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Teams Named for 2014 Hopman Cup

 

(October 8, 2013) The official draw, teams and provisional schedule have been set for the mixed teams event,  the Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. The event will be held from December 28, 2013 through January 4, 2014.

 

     

 

   
  Schedule Time Matches
  Saturday 28 December 10:00 am Poland v Italy
    5:30 pm Canada v Australia
  Sunday 29 December 10:00 am Czech Republic v Spain
    5:30 pm Poland v Canada
  Monday 30 December 10:00 am USA v Spain
    5:30 pm France v Czech Republic
  Tuesday 31 December 10:00 am Italy v Australia
  Wednesday 1 January 5:30 pm USA v France
  Thursday 2 January 10:00 am Italy v Canada
    5:30 pm Poland v Australia
  Friday 3 January 10:00 am France v Spain
    5:30 pm Czech Republic v USA
  Saturday 4 January 5:30 pm Winner Group A v Winner Group B

 

 

Poland                                [15] Jerzy Janowicz and [4] Agnieszka Radwanska

USA                                     [13] John Isner and [12] Sloane Stephens

France                                [9] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and [27] Alize Cornet

Canada                               [11] Milos Raonic and [35] Eugenie Bouchard

Czech Republic                [39] Radek Stepanek and [7] Petra Kvitova

Italy                                     [22] Andreas Seppi and [31] Flavia Pennetta

Australia                             [51] Bernard Tomic and [20] Sam Stosur

Spain                                   [19] Tommy Robredo and [98] Anabel Medina Garrigues

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Stosur, Tomic, Radwanska and Janowicz to Play Hopman Cup

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Jerzy Janowicz

(August 19, 2013) Australia’s top ranked players Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic  have confirmed they will play at Hyundai Hopman Cup 2014.

 

Current world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska and Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz are also set to team up as Poland makes its debut at the event.

 

World No.13 Stosur is excited to return to Western Australia for the first time since 2010.

 

“I just wanted to get back to Perth. I thought this year I’d try something different again,” said Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion.

 

“It will be nice to be able to play. You know that you’re going to get three matches … and maybe that’s going to be good for me going into the Aussie Open.

 

“Hopefully that’s going to be the secret formula to me doing well,” added Stosur.

 

Tomic, 20, and the youngest player currently in the top 100, will pair with Stosur as he looks to continue his unbeaten record at Perth Arena.

 

“I had some success there earlier this year so hopefully I can do well again in 2014,” said the world No.42, who recently reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.

 

“The event always attracts strong teams so you know you’re going to get some tough matches against high quality players.

 

“The local crowds love their tennis and it’s always exciting to play in front of them,” added the Queenslander, who won his first ATP singles title in Sydney in January.

 

Radwanska and Janowicz will be looking to make their mark when Team Poland makes its first ever appearance at the event.

 

“I’m really excited to play the Hopman Cup for the first time,” said Radwanska, who holds 12 WTA singles titles at just 24 years of age.

 

“I’ve never played mixed doubles with him [Jerzy] before.  Actually my last mixed doubles match was I think five years ago so that will be fun for sure.”

 

Twenty-two-year-old Janowicz has climbed up the rankings by 73 places to be just outside the top 10 in the past 12 months.

 

“We decided it might be a lot of fun to play together at Hopman Cup,” said Janowicz.

 

Hyundai Hopman Cup Event Director Steve Ayles is delighted with the signing of the top Australian and Polish pairs.

 

“Sam and Bernie, Australia’s highest ranked players, have committed to play this event, which shows the strength and value of the Hyundai Hopman Cup. The players look at the event as a solid starting point for the new season.

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Bartoli and Tsonga to Represent France in Hopman Cup

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(July 16, 2013) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and newly crowned Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli confirmed they will represent France at the Hyundai Hopman Cup, the first team to be announced for the 2014 event.

 

Tsonga, the current world No. 8 and four-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, has chosen Perth to start his season campaign in the New Year.

 

“I’m just really happy to go back and hope I will have some fun like last year,” said Tsonga, who is coached by Australian Roger Rasheed.

 

“It’s the best preparation because it’s the same court as the Australian Open. It’s always really hot there.

 

“I think it’s just unbelievable. I remember last year outside was 40 degrees and inside it was just perfect to play tennis,” Tsonga continued.

