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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 10:08 PM   #1
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Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

The USA will soon have another Grand Slam champion competing under its banner as South Africa’s Liezel Huber has announced her decision to become a citizen in the United States.

Huber, who won the 2005 ladies title at Wimbledon with Cara Black and most recently the 2007 title at the Australian Open also with Black, is expected to gain citizenship in March.

She is married to an American, Tony Huber, and has resided in Houston for the past few years, so it is definitely not a surprise that she would want to compete under the red, white, and blue.

The News24 article mentions that she has had several disagreements with the South African tennis federation in the past and was not permitted to compete at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

According to her brother, Janus Horn, Liezel is “still a South African at heart, but she hasn’t got good memories of South African tennis.”

Since moving to the United States, Huber has been very involved in charitable work, most notably her foundation for Hurricane Katrina victims, Liezel’s Cause.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 10:10 PM   #2
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

Liezel/Lisa could be a fantastic team in Beijing Olympics.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 10:10 PM   #3
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Good for Liezel.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 10:11 PM   #4
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such a shame. there goes SA's only top player.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 10:15 PM   #5
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

This is old news at least for me I already know about this for months Yeah, good for her if South African Tennis Federation don't give a shit about her.
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

This is the first I've heard of this.

Yay Liezel!
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

Huber is nothing special.
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

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Liezel/Lisa could be a fantastic team in Beijing Olympics.
Yes because there's nothing better than an overweight and old doubles duo.

I respect players like Cara Black and Dally Randriantefy and more than Leizel Huber.
Some of these African athletes just move right into America when they see better pastures.

She's all what South Africa has to offer right now on the women's field.
She won her Australian Open as an South African.
It's just a slap in the face.
She had the ability to get a WTA tourni in South Africa.

You can't help who you love but at the same time, she didn't have to go this far IMO.

I don't care if South Africa Tennis Federation didn't care about her.
The USTA acts the same way to half its players.
I'm dissapointed in her.

BTW, if we're talking Olympics, if Venus and Serena want to play doubles again in 2008, then they're gonna play.
That leaves two spots for three players, Liezel, Lisa, and Meghann.

Lisa was the top doubles player in 2000 but did not get the chance to go to Syndey.
Meghann was the top doubles player in 2004 but was not picked to go to Athens.
There's a pattern there and Leizel will likely be the odd one out.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 10:46 PM   #9
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

GL to her
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

So will she be able to do Fed Cup/Olympics from US right away? A Venus,Serena singles duo with Meghann/Liezel @ dubs could do well...
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

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Huber is nothing special.
So true, you only had to watch the doubles final to see that!
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

Good decision for her. I really liked Huber after I read an article last year on her about all the work she did for hurrican katrina. She seems lke she wants to do alot for people in need.
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

I say good for her! And good for U.S. Tennis!
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Re: Liezel Huber will play for United States after March!!!

If she has problems with RSA federation - that's good I think
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