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Hopman Cup 1996 (VIII)

Goran Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli celebrates their victory over Switzerland.

Date: 31 December – 6 January 1996

Venue: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth

Teams

Croatia Switzerland United States Germany
Goran Ivanisevic Marc Rosset Richey Reneberg Martin Sinner
Iva Majoli Martina Hingis Chanda Rubin Anke Huber
Netherlands South Africa Australia France
Richard Krajicek Wayne Ferreira Mark Philippoussis Arnaud Boetsch
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy Amanda Coetzer Nicole Bradtke Catherine Tanvier

Results

Final

Croatia 2 d Switzerland 1

Martina Hingis d Iva Majoli 6-3 6-0
Goran Ivanisevic d Marc Rosset 7-6 7-5
Ivanisevic/Majoli d Rosset/Hingis 3-6 7-6 5-5 ret

Group A

USA 2 d South Africa 1

Amanda Coetzer d Chanda Rubin 6-2 6-4
Richey Reneberg d Wayne Ferreira 6-2 6-2
Reneberg/Rubin d Ferreira/Coetzer 7-5 6-3

Croatia 3 d France0

Iva Majoli d Catherine Tanvier 6-1 6-2
Goran Ivanisevic d Arnaud Boetsch 7-5 6-4
Ivanisevic/Majoli d Boetsch/Tanvier 3-6 6-1 7-6

France 2 d South Africa 1

Amanda Coetzer d Catherine Tanvier 6-2 6-1
Arnaud Boetsch d Wayne Ferreira 7-6 7-6
Boetsch/Tanvier d Ferreira/Coetzer 6-2 7-6

Croatia 2 d USA 1

Chanda Rubin d Iva Majoli 7-5 6-0
Goran Ivanisevic d Richey Reneberg 7-6 6-3
Ivanisevic/Majoli d Reneberg/Rubin 6-4 6-2

South Africa 2 d Croatia 1

Amanda Coetzer d Iva Majoli 6-4 3-6 6-1
Goran Ivanisevic d Wayne Ferreira 6-4 6-3
Ferreira/Coetzer d Ivanisevic/Majoli 4-6 6-3 7-6

USA 2 d France 1

Chanda Rubin d Catherine Tanvier 6-2 6-2
Arnaud Boetsch d Richey Reneberg 4-6 6-4 6-1
Reneberg/Rubin d Boetsch/Tanvier 6-2 7-5

Group B

Switzerland 2 d Australia 1

Martina Hingis d Nicole Bradtke 6-7 6-3 6-3
Marc Rosset d Mark Philippoussis 6-3 6-3
Philippoussis/Bradtke d Rosset/Hingis 7-5 6-1

Germany 2 d Netherlands 1

Anke Huber d Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 3-6 6-4 7-6
Richard Krajicek d Martin Sinner 7-5 5-7 7-6
Sinner/Huber d Krajicek/Schultz-McCarthy 2-6 6-1 6-2

Germany 2 d Australia 1

Anke Huber d Nicole Bradtke 6-3 6-1
Martin Sinner d Mark Philippoussis 4-6 7-5 7-6
Philippoussis/Bradtke d Sinner/Huber 7-6 6-2

Switzerland 2 d Netherlands 1

Martina Hingis d Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6-3 7-5
Marc Rosset d Richard Krajicek 6-4 6-4
Krajicek/Schultz-McCarthy d Rosset/Hingis 6-3 2-6 7-6(0)

Australia 2 d Netherlands 1

Brenda Schultz-McCarthy d Nicole Bradtke 5-7 7-5 6-0
Mark Philippoussis d Richard Krajicek 7-6 2-1 ret
Philippoussis/Bradtke d Krajicek/Schultz-McCarthy 6-0 6-0 (walkover)

Switzerland 3 d Germany 0
Martina Hingis d Anke Huber 2-6 6-2 6-1
Marc Rosset d Martin Sinner 6-2 6-4
Rosset/Hingis d Sinner/Huber 6-1 6-3

Hopman Cup VIII summary

THE Hopman Cup international teams tournament has introduced many rising young stars to the Australian stage and it was time to pencil in another name destined for greatness.

Martina Hingis, a charming 15-year-old born in Czechoslovakia, but a resident of nearby Switzerland, was having her first look at the Hopman Cup. With a world ranking of 16, the winner of most of the world’s top junior tournaments had well and truly graduated into senior ranks even though, as at January 1996, she hadn’t won a singles title on the women’s Tour, she was a force to be reckoned with.

Partnered by the lanky Marc Rosset, the Swiss were seeded three, with No. 1 honours going to the awesome Croatian pair of Goran Ivanisevic and youngster Iva Majoli, both in the top 10. This was their first appearance, flying the flag of their new country and making up for the disappointment of a year earlier when an ATP suspension had cost Ivanisevic the chance to debut at the Hopman Cup, thereby leaving Majoli as a spectator also.