 

The popular Frenchman has maintained a Top 10 ranking for four of the past five years and currently holds ten ATP singles titles. He captured his latest in Marseille, France in February and went on to reach the semi-finals of his home Grand Slam, the French Open, in May.

 

Tsonga will pair with the in-form world No.7 Marion Bartoli, hot off her title run at Wimbledon this month.

 

“It’s great to play with Jo, obviously. He’s an awesome player. We have known each other for so many years. I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Bartoli said.

 

The 28-year-old blitzed the field at the All England Club less than a fortnight ago, defeating seven opponents without losing a set, to win her first Grand Slam title and the sport’s most prestigious trophy.

 

This will be Bartoli’s second appearance at Hyundai Hopman Cup after she reached the final of the 2012 competition with partner Richard Gasquet before falling short to Czech pair Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych.

 

“I really had a blast when I played in Perth. I was really lucky to make the final for my first time and I really enjoyed my time on and off the court.  It’s a great, fun competition to play and I’m so happy to be back.”

 

Bartoli, who has eight WTA singles titles to her name, has only heard good things about playing at Perth Arena.

 

“I’ve heard the new stadium is absolutely amazing, so it’s going to be cool. I’ve heard it’s really like Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne,” she added.

 

Hyundai Hopman Cup Event Director Steve Ayles said the signing of an all-star French line-up was a real win for the event.

 

“To have two Top 10 players such as Tsonga and Bartoli contend this unique ITF mixed teams’ event is very special and will be a fantastic spectacle for tennis fans,” Ayles said.

 

“Bartoli has shown she is a player of incredible talent in recent weeks and we’re excited to welcome her back to Perth. It will be the 18th time in the competition’s history the field has boasted a reigning Grand Slam champion.

 

“Working with the WA Government through Tourism WA and Eventscorp, City of Perth and Tennis West will allow us to not only promote an iconic sporting event but also grow interest and participation in tennis,” Ayles continued.

 

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Spain Upsets Serbia for Hopman Cup Title

 

(January 5, 2013) Spain captured its fourth Hopman Cup title on Satuday when Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won the deciding mixed doubles rubber 6-4, 7-5 against top seed Serbia with Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic to clinch the tie 2-1.

Djokovic  won  the men’s singles took the first match for Serbia by overcoming a strong challenge from Verdasco 6-3, 7-5. Medina Garrigues evened it by outlasting Ivanovic 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2. Ivanovic appeared to be suffering from an illness.

Medina Garrigues  who played a pivitol role in the tie win was very emotional.

“I was dreaming all of my career of winning against a great player in a big stadium. I’m 30 years old and finally I take it, so I’m really happy,” Medina Garrigues said. “The crowd is like a Grand Slam and they were supporting me because they wanted a live mixed doubles.”

“It’s one of the best [wins], well I win a Roland Garros doubles it was really exciting also, but here I did not expect to get in the final and then win so  I’m really happy,”  added Medina Garrigues .

“It was an unbelievable week. I enjoyed it a lot to play with her and an amazing doubles win …  and one of the greatest moments of my career winning here today.”

“I think she [played] a big part of this Hopman Cup,” said Verdasco. “She won three singles matches, unbelievable important and she play really good mixed to help me. I cannot win alone of course and like she is a really good doubles player and you can see it out there in the mixed.

Serbia was seeking its first mixed team title.

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Serbia Moves into Hopman Cup Final by Routing Germany

Novak Djokovic Hopman Cup

(January 4, 2013) Serbia surged into Saturday night’s Hyundai Hopman Cup final against Spain with a 3-0 win over Germany  at Perth Arena.

Novak Djokovic played an aggressive game against Tommy Haas from the beginning. The German was no match for Djokovic losing 6-2 6-0.

“It’s been a great performance from beginning to the end,” said Djokovic. “Tommy is always a tricky player and surely he’s not the one to underestimate on the court and you know I tried my best, I was really focused from the start and I just felt drastically better than in the first few days here in Perth so I think that’s also the reason because I’ve been here a few more days and got some rest, got some practice, got used to the balls, the conditions here so I’m glad I brought Serbia a point.”

Ana Ivanovic sealed victory for the top-seeded team, dismantling Germany’s Tatjana Malek, 6-0 6-1.

