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Save the Hopman Cup

2019 may have been the last Hopman Cup tennis event. If you want to sign a petition to show your support for the Hopman Cup, please click on the link below.

https://www.change.org/p/international-tennis-federation-continue-the-hopman-cup-perth-tennis-tournament

References for the petiton follow.

https://thewest.com.au/sport/tennis/hopman-cup-will-perth-lose-the-tournament-next-year-ng-b881062160z

https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/hopman-cup-set-to-be-axed-with-funding-set-to-be-diverted-to-new-tennis-event-ng-b88889392z

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/perth-could-lose-hopman-cup-tennis-tournament-within-two-years-ng-f8a6c6269eb9e0f31ce6a0a42a137655

https://au.eurosport.com/tennis/atp-cup-to-shake-up-australian-open-warm-up-landscape_sto7013542/story.shtml

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/tennis-australias-hopman-cup-takeover-to-begin-next-year-ng-eacd9924ea5d8a075f122969445ac3aa

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2019/01/hopman-cup-roger-federer-serena-williams-dual-gender-atp-wta-demise/78596/

PETITION CONTENTS DUPLICATED BELOW

TENNIS SHOULD FOLLOW, NOT ABANDON, HOPMAN CUP’S DUAL-GENDER PATH –   tennis.com

Continue the Hopman Cup because it attracts top class international players, it is one of the few tennis tournaments in the world which brings together both female and male tennis stars, and it is a unique and entertaining event; and a sports icon of Perth.

Abandoning the Hopman Cup would rob tennis of a model for how the sport can be packaged and presented in an equality-minded, dual-gender format that has the added benefit of being TV-friendly.   –  tennis.com

The Hopman Cup international mixed gender team tennis event has taken place in Perth every January (sometimes starting in late December) since 1989 and has attracted more than 20 world number ones.

Hopman Cup founder Paul McNamee  played a key role in the founding of the Hopman Cup tournament in 1988. He served as Tournament Director of the Hopman Cup and the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Open series until 2006.

McNamee, handed control of the Hopman Cup to the International Tennis Federation in 2002 with the understanding that he would remain tournament director, handing over the ownership rights in order to receive the international body’s backing, which he believed was important to the tournament’s survival.  Paul McNamee resigned as tournament director of the Hopman Cup in 2006.

The ITF decided in March 2012 at a board meeting that it would take on the management of the tournament itself, before suggesting a handover to Tennis Australia post-2014.

Tennis Australia had unceremoniously removed the Hopman Cup from the Australian Open series, being the tournaments leading to the Australian Open and the AO itself, being the first Grand Slam of the year, between 2006 and 2012.  

In 2011 Paul Kilderry was appointed tournament director of the Hopman Cup.

Following a year long battle between the Western Australian Government (via Tourism WA) and Tennis Australia over the management rights for the Hopman Cup, the ITF decided to take over management itself, in 2012. 

Initially the ITF stated that they would take on management until the end of the current contract with Tourism WA in 2014, at which point Tennis Australia’s involvement would increase.  

Later the ITF announced it had “signed an agreement with Tennis Australia under which Tennis Australia will be contracted to provide certain services to Hopman Cup for the 2013 and 2014 events”. Tennis Australia has been contracted to; provide a tournament director; procure players, and; provide an operations director.

The trade-off is that the Hopman Cup will be “returned to the Australian Open Series ahead of the 2013 event” said the International Tennis Federation, therefore once again receiving international recognition as an Australian Open Series tournament.

While the Hopman Cup does not give ranking points to the players, it is a hugely loved and very unique, wonderful tournament, and well received and hosted by Perth, a city in Australia which hardly has any major events held at it, but deserves to.  The uniqueness of this event can be read about here

In July 2018, the “Sunday Times” newspaper reported that the State Government — through major partner Tourism WA — is preparing to divert funding to the new ATP World Team Cup men’s event which will come to Australia in January 2020..

The World Team Cup, to be run by the ATP and Tennis Australia, will feature $20 million in prize money to make it the richest tournament in the world outside of the grand slams. Unlike the Hopman Cup, it will also offer players the chance to play for ranking points.  Too bad for women players who had a chance to play in the Hopman Cup and use it for a warm up for the Australian Open.

Hosting the World Team Cup will divert money from running the Hopman Cup.  

Perth Now – Hopman Cup to be Axed

The new tournament will take place in three cities across Australia over 10 days in the lead-up to the 2020 Australian Open, raising questions over the future of the existing warm-up events not only in Perth, but in Brisbane and Sydney.  

Tennis Australia believes the World Team Cup will revolutionise the Aussie tennis summer. However the Australian team, which has generally been a major attraction at the Hopman Cup, may only play in Perth every three years as part of the new teams tournament.

