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Thought I'd better create a new thread for it, as latest news in this regard is the following:

Kim said in an interview with Flemish public radio station Radio 1 (aired this morning, August 28) that she wil make a decision re her participation in the Belgian Fed Cup team (re the semis and final) before the end of the US Open. She isn't 100% sure that she'll take part in the team now because ITF has decided against Brussels as venue, has appointed Russia...

She'd love to play for Belgium in Brussels, but now with this decision,... she is hesitating as they have to fly to Russia, so it means extra time,...

She also mentioned that ITF's decision probably had all been influenced by money, she also referred to the event in Russia a few years ago, when there was about no people there to watch them play, while there were top players enough though. Belgium would have had a full house,... things like this were said during this interview.
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In Belgian Newspaper "Het Laatste Nieuws" she said that she will not play, i am afraid that Belgium has to go with a B-team
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It's just not right. The finale and semi-finale has to be in Brussels. I realy don't understand why it has to be in Moskou. It's just stupid, in Belgian they would have a lot of people (I think amazing al lot) who wanted to watch the match. I'm so sad Kim won't be able to participate with the fed cup. They could win if Kim en Justine played for Belgian. But now, I don't know ...

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In Belgian Newspaper "Het Laatste Nieuws" she said that she will not play, i am afraid that Belgium has to go with a B-team
Well, Het Laatste Nieuws isn't quoting Kim in a correct way then, though.

This is in today's De Standaard:

België grijpt naast finale Fedcup
België begint waarschijnlijk zonder Kim Clijsters en Justine Henin aan de finale van de Fedcup (19-23 november) tegen Rusland, Frankrijk en de VS. De Internationale Tennisfederatie verkoos Moskou boven de Belgische inzending.
Organisator Bob Verbeeck verbijt de ontgoocheling. ,,In weinig tijd bereidden we een sterk dossier voor. Moskou biedt 130.000 dollar meer, maar kan niet uitpakken met de top-2 van de wereld.''
De deelname van Clijsters en Henin is hoogst onzeker. Leo Clijsters bevestigt de twijfels. ,,Ik sprak nog niet met Kim, maar het lijkt me onwaarschijnlijk. Na de Masters uit Los Angeles naar Moskou vliegen en enkele dagen later naar Australië om te overwinteren is onbegonnen werk. In België speelde ze zeker. Na haar vermoeiende seizoen kan ze de rust echter heel goed gebruiken.''

translated, it says:

De Standaard, August 28, 2003

by wkp, translation by Ingrid

From tennis news in brief:
Belgium misses out on Fed Cup

Belgium probably will commence the final of the Fed Cup (Nov. 19/23)against Russia, the US and France, without Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. The ITF preferred Moscow above the Belgian offer.

Belgian organiser Bob Verbeeck [OctagonCis btw] is disappointed. "We prepared a sound offer in not much time. Moscow offers $ 130000 more, but can't launch out with the world top 2."

The participation of Clijsters and Henin is highly unsure. Leo Clijsters confirms the doubts. "I didn't speak with Kim yet, but it seems unlikely to me. Flying from LA after the Masters to Moscow, and a few days later to Australia for holidaying is a hopeless task. She certainly would have played in Belgium. She can use rest very well after her tiring season, though.''
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It's just not right. The finale and semi-finale has to be in Brussels. I realy don't understand why it has to be in Moskou. It's just stupid, in Belgian they would have a lot of people (I think amazing al lot) who wanted to watch the match. I'm so sad Kim won't be able to participate with the fed cup. They could win if Kim en Justine played for Belgian. But now, I don't know ...
for ITF's decision, the $$$$$ is the answer, it seems.
But well, we'll see what Kim (and Justine?) will decide in the end.
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Found this from South African news:

Clijsters: It should have been Belgium

August 28 2003

By Jim Slater

New York - World number one Kim Clijsters of Belgium blasted the International Tennis Federation for awarding Moscow the Fed Cup finals after snubbing a rival bid from her homeland.

"I don't know if it's that good a choice from the ITF to have it in Russia," said Clijsters. "What worries me is last time we played in Moscow, I think we played in front of 100 or 200 people. We played the Russian team as well."

Clijsters spoke after advancing to the third round of the US Open by beating American Laura Granville 6-1, 6-1.

'I don't know if there would be a great crowd'
She has joined French Open winner Justine Henin-Hardenne in leading Belgium's team, but said she might skip the final.

"It has definitely made it a lot tougher," said Clijsters. "It makes it tough, I think, for a lot of players. The ITF, I'm sure this will definitely open their eyes. I don't think a lot of the top players will be playing."

Belgium will meet the United States and Russia will face France in the semifinals of the women's global team event the week of November 17 at Moscow Olympic Stadium, with those ties and the final to be played indoors on carpet.

"I sort of hope Russia can get through to the final so they have a bigger crowd," said Clijsters. "In Russia, I don't know if there would be a great crowd if they wouldn't make it through to the final."