With Tommy Haas unable to play the mixed doubles rubber due to a foot problem, Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis was drafted in to pair up with Malek against the Serbian duo. The top seeds won match which played more like an exhibition than a competition 6-2 7-5.

Earlier in the day an injury to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handed No.6 seeded South Africa a 2-1 win over No.7 seeds France.

The tie was level at one rubber apiece after Chanelle Scheepers defeated Mathilde Johansson in the ladies singles 4-6 6-4 6-4, before Tsonga squared the ledger with a 7-6(4) 7-6(3) triumph over Kevin Anderson.

In the decisive mixed doubles Tsonga appeared hampered by a muscle strain high on his left leg and decided to retire with his country trailing 2-6 2-1.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the official mixed teams competition of the ITF and runs from Saturday 29 December 2012 until Saturday 5 January 2013 at the spectacular new Perth Arena. The event celebrates its 25th edition in 2013, the start of the ITF’s centenary year.

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Tomic Keeps Australia in Hunt for Hopman Cup

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(January 3, 2012) Bernard Tomic and Ashleigh Barty secured a 2-1 victory over Hopman Cup No.3 seeds Italy on Thursday night, keeping themselves in contention for a finals berth at the ITF’s official mixed teams competition.

Tomic began with a 6-3 7-5 win over Andreas Seppi.  He’s now a perfect 3-0 in singles play also upsetting Novak Djokovic and Tommy Haas.

“It was very difficult to bounce back and focus on tonight’s match but I think I did it extremely well and woke up and did everything on time,” said Tomic after the match. “I feel like I played a very good match today. I’m improving and I couldn’t be more satisfied from the last three matches I’ve won here.

“The confidence I’ve got from this week is going to allow myself a big chance in Sydney and if I keep everything up, I can do well there as well as the summer in Melbourne.”

Australian teenager Barty claimed the biggest win of her career with a 6-0 6-3 demolition of 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in Thursday night’s second rubber.

“It’s amazing coming to Perth and I’ve been given this opportunity to play for Australia and it’s been unbelievable,” said Barty post-match. “I’ve had a great week with Bernie (Tomic), I’m happy I can contribute and get a win.

“Coming out here and paying in front of this many people is unbelievable. Last night was so much fun and to play as well as I did is just amazing.”

Barty’s win gave Australia an unassailable 2-0 lead over Italy heading into the mixed doubles rubber which was won by the Italians 2-6 6-4 [10-3].

Earlier in the day Spain was handed a walkover by the USA after John Isner withdrew from the tie with a right knee injury.

In the singles Fernando Verdasco defeated Isner’s replacement, 16-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6(4) 6-3 before Venus Williams beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 6-4.

In the mixed, the Spanish duo were clearly too good for Kokkinakis and Williams who met for the first time just minutes before playing. The experienced Spaniards, who had won both of their previous mixed doubles matches this week, completed a hat trick of mixed wins, 6-1 6-3, over the scratch USA pairing.

The victory secured Spain’s place in Saturday’s final with Serbia and Australia both in contention for the second finals berth depending on the outcome of Serbia’s match against Germany on Friday night.

Should Germany upset top seed Serbia, Australia would reach the final.

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Ivanovic and Djokovic Win Thriller at Hopman Cup

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(January 2, 2012) The top-seeded Serbian pairing of Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic overhauled a rampant Australian team to clinch a 6-4 6-7(8) [10-6] mixed doubles thriller in front of a capacity crowd of more than 13,500 – a record for a tennis event in Western Australia – at Perth Arena on Wednesday night.

Australia got off to the best possible start in the tie, Bernard Tomic stunning world No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 with a masterful display of cat-and-mouse tennis.

“This is especially something I needed before the Australian Open,” said Tomic. “I’m playing the best tennis I’ve played the last few years. So I’m really happy with myself. I’m just happy that after training the last few months, this is all coming good.”

Ana Ivanovic leveled the contest for Serbia, her forehand firing in the 6-2 6-3 win over 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty.

“I played a good match tonight and I’m really happy I managed to play a higher level than I did in the first match,” said Ivanovic of her performance. “It was very different, there were lots of shorter points and she (Barty) started off really well. I think she has a really bright future in front of her.”