A new format saw eight countries playing in a round-robin series, in two groups of four, playing three matches each and the top two teams fighting it out for the Cup. Hingis was first-up on centre court and the crowd marvelled at her skills. Here was a young lass, slightly built with an ever-present smile and seemingly out of her depth in the world of women. But she was soon to dispel that myth, starting with a three-set win over Australia’s Nicole Provis now married to Australian basketballer Mark Bradtke who won the first set in a tie-breaker.

It was time to introduce yet another rising young star, Australia’s boom machine Mark Philippoussis, a 19-year-old from Melbourne who had suddenly jumped up to No. 32 in the men’s world rankings. The “Scud” was one of the fastest servers in the world, but he bowed to the experience of Rosset, who had arrived just 10 hours earlier and with five hours sleep. The Aussies won the mixed doubles 7-5, 6-1 and remember, every rubber counted this year.

Another fine new name was up next in America’s Chanda Rubin, not yet 20, but already No. 15 in the world and partnered by the evergreen Richey Reneberg. Gritty South African Amanda Coetzer won the opening rubber, but Reneberg balanced things up with a surprise win over Wayne Ferreira, two and two and the Americans won a tight mixed to inflict South Africa’s fourth successive first-up loss; but their time would come.

More young talent coming up and this time the fans could see why the 18-year-old Majoli was in the top 10 as she disposed of France’s Catherine Tanvier and when Wimbledon runner-up Ivanisevic beat Arnaud Boetsch and they combined for a three-set win in the mixed, the top seeds were 3-0 winners.

Germany’s Anke Huber featured in a three-set hit-out with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy to set the pattern for a classic contest with the Netherlands. Soon-to-be-Wimbledon-champ Richard Krajicek balanced the scales, beating Martin Sinner in a tie-breaker in the third, but the Germans survived in another tight mixed, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

France made life harder for South Africa with a 2-1 scorecard even though Coetzer continued her winning ways. Boetsch beat an injured Ferreira in two tie-breakers and the French won the mixed.

Croatia were back again, beating the USA, with Rubin showing her potential to beat Majoli, not dropping a game in the second set, but Ivanisevic downed Reneberg and then combined for the mixed win.

Germany downed Australia, with Huber winning three and one against Bradtke, but Philippoussis went down fighting 7-5, 7-6 after taking the first set off Sinner, 6-4 and serving for the match at 5-4 in the second. The Aussies won the mixed to keep their hopes alive.

Switzerland continued on their winning way, with Hingis beating Schultz-McCarthy and Rosset showing his best form to down Krajicek. Though they lost the mixed, they were still on target for the final.

Session nine saw a double-header with South Africa disposing of Croatia 2-1, but in the terms of the round-robin, Ivanisevic only needed to beat Ferreira to clinch a finals spot and he did that four and three.

The Americans beat France 2-1 in a duel for second-place prizemoney in their pool, with Rubin in winning form against Tanvier, but Boetsch grabbed a rubber over Reneberg, only to see the USA rebound in the mixed.

Session 10 was another double header, plagued by an injury to Krajicek who defaulted in the second set against Philippoussis and also the mixed, while Switzerland guaranteed their appearance in the final with a clean sweep against Germany, Hingis in three, but Rosset in two and their mixed form looked awesome, dropping just four games.

If the fans thought they had watched some great tennis in the previous days, the tension was about to go up a notch or three.

Hingis was too polished for Majoli in the battle of the teenage doubles partners, winning 6-3, 6-0 in their first clash in a tournament. Ivanisevic and Rosset are the best of friends, but you would never know it as they fiercely fought out a 7-6, 7-5 thriller, with Croatia levelling the match.

So it came down to a live mixed doubles to decide the winners of HCVIII, with the Swiss taking the first 6-3, the Croatians the second 7-6 and the diminutive Hingis showing a touch of genius to return big Goran’s service, one of the fastest in the world. With the score at 4-5, the Swiss held four match points on Ivanisevic’s booming serve, but they lost their chances (one on a disputed line call) and Rosset thumped the backboard in frustration.

That act of anger at his inability to snare the prize was to prove disastrous, as he had to forfeit after a couple more shots, dropping his racquet in agony trying to put a volley away.

It was drama on both sides of the net; Rosset was shattered by his act of foolishness; Hingis didn’t know where to look; Majoli was stunned and Ivanisevic was concerned for his friend’s injury which turned out to be a broken bone.

It was a sad ending to almost five hours of tense tennis and it was a humble Rosset who apologised to the fans and his partner – for his disappointing finale.