I have a question concering the selection process. I heard a tournament organiser once say before that they offer places in the Hopman Cup teams based on rank. They start with the highest ranked player from a country and work their way down etc.
But does anyone know if they give preference to the players who have represented the country before - or is it always to highest ranked player every year? For example, with Italy I'm sure last year Farina-Elia was ranked higher and thus was asked to play before Schiavone. But Farina-Elia didn't choose to play so Schiavone played instead (and defeated several high ranked players as well).
So who do you think would have been asked first to play for Italy next year? Farina-Elia or Schiavone?
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:29 PM
I'm also wondering about the U.S team. Considering that Seles has won the tournament and represented the U.S last year (reaching the final), is Serena playing because Seles chose not to or is it because of the rank rule?
Well considering that she is the world no. 1 player, one should assume that they would prefer if she played instead of Seles - but isn't that rather disloyal to not at least offer it to the former champion/last year's representative and finalist first?
Oct 16th, 2002, 03:41 AM
I was wondering about that too, with Slovakia, Habsudova played for them and won it, then later Nagyova was higher ranked so she played, even though she hadnt won it before, then next year Hantuchova will play even though shes never played before. And ever since Hrbaty has been ranked higher than Kucera he has played, so i'm thinking they do go by rank.
Oct 16th, 2002, 03:52 AM
depends on lost os different things
Oct 17th, 2002, 02:39 AM
It didn't used to be a rankings thing when it was run as an exhibition event - but now that the ITF have control from this year, things may change...
It is basically an exhibition though - so they want the players who 'sell'as opposed to higher ranked etc... EG if Anna Kournikova wanted to play but is only the 5thy ranked Russian - she would definately play...
The Hopeman Cup will want the highest ranked players though in most cases which is why Farina is playing ahead of Schaivone this year - as to the tournament Italy dont sell seats at the event - but big names like Serena, Arantxa do... etc
Oct 17th, 2002, 01:52 PM
Since the ITF took over, it's been done by rank. Even before the ITF took over, the organizers tried to lure the best from each country to contest the event.
The top player from each country is given a chance to play. If they decline, then the spot on the team may go to anyone the organizers like, not necessarily who's the next best-ranked player in the rankings. In the case of new countries, it's determined by availability. Silvia wasn't available for Italy last year due to her commitments on the Gold Coast, but Francesca was. The following year was always going to be up to the rankings, no matter what.
In the case of Serena and Monica, the organizers were in a quandry. Serena approached the organizers in February. Monica had earlier said that she wanted to come back. Both were told to "fight it out," so to speak. Whomever was ranked higher towards the end of the year would be offered the position. Serena was obviously then given first "dibs."
In the case of Karina and Henrieta, the Slovakians won the event in 1998 with Karina and Karol. Karina automatically got the invite to return as defending champion. So when Slovakia returned for a third consecutive appearance, the spot in the team was to be decided by ranking. Henrieta won out.
Oct 18th, 2002, 12:21 AM
And the year later, Habsudova came back again.
Oct 18th, 2002, 01:42 PM
Yep. Karina was invited back because Henrieta wanted to play Auckland. Henrieta injured herself while she was in Perth, so maybe she was superstitious and decided not to play it again. Who knows with tennis players and their superstitions? :rolleyes: ;) Also, the players are told to "be nice" to the fans and are encouraged to sign as many autographs and talk to as many people as they can while they are in the Dome. Henrieta is painfully shy so maybe she didn't want to go through all that again. Just a theory on that one.
Oct 19th, 2002, 03:14 AM
It sounds like you've been to the Hopman Cup before. Have you been able to meet many players there?
Oct 19th, 2002, 02:20 PM
Not so many of the top players, Caesar, because they tend to have a lot of security people around them. And some, like Jan-Michael Gambill, Mark Philippoussis and Roger Federer, were always surrounded by teenage girls. I did get a chance to chat to Sandrine Testud and Cara Black though. They were very nice.
I spoke briefly to Tamarine Tanasugarn the first time she was here, and Dominique Van Roost asked to borrow my pen to sign some autographs for some kids. I also attended a meet and greet session with Eleni Daniilidou last year. She was cool.
Other than that, Olivier Rochus stared me down, Jelena Dokic gave me the evil eye, Martina Hingis ignored me and Marat Safin avoided a crowd of kids like the plague. I still like them though.
I hope to run into Dominik Hrbaty this year. A mate of mine wants to bump into Daniela Hantuchova. :rolleyes: I personally think my mate's girlfriend is ten times hotter than Daniela.
Oct 27th, 2002, 03:29 PM
Slovakia and Karina have a great history here. Karina might be a perfect hopmancup coach. (if she is still injured. I hope she gets back next year)