The Australian pairing showed flashes of pure brilliance in the mixed doubles, coming back from match point down to clinch the second set in a tiebreak. They took their experienced opponents to the brink in a world class deciding super tiebreak but ultimately the Hopman Cup-honed Serbian duo ran out the winners, 10 points to six.

In the day session the Italian pairing of Francesca Schiavone and Andreas Seppi closed out a hard-fought contest over Germans Tatjana Malek and Tommy Haas.

Haas won a comprehensive 7-6(3) 7-6(7) singles rubber over Seppi and Francesca Schiavone had to fight hard to close out a 3-6 6-3 6-3 win over Malek. The match was decided in the mixed doubles, the Italians running out the winners over Germany 6-4 7-5.

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Djokovic, Ivanovic and Tomic to Play Hopman Cup

Australia’s Bernard Tomic is set to join Serbian superstars and former world No.1 players Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic at the Hyundai Hopman Cup, the first to be staged in the city centre at the spectacular new Perth Arena.

“I can’t wait to play against the top players in the world and get guaranteed three matches of a high standard … something great before the Australian Open,” said 19 year-old Tomic, the world No.49 who plans to draw on his Davis Cup experience for the unique ITF mixed team event.

“I think where Davis Cup has helped me … is playing the doubles and singles a lot in practice and the opportunity to play mixed doubles is something new for me … I can’t wait to get on the court and help Australia win,” Tomic said.

Hyundai Hopman Cup Event Director Steve Ayles announced Tomic and Team Serbia – reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic – as the first players confirmed for the 2013 event.

“I’m very pleased to announce that world No.2 and current holder of two of the four Grand Slam titles, Novak Djokovic, will return to Perth for 2013, partnering world No.12, Ana Ivanovic,” Steve Ayles said.

“Novak loves this event – he’s coming back for the third time in the past five years – and he’s very excited about the new venue and getting the best possible preparation for the Australian Open.

“I love the competition there,” Novak Djokovic said.

“I love the atmosphere … you have lots of great players taking part in the tournament so it’s great preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. I’ve reached the finals on two previous occasions so I sincerely hope that now this time, with Ana, we can actually win a trophy,” Djokovic continued.

“I’m very excited to be back, I’ve played it twice and I loved it and I’m always excited to go back,” Ana Ivanovic said.

You can play mixed doubles which is kind of relaxing and fun and you get to hang out with other players so it’s a great way to start the year. I always love it and I’m sure it’s gonna be even more spectacular having it in the city centre,” Ivanovic continued.

Following the player announcements Ayles, along with Deputy Event Director Paul Kilderry, joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Tourism Dr. Kim Hames and Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron courtside at the new Perth Arena.

“The Western Australian government has done a fantastic job with this state of the art Arena and it promises to be a spectacular stage for the 25th anniversary Hyundai Hopman Cup.

“For the first time Hopman Cup will truly replicate Grand Slam playing conditions, making it even more attractive to the world’s best players. Importantly, our spectators will also enjoy unprecedented comforts within the stadium, adding to the enjoyment of the world-class tennis.

“We are excited at the prospect of working with the WA government through Tourism WA and Eventscorp, the City of Perth and Tennis West to grow not just Hopman Cup the event, but the interest and participation in our great sport of tennis right across the state.”

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the official mixed teams competition of the ITF. It will take place at the new Perth Arena from Saturday 29 December 2012 to Saturday 5 January 2013.

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ITF to Run Hopman Cup Event Until 2014

 

From the ITF: The ITF Board of Directors, at its meeting today in Vienna, endorsed the recommendation of the Hopman Cup Board for the ITF to continue to manage the tournament, through its subsidiary Hopman Cup Pty. Ltd., to the conclusion of its existing contract with Tourism Western Australia through the 2014 event.

 

During that period and for the future, the ITF Board considers that the long-term success of the Hopman Cup requires its return to be part of the Australian Open season and the involvement of its member national association, Tennis Australia.

 

As an international governing body, with 210 member national tennis associations, the ITF manages thousands of tournaments each year, whether owned or sanctioned, and its model is one of close cooperation and involvement with the relevant national tennis association, as was the case for the Hopman Cup prior to 2007.

