pretty sure his dad played Davis Cup for Australia
Ahh ok thought so. ;)

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:56 AM
I love how they just fucked off Lisa and let Venus come :haha:
Lisa lost almost all of her singles matches and the US still won the Hopman Cup. Lisa has another agenda on her plate in Australia next year. She's an Australian mixed doubles slam away from having the grand slam in mixed.

ceiling_fan
Jun 14th, 2006, 08:40 AM
zomg!!

Marcus1979
Jun 14th, 2006, 08:48 AM
Phil Dent (born February 14, 1950 in Sydney) is a former professional tennis player from Australia, who reached his highest singles ranking on January 16, 1978, when he became the number 19 of the world.

Dent was the men's singles runner-up at the Australian Open in 1974 and a men's doubles champion at the Australian Open in 1975. During his career, he won three top-level singles titles and 24 doubles titles. His son Taylor Dent became a professional tennis player, and is competing for the United States.

dreamgoddess099
Jun 14th, 2006, 09:27 AM
I love how they just fucked off Lisa and let Venus come :haha:
Lisa's used to it, she also got the shaft in 2000 when Billie Jean put Serena on the Olympic doubles team instead of Lisa who was ranked #1 in doubles at the time.

xr6turbo
Jun 14th, 2006, 09:36 AM
Lisa's used to it, she also got the shaft in 2000 when Billie Jean put Serena on the Olympic doubles team instead of Lisa who was ranked #1 in doubles at the time.
:lol: :tape:

aussy89
Jun 14th, 2006, 10:39 AM
im a bit dissapointed lisa has jus got the boot = ( now all i hope is if sam comes if she dosnt then im not even gona attend hopman cup im thinking now that alicia is slighlty getting back into it sam may not get asked and jus head to her home tournament of goldy =(

skanky~skanketta
Jun 14th, 2006, 10:41 AM
omfg!if she plays, i'm DEFINITELY going!finally something awesome happening in Perth while i'm still around!

TomTennis
Jun 14th, 2006, 10:43 AM
Venus :hearts:

Great decision. It will be great prep for the AO!! :worship: cant wait to see you play in the Hopman Cup.

My only wish is that she plays with Roddick or Blake :drool: then it would be perfect! :worship: :lol:

But I think Dent will be good too, beacuse he is a big server and has great volleys. They should be great in the doubles section!

Chance
Jun 14th, 2006, 10:44 AM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If Venus is still in it in December I'm booking my tickets :D Great news!!!

Sam L
Jun 14th, 2006, 11:04 AM
Lisa's used to it, she also got the shaft in 2000 when Billie Jean put Serena on the Olympic doubles team instead of Lisa who was ranked #1 in doubles at the time.
:haha:

Lisa should know she's Tier II. :lol:

volta
Jun 14th, 2006, 11:19 AM
wow nice decision Vee getting a "warm-up" for the aussie Open will be great :bounce: :bounce:

vettipooh
Jun 14th, 2006, 11:37 AM
Nice prep for the Aus open. :yeah: Great to know Vee is serious about playing next year. hope it leads to good things at AO, 'cause this year's AO was disastrous. :o

Marcell
Jun 14th, 2006, 11:47 AM
I am not sure about Dent. He recently had back surgery. I hope he is healed by then.

Paneru
Jun 14th, 2006, 12:04 PM
:cool:

santhuruu
Jun 14th, 2006, 12:25 PM
Venus that's very good, but Taylor Dent? I think it would be good if Roddick played there, I think Venus can give good tips towards Roddick maybe.

tennisIlove09
Jun 14th, 2006, 12:53 PM
YAY! Go Vee!

vwfan
Jun 14th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Another encouraging sign from Venus. She's taking this next year seriously, since returning back to the tour after her elbow injury.

She comes plays two clay events, remaining in Europe and working with an additional coach, who is a clay court specialists to prepare for French; gets good results despite the long layoff (2 QFs and SF); next year, she does the same thing hopefully and starts working earlier with her new clay court coach and hopefully she will get pass the QF at RG for the first time since 2002!

returns to her regular regime in preparation for Wimbledon--no need to tweak anything here since she has the most impressive record on tour. hopefully, she's getting her serve back into a groove. remember she never faced a break point throughout the entire QF match with Mary, who is a great returner.

no news on U.S. Open, but would be great to see her return to the schedule that won her two titles and two finals.

changes her prep for Australian Open, getting down under early and playing an event that will give her some match play and doubles practice (head to the net, Vee).

Hope that it all pays big dividends. With all the injuries that have disrupted her play, she has hung in there, taking her losses, stayed focused and hopefully getting back to her form that she displayed at Wimbledon 2003 before succumbing to the ab injury.

Great News!

WF4EVER
Jun 14th, 2006, 01:33 PM
While it's encouraging to hear of Venus' interest in playing Hopman Cup, I'd think Paul McNamee would know better than to build his dreams on her appearing. Not to mention that Lisa Raymond gets overlooked again for a Williams, when they are not reliable people at all.

I just hope this pans out and she does appear. It was be just tragic if Lisa got dumped again like this. While I agree that Venus is the better and bigger draw, she's just not dependable.

