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  • A Yahoo! User Sep 7, 2009 15:08 Flag

    Andy Murray to partner Laura Robson in Hopman Cup.

    BBCi are reporting that Andy Murray and Laura Robson will represent Britain in the Hopman Cup at the start of next season. For those who are not familiar with the event, it is an international team tennis tournament where each country is represented by one male and one female player. Each matchup consists of a men's singles match, a women's singles and a mixed doubles. Eight countries take part, split into two groups and the event starts with a round robin format, much like the season ending ATP and WTA bashes.

    For Laura, this will be fantastic experience. She will get to play a minimum of 6 matches (3 singles & 3 mixed doubles) against high quality opposition. Elena Dementieva and Sam Stosur have already been confirmed for the event this year and last year Safina, Pennetta, Cibulkova, Cornet and Lisicki were among the players on show and Gisela Dulko and Megan Shaughnessy have been regulars in recent years. And, of course, she gets to play mixed doubles along side the world number 2.

    For Andy there would seem to be little to be personally gained from taking part in an event like this, which offers, by his standards, not a lot of money or prestige and no ranking points. It is unusual to see top 10 men in the Hopman Cup (Blake was the highest ranked player last year). So I assume he is doing this to help Laura and British tennis. That speaks volumes for the guy in my book.

    The event starts on January 2nd. Should be fun.

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    • Shame that Andy couldn't finish the job. But what a great win for Laura over Martinez-Sanchez. I was hoping that she would pick up the scalp of one­ of the more experienced players in this tournament but­ this was more than I could have wished for. To have­ done so in the final, against the World number 26, in­ straight sets, coming back from 3-5 down in the 2nd set and holding her nerve to win it in a­ tie-break - WOW! Outstanding!

      Asked what she thought the people watching back home would think of her efforts, she replied "I think everyone in London is asleep right now."

    • I don't know why but I don't see Andy Murray and Laura Robson going very far in this tournament but it will be a very good experience for both of them and it will really help Laura learn the standard she has to get up to if she wants beat the girls on the wta tour.

    • Not a big fan of Murray but i must say there is a gentler kinder side that is starting to appear from the shadows, not to long ago he played in some small tennis event that didnt even have ball boys, he has love for the game in its purest form like a little 10 year old. Go on Andy you are starting to win the respect of all fans (not just the Brits).