ATP Cup to shake up Australian tennis

Perth also appears likely to miss out on hosting the final of the new event, with the pointy end of the tournament expected to be held in Sydney. Brisbane is also set to host part of the new event.  A recent article in Tennis.com states that the Federer v Williams match at the 2019 Hopman Cup made headlines around the world, and that:

“Losing the only event that brings the top stars of both the ATP and WTA together on a single court would be a serious own goal.”

[ ATP is the Association of Tennis Professionals for men, and the WTA is the Women’s Tennis Association ]

Source:  Tennis.com Pro game mixed competition

Please, Mr McGovern and Mr Papalia, listen to the people whom you claim to listen to.  Tennis is NOT about how much fame and prestige that you or “Australia” receives, or about focusing on the male players gaining ranking points.  It is a sport for all to enjoy.  The Hopman Cup is a superb tennis competition proudly run in Perth and always well attended, and is regarded as unique and essential around the world.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN THE PETITION TO REQUEST THAT THE HOPMAN CUP BE CONTINUED IN 2020 AND BEYOND.  WE WANT THE HOPMAN CUP NOT THE ATP WORLD TEAM CUP.

https://www.change.org/p/western-australian-government-continue-the-hopman-cup-perth-tennis-tournament


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FIFA World Cup Free Kicks & Own Goals

Following on my last Post here , I got to thinking why are free kicks given and what is the relationship between a free kick and a yellow card?  I found good answers at the website below.  The page below also links to FIFA’s “Laws of the Game” in PDF, if you are interested in such.

https://www.thoughtco.com/soccer-fouls-3557670

Basically, a direct free kick is awarded to the opponent if a player –

  • kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
  • trips or attempts to trip an opponent
  • jumps at an opponent
  • charges an opponent
  • strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
  • pushes an opponent
  • tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball
  • holds an opponent
  • spits at an opponent
  • handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.   Just to make things confusing for some of us, as you know, each team in soccer is trying to get more goals by getting the ball into a net which is at one end of the playing field.  Well, the net that one team is aiming for is NOT called their own goal (as in a net which they are aiming to score a goal with) BUT rather the GOAL THEY ARE DEFENDING or the opposite net into which the opposition is trying to get the ball in, to score a goal, is called their “own goal” ( specifically a net into which they are trying to get goals ).

So when a player accidentally or desperately hits the ball into the opposition’s net, for a goal, it is called an  OWN  GOAL  and that means the player sadly hit the ball into their own goal !!   In other words an OWN GOAL is a ball hit into the player’s “own goal” or own net, which is actually the Net which the player’s team is defending – thus it’s called their own goal in terms of “keep away from this goal” !!

For a penalty kick, a player from the opposing team takes a free shot at goal (defended only by the goalkeeper standing on the goal line) from the penalty spot, located 12 yards away from the goal line.

After awarding a free kick or penalty kick, a referee may take further disciplinary action against a player by showing him a yellow or red card.  So a foul that gives a free kick or a penalty kick does NOT automatically incur a yellow or red card.  For more information on why a yellow card or a red card may be given along with a free kick, click on the link below.  Sometimes viewers / fans are hard pressed to understand why a Yellow Card or a free kick is given or not given.

https://www.thoughtco.com/soccer-fouls-3557670

The “unsporting behaviour” cause of a Yellow Card seems to me to include the offences for a free kick, but those offences listed above do not automatically incur a caution or warning, which is what a Yellow Card gives.  It makes me think that to incur a Yellow Card the offending must be rather serious or consistent or persistent, and of course to incur a Red Card the offence would be blatantly serious (like biting someone).

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Uruguayan player Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, and although the Referee did not acknowledge this on-field and DID NOT give him a Red Card, Suarez’s actions were later reviewed and resulted in a four-month suspension from all soccer-related activities.

In the 1994 FIFA Word Cup,  Andres Escobar’s own goal in the 35th minute gave the underdog United States a 1-0 advantage, on which it would add a second goal before prevailing 2-1.  A once-promising World Cup ended in pain for Colombia, which bowed out after three games. Just days after elimination, Escobar was murdered in his native Medellin, a horrific and disturbing incident that should never have happened, and that casts a sad hue over this otherwise “Beautiful Game”.   Rest in peace, Andres Escobar.

 


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FIFA World Cup Scoring, Penalties & Yellow and Red Cards

It’s on again – the World Cup Soccer is now showing in Russia!  On Saturday (Russia time) the Round of 16 will start.  If you’re interested in how teams win and go through to the next stage, and / or would like a Word document to fill in all the RESULTS on your computer or to print, please go to this Post  HERE  on my blog “Book Reviewers International.”

More about penalties and working out who gets to the Round of 16 which of course means 16 teams playing 8 matches, before the 4 Quarter Finals, the 2 Semi-Finals, the 3rd place play-off and the Grand Final, follows.

