The Hopman Cup is an annual tennis tournament contested by international teams made up of one male and one female player. The event is held in Perth in early January and is generally used as a lead up event to the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. Teams are selected by invitation only, unlike other international tournaments where national coaches are the selectors. Each nation plays three matches; a men’s singles match, a women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match. Winners of all matches are decided under best of three sets conditions.
The first Hopman Cup was contested in 1989 at Burswood Dome, located near the Swan River in Burswood, Western Australia. The complex was demolished in July 2013 to build a new casino, and that saw the event transferred to the state-of-the-art Perth Arena in the city’s centre. A total of eight countries participate in the tournament that is named in the honour of great Australian tennis coach Harry Hopman. They are divided into two groups of four, with each country playing other group members once. The two countries that finish on top of their group contest the final.
Other than the inaugural event, the USA has appeared at all of the Hopman Cups. With six titles to their name, the Americans are the most successful nation in the competition, while the hosts have won it once. That was when Jelena Dokic and Mark Philippoussis reigned supreme in 1999, defeating Sweden 2-1 in the final.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNER UP||WINNING PLAYERS|
|2012||CZECH REPUBLIC||FRANCE||KVITOVA, BERDYCH|
|2010||SPAIN||GREAT BRITAIN||SANCHEZ, ROBREDO|