 

Hopman Cup was initially transferred to the ITF in return for its sanction which, at that time, was seen as a crucial step to secure the future of the tournament. As one of the ITF’s official championships, it has become an important part of the ITF’s approach to achieving its primary objective, to grow the game of tennis across the length and breadth of its member nations.

 

The Hopman Cup Board received three proposals from organizations wishing to license the management rights to the tournament. In considering the recommendation before it, the ITF Board recognized the very significant effort that has been made by the Hopman Cup Board, Tennis Australia and the Government of Western Australia to find an agreement that would satisfy all interested parties. After due consideration, it became clear that the best step forward for the immediate future was for the ITF to continue to manage the Hopman Cup.

 

“We believe it is the right decision for the Hopman Cup that the ITF continues to manage the tournament, especially in the lead-in to its new home at the Perth Arena in 2013,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “I want to formally thank Paul McNamee for the vital role he has played as cofounder and tournament director and we wish him well for the future. I also want to thank our partners, Tourism Western Australia, for their continued support and to assure them and the citizens of Perth that the ITF will continue to work hard to keep the Hopman Cup one of the leading events in tennis.”

 

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Czech Republic Wins Hopman Cup

 

The Czech Republic has won the Hyundai Hopman Cup for the second time with top seeds Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych going right through the week unbeaten in singles ending with the Final inside the Burswood Dome on Saturday against France’s Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet.

 

World No. 2 Kvitova finished off her outstanding week and debut in Perth by beating world No. 9 Frenchwoman Bartoli 7-5, 6-1 in the women’s singles to give the Czechs a winning start and then the seventh ranked Berdych finished the job beating former world No. 7 Gasquet 7-6, 6-4.

 

It is the Czech Republic’s second Hopman Cup title after Jana Novotna and Petr Korda won the sixth tournament in 1994 by beating Germany’s Anke Huber and Bernd Karbacher in the Final.

 

Now in the nation’s eighth appearance at the Hyundai Hopman Cup, Kvitova and Berdych have added their names to the list of champions and also made the Czech Republic just the sixth country to win the Cup at least twice along with the USA (six times), Slovak Republic (three), Spain (three), Switzerland (two) and Germany (two).

 

It has been an outstanding week in Perth for the Czech pair who now both have every reason to have confidence of contending for the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne at the Australian Open.

 

Kvitova is fresh off an amazing 2011 that included a Wimbledon crown, the Fed Cup and being the ITF World Champion and WTA Player of the Year, and now her 2012 has got off to an outstanding start.

 

This week she has beaten defending American Hopman Cup champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova, world No. 1 from Denmark Caroline Wozniacki and then in the Final France’s Bartoli.

 

“It was a really good match (against Wozniacki) but today I played much better against Marion and it’s always tough to play with someone at the top,” Kvitova said.

 

“It’s really good to win at the beginning of the season and of course I have to say thank you to Tomas because without him we wouldn’t win.

 

“You played really unbelievable and it was an honour to play with you. And of course with our team, with them it’s always really fun. It’s really enjoyable in Perth and of course I have to say thank you to Hopman Cup.”

 

Berdych was playing for the Czech Republic at the Hopman Cup for the third time and also went through undefeated in his men’s singles matches with American Mardy Fish, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen and then France’s Gasquet in the Final.

 

“It couldn’t be better, it was an extremely great week and first of all I need to congratulate my partner. She won all she can and I just add some winnings again and now we can be standing here and have such a nice trophy so it was really good week,” Berdych said.

 

“I think it was possibly the best Final that could come of those two Groups and we are happy for that. We would like to congratulate them as well to get the Final and wish them both the best of luck for the rest of the season, for the Australian Open and all of the weeks. I think everybody enjoyed it, we had the best time on court and I hope the people liked it.”

 

France also had a tremendous week in Perth, though, as Bartoli and Gasquet got their nation into the Hopman Cup Final for the second time, but the French are still chasing that elusive first title.

 

Bartoli might have lost tight encounters with Kvitova and world No. 5 Li Na, but did beat Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova and Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues impressively.

 

Gasquet has this week shown the form that saw him reach the world No. 7 ranking in 2007 by beating Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and China’s Wu Di.

 

The attendance for Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIV, which will be the last at Perth’s Burswood Dome before the tournament moves to the new Perth Arena, was 8365 to take the total for the week to an impressive 72,776.

 

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