You may know about Yellow Cards and Red Cards already but if you don’t, I’ll explain here.  If a FOUL such as an unsportsmanlike like move where another player is intentionally and illegally impeded (see here ) is used upon a competitor, then the Referee may issue a YELLOW CARD to the fouler.   He shows the card and writes who it is allocated to in his note-book.  A yellow card aims to caution a player or act as a warning that certain behaviour is not tolerated.

If a really serious  FOUL  is committed, liking “showing studs” meaning something like a high kick and having the studs on the underside of one’s shoes making contact with another player, then the offending player is immediately sent off or dismissed with a notorious  RED CARD !  His team are NOT allowed to replace him, so alas the team is then “down a player” or has 1 less player, which is not great.  The player is also banned from the next game. Continue reading


Hopman Cup: Scoring – and the Ball Trophy Bounces Back!

I didn’t get to attend the 2018 Hopman Cup in Perth this year.  I tend to address or call the Hopman Cup by the year in which the Final occurs, so this year’s Hopman Cup started on Saturday 30 December 2017 but finished on 6 January 2018 the current year.  I must confess that I find it easiest for me to refer to it thus as the 2018 Hopman Cup.

Many others refer to it as the 2017 Hopman Cup and the fact that this tournament may span 2 consecutive years can cause confusion.   If you want to get technical, the tournament that just passed is really the 2017 / 2018 Hopman Cup.

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To my great surprise, I noted on television and on the tournament’s website, that in 2018, the winners were awarded silver balls as their individual trophies!   I puzzled “what happened to the tennis racquet trophies?”  I loved those trophies along with the jewellery that was also awarded to the winners –  see  THIS  post for more information.  I know from the Solid Gold website, that these tennis racquet trophies are valued at $26,000 each.

These new individual trophies were first commissioned from Solid Gold Jewellers in 2014.  My research has found that these tennis racquet trophies were awarded to Hopman Cup winners where the tournaments finished in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Getting back to the wonderful diamond studded sterling silver balls, made to the real-life size of a tennis ball, the trophies are made of sterling silver, 18 carat yellow gold, and encrusted with over 200 diamonds and are jointly donated by Brinkhaus Jewellers and Argyle Diamonds.

Doris Brinkhaus of Brinkhaus Jewellers says about the prestigious gorgeous diamond encrusted silver balls.

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Winning the Watching of the Rio 2016 Olympics – Channel 7 (Seven) Coverage

This is a guide for watching the broadcasts in Australia but the same principle applies for watching television and the “app” in any Country.

First of all, you may have a Book or a newspaper item or magazine with a general Schedule of events, for example I have a magazine called “Official Australian Olympic Team Guide to the 2016 Olympic Games – what to watch in Rio” which has a very nice 2 page spread (not removable) showing coloured blocks for all days of the Olympics denoting the Events scheduled, separating out the Medal events.

However, you really need a precise guide of the exact scheduled times of the Events to make “head or tail” of watching what you really want to watch on TV or on the Channel 7 App here in Australia.  I learned this the hard way.

I found that if you simply type  Rio Olympics Schedule  ( or Olympic Games Rio 2016 ) into Google you should get the day’s scheduled events pop up, then when you click on the arrow above “All Events” down the bottom, Google kindly shows much detailed information ( but don’t worry – you won’t see any Results ).  See screenshot below.

Google Olympics Schedule15082016

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NOTE:  that Google will kindly show you the  LOCAL  times.  Click on “Overview” to return to the screen above, if you have navigated to one of the other Pages.

If Google isn’t the “search engine” that you use, just type Google into your search field, then click on the resultant link – to go to Google.  You will know you are using Google because their name appears at the top of the Search area.  Make sure that the Date and Time on your mobile device or computer’s clock is correct.

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Hopman Cup 2015 Winners

Tennis Racquet Trophy

We are all Winners when it comes to Perth’s unique annual summer tournament, the Hopman Cup Tennis, consisting of a Women’s Single match, a Men’s Single Match, and a Mixed Doubles, all making up one “tie” or overall match between two different countries.  In my opinion, not only are the players “winners”, but so are the tournament organisers, the audience and sponsors, and anyone interested in tennis!

My sister & I attended the 2015 Final on Saturday, 10th January 2015, at the Perth Arena.  It started at 3.30 pm and finished around 10.00 pm.  This time around we were determined to get Platinum seats, so we saved and we got tickets in Block 210, Row 1.  The Platinum seating are seats at the front near the Baseline and a few blocks right at the front on the Sideline opposite the Chair Umpire, as  the following image for 2015 shows.

Perth Arena seating-plan-2013

Below are the 2015 prices for the tickets.

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