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Serena Williams and Andy Roddick might play as a pair at the 2012 Hopman Cup.

Serena hints Hopman Cup date with A-Rod

Williams has dropped a big hint that she will be playing in the next instalment of the Hopman Cup in Perth, starting in late December. And the 13-time grand slam champion has also indicated she will bring ace Andy Roddick as her playing partner in what would be a mighty US team in the mixed doubles championship. Williams sent out a curious message via her twitter account about her plans for the Australian summer. “Me and @andyroddick decided to play mixed doubles Australia! We Love Aussie! …… Book it its real!,” said the tweet. And the reason why there is speculation the pair will be in Perth for New Year’s Eve is that the Hopman Cup is the only tournament on the Australian summer tennis calendar with a top-level mixed doubles competition outside the Australian Open. Adding spice to the suggestion is that Roddick hasn’t played men’s doubles, let alone mixed doubles, at a grand slam event for 10 years. Hopman Cup organisers replied to the Williams-Roddick claims via twitter and the comment gave hope that the American duo were coming to town. “Can’t confirm anything just yet, it was a midnight tweet from Serena in the US, so no word from her agent at this stage,” the tweet said. Williams, working her back to full fitness following injury, is ranked 14th on the women’s tour and earlier this week lost to Australia’s Sam Stosur in the US Open final. Roddick, ranked 14 on the men’s circuit, won the 2003 US Open and is a former world No.1. The pair plan to play in the mixed doubles at the London Olympics next year and could be looking to use the Hopman Cup to fine-tune their game. Williams won the Hopman Cup in her two appearances in 2003 (with James Blake) and 2007 (with Mardy Fish). Should Roddick come to Perth it would be his first time at the event.

 

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