Brussels also made a pitch to host the event but the ITF Fed Cup Committee - Britain's Ann Jones, Germany's Georg von Waldenfels and American Judy Levering - unanimously picked Moscow, said an ITF statement, noting that Russian and Belgian members of the panel abstained from the vote.

'They all have similar styles'
"We're confident this year's Fed Cup Finals in Moscow will be a great event," said ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti.

Clijsters is not so confident, thinking that the passionate following she and Henin-Hardenne have developed in Belgium - including King Albert II - would have given the event more support.

"In Belgium, tennis at the moment is so big," said Clijsters. "I think even if Belgium wouldn't make it through to the final, we would still get a great crowd. I think the Belgian crowd is a lot more interested."

Knocking the Russians could come back to haunt Clijsters. Her next opponent at Flushing Meadows is 18-year-old Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, one of the talented young Russian women ranked in the top 30 on the WTA Tour.

"Maybe they don't have the richest federation and they probably have to work really hard from a young age," said Clijsters. "I think that's what pays off."

Clijsters said the Russians come onto the tour as if coming off an assembly line, with styles so similar and a fierce determination.

"They all have similar styles. They hardly miss a ball," she said. "They hit with the same amount of speed almost every shot. It's amazing to see how all those girls have made it a long way."
- Sapa-AFP
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Kim was jus ton the news....
She was no happy clappy. She said she already had so much meetings with the WTA and even ITF.

If Kim won't play, it's not because she doesn't want to go to Moscow, she just wants to make a statement.

IMO, she's right. Can't believe Kim would play. She/they already have such a short period off. And I don't think Kim's and Lleyt's favourite holliday is a week Moscow (no offence, but I think they prefer sunny Adelaide.) So I think she'll just head off to Australia after LA and hopefully Houston.

Guess ITF gave it to the highest bid. But it's a bit strange all 4 members who were allowed to vote, all voted for Russia (the fifth one was a Belgian.) I don't say Russia cannot organise it, they also have a lot of good players. But i think, this year, Belgium deserves it...
Maybe next year is already too late....
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I hope Kim and Justine won't play

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I guess Els can clean up the mess (once again) that Kim and Justine will leave, just like last years QF in Italy. But then a ticket to the Olympics is too much asked for a player that ALWAYS does much effort for the Belgian team? They can always count on her for god sake
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You are absolutely right, Bram!
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I guess Els can clean up the mess (once again) that Kim and Justine will leave, just like last years QF in Italy. But then a ticket to the Olympics is too much asked for a player that ALWAYS does much effort for the Belgian team? They can always count on her for god sake
right, but the fact is that Els should not go either!! I think Belgium just have to do what the United States did in 2001!! WITHDRAWING

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"Als je iemand idealiseert, verlies je het contact met de werkelijkheid"

"Ca s’apprend par la souffrance, ça s’apprend par les déceptions, ça s’apprend par la densité du mal que ça te fait, plus ça te fait mal et plus ça te fait grandir. Y a des moments où tu te dis je ne vais pas le supporter, ça, ça fait trop mal, et pourtant tu passes au travers."
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I wouldn't blame kim or justine if they decided not to go.....such a shame though, it would have been a great atmosphere in front of a belgian crowd
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On teletekst was written that Kim had Pierre-Yves (husband of Justine) on the phone and he said she woudn't come. Kim don't know yet if she would go, but her father said that that would suprise him. So, no good Belgian players in The Fed Cup.

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I so agree with Bram re Els (Olympic team and all too), and the posts of Axel and Eva too. And thanks, Elke, for providing news on Kim's TV interview.

It's sad that Belgium seems not able to have a great team there, but who's to blame after all.

Although one non-sports remark in this regard: Belgium imo maybe should have played things a bit smarter though, strategy-wise. The Belgian candidate-organisers knew that the $ issue would be utterly important, why did they widely announce then how much budget they were going to put in offer to the ITF? It's my idea that by doing so they just gave all info and help to the Russians to surpass the Belgian bid then. Dunno, just my two cents.
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On teletekst was written that Kim had Pierre-Yves (husband of Justine) on the phone and he said she woudn't come. Kim don't know yet if she would go, but her father said that that would suprise him. So, no good Belgian players in The Fed Cup.
Thanks for the info, Souriska, however I feel sorry that I have to rephrase your info a bit, as it was not Kim but Lei talking to Belgian media in fact.


Lei said the following:"I've spoken with Pierre-Yves [husband of Henin] and he said that Henin doesn't have the intention to travel to Moscow. I haven't had my daughter on the phone so far, but she doesn't like to deal with a jetlag twice. First she should have to go to Moscow and then to Australia afterwards. Only one week of vacation instead of 3 is all that will remain then."

Source: VRT (Flemish public TV network), August 28, 2003, translation by Ingrid
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