Please, Venus. Please don't disappoint these people.

iPatty
Jun 14th, 2006, 01:41 PM
Poor Lisa. How rude, just kicking her out like that. :rolleyes:

Cariaoke
Jun 14th, 2006, 01:55 PM
WOW!

And I get to see the whole thing cuz I have the tennis channel. :worship: :kiss:

Taylor!!! :hearts:

V-MAC
Jun 14th, 2006, 02:27 PM
:bounce: Great to see Venus is so eager to be planning ahead her tennis schedule for next year already ;) It should really help her Aus. Open preparations. I'm not sure about Dent though as a partner :shrug: Justin Gimelstob would be perfect, would be nice to see Venus team up again with her old slam-winning partner :)

vwfan
Jun 14th, 2006, 02:28 PM
While it's encouraging to hear of Venus' interest in playing Hopman Cup, I'd think Paul McNamee would know better than to build his dreams on her appearing. Not to mention that Lisa Raymond gets overlooked again for a Williams, when they are not reliable people at all.

I just hope this pans out and she does appear. It was be just tragic if Lisa got dumped again like this. While I agree that Venus is the better and bigger draw, she's just not dependable.

Please, Venus. Please don't disappoint these people.When has Venus ever pulled out of a team event? She played the Olympics 2004 injured and she played Fed Cup going from grass to clay after winning Wimbledon and with no other real help when Davenport dropped out. C'mon, now let's be fair.

V-MAC
Jun 14th, 2006, 02:30 PM
btw, does Sky Sports show the Hopman Cup too?

azmad_88
Jun 14th, 2006, 02:32 PM
Poor Lisa. How rude, just kicking her out like that. :rolleyes:

well..im sure they are sad for lisa but lisa won the title before..

let others have the chance to do so..why not giving it to venus...

all the best vee

this event has been dominated by the americans lately

accept 2004 i think...dani won that year ,no?

SelesFan70
Jun 14th, 2006, 03:13 PM
:o poor old Lisa

Blake never came back after he had a good year in 05 and got higher ranked. Dent was pretty good value this year.

Don't be surprised if Lisa gets a last minute call. ;)

Viktymise
Jun 14th, 2006, 03:14 PM
Good decision frm vee, for the 1st time ever ill actually care what happens in the hopman cup well except for the time that serena played

Williams Rulez
Jun 14th, 2006, 03:26 PM
hmmm, maybe i shall head down to perth next year... :D

Bijoux0021
Jun 14th, 2006, 04:42 PM
WOW!

And I get to see the whole thing cuz I have the tennis channel. :worship: :kiss:

Taylor!!! :hearts:

Me too. This is great for tennis, Venus and her fans. I can't wait to see it even though partnering with Blake or Roddick would have been a lot more exciting.

It's about time that Venus is finally making a commitment to have a decent warm-up going into AO. Given her talent, that's a Slam she should have already won at least two times. It's a shame that all those years she has had this mindset that she was not expected to be in tennis-form until March, especially when she was in school, so it didn't seem like a big deal to her that she lost early. Hopefully, this decision to play in Hopman Cup will pay off for her in 2007, as it did for Serena in 2003.

GracefulVenus
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:09 PM
Great choice to play Venus.

akosijepoy
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:44 PM
wow. i hope she teams up with Dent for Wimby 2006 mixed doubles. that would be awesome. ;-P

Experimentee
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:37 PM
Great news that Venus is playing :D
Lisa didnt win one singles match last year, the US only won because it was the weakest field ever, Venus deserves a place much more than she does.

I wish they replaced Dent too, he is so boring. Blake would have been much better, and he'll be the US #1 by then too, i would expect.

Carmen Mairena
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:40 PM
It's good news! If she commited to play in Bogotá it would be a very strange HC! :lol:

lizchris
Jun 14th, 2006, 07:13 PM
This is great news!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Venus needs this sort of match play right before the Australain Open and now I have a reason to follow the tournament again because no offense, the tournament director was right when he said the field last year was lackluster.

Speaking of Taylor Dent, his father lost to either John McEnroe or Jimmy Connors in the 1977 AO final. His mother was also an accomplished American doubles player.

Kabibi
Jun 14th, 2006, 08:31 PM
Good news from Venus.

venus_rulez
Jun 14th, 2006, 08:54 PM
I wish she'd play an actual tournament, but it's nice to see her changing her preparation after 3 not so good years at the Australian Open. And i echo the statement that they should pair Venus and Roddick together. That would be amazing!

Direwolf
Jun 14th, 2006, 09:15 PM
it sure is a good thing coming to Australia to prepare early, while her Australian coach coaches her with her dad and mom of course...
..I hope that she teams up with Dent in Wimbledon and with Knowles in USO...so that she could finally.. and finally have that complete set of mixed titles...in Slam

Sammm
Jun 14th, 2006, 09:21 PM
Hope she's not injured by then :tape: Looks v.committed to her game , though, which is great :)

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 14th, 2006, 09:25 PM
TAYLOR and VENUS!! :woohoo:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 14th, 2006, 09:27 PM
Poor Lisa. How rude, just kicking her out like that. :rolleyes:

i am sure she is ok with it . She needs to play in a tournament that gives her some pts at this point in her caree ( and ranking) :lol: :bounce: